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2013-2014 University Catalogue [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Photography, Bachelor of Fine Arts

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Anne Massoni \ \ 215.717.6303
Program Director


Students in the Photography program demonstrate the ability to use the department’s full range of media tools and resources to create their own artistic vision. Students develop confidence and a unique artistic voice through the acquisition and mastery of technique, combined with the understanding and application of aesthetic analysis. Students develop their ability to formulate and successfully communicate their understanding of contemporary photographic practice, employing different modes of expression including writing as well as oral discussions through classroom critiques and dialogue. Additionally, students demonstrate critical thinking skills and the ability to understand and adapt to constantly changing aesthetic and technical environments. The program is designed to provide practical professional training balanced with a fine-art aesthetic. Through our choice of visiting lecturers, gallery exhibitions, visiting artists, internships, diversity of faculty, and significant engagement and outreach with the professional, fine art, and photo education community, we offer a rich and diversified educational experience.

Program Objectives

  • Students demonstrate fundamental competencies in the use of film and digital, small, medium and large format cameras, hot lights, strobes, scanners, printers, computers and software programs such as Photoshop and Lightroom.
  • Students demonstrate independent and original thinking and an understanding of wide aesthetic palette both inside and outside of the discipline spanning historic, contemporary, commercial and fine art work.
  • Students will have a knowledge of the commercial world, whether it be the gallery market, commercial or editorial work. The student will demonstrate familiarity with marketing, professional and legal practices and the challenge of making a small business succeed.

Program Requirements (126 credits)

University Common Curriculum (4.5 Credits)

Additional information available on the University Common Curriculum  page.

CAMD College Core (18 credits)

Required CAMD Core


  • Select 1 course from subjects: IMAG or TIME


  • Select 1 course from subjects: OBJT or ENVI


  • Select 2 courses from subjects: IMAG, TIME, OBJT, or ENVI

CAMD School Core (6 credits)

All CAMD students are required to complete 6 credits of School Core coursework during their first three semesters.  Students are free to select courses from any school or cross-college program.  Refer to the CAMD School Core  page for additional information.

Discipline History (12 credits)

Liberal Arts Distribution (30 credits)

Humanities Seminar (3 credits)

  • Select 1 course from subject HUMS

Period Interpretation (6 credits)

  • Select 1 course from subject LAPI, level 800 (Select 1 course from subject PIPT)
  • Select 1 course from subject LAPI, level 900 (Select 1 course from subject PITC)

Scientific Inquiry Foundation Track (3 credits)

  • Select 1 course from subject LACR, level 200 (excluding LACR 210) (Select 1 course from subject SIFT)

Liberal Arts Electives (12 credits)

  • Select courses from subjects: LAAH, LALL, LAPR, LASM, or LASS
  • Select courses from subjects:
    • AHST (Art History), HIST (History)
    • ARAB (Arabic), FRCH (French), ITAL (Italian), LITT (Literature)
    • PHIL (Philosophy), RELI (Religion)
    • MATH (Math), SCIE (Science)
    • ANTH (Anthropology), PHIL (Philosophy), PSYC (Psychology), SOCI (Sociology)
    • STCU (Cultural Studies), STDA (Dance Studies), STGS (Gender & Sexuality Studies),
      STMU (Music Studies), STPF (Performance Studies)
  • Select courses from  : Art History or LA Elective.

Electives (16.5 credits)

  • Complete 16.5 credits of free electives. This requirement is satisfied by any undergraduate course that isn’t required by the program.