Photography

 

Photography

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CBU Photography program is built with the industry in mind.  The program is authored and taught by professional photographers actively working at the highest level in their fields.  Best practices, latest technologies, ideation, craft, and business acumen are embedded into the instruction and mentorship – all with the intention of sending graduates out to make an impact for the Kingdom.

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CBU Photography program offers a flexible undergraduate degree which allows for the student to receive a solid foundation, and built on it with their choice of concentrations.

Photography Concentrations

CBU Photography offers two concentrations, allowing students to specialize and distinguish themselves as photographers who demonstrate professional excellence and personal integrity, are servant leaders in their communities, and who live Biblically-based, missional lives within the profession.

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“One of the biggest advantages of CBU’s Photography program was how courses where setup to simulate a real world design firm. Each project involved creative briefs with the client right from the beginning and the success of the project directly affects how one will navigate the creative process. It was through these invaluable experiences and on-on-one time with the professors did I gain the skills I need to continually excel in the industry.  –Taylor Bechard, gojane.com

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The photography program at CBU was built with the working photographer in mind.  Whether you want to travel the world, or work in the studio, we prepare you to find your vision as an artist. All that we ask of you is one thing:

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B.A. Photography

The Photography Major program is designed to instruct the student in three major areas, or interests, in photography: Commercial, Fine Art, and Sports. Students will learn the integration of theory, best-practices, hands-on and assignment instruction.

General Education Courses

The general education requirements will follow the curriculum set forth for other university programs. Some general education requirements will be met through specific major requirements.

Lower Division Requirements

DES 110 Design Thought Foundations I

Units: 3. Offered: Fall, Spring.

The course will be an introduction to 2D design thinking, as applied to the interrelated, interdisciplinary fields of design and as understood from a biblical world-view. Basic design theories, principles, major movements and works will be covered. Basic creative approaches and design expressions are explored through projects, class discussions, field trips and lectures. This course is an introduction to the design paths available through the College of Architecture, Visual Arts, and Design, but also serves non-design majors interested in discovering design.

GDM 130 Fundamental Image

Units: 3. Offered: Fall, Spring.

This course explores the tools and implementations of Adobe Photoshop through assigned projects and exercises. Techniques will be explored and explained. Best practice work-flows will be taught. The goal of this course is a working knowledge of Photoshop for the student.

PHO 105 The Camera

Units: 3. Offered: Fall, Spring.

This course is an introduction to photography where students are introduced to formal techniques and how to work a camera. Principles in exposure, time and composition will be explored.

PHO 110 Fundamental Commercial Photography

Units: 3. Offered: Fall.

This course explores the tools and technology of photography through assigned projects and exercises. Techniques will be explored and explained.

PHO 120 Fundamental Fine Art Photography

Units: 3. Offered: Fall.

Fine Art Photography is the greatest expression of the science of photography. This course explores the tools and technology of photography through assigned projects and exercises.

PHO 140 History of Photography

Units: 3. Offered: Fall, Spring.

This course is a survey of the 150 years of photography and the trends and technologies that have shaped it transformation into what it is today.

Upper Division Requirements

DES 310 Design Thought Practicum

Units: 3. Offered: Fall.

Design Thought Practicum builds on and continues the process of understanding interdisciplinary design thinking.  The aim of the course is for students to apply the principles and processes of design thinking to the act of design. Students will work in interdisciplinary teams to complete design exercises and projects.  Topics include developing a larger framework for design, design methods, design process, human factors in design, and environmental factors. Prerequisite: DES 110.

GDM 330 Intermediate Image

Units: 3. Offered: Fall, Spring.

This course is an intermediate image course in which more complex photography and photoshop techniques will be taught. Students will learn how to manipulate photography using photoshop to create complex ideas and messages. Prerequisite: GDM 130.

PHO 410 Studio Lighting

Units: 3. Offered: Fall (even years).

This course explores techniques and the tools implemented by a photography studio. Projects and exercises will teach the students how to use a camera, use lighting and work flows. Photoshop post-camera techniques will also be taught in conjunction with image processing.

PHO 431 Sports Photography

Units: 3. Offered: Spring (even).

This course will explore the world of sport photography and the special challenges it presents the photographer in equipment, timing and environment. The ability to tell a story in a fraction of second and position yourself to anticipate the shot is key.

