The Photography Program is a fluid investigation into visual literacy focusing on the creative possibilities of lens-based imaging. Beginning with the introductory course, students create work that combines concept and technique with an awareness of contemporary art theory. Emphasis is placed on the student's personal growth through aesthetic and intellectual development. This rigorous education in contemporary artistic and cultural practices, accompanied by classes in photographic history, enables students to develop a critical understanding of how photographic practices form and reflect our world.
The photography area welcomes an interdisciplinary approach to the medium and the possibilities of a content-driven incorporation of video, film, sound, performance, and installation. The incorporation of such parallel academic pursuits as literature, politics, psychology, and philosophy is encouraged.
Successful progress through this undergraduate program requires a firm commitment to work intensively at the highest levels of creative and intellectual capacity. Self-discipline is crucial; standards of achievement are high. Studio practice is reinforced by extensive library holdings and one of the largest collections of fine-arts photographs in any university art museum. The photography faculty are a diverse and accomplished group encompassing a wide range of artistic practice; students have the opportunity to work closely with them. Facilities include digital classrooms, computer labs, and state-of-the-art digital output as well as darkrooms for film processing and both silver-based and non-silver printing. Advanced students have access to lighting equipment, medium format and view cameras, and DSLRs.