Studio Art - Photography
The Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art prepares students for positions in Studio Arts related job markets. A degree in Studio Arts also gives students all the necessary skills to succeed in graduate study. The Bachelor of Arts Studio Art program, with a concentration in Photography features a sound traditional arts core curriculum and 18 extra hours in Photography.
The Studio Art concentration in Photography is one of the few in the region to fully embrace creativity in analog b/w wet darkroom, alternative photographic processes, studio lighting as well as the full range of digital technology. This allows for a full range of photographic mediums. Installation and Mixed Media are also encouraged. This program is designed to provide opportunities for in class projects as well as individual explorations.
The photography facilities include a 20-station black and white darkroom with large-print capabilities and film dryers. Also included is a five-station color darkroom with a film loading and processing area.
The lighting studio houses a 1600WS Speed-o-Tron Brownline System, a large studio lighting set, and several small accessory lights. The studio also contains a Cyclorama wall and backdrops for portrait photography. The photography department has a variety of photographic equipment available including 35mm SLR cameras and state-of-the-art digital SLR cameras for student use as well as large format field cameras and medium format studio cameras.
The Photography concentration is supported by both the Studio Art and Communication Arts and Graphic Design programs. This allows students a strong background in both Fine Art Photography and Commercial Photography.
Courses in the concentration:
Advanced Photography (4) courses
Special Topics in Studio Art: Photography
Opportunities for Studio Art Students
In addition to the challenging classes in the School of Creative Arts, students are able to take advantage of opportunities that promote and support leadership skills, organizational skills and service, including:
- Studio Art related campus clubs such as f/8 Photography Club
- Hand-on training using state of the art equipment and technology
- Sophomore and Senior reviews with Studio Art faculty
- Internship opportunities locally, regionally and nationally
- Field trips to nationally known museums and
- Assignments and projects that develop a strong art portfolio
- Access to all studio art areas and facilities
- Strong relationship with area businesses, Fine Art Studios and non-profit organizations
- Lecture programs both on and off campus
- Annual Student Art Exhibition
- Many opportunities for students to exhibit within the community
- Travel abroad opportunities with the Global classroom
- Opportunities with the campus newspaper Paw Print
Students have the opportunity to experience internships, global classes, exhibitions, on-campus employment and opportunities that will benefit them in the following ways:
- Become more knowledgeable and gain insight into the art profession
- Expose themselves to as much art as possible
- Obtain hands-on experience within the field of study
- Gain confidence both on paper and in person
- Develop networking contacts
- Create an effective artist’s resume
The well-rounded Studio Arts education that students receive in the Studio Art program also makes them well prepared for a wide variety of arts related careers. The School of Creative Arts helps its students and graduates plan and implement sound decisions for their futures.
Some Possible Careers in Photography
- Advertising Photographer
- Commercial Photographer
- Industrial Photographer
- Fashion Photographer
- Wedding Photographer
- Travel/Environmental Photographer
- Forensic Photographer
- Freelance Photographer
- Custom Printer
- Lab Technician
- Photo Researcher
- Stock Photographer
- Film/Television Photographer
- Museum/Gallery Representative/Owner
- Artist-in-Residence/Visiting Artist