Photography

Documentary and news photographers and videographers 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 and video.

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.

To view more work from our photography students, visit their Instagram feed.

Photography Student Artwork

Photography Curriculum

CourseTitleCredits
Fall Semester
PH 207 Photographic Techniques I: B&W Craft & Image 3.0
PH 226 Photo History I 1.5
PH 224 Digital Photo I 3.0
PH 221 Fundamentals of Lighting 1.5
Spring Semester
PH 227 Photo History II 1.5
PH 225 Digital Photo II 3.0
PH 223 Photographic Techniques II: Color Craft and Image 3.0
PH 220 Intro to Video 1.5
CourseTitleCredits
Fall Semester
PH 326 Advanced Digital Photography 3.0
PH 318 Advanced Lighting for Studio & Video 1.5
PH 323 Large Format Photography: Description and Contemplation 3.0
PH 317 Intermediate Video 1.5
Spring Semester
PH 307 Advanced Color: Theory & Practice 3.0
PH 319 Professional Practices I 1.5
PH 322 Photo/Video Installation & New Media 3.0
PH 325 Introduction to Sound for Video 1.5
CourseTitleCredits
Fall Semester
PH 401 Senior Thesis I 3.0
PH 427 Video Projects 3.0
PH 431 The Documentary: Objectivity and Influence 1.5
Spring Semester
PH 402 Senior Thesis II 3.0
PH 407 Professional Practices II (Photography) 1.5
PH 425 Web-Arts: Self-Promotion to Self-Expression 3.0
CourseTitleCredits
Fall Semester
PH 207 Photographic Techniques I: B&W Craft & Image 3.0
PH 226 Photo History I 1.5
PH 224 Digital Photo I 3.0
PH 221 Fundamentals of Lighting 1.5
Spring Semester
PH 227 Photo History II 1.5
PH 225 Digital Photo II 3.0
PH 223 Photographic Techniques II: Color Craft and Image 3.0
PH 220 Intro to Video 1.5
Fall Semester
PH 326 Advanced Digital Photography 3.0
PH 318 Advanced Lighting for Studio & Video 1.5
PH 323 Large Format Photography: Description and Contemplation 3.0
PH 317 Intermediate Video 1.5
Spring Semester
PH 307 Advanced Color: Theory & Practice 3.0
PH 319 Professional Practices I 1.5
PH 322 Photo/Video Installation & New Media 3.0
PH 325 Introduction to Sound for Video 1.5
Fall Semester
PH 401 Senior Thesis I 3.0
PH 427 Video Projects 3.0
PH 431 The Documentary: Objectivity and Influence 1.5
Spring Semester
PH 402 Senior Thesis II 3.0
PH 407 Professional Practices II (Photography) 1.5
PH 425 Web-Arts: Self-Promotion to Self-Expression 3.0

Students who successfully complete the program will:

  • Demonstrate the ability to integrate form, content, and context in the service of clear visual communication.
  • Demonstrate the technical skills needed to produce a body of work in still and time-based digital technologies, as well as film-based processes, 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.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work as professionals both in class and in preparation for postgraduate careers in photography.

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