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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 explores the practice and theory of photography via technical understandings and methodological explorations of the photography medium as applied to Commercial Photography and Photography & Social Engagement concentrations. Through the introduction of narrative, conceptual development, and Christian worldview – students will acquire a unique stylistic aesthetic leading to a professional portfolio.

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.

PHO 105 The Camera

Units: 3. Offered: Fall, Spring.

Students will understand, and become comfortable, with the foundational use of the camera by understanding exposure through metering and the relationship between – ISO, Aperture, and Shutter Speed. Students will begin to implement foundational design elements through composition, and compression through different lens focal lengths. Students will produce and analyze photographs by employing professional photographic techniques and the introduction of a digital workflow.

PHO 110 Fundamental Commercial Photography

Units: 3. Offered: Fall.

This course surveys contemporary genres within Commercial Photography. While introducing the practical skills of production and conceptual development, students will work to plan and execute camera-based assignments in the areas of editorial and advertising photography. Prerequisite: PHO 105.

PHO 120 Fundamental Fine Art Photography

Units: 3. Offered: Fall.

This introductory course explores the conceptual and expressive principals of Fine Art Photography through lectures, discussions, assignments and field trips. Students will submit their work for critique, refining the theoretical and practical skills needed to create meaningful imagery.  Prerequisite: PHO 105.

PHO 140 History of Photography

Units: 3. Offered: Fall, Spring.

This course follows movements and themes in the history of photography from its inception at the turn of the 19th century to today. In this class, students will identify key works and discuss their significance in a historical context. On a more theoretical level, photography will be observed as cultural production that shapes personal and political ideology. Photographic  examples will be presented from photojournalism, documentary, fine art, advertising, fashion and academia to more vernacular uses in everyday life. Through readings, discussions and assignments students will build the visual literacy needed to experience, understand and analyze images.

PHO 250 Post-Production

Units: 3. Offered: Spring.

Through this course, students will develop the technical foundation needed to process and retouch images with Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. Students will build a professional workflow utilizing digital asset management, image selection, and global adjustments with non-destructive methods. Further pixel adjustments will be made within Photoshop for advanced retouching.

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.

PHO 330 Visual Storytelling

Units: 3. Offered: Spring.

This course integrates a conceptual framework and narrative structure into the photographic process. Utilizing color, design and visual communication skills to evoke emotion, students will learn how narrative shapes messaging. The course supports students involved in a wide range of photographic disciplines where visual storytelling is critical to a work’s reception.  Pre-Requisite: PHO 105

PHO 332 Studio Photography

Units: 3. Offered: Spring.

This course will implement a practical workflow within a controlled space, utilizing the tools and techniques of studio photographers. Students will gain an understanding of light quality and how it relates to ideas, and the emotional depiction of a subject. Students will understand how to craft their lighting to the specific subject they are photographing. Labs will be hands-on, integrating professional studio practices for digital capture and utilizing industry-wide workflow standards related to the latest software and hardware.  Pre-Requisite: PHO 110

PHO 350 Digital Printing and Color Management

Units: 3. Offered: Fall.

This course presents students with the digital workflow techniques needed to produce archival photographs. File preparation, resolution selection, print-profiling, paper selection and soft-proofing techniques will be covered. Students will learn the techniques of digital color management by applying color profiles to produce archival prints for the purpose of promotional, gallery, and printed portfolios.  Pre-Requisite: PHO 250

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: PHO 332.

PHO 433 Photography Open Studio

Units: 3. Offered: Fall, Spring.

Upper division photography students focusing on their concentration will work one-on-one with their professor within a class setting to further develop their specific conceptual and technical skills that will enable them to successfully bring their vision and portfolio to completion.  Prerequisite: PHO350.

PHO 485 Photography Business

Units: 3. Offered: 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. Prerequisites: Senior status and Permission of the Department Director / Chair.

Concentration Courses

Students must complete all requirements (12 units) in one of the following concentrations: Commercial Photography, Photography & Social Engaegment
See concentrations tab for details.

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 explores the practice and theory of photography via technical understandings and methodological explorations of the photography medium as applied to Commercial Photography and Photography & Social Engagement concentrations. Through the introduction of narrative, conceptual development, and Christian worldview – students will acquire a unique stylistic aesthetic leading to a professional portfolio.

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

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.

PHO 105 The Camera

Units: 3. Offered: Fall, Spring.

Students will understand, and become comfortable, with the foundational use of the camera by understanding exposure through metering and the relationship between – ISO, Aperture, and Shutter Speed. Students will begin to implement foundational design elements through composition, and compression through different lens focal lengths. Students will produce and analyze photographs by employing professional photographic techniques and the introduction of a digital workflow.

PHO 110 Fundamental Commercial Photography

Units: 3. Offered: Fall.