PHO 432 On Location Photography

Units: 3. Offered: Fall.

This course will challenge the photography student to tell stories outside the controlled environment and to successfully navigate lighting and viewpoint obstacles. Prerequisite: GDM 330.

PHO 433 Assignment Photography

Units: 3. Offered: Spring.

This course will offer the student the opportunity to develop photography skills independently in an online format with teaching and student online forums and content. The student and teacher will meet to discuss the student assignments and outcomes. Prerequisite: GDM 330.

PHO 485 Photography Business

Units: 3. Offered: Fall, Spring.

This lecture course will introduce the students to principles of self-promotion, taxes, bidding, pricing, the procurement of work and agents.

PHO 499 Senior Show

Units: 1. Offered: Fall, Spring.

This course prepares the students for their capstone show and the pending graduation into their post-undergraduate endeavors. Prerequisite: Senior status and Permission of Department Chair.

Concentration Courses

Students must complete all requirements (12 units) in one of the following concentrations: Commercial Photography, Fine-Art Photography.
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Student Learning Outcomes

Photography Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)

  1. Students in the photography program will learn to work with industry standard equipment
  2. Students in the photography program will learn best-practice industry standard work flows
  3. Students in the photography program will learn principles and theory of composing and executing photography
  4. Students in the photography program will learn best-practice industry business practices
  5. Students in the photography program will learn to critique photography and direct others in photography
CURRICULUM PATH

The following documents outline a suggested course schedule.

B.A. Photography

2 Year Transfer

The Photography Major program is designed to instruct the student in three major areas, or interests, in photography: Commercial, Fine Art, and Sports. Students will learn the integration of theory, best-practices, hands-on and assignment instruction.

CBU Photography program has been designed to seamlessly integrate transfer students.  In particular, students who successfully transfer academic credit which fulfills all of CBU’s general education credits (except Christian Studies general education) are able to earn their B.A. of Photography in 2 years time.  Transfer students should refer to CBU Articulation Agreements to explore which academic credit units transfer from their institution.

Below is a suggested course schedule for a 2-year transfer student, presuming successful transfer of general education credits.  Please refer to the B.A. Photography program page for complete degree requirements.

First Semester

GDM 130 Fundamental Image

Units: 3. Offered: Fall, Spring.

This course explores the tools and implementations of Adobe Photoshop through assigned projects and exercises. Techniques will be explored and explained. Best practice work-flows will be taught. The goal of this course is a working knowledge of Photoshop for the student.

PHO 105 The Camera

Units: 3. Offered: Fall, Spring.

This course is an introduction to photography where students are introduced to formal techniques and how to work a camera. Principles in exposure, time and composition will be explored.

PHO 110 Fundamental Commercial Photography

Units: 3. Offered: Fall.

This course explores the tools and technology of photography through assigned projects and exercises. Techniques will be explored and explained.

PHO 120 Fundamental Fine Art Photography

Units: 3. Offered: Fall.

Fine Art Photography is the greatest expression of the science of photography. This course explores the tools and technology of photography through assigned projects and exercises.

PHO 410 Studio Lighting

Units: 3. Offered: Fall (even years).

This course explores techniques and the tools implemented by a photography studio. Projects and exercises will teach the students how to use a camera, use lighting and work flows. Photoshop post-camera techniques will also be taught in conjunction with image processing.

Second Semester

DES 110 Design Thought Foundations I

Units: 3. Offered: Fall, Spring.

The course will be an introduction to 2D design thinking, as applied to the interrelated, interdisciplinary fields of design and as understood from a biblical world-view. Basic design theories, principles, major movements and works will be covered. Basic creative approaches and design expressions are explored through projects, class discussions, field trips and lectures. This course is an introduction to the design paths available through the College of Architecture, Visual Arts, and Design, but also serves non-design majors interested in discovering design.

GDM 330 Intermediate Image

Units: 3. Offered: Fall, Spring.

This course is an intermediate image course in which more complex photography and photoshop techniques will be taught. Students will learn how to manipulate photography using photoshop to create complex ideas and messages. Prerequisite: GDM 130.

PHO 140 History of Photography

Units: 3. Offered: Fall, Spring.

