Since the making of images is an intellectual process, the
education of the artist should go considerably beyond instruction
of technique and media. The artistic process, at its best, is
creative intuitive, analytical and highly sophisticated. It
requires all the knowledge, discipline, sensitivity and awareness
of liberally educated intelligence. Students in the program will
gain the technical and intellectual preparation necessary for the
development of their own personal creative solutions and the means
to make better-informed career decisions.
This program will prepare graduates to:
Master the technical aspects of the medium
- Demonstrate technical mastery in all aspects of the SLR camera,
both film and digital.
- Demonstrate technical proficiency with medium and large format
- Demonstrate practical knowledge of the medium’s technical
- Demonstrate knowledge of a wide range of lighting techniques
including studio, environmental, tungsten and electronic strobe
- Master practices and techniques of the darkroom and digital lab
and demonstrate proficiency in the areas of: film processing,
digital capture, black and white printing, Type C color printing,
and digital output.
Demonstrate knowledge of photography’s
- Demonstrate knowledge of the history of the visual arts and its
impact on social and visual culture.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the history of photography, its
practices and visual evolution from 1839 to the present.
Demonstrate field-specific critical
- Demonstrate knowledge of photography’s place in the field of
- Analyze, discuss and critique photographic images considering
technical, aesthetic and conceptual applications.
Apply photographic skills
- Demonstrate the ability to engage in various photographic
practices, including, but not limited to: portrait photography,
studio / product illustration, documentary photography/journalism,
digital photography, and fine art photography.
Demonstrate ethical responsibility in use
of the photographic medium
- Demonstrate ability to examine individual situations, act
ethically, and reflect upon the consequences of images in society
- Demonstrate knowledge of the impact that visual culture has had
throughout history and reflect on photography’s potential to
inspire positive change in our global society.
Demonstrate enhanced knowledge, skills and
values consistent with the Core Curriculum
- Demonstrate information literacu and the ability to use
computers and other technology for a variety of purposes.
- Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in a variety
- Demonstrate recognition, understanding, and respect of the
complexity of socio-cultural and international diversity.
- Develop insight and self-reflection and become resourceful in
finding effective strategies for self-management and
Illustrate realistic ideas to implement
knowledge, skills, and values in occupational pursuits in a variety
- Formulate portfolios, which will direct them towards their
specific career goals or towards the pursuit of a graduate degree
in the visual arts.
- Demonstrate an ability to adequately prepare their work for
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