This course surveys contemporary genres within Commercial Photography. While introducing the practical skills of production and conceptual development, students will work to plan and execute camera-based assignments in the areas of editorial and advertising photography. Prerequisite: PHO 105.

PHO 120 Fundamental Fine Art Photography

Units: 3. Offered: Fall.

This introductory course explores the conceptual and expressive principals of Fine Art Photography through lectures, discussions, assignments and field trips. Students will submit their work for critique, refining the theoretical and practical skills needed to create meaningful imagery.  Prerequisite: PHO 105.

PHO 140 History of Photography

Units: 3. Offered: Fall, Spring.

This course follows movements and themes in the history of photography from its inception at the turn of the 19th century to today. In this class, students will identify key works and discuss their significance in a historical context. On a more theoretical level, photography will be observed as cultural production that shapes personal and political ideology. Photographic  examples will be presented from photojournalism, documentary, fine art, advertising, fashion and academia to more vernacular uses in everyday life. Through readings, discussions and assignments students will build the visual literacy needed to experience, understand and analyze images.

Second Semester

PHO 250 Post-Production

Units: 3. Offered: Spring.

Through this course, students will develop the technical foundation needed to process and retouch images with Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. Students will build a professional workflow utilizing digital asset management, image selection, and global adjustments with non-destructive methods. Further pixel adjustments will be made within Photoshop for advanced retouching.

PHO 330 Visual Storytelling

Units: 3. Offered: Spring.

This course integrates a conceptual framework and narrative structure into the photographic process. Utilizing color, design and visual communication skills to evoke emotion, students will learn how narrative shapes messaging. The course supports students involved in a wide range of photographic disciplines where visual storytelling is critical to a work’s reception.  Pre-Requisite: PHO 105

PHO 332 Studio Photography

Units: 3. Offered: Spring.

This course will implement a practical workflow within a controlled space, utilizing the tools and techniques of studio photographers. Students will gain an understanding of light quality and how it relates to ideas, and the emotional depiction of a subject. Students will understand how to craft their lighting to the specific subject they are photographing. Labs will be hands-on, integrating professional studio practices for digital capture and utilizing industry-wide workflow standards related to the latest software and hardware.  Pre-Requisite: PHO 110

Concentration Course

Units: 3. Offered: As Offered.

Degree Concentration Course (Varied)

Christian Studies (General Education)

Units: 3. Offered: As Offered.

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

Third Semester

PHO 350 Digital Printing and Color Management

Units: 3. Offered: Fall.

This course presents students with the digital workflow techniques needed to produce archival photographs. File preparation, resolution selection, print-profiling, paper selection and soft-proofing techniques will be covered. Students will learn the techniques of digital color management by applying color profiles to produce archival prints for the purpose of promotional, gallery, and printed portfolios.  Pre-Requisite: PHO 250

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: PHO 332.

PHO 485 Photography Business

Units: 3. Offered: Spring.

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

Concentration Course

Units: 3. Offered: As Offered.

Degree Concentration Course (Varied)

Concentration_Course

Units: 3. Offered: As Offered.

Degree Concentration Course (Varied)

Fourth 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 433 Photography Open Studio

Units: 3. Offered: Fall, Spring.

Upper division photography students focusing on their concentration will work one-on-one with their professor within a class setting to further develop their specific conceptual and technical skills that will enable them to successfully bring their vision and portfolio to completion.  Prerequisite: PHO350.

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. Prerequisites: Senior status and Permission of the Department Director / Chair.

Concentration Course

Units: 3. Offered: As Offered.

Degree Concentration Course (Varied)

Christian Studies (General Education)

Units: 3. Offered: As Offered.

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

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 Minor

The Photography minor allows students majoring in another degree path to become introduced and practiced in the fundamental skills and processes within photography.  Students are required to complete 21 units as listed below.

Lower Division Requirements

PHO 105 The Camera

Units: 3. Offered: Fall, Spring.

Students will understand, and become comfortable, with the foundational use of the camera by understanding exposure through metering and the relationship between – ISO, Aperture, and Shutter Speed. Students will begin to implement foundational design elements through composition, and compression through different lens focal lengths. Students will produce and analyze photographs by employing professional photographic techniques and the introduction of a digital workflow.

PHO 110 Fundamental Commercial Photography

Units: 3. Offered: Fall.

This course surveys contemporary genres within Commercial Photography. While introducing the practical skills of production and conceptual development, students will work to plan and execute camera-based assignments in the areas of editorial and advertising photography. Prerequisite: PHO 105.

PHO 250 Post-Production

Units: 3. Offered: Spring.

Through this course, students will develop the technical foundation needed to process and retouch images with Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. Students will build a professional workflow utilizing digital asset management, image selection, and global adjustments with non-destructive methods. Further pixel adjustments will be made within Photoshop for advanced retouching.