This course is a survey of the 150 years of photography and the trends and technologies that have shaped it transformation into what it is today.

Christian Studies (General Education)

Units: 3. Offered: As Offered.

CST110, 130, 300, 350, 360, 370, 491 (ISP prep); ICS105, 375

Third Semester

DES 310 Design Thought Practicum

Units: 3. Offered: Fall.

Design Thought Practicum builds on and continues the process of understanding interdisciplinary design thinking.  The aim of the course is for students to apply the principles and processes of design thinking to the act of design. Students will work in interdisciplinary teams to complete design exercises and projects.  Topics include developing a larger framework for design, design methods, design process, human factors in design, and environmental factors. Prerequisite: DES 110.

PHO 432 On Location Photography

Units: 3. Offered: Fall.

This course will challenge the photography student to tell stories outside the controlled environment and to successfully navigate lighting and viewpoint obstacles. Prerequisite: GDM 330.

PHO 485 Photography Business

Units: 3. Offered: Fall, Spring.

This lecture course will introduce the students to principles of self-promotion, taxes, bidding, pricing, the procurement of work and agents.

Christian Studies (General Education)

Units: 3. Offered: As Offered.

CST110, 130, 300, 350, 360, 370, 491 (ISP prep); ICS105, 375

Fourth Semester

PHO 431 Sports Photography

Units: 3. Offered: Spring (even).

This course will explore the world of sport photography and the special challenges it presents the photographer in equipment, timing and environment. The ability to tell a story in a fraction of second and position yourself to anticipate the shot is key.

PHO 433 Assignment Photography

Units: 3. Offered: Spring.

This course will offer the student the opportunity to develop photography skills independently in an online format with teaching and student online forums and content. The student and teacher will meet to discuss the student assignments and outcomes. Prerequisite: GDM 330.

PHO 499 Senior Show

Units: 1. Offered: Fall, Spring.

This course prepares the students for their capstone show and the pending graduation into their post-undergraduate endeavors. Prerequisite: Senior status and Permission of Department Chair.

Christian Studies (General Education)

Units: 3. Offered: As Offered.

CST110, 130, 300, 350, 360, 370, 491 (ISP prep); ICS105, 375

Student Learning Outcomes

Photography Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)

  1. Students in the photography program will learn to work with industry standard equipment
  2. Students in the photography program will learn best-practice industry standard work flows
  3. Students in the photography program will learn principles and theory of composing and executing photography
  4. Students in the photography program will learn best-practice industry business practices
  5. Students in the photography program will learn to critique photography and direct others in photography
CURRICULUM PATH

The following documents outline a suggested course schedule.

Photography Concentrations

CBU Photography offers two paths of specialization: Commercial Photography and Fine-Art Photography.  These concentrations allow students to specialize and distinguish themselves as designers who demonstrate professional excellence and personal integrity, are servant leaders in their communities and who live biblically-based, missional lives within the profession.

Concentrations require twelve (12) additional units of upper level coursework from a specific set of courses as listed below.

Commercial Art Photography

The Commercial Art Photography concentration prepares students to gain employment as a professional photographer in a wide variety of settings from large corporations, to media outlets, to the student’s own photography studio.

Complete twelve (12) units from the following:

PHO 310 Intermediate Commercial Photography

Units: 3. Offered: Spring.

This course further explores the facets of commercial photography which include working with models, location acquisition and working in a collaborative environment. The student will be challenged to propose and execute creative solutions to problems set up by the instructor. Prerequisite: PHO 110.

PHO 411 Food/Product Photography

Units: 3. Offered: Spring (even years).

This course explores the techniques and methodology of photographing food and interior lifestyle. The course will challenge the student to produce work consistent with professional food photography

PHO 412 Portraiture

Units: 3. Offered: Fall (odd years).

In this course the art of portraiture is considered and practiced. The student will be challenged to hone the fine art of portraiture and its impact on the model and the viewer. The student will be challenged with a wide range of subject and practice the art of controlling a portrait setting.

PHO 413 Wedding Photography

Units: 3. Offered: Spring (odd years).

This course will explore the wedding field and the process of shooting successful weddings. It is a lucrative market for photographers and there are opportunities for young photographers to working immediately. Prerequisite: PHO 310.

