The Bachelor of Fine Arts Digital Photography program is designed to prepare graduates who possess the technical skills and a mature design vision needed to produce compelling imagery. Through rigorous study of the principles of photography and hands-on production techniques, students work to develop the technical skills and aesthetic sensibilities needed to become professional photographers and business people.
Desired Student Outcomes
1. Communication: Graduates will use written, oral, and visual communication skills to communicate ideas effectively to employers, colleagues, and clients. They will be able to communicate complex concepts to non-professionals.
2. Design: Graduates will articulate and apply the principles of design to create effective images.
3. Production Processes: Graduates will apply technical skills and use appropriate terminology with respect to photographic tools, lighting techniques, color management, and the storage and electronic presentation of images.
4. Problem-Solving: Graduates will use problem-solving processes to produce visually compelling imagery reflective of their personal styles and visions.
5. Context: Graduates will articulate how they place themselves and their work within a historical and cultural context.
6. Professionalism. Graduates will demonstrate the ability to conceptualize, plan and implement marketing strategies and a business model reflective of industry standards, while demonstrating personal motivation and ethical practices. They will present and conduct themselves professionally.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program in Digital Photography reflects the continued impact of technology in the photography industry and the breadth of skills needed by graduates to maintain and increase marketability and success upon completion of their degree. Graduates must be able to work as a member of a creative team, have excellent communication skills, and have good business skills. Additionally, a graduate of this program must negotiate, sell, coordinate work with others, operate equipment, use tools, follow directions, plan, make decisions, and create spatial visualization. Specifically, this program includes areas such as digital color management, digital asset management, lighting, composition, and image manipulation; related skills in web and video; business fundamentals; and an internship in the field.
To receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Digital Photography, students must complete a minimum of 180 quarter-credits with 60 quarter-credits in general education courses and 120 in the specialty area with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. Also a student must receive a passing grade or credit for all required course work, meet portfolio requirements including participation in the Senior Portfolio Show. Graduating students must pass a required course in which a portfolio is produced and satisfy all financial obligations to The Illinois Institute of Art.