Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Photography

Photography, Bachelor of Science


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Available Emphasis Areas:

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.

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College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Photography

Photography, Bachelor of Science


Careers

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:
  • Professional Photographer/Free Lance
  • Private Business in Photography
  • Corporate photography/Non Profit Agencies
  • Advertising and Commercial Illustration
  • Law Enforcement/Evidence Photography
  • Digital Imaging, still and film industries
  • Photographic Education
  • Retail

With further education, one of these paths is possible:
  • Outdoor recreation planner
  • Park naturalist
  • University professor
  • YMCA coordinator

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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Photography

Photography, Bachelor of Science


University Requirements

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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Photography

Photography, Bachelor of Science


Overview

In addition to University Requirements:

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
Major GPA 2.5
Highest Mathematics Required MAT 114
Emphasis, Minor, Certificate Required
University Honors Program Optional
AZ Transfer Students complete AGEC-A Recommended
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Purpose Statement

The Bachelor of Science in Photography combines the science, art, application and practice of creating images digitally or on film through industry-based software, studio lighting and on-location field instruction.
 
Coursework provides students a theoretical and technical sequence of instruction to professionally create, print and display photographic work; work in varied lighting situations; adapt to the environment around them; critically analyze photographic art; develop profitable business and marketing strategies. Field location courses provide on-location opportunities photographing landscapes, wildlife, night skies using high-tech mobile photographic equipment. Studio courses offer opportunities in photographing food, products and portraits with industry standard lighting equipment.
 
Photography graduates will leave this program with an ability to apply the professional standards of photographic communication and find employment in corporate, conceptual and editorial industries

Student Learning Outcomes
Students will:

  1. Demonstrate working knowledge of industry standard business practices in commercial, fine art and editorial disciplines by:
    1. Competitively pricing products and services
    2. Competently negotiating fees and agreements with clients
    3. Handling image rights and model releases
    4. Developing profitable business and marketing strategies
    5. Selecting the best technology for each photographic project
  2. Produce photographic work that is consistent with high professional standards. Students will:
    1. Solve creative and technical problems that include project parameters and modeled client expectations
    2. Make creative decisions that optimize conceptual impact, cohesiveness and memorability of created images
  3. Demonstrate working knowledge of metering, lighting ratios, color compensation and digital workflow.
  4. 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.
  5. Articulate in verbal and written form the key technical, formal and conceptual issues in their creative work and the work of others.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of the historical, political and social context in which photographic images are created and viewed.
  7. Critically analyze and evaluate examples of photographic art, and revise their work based on faculty and peer critiques.
Field Photography CoursesStudio Photography Courses

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College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Photography

Photography, Bachelor of Science


Details

Major Requirements
General Electives
Minor Requirements
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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Photography

Photography, Bachelor of Science


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