Lower level courses in photography are specific to particular processes or tools used in the medium. They include both technical and aesthetic problems relating to topics such as black and white materials, a variety of formats, digital, color, view camera, and studio photography. Students are encouraged and expected to define their own area of interest through the required 18 hours of upper-level independent studies. Throughout the program, emphasis is placed on the artistic, historic, contemporary, conceptual, visual, and technical aspects of photography. These elements of the medium can be applied to any application of photography. The nature of the photographic image is a constant issue of exploration in all courses in this program.
Andrew Scott B.F.A. 2011
During the first year of study, graduate students are encouraged to explore different concepts and techniques. During the last two years of the program, they are expected to execute a cohesive, developed body of work.
Katie Sheffield M.F.A. Expected 2015
Facilities and Equipment
Two darkrooms with 24 black and white englarging stations.
Two color darkrooms with Durst Laborator 4x5 enlargers and two print processors.
Eight 4x5 field cameras, seven studio rail 4x5 cameras
Alien Bee flash and portable power packs
Digital lab with 18 iMac computers with Adobe Photoshop CS5
Hasselblad Imacon Flextight X5 Scanner
Epson V700 flatbed scanners
Epson Stylus Pro 3880 and 4880 printers
Epson Stylus Pro 9880 and 9900 printers
Graduate Student research space at Valleybrook Farm.
Photography Area of Emphasis Checklist: BFA Checklist