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Our emphasis in fine art photography is grounded in photography, art, and research as a form of creative problem solving. We value exploration that is disciplined but open ended, and we encourage both individual focus and group interactions and communication. Our undergraduate alumni work for photography studios or commercial labs, open their own businesses, or create new careers for themselves in developing fields. Others go on to graduate school to earn an MFA in art photography in order to pursue their careers as artists, teach at colleges or universities, or work free-lance in various places and contexts. Our MFA alumni exhibit their work nationally, receive competitive grants, awards and fellowships, teach at the college level, or work as curators, directors or fundraisers for galleries and fine art centers.

Photography emphasis students will take photographic history classes and a variety of courses in photographic techniques and perspectives relevant to the appreciation and production of photography as a fine art. Studio practice includes both black and white film and print processing and color digital shooting and printing. Advanced classes cover topics such as experimental cameras, documentary photography, lighting studio and artist's books. All this leads to the production of a personal portfolio and participation in a group exhibition during the final semester.

The SRO Photo Gallery, in the Photo Area of the Art building, provides the opportunity for undergraduate students to judge submitted artworks by artists from throughout the country and then see the resulting exhibitions. Visiting photographic artists provide outside stimulus through lectures, workshops and individual critiques of student work.

View recent undergraduate photography emphasis student work here.

In order to be fully successful in our photography program, we require that each student who is a major or minor purchase or have unlimited access to an Apple laptop after completing beginning Photography. The Laptop needs to have the Yosemite operating system with at least 8 gb of memory, and the newest Adobe creative suite. Students will also need a 1 TB portable hard drive for backing up and saving their files.