Fine Art Photography

The Fine Art Photography concentration enables students to apply their foundational photography knowledge to generated artistic expressions, producing works for gallery showcase, decor, and personal expression.

Complete twelve (12) units from the following:

PHO 320 Intermediate Fine Art Photography

Units: 3. Offered: Spring.

This course further explores the facets of fine art photography which include working with models, location acquisition and working in a collaborative environment. The student will be challenged to propose and execute creative solutions to problems set up by the instructor. Prerequisite: PHO 120.

PHO 420 Still Life

Units: 3. Offered: Fall (even years).

This is a course that challenges the students to see light, shadow and composition thru the lens and then to capture it. The student will work with settings and lighting to produce work consistent with professional fine art.

PHO 421 Alternative Process

Units: 3. Offered: Spring (even years).

This course challenges the student to produce art thru the use of print making and other processes outside the camera. There will be several techniques studied and different mediums used. Prerequisite: PHO 310.

PHO 422 Portfolio/Gallery

Units: 3. Offered: Spring (even years).

The photographer’s ability to present themselves well is a crucial component of telling one’s story within photography. In this course the student will challenged to consider how their work will be displayed in gallery settings and to produce their work to meet that end.

Launch your Creative Career

Design is taking a lead role in business and broader culture.  Companies where design sits at the core of their philosophies, such as Apple, Tesla, AirBnB are succeeding in unprecedented manners.  Designers are in high demand to craft the user experience. Graduates from the CBU Graphic Design & Digital Media program are uniquely equipped and sought after candidates to enter the new economy, as well as uniquely trained to start their own design firms. Students graduating with a Photography degree position themselves for the following employment opportunities:

  • Commercial Advertising Photographer
  • Editorial Photographer
  • Ecommerce Catalog Photographer
  • Wedding & Portrait Photographer
  • Fine Art Photographer
  • Photo / Lighting Assistant
  • Digital Technician
  • Photo Retoucher / Compositor
  • Photo Editor
  • Photo Producer
  • Studio Manager
  • Location Scout
  • Gallery Manager and Curator

Award Winning

Over 40 American Advertising Awards have been awarded to CBU design students including:

  • “Gold – Elements of Advertising—Still Photography, Campaign”, National Competition
  • “Gold – Out-of-Home—Poster”, National Competition
  • “Gold” State Competition
  • “Best of Show” State Competition

Industry Known

Greg Laurie
Pastor, Harvest Church
harvest.org

“Design Matters. I have had a passion for art and design as long as I can remember. It is second only to my passion for preaching the gospel and teaching the Bible. I am excited about the design program at CBU and hope a new generation of artists will rise up to impact our culture with cutting edge design coupled with the timeless message of Jesus Christ.”

Aaron Lemen
Creative Director

“When we needed to fill our graphic designer position, we didn’t want to cast a wide net. We knew what kind of talent we were looking for. So we reached out to a short list of the best local talent, including the CBU design program. The top portfolios consistently came from CBU and we felt fortunate to bring one onto our team.”

David Riley
David Riley Associates
rileydra.com

“I’ve been fortunate enough to have a long standing relationship with CBU. I’m excited to see that CBU has developed such an outstanding design department that will expand and enrich the lives of these creative individuals.”

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Real World Engagement

Classrooms are integral but they are a place to stagnate. Whether it is a mountain shoot, internship, studio tour, desert shoot, pool shoot, field trip, speaking engagement or just fellowship, we build a community of designers that connect on campus and off.  Our students learn to understand the power of their work and grow to direct others — then to change others.

Desert Shoot

The classroom is only the start. Each year, CBU design students arm themselves with cameras and head out to the desert.

Underwater Shoot

Pool. Professional Models. Underwater cameras. Hands-on.
Doing what you do out of school.  Doing what the profession does.

On-Location

From the beach to the mountains.  Hand-held cameras and drones. CBU students in design learn to apply what they learn in real-life scenarios.

International Service Projects

CBU is committed to fulfilling Jesus’ mandate in the Great Commission “to go and make disciples of all nations.” To this end, CBU believes that God bestows upon every student gifts and passions to accomplish their purpose. To that end, CBU sends out more students worldwide than any other college in the country.  For more information see the Office of Mobilization.

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