College of Social and Behavioral Sciences2017-2018


Photography, Minor

Photography is an art and a tool that engages not only the mind, but also the body's senses. This interdisciplinary minor provides students with a chance to gain experience in an area that complements a variety of majors and one that may turn out to be a lifelong source of pleasure.


What Can I Do with a Minor in Photography?

Does buttery afternoon light make you shutter-happy? 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: add a minor in Photography to your Journalism, Visual Communication, or other major and enhance your resume and skills.

Our integrated approach to the discipline will help you secure a brilliant future in photography or a related field. Courses in the minor combined with the communication core and electives, provide 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.

University Requirements

  • A minor is earned in conjunction with a bachelor's degree.

    To receive a minor (18 to 24 units) at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject matter areas with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0. At least 12 units of the minor must be unique to that minor and not applied to any other minor.


In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan 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 21
Major GPA 2.5

Purpose Statement

Photography is a continuous changing technology and we prepare students to solve and adapt to the professional standards of photographic communication industries including corporate, conceptual and editorial.  This minor provides theoretical and technical sequence instruction in digital photography through industry based software and lighting within studio and field photography courses.
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.


Minor Requirements
  • 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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