College of Social and Behavioral Sciences2014-2015
Photography, Bachelor of Science
- Available Emphasis Areas:
- Field Photography - Emphasis (beginning Fall 2015) (ending Summer 2019)
- Studio Photography - Emphasis (beginning Fall 2015) (ending Summer 2019)
This Bachelor of Science in Photography will provide experience, training, and theory in the techniques of digital photography as well as the opportunity for students to develop their creative eye. The coursework includes studio and location photography, the use of computer image adjustment, working with light, and managing workflow. In addition, the core communication courses provide the essential skills of writing, critical thinking and communication. Students who pursue this degree will have the opportunity to participate in fieldwork and will be required to produce a senior portfolio project.
What Can I Do with a Bachelor of Science in Photography?
The making of a quality photograph begins with the vision of the person behind the lens. Train your eye—and mind—to capture the best light: pursue a Bachelor of Science in Photography.
The Bachelor of Science in Photography takes an integrated approach to the discipline that will help you secure a brilliant future in photography or a related field. Coursework in the major is designed to engage you, the student, with a combination of the communication core and in-depth courses in techniques and application of photography. You are provided a solid skills base on which to build a career in commercial photography. In advanced courses you will focus on the finer details of light manipulation, composition, darkroom technique, digital imaging, photo editing, and much more.
Career opportunities that might be pursued:
- Art direction
- Lighting technology
With further education, one of these paths is possible:
- Outdoor recreation planner
- Park naturalist
- University professor
- YMCA coordinator
To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.
- All of Northern Arizona University's liberal studies, diversity, junior-level writing, and capstone requirements.
- All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
- At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
- At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
- A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.
In addition to University Requirements:
- At least 48 units of major requirements
- At least 18 units of minor requirements
- Up to 9 units of major prefix courses may be used to satisfy Liberal Studies requirements; these same courses may also be used to satisfy major requirements
- Elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 120 units
Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.
|Minimum Units for Completion||120|
|Highest Mathematics Required||MAT 114|
|Emphasis, Minor, Certificate||Required|
|University Honors Program||Optional|
|Progression Plan Link||View Progression Plan|
Student Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate working knowledge of industry standard business practices in commercial, fine art and editorial disciplines by:
- Competitively pricing products and services
- Competently negotiating fees and agreements with clients
- Handling image rights and model releases
- Developing profitable business and marketing strategies
- Selecting the best technology for each photographic project
- Produce photographic work that is consistent with high professional standards. Students will:
- Solve creative and technical problems that include project parameters and modeled client expectations
- Make creative decisions that optimize conceptual impact, cohesiveness and memorability of created images
- Demonstrate working knowledge of metering, lighting ratios, color compensation and digital workflow.
- Create works in a variety of lighting situations including: available light; studio lighting, both electronic and continuous; and location lighting. This will include but not be limited to the fields of advertising, public relations and print media.
- Articulate in verbal and written form the key technical, formal and conceptual issues in their creative work and the work of others.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the historical, political and social context in which photographic images are created and viewed.
- Critically analyze and evaluate examples of photographic art, and revise their work based on faculty and peer critiques.
Field Photography Emphasis
- Exercise safety and precaution necessary for photography in urban and remote outdoor environments.
- Describe, discuss and conduct photography according to ethics of various urban and remote outdoor subjects and environments.
- Utilize advanced mobile photographic equipment to produce images that meet professional standards in a variety of on-location photographic approaches.
- Manage dynamic, unpredictable, and potentially harsh urban and remote outdoor subjects and environments for the purposes of photography.
Studio Photography Emphasis
- Employ advanced studio photographic equipment to produce images that meet professional standards.
- Conceptualize and stage in-studio projects while manipulating light, composition, color, backdrops and other mise-en-scene elements.
- Shoot and develop film & utilize alternative photographic processes.
- Conceptualize and construct photographic images for strategic audiences.
Take the following 48 units with a minimum GPA of 2.5:
- COM 101, COM 131, COM 200 with grades of "C" or better (9 units)
- CST 111 (3 units)
- PHO 181, PHO 282, PHO 285, PHO 382, PHO 383, PHO 384, PHO 483, PHO 484 (24 units)
- Select from: ADV 311W, JLS 335W, MER 300W, PR 372W, CST 300W (3 units)
- Select from: ACC 205, ACC 255, ART 101, ART 122, ART 135, ART 150, CIS 120, COM 150, COM 400, COM 450, ECO 284, EMF 382, ENG 302W, JLS 284, JLS 382, JLS 482, MKT 303, MGT 101, MGT 303, PHO 281, PHO 385, PHO 497, VC 251 (6 units)
- PHO 488C (3 units)
You must complete a minor of at least 18 units from those described in this catalog. In consultation with your advisor, you should select a minor that's appropriate for your career aspirations and educational needs. Your minor advisor will advise you about this part of your academic plan.
Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit.
You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)
- See the School of Communication page for information about the Communication Core, Advising and Student Responsibilities, and Graduation Requirements.
You should also be aware that you may take PHO 408 in your final two years before graduation; however, you must apply to and receive prior approval from our photography faculty members. We reserve the right to deny approval based on our assessment of your preparation and competence.
Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.
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