Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography
Total credit hours: 120

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Visual Arts Core Requirements 12
COR 101 Surface Space & Time 6
COR 102 Studio Research & Practice 6
General Education Electives 18
ART 221 Modern Art History 3
ART 321 Contemporary Art History 3
BUS 300 Business of Art & Design 3
Various General Education Electives (3) 9
Visual Arts Electives 15
Various Studio Art Electives (5) 15

BFA in Photography
First Year
ART 101 Art History Survey I ART 102 Art History Survey II
COR 101 Surface Space & Time* COR 102 Studio for Research and Practice*
ENG 101 English Composition I ENG 102 English Composition II
PHO 101 Photography: A Cultural Lens PHO 102 A Critical Introduction to Photo
(15 Credit Hours) (15 Credit Hours)
Second Year
DIG 185 Digital Literacy or GRD 230 Graphic Design I COM 220 Speech Communication
HIS 101 History of World Civ I HIS 102 History of World Civ II
MAT 101 Math in the Visual Arts PHO 245 Photography II
PHO 121 Photography I PHO 352 Experimental Video or ART 264 Time-Based Media II
Social Science Requirement SCI 3XX Natural Science Series
(15 Credit Hours) (15 Credit Hours)
Third Year
ART 221 Modern Art History ART 321 Contemporary Art History
BUS 300 Business of Art & Design PHO 342 Applied Lighting
PHO 235 Darkroom Photography PHO 361 Alternative Processes
PHO 241 Introduction to Lighting PHO 395 Junior Projects
Visual Art Elective #1 General Education Elective #1
(15 Credit Hours) (15 Credit Hours)
Fourth Year
PHO 481 Seminar PHO 492 Senior Thesis & Prof Practices
PHO 3XX Advanced Special Topic General Education Elective #3
PHO 482 Critical Writing or ENG 300 Writing for the Humanities Visual Art Elective #3
General Education Elective #2 Visual Art Elective #4
Visual Art Elective #2 Visual Art Elective #5
(15 Credit Hours) (15 Credit Hours)

* 6 credit hours


The Watkins photography department is highly equipped and outfitted for all photographic approaches, with superior quality and an expansive inventory of resources, as well as generous policies for student use.

Students are required to purchase a DSLR camera that shoots in RAW format.

photo-facilitiesAvailable for check-out:

  • Hasselblad, Mamiya, Pentax and Bronica medium format cameras and lenses, and Pentax Polaroid backs
  • 4×5 view and field cameras, lenses, tripods, and changing bags
  • Canon and Nikon Pro-digital cameras
  • Tungsten, speedites, and strobe lighting kits and accessories for studio and location work
  • sx-70 camera for alternative work
  • Canon GL1 and GL2 digital video cameras
  • Zoom digital audio recorder
  • Flip HD video recorders


  • Darkroom with 15 enlargers and two island sinks
  • Three individual film loading and processing rooms
  • Lighting Studio

    Lighting Studio

    Wet area for archival washing and drying prints

  • Dry area for viewing negatives and prints, complete with light boxes, dry mount presses, matte cutter, and densitometer
  • A large lighting studio, complete with strobe and amp; tungsten equipment, soft boxes, booms, camera stands, backdrop material, and other accessories for studio work (room is available for reservation in four-hour blocks of time for students)
  • Digital imaging lab with state-of-the art Mac computers (OS-X operating system)
  • Four large format Epson archival ink jet printers
  • Four Epson Stylus Pro archival inkjet printers
  • Hasselblad Flextight XI film scanner
  • Epson flatbed scanners
  • UV exposure units for alternative printmaking
  • Jobo processors
  • H25 Hasselblad digital back and Toyo 4×5 adaptor for high-resolution digital capture

The Photography program does not require internships but strongly encourages them. Many opportunities are available and students are encouraged to take advantage of them. The following is a partial list of companies that support the photography program. New internship opportunities are made available to students every semester.