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
Katie Sheffield  M.F.A. Expected 2015


          Facilities and Equipment

  • Adobe Photoshop CS5 Mac-based Studio with continuous and strobe lighting
  • 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 V750 flatbed scanners

  • Epson Expression 10000XL 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


    Mike Smith                          Recipient
    : 2001 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship
    423-439-5688                                                            2011 USA Lowe Fellow in Visual Arts


    Joshua Dudley Greer             Recipient: 2013 Individual Artist Fellowship Award,
    423-439-4247                        Tennessee Arts Commission