Photography Curriculum

Freshman Year

First Semester = 15-16 Credit Hours
EarnedCourse #Course TitleCredits
SLP 007CCS First Year Experience1
DFN 1172D Design3
DFN 119Digital Techniques3
DFN 101Foundation Drawing I3
DPH 111Photo Practice: From Halide to Pixel3
DET BY PATH*DEN 107Composition I3
DLE ---General Education Elective
Second Semester = 15 Credit Hours
EarnedCourse #Course TitleCredits
DFN 1163D Techniques3
DFN 1183D Design3
DPH 151Black & White Photography3
DPH 155Digital Imaging for Photographers3
DEN 108Composition II3

Sophomore Year

Third Semester = 18 Credit Hours
EarnedCourse #Course TitleCredits
DFN 141Fundamentals of Imaging3
DPH 209Intermediate Photo Digital Methods*3
DPH 211Studio Lighting I3
DPH 214Color Theory & Practices I3
DAH 200Western Art History/Visual Culture3
DFS 101Introduction to Interdisciplinary Study3
Fourth Semester = 18 Credit Hours
EarnedCourse #Course TitleCredits
DPH 210Photo Fine Arts Concepts*3
DPH 251Studio Lighting II3
DPH 254Color Theory & Practices II3
DAS 213Business Practices3
ChooseDAH 201Visual Narration: Asia3
OneVisual Narration: Africa/America
DEN 239Survey of World Literature3

*Students may alternate between DPH 209 and DPH 210 in the Fall/Winter semesters

Junior Year

Fifth Semester = 15 Credit Hours
EarnedCourse #Course TitleCredits
DPH 311Advanced Studio Lighting I3
DPH 353Advanced Photo Fine Art Forms3
DPH - - -Photo Elective 3
DAH 313History of Photography3
DVC 200Concepts & Methods/Visual Culture3
Sixth Semester = 15 Credit Hours
EarnedCourse #Course TitleCredits
DPH 351Advanced Studio: Art and Commerce3
DPH 313Advanced Photo Fine Arts Concepts3
DPH 358Advanced Digital Photo Media3
DNS 300Natural Science 3
DLE ---General Education Elective 3

Senior Year

Seventh Semester = 15 Credit Hours
EarnedCourse #Course TitleCredits
DPH 411Photo Thesis Project I3
DPH - - -Photo Elective 3
DPH - - -Photo Elective 3
ChooseDAH** ---Art History 3
OneDVC** ---Visual Culture Elective
D - - - - - Elective 3
Eighth Semester = 15 Credit Hours
EarnedCourse #Course TitleCredits
DPH 451Photo Thesis Project II3
DPH - - -Photo Elective 3
DLE ---General Education Elective 3
DLE ---General Education Elective 3
D- - - - -Elective 3

*DEN 107 is placed as a Gen Ed elective. English path is determined by High School English scores or the English Placement Exercise (EPE).

**DAH/DVC must be taken at the 200 level or higher

Catalog Year 20/21 Total Credits      126-127
Total credits: 127:   First Year Experience=1;   Foundations=18;   Major=60;   Liberal Arts=42;   General Elective=6

Photography Program Learning Outcomes (PLO)

Upon graduation, students in the BFA Photography program will be able to:

  1. Examine the many roles and opportunities that are present in today’s image creation industries for photographers, and demonstrate through class assignments the development of creative problem solving skills to meet the challenge of these diverse career and image production opportunities.
  2. Develop their individual photographic style through class assignments that explore the application of traditional photographic processes and contemporary digital still and video techniques.
  3. Demonstrate in the final senior portfolio the ability to create work based on an informed social, historical, and cultural awareness combined with the creative application of technical photographic techniques, including lighting, camera control and printing.
  4. Create and professionally present a coherent body of work and articulate a cogent artist statement for the senior portfolio.
  5. Reflect and respond to changes in culture and society from their position as an ethically responsible artist.