Photography Curriculum

Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior  


Course title Fall Spring
FD101 Visual Elements: 2D 3 *
FD102 Visual Elements Digital Tools * 3
FD105-106 Basic Drawing 3 *
FD111 3-D Design 3 *
FD112 Time Arts * 3
** FN100 First Year Seminar (see note below) 1
LA121 Foundation Writing 3
LA122 Writing in Context 3
Perspectives on Society & Culture 3
Exploring Visual Culture 3
Studio Elective 3
TOTAL 15-16 15
*Can be taken Fall or Spring
**FN100 First Year Seminar is required of all freshman with fewer than 30 transfer credits.

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Photography melds traditional photographic methods with contemporary multidisciplinary practices. Through courses that stress both the theory and practice of photography, you acquire both technical competency and an awareness of the cultural and historical context that shapes your work. While developing a high degree of professional proficiency, you learn to communicate powerfully and to critically examine the challenges of photographic expression in the contemporary art landscape.

You learn both digital and analog techniques and work with black-and-white and color media as well as alternative and hybrid imaging processes. Visiting artists, process workshops, studio critiques, and the city’s active photography community enrich your experience.

In his thesis work, photography major Matthew Miller ‘12 hoped to subvert the viewer’s possible bias and prejudices about guns and to create space for open-minded discourse by photographing handguns and live ammunition. Photo by Kaija Cornett ‘12.


  • Digital Fine Art Printing Lab
  • Beginning Black and White Lab
  • Advanced Black and White Lab
  • Photography Studio
  • Computer Arts Center


  • Black and white
  • Color
  • Digital imaging
  • Large format
  • Non-silver contemporary processes