BA in Photography

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree program in Photography prepares adults for career change, advancement or graduate education, while providing personal enrichment. The program enables students to explore a combination of courses from the areas of film production, fine arts photography and professional photography.  Students develop a broad general knowledge of the traditional liberal arts disciplines while developing a greater depth of knowledge of photography.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate a broad based knowledge of photography from traditional photographic techniques to the digital darkroom
  • Apply theoretical as well as technical practices to photography
  • Demonstrate how photography contributes to both the cultural and economic aspects of society

BA in Photography Credit Distribution

Subject Category Credits
I. General Education Requirements 60
A. Intellectual and Practical Skills 15
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Literacy
  • Information Literacy
B. Civic and Global Learning 9
  • Diversity
  • Ethics
  • Civic Engagement
C. Knowledge of Human Cultures 12
D. Understanding the Physical and Natural World 4-7
E. General Education Electives 17-20
II. Area of Study: Photography 39
A. Required Courses 9
  • Principles of Photography (3 credits) OR
  • Black and White Photography (3 credits)
  • Survey of Art History I & II
  • History of Photography
  • Color Photography
  • Liberal Arts Capstone (LIB-495)
B. Photography Electives* 21
Students may concentrate in one of the following areas or select credits from the following areas: Film Production; Fine Arts Photography; Professional Photography. LIB-495 Liberal Arts Capstone strongly recommended.  
Film Production
  • The Film Industry
  • Introduction to Motion Picture History and Theory
  • Photography
  • Film Production I, II
  • Film Analysis and Criticism
  • Advanced Film Theory
  • History of Silent Film
  • History of Sound Film
Fine Arts Photography
  • Contemporary Photography
  • Photography
  • Advanced Photography
  • Advanced Color Photography
  • Photograph
  • Photography as a Fine Art Photography
  • Advanced Film Theory
  • Experimental Camera Techniques
  • Nature Photography
  • Studio Portraiture
  • Photography as Personal Expression
  • Portrait Photography
  • Still Life Photography
  • Experimental Dark Room Techniques
Professional Photography
  • Commercial/Industrial Photography
  • Advertising/Illustrative
  • Publications Photography (News)
  • Experimental Camera Techniques
  • Experimental Dark Room Techniques
  • Advanced Color Photography (Photo Mechanical Reproduction)
  • The Film Industry (Production, Business And Distribution Practices)
  • Advanced Studio Lighting
  • Advanced Dark Room Techniques
  • Alternative (non-silver) Processes or Photographic
  • Large Format Photography
  • Experimental Techniques in Illustration
  • Special Projects in Photography
  • Studio Photography
  • Studio Portraiture
  • Technical and Scientific Photography
  • Photojournalism
  • Medical Photography
C. Requirements  
  • Courses transferred to Thomas Edison State College are equated to the following levels: 100, 200, 300 or 400. A minimum of 18 credits equating to 300 or 400 are required.
III. Electives 21
Total 120


*This list is a guide. Other photography courses may be appropriate for this area of study.

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