Upper Division Requirements

PHO 310 Intermediate Commercial Photography

Units: 3. Offered: Spring.

This course further explores the genres within Commercial Photography allowing students to begin focusing on a body of work specific to their niche within that genre.  Further refinement through technical demonstrations and critique will allow students to begin to define an artistic style that is viable within the commercial marketplace.  Pre-Requisite: PHO 110.

PHO 330 Visual Storytelling

Units: 3. Offered: Spring.

This course integrates a conceptual framework and narrative structure into the photographic process. Utilizing color, design and visual communication skills to evoke emotion, students will learn how narrative shapes messaging. The course supports students involved in a wide range of photographic disciplines where visual storytelling is critical to a work’s reception.  Pre-Requisite: PHO 105

PHO 350 Digital Printing and Color Management

Units: 3. Offered: Fall.

This course presents students with the digital workflow techniques needed to produce archival photographs. File preparation, resolution selection, print-profiling, paper selection and soft-proofing techniques will be covered. Students will learn the techniques of digital color management by applying color profiles to produce archival prints for the purpose of promotional, gallery, and printed portfolios.  Pre-Requisite: PHO 250

Concentration Course

Units: 3. Offered: As Offered.

Degree Concentration Course (Varied)

Upper Division Electives

PHO 332 Studio Photography

Units: 3. Offered: Spring.

This course will implement a practical workflow within a controlled space, utilizing the tools and techniques of studio photographers. Students will gain an understanding of light quality and how it relates to ideas, and the emotional depiction of a subject. Students will understand how to craft their lighting to the specific subject they are photographing. Labs will be hands-on, integrating professional studio practices for digital capture and utilizing industry-wide workflow standards related to the latest software and hardware.  Pre-Requisite: PHO 110

PHO 400 Special Topics in Photography

Units: 3. Offered: Fall, Spring.

Special Topics regularly include:

Food / Product Photography
Wedding Photography
Sports Photography
Portriature
Fashion / Beauty Photography
Still Life

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 Photography

The Commercial 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 genres within Commercial Photography allowing students to begin focusing on a body of work specific to their niche within that genre.  Further refinement through technical demonstrations and critique will allow students to begin to define an artistic style that is viable within the commercial marketplace.  Pre-Requisite: PHO 110.

PHO 400 Special Topics in Photography

Units: 3. Offered: Fall, Spring.

Special Topics regularly include:

Food / Product Photography
Wedding Photography
Sports Photography
Portriature
Fashion / Beauty Photography
Still Life

PHO 415 Advanced Commercial Photography

Units: 3. Offered: Fall.

This course encompasses an advanced approach to both studio and location photography within commercial photography. Emphasis is placed on the creative application of lighting technique and style to further develop the students vision and commercial portfolio. Pre-requisits: PHO310.

Photography & Social Engagement

The Photography and Social Engagement concentration call students to apply their foundational photography knowledge to missional and social engagements both locally and globally.

Complete twelve (12) units from the following:

PHO 360 Photo and Social Engagement

Units: 3. Offered: Spring.

This course will explore photography within the intersections of narration, representation, participation and missional outreach. Students will be tasked to produce a personal project that responds to social concerns explored through the medium of photography and will present their work for critical feedback. The class will create a final group project that engages the community within a missional context.  Pre-requisits: PHO110, PHO120

PHO 362 The Photographic Book

Units: 3. Offered: Spring (Odd Years).

An advanced studio-based lab which will explore the traditions and practices of the photographic book from handbound artist books to more modern direct-to-publishing methods. Students will be encouraged to develop their own concepts and interpretations within the medium.  Pre-requisits: PHO330

PHO 363 Photography Documentary Methods

Units: 3. Offered: Spring (Even Years).

This course explores documentary photography, and the expanding modes of the genre, as an artistic medium. The emphasis of this class will be on the process of conducting research and gaining access to subjects, as well as the practice of editing and sequencing imagery to produce works that weave symbolism into photographic observation. The ethics of realism, from an art historical perspective, will be addressed through critical readings. Subjectivity and the capturing of human experience, will be emphasized over reportage. Pre-requisits: PHO110 or PHO120

PHO 401 Special Topics in Non-Commercial Photography

Units: 3. Offered: As Offered.

This course focuses on different topics in the field of non-commercial photography each time it is offered.  May be repeated three times for credit with change in topic. Pre-Requisite: PHO 120.

PHO 433 Photography Open Studio

Units: 3. Offered: Fall, Spring.

Upper division photography students focusing on their concentration will work one-on-one with their professor within a class setting to further develop their specific conceptual and technical skills that will enable them to successfully bring their vision and portfolio to completion.  Prerequisite: PHO350.

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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