Nov 14, 2019  
2019-2020 University Catalogue 
    
2019-2020 University Catalogue

Photography, BFA


Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Programs & Schools


Anne Massoni, Program Director
amassoni@uarts.edu
(215) 717-6303

C O N T E N T S

Description

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 independent, creative problem solving and original thinking. They exhibit a distinct and personal approach to art making.
  • Students demonstrate knowledge of contemporary issues and historical precedents. They have an appreciation for experimentation/innovation as well as for the traditions of making as applied to contemporary photographic practices.
  • Students acquire and demonstrate the professional skills needed to be successful as practicing artists, entrepreneurs, and productive citizens, including further study at the graduate level.
  • Students are able to talk and write about art (including their own work) critically, intelligently, and with considerable insight.
  • Students acquire the level of technical skill required for them to reach their career goals in an ever-evolving medium. They establish a studio practice appropriate to their ideas and demonstrate a deep familiarity with materials and processes.

Program Requirements (120 credits)

Major Requirements (63 credits)


Discipline History (12 credits)


Critical Studies (30 credits)


Composition (6-9 credits)


Students are placed into one of the following composition sequences after the completion of a writing placement exam. Students who do not complete the exam may be placed based on standardized tests scores (if available) or high school GPA.

Critical Approaches to the Arts and Culture (9 credits)


  • Select 3 courses from subject CRIT

Thinking Through Science (3 credits)


  • Select 1 course from subject ANTH, PSYC, SOCI, or SCIE

Critical Studies Electives (9-12 credits)


Students who complete the developmental composition sequence complete 9.0 credits of CS electives; all other students complete 12.0 credits.

  • Select courses from subjects:
    • AHST (Art History), HIST (History)
    • FRCH (French), ITAL (Italian), LITT (Literature)
    • PHIL (Philosophy), RELI (Religion)
    • SCIE (Science)
    • ANTH (Anthropology), PHIL (Philosophy), PSYC (Psychology), SOCI (Sociology)
  • Select courses from  : Art History or Critical Studies Elective.

General Electives (15 credits)


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

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Programs & Schools