The photography curriculum is designed to give students a thorough knowledge of the
medium, including historical and aesthetic concerns, as well as experience with conventional,
experimental and digital photography. The program relates to all the other areas in
the department by emphasizing inter-media applications through the combination of
photographic images or electronic output with the traditional materials associated
with drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking and ceramics to encourage communication
and understanding across the disciplines. The intent is to conceptualize ideas by
using the medium of photography and related practices. Although experimentation and
aesthetic freedom is encouraged, the program is demanding and critically challenging.
The curriculum encourages students to develop knowledge, skill and creative thinking
through realistic problem-solving and technical instruction. Students study camera
vision, equipment and technique; black-and-white, color and alternative processes;
the use of natural and artificial light; and the photographic applications of digital
technology. At all levels students learn to develop their critical judgment through
discussion of contemporary and historical photographic practice.
Faculty member Liz Lee developed the Academic Practicum Workshops for the Society for Photographic Education. More information about the society can be found at www.spenational.org