Bachelor of Fine Arts in Professional Photography

The mission of the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Professional Photography Program is to prepare students for careers in the field of professional photography through a philosophy of "learning by doing." The program is designed to educate all students in basic and intermediate photographic skills through a shared Lower Division. Students develop a creative style and visual problem-solving skills while engaging in specialized market areas and techniques in the Upper Division. The program integrates liberal arts, professional business practices and ethics with a core photography and media production curriculum that prepares students for the creative, business, and technical challenges of a professional photography career.

The 120 semester credit Bachelor of Fine Arts in Professional Photography prepares students for careers in the field of professional photography. The cross-platform philosophy combined with the experiential learning provided by professional photographers/ instructors provides a unique and innovative technical education that develops graduates with a creative style and unique visual problem-solving skills. The program combines 75 semester credits of core photography classes, including business course work, and 45 semester credits of general education studies.

Core courses include*:

  • History of Photography
  • Video for Photographers
  • Photography Capstone
  • Creative Digital Imaging
  • Photography Foundation
  • Visual Design
  • Digital Imaging I: Digital Asset Management
  • Lighting Theory
  • Digital Imaging II: Workflow
  • Digital Workflow
  • Lighting Studio
  • Digital Imaging III: Processing Fundamentals
  • Lighting People
  • Creative Applications

* Course offerings are subject to change.

Among the elective course options* are:

  • Fashion Photography I
  • Art Director’s Point of View
  • Advertising Photo Concepts
  • Advanced Advertising Photography
  • Fashion Photo Industry
  • Automotive Photography
  • Beauty/Glamour Photography
  • Advanced People Photography
  • Food Photography
  • Advanced Tabletop Photography
  • Advertising Industry
  • In-Water Photography
  • Natural History Photography
  • Travel Photography
  • Stock Photography
  • Scientific Photography
  • Light Spaces
  • Action Sports
  • Lifestyle Photography
  • Architectural Photography
  • Stop Action Photography
  • Imaging Time
  • Video 2.0
  • Layout & Design
  • Website Development
  • HDRI/CGI Methods
  • Digital retouching
  • Digital Composting
  • Media and Marketing Advanced Web Design
  • Zone
  • Intermediate Portrait Methods
  • Power of the Portrait
  • Wedding/Event Photography
  • Beyond Portraiture
  • Celebrity Portraiture
  • Portraiture Industry
  • Industry Internships

* Full elective listings are available in the course catalog. Course offerings are subject to change.

Upon Completion of the Professional Photography Program, students should be able to:

  • Effectively use contemporary photographic tools. (Visual Literacy, Adept)
  • Effectively use photographic media and asset management software. (Adept)
  • Effectively collaborate to accomplish professional goals. (Collaboration)
  • Develop and implement an effective marketing program. (Problem Solver)
  • Understand professional business and ethics standards. (Ethics).
  • Apply creative and sophisticated visual solutions to the challenges of producing visual media. (Problem Solver, Visual Literacy)
  • Apply effective professional communication skills. (Communication)
  • Develop a lifelong learning pattern. (Adept)
  • Understand the principals of business management. (Problem Solver, Adept)
By Hillory Moore

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