Photography

 

Photography

See Differently

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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Degrees Offered

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.

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Alumni Spotlight

Jacob Gonzalez
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Only after a few years of graduation, Jacob Gonzalez has become a nationally recognized sports photographer with current roles as the LA Clippers Photographer and a photographer for the NFL.  Jacob was awarded the 2018 NFL Photo of the Year, and his photo was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame.

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Ready to See Differently?

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:

See Differently.

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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, fine art, and social practice. Through the introduction of narrative, conceptual development, and Christian worldview – students will acquire a unique stylistic aesthetic and photographic voice 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 Creativity: Process and Purpose

Units: 3. Offered: Fall, Spring.

This course provides an introduction to creativity through discussion and project-based learning. The course provides overview and practice of creative processes (e.g. ideation, research, empathy, proto-typing, etc), in-depth discussion of the theological foundations for creativity, and practice for developing creative habits.

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 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 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 Creativity: Collaboration and Context

Units: 3. Offered: Fall.

This course builds on a foundational understanding of creativity’s process and purpose. The aim of the course is for students to apply these foundations to the act of completing interdisciplinary creative projects in context. Prerequisite: DES 110.

PHO 310 Process and Practice

Units: 3. Offered: Spring.

This course further explores the medium of photography specific to commercial, fine art, and social practice.  Students will begin focusing on a body of work specific to their genre of photography. Further refinement through technical demonstrations and critique will allow students to begin to define an artistic style that is viable within their intended marketplace. Pre-Requisite: PHO 350.

PHO 330 Visual Storytelling

Units: 3. Offered: Fall.

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 310

PHO 332 Studio Lighting

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 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 or GDM 235

PHO 400 Special Topics in Photography

Units: 3. Offered: Spring.

This course focuses on different topics in the field of photography each time it is offered. May be repeated three times for credit with change in topic.  Pre-Req: PHO 350

PHO 415 Context and Narrative

Units: 3. Offered: Spring.

Students will apply their knowledge of photographic processes and visual storytelling to the development of a cohesive and professional body of work as their authentic voice. Emphasis is on advanced level conceptual development, contextual research, image making, and critique.  Resulting in an approved proposal allowing them to proceed with their senior project.. Pre-requisits: PHO310.

PHO 432 Location Lighting

Units: 3. Offered: Fall.

Students will be able to approach locations efficiently to determine what artificial lighting methods to introduce, to create technically refined photographs. While also introducing these techniques creatively to further demonstrate mastery of photography through the use of location lighting. Prerequisite: PHO 332.

PHO 433 Studio Practice

Units: 3. Offered: Fall.

This course will address project cohesiveness, work quality, concept and process through critique and feedback. Students will apply all skills and theory learned to further define a contextual response to their photographic narrative. Students will demonstrate a detailed understanding of the photographic process including research, concept, design and documentation in preparation for their final presentation. Prerequisite: PHO 415

PHO 450 Digital Asset Management

Units: 3. Offered: Spring.

Students will curate, control, and communicate their photographic library by gathering and assembling current assets in one collaborative location. Establishing digital workflow best practices for the entire asset life cycle, by integrating their image library with other applications and services. Pr-Requisite: PHO 350

PHO 485 Photography Business

Units: 3. Offered: Fall.

Students will understand and develop the principles of running a successful photography business. With a hands on practical approach in relationship to; self promotion, marketing, accounting, copyright, permitting, contracts, artist representation, and the procurement of work. Prerequisite: PHO 415

PHO 499 Portfolio and Gallery

Units: 3. Offered: Spring.

Students will apply the skills necessary for the professional presentation of a completed body of work including editing, sequencing, printing, marketing, portfolio design, and gallery presentation. Prerequisite: PHO 433

Student Learning Outcomes

Photography Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)

  1. Students will define a unique stylistic aesthetic while demonstrating elements of visual storytelling through narrative, concept, design, and Christian worldview.
  2. Students through the critique process, will be able to articulate key formal and conceptual issues in photographic work using language specific to their field.
  3. Students will be proficient in studio and location lighting, utilizing tools current in the photography industry.
  4. Students will demonstrate a professional digital workflow; from capture, to post-production, to digital delivery and print output.
  5. Students will demonstrate a working knowledge of business practices and industry standards relevant to their concentration.
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 24 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 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 Process and Practice

Units: 3. Offered: Spring.

This course further explores the medium of photography specific to commercial, fine art, and social practice.  Students will begin focusing on a body of work specific to their genre of photography. Further refinement through technical demonstrations and critique will allow students to begin to define an artistic style that is viable within their intended marketplace. Pre-Requisite: PHO 350.

PHO 330 Visual Storytelling

Units: 3. Offered: Fall.

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 310

PHO 332 Studio Lighting

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 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 or GDM 235

PHO 432 Location Lighting

Units: 3. Offered: Fall.

Students will be able to approach locations efficiently to determine what artificial lighting methods to introduce, to create technically refined photographs. While also introducing these techniques creatively to further demonstrate mastery of photography through the use of location lighting. Prerequisite: PHO 332.

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.”

Student Work

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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.