Major Description

Photography aims to educate a student who will expand the bounds of creative expression and challenge current perceptions and preconceptions of the visual world. Study is directed toward creating works of art that use photographic imagery. The program is committed to continually redefining fine art photography in an expansive and openly creative way, emphasizing the ability to understand and employ photography’s unique narrative potential.


Courses That Introduce the Major:
  • ARTF 101—Contemporary Issues in Art
  • ARTF 102—Observational Drawing
  • ARTF 104—Expressive Drawing
  • ARTF 106—Visualization Drawing
  • ARTD 160—The Image World
  • ARTD 260—Basic Photography
  • ARTH 110—Introduction to the History of Art and Visual Culture

Students should consult with an Art + Design academic advisor regarding course selection prior to the advanced registration period

Possible Career Opportunities:

Graduates of this program apply their knowledge in a variety of ways, as fine artists, commercial photographers, designers, gallery and museum professionals, or any field that requires visual literacy and creative thinking.

  • Ability to teach, assess, plan, organize, and evaluate.
  • Communicate ideas, thoughts, and feelings using many materials and media.
  • Develop intuition and innovation in understanding and extracting ideas to generate visual concepts.
  • Familiar with graphics and database systems.
  • Intense research skills and critical analysis
  • Self discipline
  • Acquisition Specialist
  • Antique Dealer
  • Archivist
  • Arranger
  • Art Agent
  • Art Appraiser
  • Art Consultant
  • Art Director
  • Art History Instructor
  • Art Journalist
  • Art School Director
  • Art Therapist
  • Audio/Visual Specialist
  • Conservator
  • Critic
  • Curator
  • Display Designer
  • Educator
  • Freelance Artist
  • Gallery Director/Owner
  • Medical/Technical Illustrator
  • Photographer
  • Sculptor
  • Web Designer
  • Collection Manager
  • Commercial Photographer
  • Curator
  • Darkroom Manager
  • Documentary Photographer
  • Exhibiting Artist
  • Freelance Photographer
  • Medical Photographer
  • Portraitist
  • Photo Archivist
  • Photo Stylist
  • Public Relations Photographer
  • Teacher

Some careers may require education beyond an undergraduate degree.

Further Information:

There are several professional organizations dedicated to Photography.  Their websites might be able to provide a glimpse in the world of Photography.  These organizations include The American Society of Media PhotographersAmerican Photographic Artists, and Editorial Photographers.


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