"Unifying and teaching the traditional and digital processes of photography to inspire the next generation of image makers, our photography faculty are committed to bringing a strong practical, theoretical, and professional background to each student. We take pride in our students' success, guiding them to acquire the industry-related skills, hands-on experience, and vision to produce competent and thought-provoking imagery needed in the ever changing world of professional photography."
- Anderson B. English, M.F.A., Academic Department Director, Photography
The Mission of the Photography Bachelor of Science degree program is to prepare graduates with technical skills and a mature design vision used to produce thought-provoking imagery revolving around intelligent content decisions, as well as communication and business skills appropriate to market pursuits and needs.
To produce a visually compelling image, photographic professionals cannot rely on creative talent alone. They must also have proficient compositional, lighting, camera and technical skills and a thorough understanding of the subject in order to be successful.
Students who complete the 21-month Associate of Science degree in Photography develop skills by learning the basics of color, design, visual expression, various camera techniques and applications, digital imaging and business practices.
Those who choose the Bachelor of Science program in Photography will be challenged to expand upon the varied skills and proficiencies studied in the associate?s degree program through coursework that is greater in depth and rigor. Students will strive to develop a solid photographic identity, purpose and direction.
Graduates of the associate?s degree program are prepared to seek entry-level positions as photographic assistants, photo lab technicians or digital-imaging artists. For the independently driven, freelance work in the portrait, editorial and commercial fields present additional career opportunities. Bachelor?s degree graduates are prepared to seek entry-level positions such as newspaper photojournalist, studio manager, commercial photographer, editorial photographer, and photographic editor with advertising agencies, publishing houses, magazines, and production companies. Many graduates open their own studios or work independently by taking freelance assignments.