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Undergraduate Core Courses

A Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Art degree with a concentration is photography requires 10 courses in photography for a total of 30 hours in the concentration.

Photography Concentration Courses
    ART 2220    Photography Survey     
    ART 2225    Basic Black and White Photography     
    ART 3250    Introduction to Digital Photography (fall semester only)     
    ART 3260    Intermediate Photography
    ART 3270    Color Photography
    ART 3280    Concepts in Photography   
    ART 4220    Studio Photography
    ART 4240    Advanced Digital Photography
    ART 4250    Professional Practices in Photography     
    ART 5220    Advanced Photography

Course Descriptions of Photography Undergraduate Courses:


ART: Photography

    2220. Photography Survey (3) (F,S) P: ART 1015, 1030. Basic camera techniques, darkroom procedures, and assignments. Full scope of photographic problems.
    2225. Basic Black and White Photography (3) (F,S) P: ART 2220. Fundamentals of black and white wet process photography with emphasis on development of visual concepts and articulation of ideas.
    3250. Introduction to Digital Photography (3) (F) 2 lecture and 4 studio hours per week. P: ART 2225; or consent of instructor. Digital photography and its applications to design and fine art.
    3260. Intermediate Photography (3) (F,S) P: ART 2225. In-depth exploration in camera work, darkroom techniques, and visual literacy.
    3270. Color Photography (3) P: ART 3250, 3260; or consent of instructor. Color theory and technique with an emphasis upon the creative use of color in photo-based media.
    3280. Concepts in Photography (3) P: ART 3250, 3260; or consent of instructor. Investigation of contemporary practices in photography and development of a concept-based body of artwork.
    4220. Studio Photography (3)(F,S) P: ART 3260 or consent of instructor. In-depth exploration of camera, lighting, studio, and darkroom techniques as means of exploring issues in communications and aesthetics.
    4240. Advanced Digital Photography (3) (S) 2 lecture and 4 studio hours per week. P: ART 3210, 3250; or consent of instructor. Extended study of digital photography as related to image design and communications. Emphasis on collecting raw image data to be processed with other information.
    4250. Professional Practices in Photography (3) (F,S) 2 lecture and 4 studio hours per week. P: ART 4220, 4240; or consent of instructor. Advanced problems in photography. Emphasis on digital and analog solutions to professional projects.
    5220. Advanced Photography (3) P: ART 2220. Advanced photographic techniques, sequential problems, animation, and film. 


Photography students take ART 2200, 3080, 3250, 3260, 3270, 3280, 4220, 4240, 4250 and 5220.

Graduate Courses

The Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) in Art requires 60 credits and traditionally takes three years to complete. The MFA in Art is the terminal professional degree in studio art. The graduate program has a maximum enrollment of seven students. Private and semiprivate darkroom space, a shared office space and access to a Mac platform digital lab are provided. The MFA in Art is a rigorous program that develops the students’ creative process and intellectual inquiry manifesting in a mature body of work.

The program offers students a unique opportunity to be involved in the design of their own program within the photography concentration. There is ample opportunity to work with instructors in the areas of both wet and digital photo-based media. Risk taking becomes a priority. The required thesis consists of a creative exhibition, a written report on the exhibition, and an oral defense of the thesis body of artwork.

Course Requirements for the MFA in Art degree

24 s.h. in studio concentration (ART 6221, 6222, 6223, 6224, 6225, 6226, 6227)
12 s.h. in studio art electives
12 s.h. in art history
3 s.h. in ART 6000 or art course approved by area coordinator
3 s.h. of general electives
6 s.h. in thesis Art 7000 

For further information regarding the MFA in Art program, contact Graduate Director Scott Eagle  at