Our program encourages a broad range of experimentation with the expressive potentials of photography, as well as an awareness of contemporary practice and critical thinking on issues surrounding the medium. Students are encouraged to gain a grounding in history and criticism, while also maintaining a strong foundation in traditional photographic skills and techniques. The program is also characterized by a strong interaction between photography and other media, and photography students are often actively involved in video, digital imaging, painting, printmaking or sculpture.
Both the undergraduate and graduate programs require coursework in art history and contemporary issues. Photography courses include: Beginning Photography, Intermediate Photography, a series of Special Topics in Photography courses which can include: Color Photography, Digital Photography, Alternative Processes, Images in Context, and some cross-media classes such as Photo sculpture. Students complete their coursework with a pair of Advanced Photography courses which afford students the opportunity to compile an extensive portfolio. A comprehensive History of Photography course is taught each spring and is encouraged for all students with an area of concentration in photography. Undergraduate requirements include both media-based courses and cross-media courses organized by theme.