The Photography concentration of the Studio Art program leads to a Bachelor of Fine Arts and is professionally geared to prepare the next generation of photographic image-makers with broad knowledge and experience of photographic techniques and concepts. The concentration will prepare students for careers in photojournalism, fine art photography, and commercial photography, or for further study in graduate school.
Through a studio-based curriculum and a foundation in the liberal arts, students in the Studio Art program learn new ways of seeing, thinking and expressing themselves. Our focus on technical, critical and professional skills prepares graduates for a wide range of art and photo related careers.
Our curriculum encourages students to integrate their photography interests with interdisciplinary liberal arts studies, as well as various minors that may complement their interests and provide additional career opportunities. Our goal, which is unique among colleges and universities, is for students to develop comprehensive/interdisciplinary knowledge of the arts while also gaining the ability to market their skills in today’s competitive global economy.
Dedicated, professional faculty carefully mentor students through a highly individualized approach tailored to each student’s artistic and academic goals. As students progress through the studio courses, Internship, Professional Practices and Senior Project, they define their individual goals as art professionals. Graduates of the Studio Art program leave well prepared for the competitive market, driven by a strong work ethic and an intellectual curiosity, and equipped with artistic skill in a range of media.
- Offer in-depth studio training in Painting, Drawing, Ceramics, Kiln-Formed Glass, Sculpture, Small Metals/Jewelry, Printmaking, Video and Digital and Film Photography.
- Teach students to communicate with visual elements across various media using the principles of design.
- Help students understand and respond to the historical and cultural influences that shape the contemporary art world.
- Prepare students for art and photo related careers by ensuring an understanding of technical, critical and professional skills.
- Fine art photography—exhibiting and selling work
- Arts administration, including directing professional galleries or other positions within galleries and museums, theaters, performing arts organizations, and other cultural agencies
- Teaching photography at the K-12 through college level
- Artist residencies, writing and getting grants
- Portrait, wedding and fashion photography
- Photojournalism and documentary photography
- Graduate studies in such areas as art education, studio art, photography, art therapy, art history and theory