The Department of Art offers courses in beginning, intermediate, and advanced photography. The beginning courses focus on the development of technical and creative skills in black and white photography. At the intermediate level students explore digital photography, while the advanced course rotates annually between techniques and themes that reflect current issues in contemporary image-making. At the advanced level, students refine their personal vision through long-term, exhibition ready projects.
Through content-based assignments and final portfolio projects followed by group and individual critiques, you are presented with a strong foundation in the technical and aesthetic aspects of the medium.
An emphasis is also placed on visual awareness: the ability to see perceptively and to translate that perception into expressive photographs. You are also encouraged to express their visual ideas in written form through artist statements and personal journals.
Faculty regularly present slide and video lecture material on the History of Photography, concentrating on 19th and early 20th century in the beginning class, the 1920s through the 1960s in intermediate, and 1970s to contemporary in the advanced course. Field trips to local galleries and museums, and lectures by visiting artists offer you the opportunity to see original photographic work. Through on-campus exhibitions, the Art Department is developing a substantial Permanent Teaching Collection of 20th century photographs.