Photography (B.A.)

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.

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 in one of the following concentrations: Commercial Photography; Fine Art Photography.

Commercial Photography

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

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.