May 25, 2019  
2018-2019 University Catalogue 
2018-2019 University Catalogue

BFA in Photo + Film

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Anne Massoni, Program Co-Director

Wendy Weinberg, Program Co-Director



The major in Photo + Film allows students to explore the possibilities of film and photography at the same time, to consider the complex relationship between still images and the moving pictures, to acquire an understanding of the larger cultural, historical and aesthetic contexts of each field and how they interrelate, to learn photography and film techniques, and to create a capstone project of the student’s choosing that integrates film and photography in innovative ways.

Working closely with award-winning, professional photographers and filmmakers, and in collaboration with their peers, students’ classes are a mixture of hands-on instruction, lectures, screenings, and critiques. Students can take advantage of study abroad and internship opportunities, and elective credits allow them to explore their chosen fields more deeply or to sample the wide range of visual and performing arts offerings throughout the university.

Program Objectives

Students graduating with a BFA in Photo + Film will demonstrate:

  • a developed personal, artistic vision.
  • critical thinking skills and analyses of various genres, and historical and cultural contexts in film and photography.
  • an ability to traverse the traditional boundaries between photography and film
  • an ability to synthesize film and photographic techniques to create innovative hybrid work.
  • technical and aesthetic proficiency in creating photographs and films.
  • an understanding of professional practices in the fields of film and photography.
  • professional photography and film skills in a collaborative environment.

Academic Plan

Academic plans provide a semester by semester suggested course sequence. Plans can be customized through discussions with academic advisors.

Program Requirements (120 credits)

Discipline History (12 credits)

Critical Studies (30 credits)

Students will complete a writing placement exam to determine their composition sequence. Students who do not complete the exam may be placed based on standardized tests scores (if available) or high school GPA. Some students may be required to complete additional developmental coursework.

Students will complete one of the following sequences:

First Year Writing (6 credits)



Critical Approaches to the Arts and Culture (9 credits)

  • Select 3 courses from subject CRIT

Scientific Inquiry Foundation Track (3 credits)

  • Select 1 course from subject SIFT

Critical Studies Electives (12 credits)

  • Select courses from subjects:
    • AHST (Art History), HIST (History)
    • 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 Critical Studies Elective.

Electives (15 credits)

  • Complete 15 credits of free electives. This requirement is satisfied by any undergraduate course that isn’t required by the program.

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