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Documentary and news photographers inform and influence our grasp of current events; commercial photographers meet the image needs of business and industry; and fine art photographers help us comprehend culture and society. Since photography is a medium that contributes to both the cultural and economic aspects of society, its students are well-positioned to pursue art as a life’s work.

In Pennsylvania College of Art & Design’s photography program, vision – design sophistication and the ability to see photographically – is of primary importance, regardless of its application. Students discover how craft and vision are inextricably bound, and develop strong visual skills and knowledge of traditional, digital and experimental photographic processes.

A required internship provides an opportunity to make contacts within the industry and discover aspects of photographic practices that correspond with one’s abilities and interests. These professional opportunities, in addition to coursework, prepare students for life after graduation.

 

 

Photography Curriculum
 


 

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

PH 205 History of Photography I: 1800 – 1925     1.5 CR
PH 207 Photographic Techniques I: B&W Craft and Image     3.0 CR
PH 209 B&W Digital Capture and Production     3.0 CR

PH 212 Fundamentals of Lighting     1.5 CR
Studio Elective     1.5 CR
Liberal Arts     6.0 CR

Spring Semester
PH 206 History of Photography II: 1925 to the present     1.5 CR
PH 214 Color Digital Capture and Production     3.0 CR
PH 215 Photographic Techniques II: Color Craft and Image     3.0 CR
PH 220 Intro to Video     1.5 CR
Liberal Arts     6.0 CR

 

Total Credits: 31.5 CR

 


 

Junior Year

Fall Semester

PH 312 Digital Color Management     1.5 CR
PH 310 Advanced Lighting for Studio and Video    3.0 CR
PH 313 Large Format Photography: Description and Contemplation     3.0 CR

PH 315 Intro to Sound for Video     1.5 CR
PH 317 Intermediate Video     1.5 CR
Liberal Arts     6.0 CR

Spring Semester
PH 311 Professional Practices I     1.5 CR
PH 314 Photo/Video Installation     3.0 CR

PH 316 Photo Montage and Manipulation    1.5 CR

PH 307 Advanced Color: Theory and Practice    3.0 CR
Photography Core Elective     1.5 CR
Liberal Arts     3.0 CR

 

Total Credits: 30.0 CR

Summer Internship (required, non-credit)


 

Senior Year

Fall Semester

PH 401 Senior Thesis I     3.0 CR
PH 425 Web-Arts: Self Promotion to Self-Expression     1.5 CR
PH 427 Video Projects    1.5 CR
Photography Core Elective     1.5 CR
Studio Elective     1.5 CR
Liberal Arts     3.0 CR

Spring Semester
PH 402 Senior Thesis II     3.0 CR
PH 426 Sequence and the Book     3.0 CR
PH 407 Professional Practices II     1.5 CR
Photography Core Elective     1.5 CR
Studio Elective     1.5 CR
Liberal Arts     6.0 CR

 

Total Credits: 28.5 CR

 

 

For more information on the photography curriculum or course descriptions, please download our current catalog.

 

 

 



Statement of Goals & Outcomes: Photography Department

 

Students who successfully complete the program will:
• Learn to use form, content and context in the service of clear visual communication.
• Learn the technical skills needed to produce a body of work in both film-based and digital technologies that meet professional standards for fine art and applied photography.
• Demonstrate knowledge of historic and contemporary issues in the practice of the medium and understand its relevancy to their work.
• Learn to work as professionals both in class and in preparation for post-graduate careers in photography.


 

Foundation Department

Digital Media
Fine Art
Graphic Design
Illustration
Liberal Arts Department
Laptop/Camera Requirements
Student Artwork




 

 

 

 

 


 

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