Our Photography BFA features three areas of concentration:
• Commercial Studio Practices
• New Media Journalism
• Fine Art & Museum/Gallery Practices
The BFA in Photography emphasizes the skills, concepts, and historical awareness essential to anyone working within the broad spectrum of the rapidly changing world of photography. Each of the three new specializations allow our students to move beyond the classroom to experience photography as a world for aspiring professionals with the shared goal of pursuing a career in new media and the photographic arts. Each specialization focuses on a specific talent set, which will allow you to choose your individual direction for the post-graduation world.
Commercial Studio Practices: With a real world approach to professional photography, you can do anything. You’ll learn the technical and business skills necessary to open your own studio or work in a variety of commercial settings. You’ll be introduced to all aspects of photography, portraiture, and fashion shoots, including work in our new portrait studio. And when you’re ready to move beyond the world of Santa Fe, our photo studios in Berlin and Milan will welcome you for study abroad semesters during your Junior year.
New Media Journalism: The world of journalism is shifting – and you’re going to be ready to help define the direction it takes. This concentration will help you adapt to the expanding world of new media journalism, including interactive web publishing, video, audio, alternative format magazines, as well as traditional print media. Learn to combine video, audio, text, and images to tell a story, and engage with new forms of journalism demanded by an era of digital communication. In your junior year, study abroad at our sister schools in Berlin or Madrid for an international experience that will prepare you for graduation.
Fine Art & Museum/Gallery Practices: If you want an expansive fine art photographic experience, this specialization is perfect for you. Study traditional darkroom techniques along with the most up-to-date digital practices to create exhibition-ready portfolios suitable for publication or museum/gallery shows. You’ll leave the program prepared to enter the gallery and museum world, and have the opportunity to study abroad at any of our many network schools your Junior year.
Regardless of your specialization, all Photography students will have the opportunity to work with traditional darkroom practices and cutting-edge digital techniques. You’ll learn historical processes (cyanotype, silver nitrate, and more) as well as digital editing. Our darkrooms, digital lab, framing and matting room, photography studio, and more, are open to you as a Photography student.
The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Photography program includes essential core photography courses in both studio and history. This degree permits students who have a strong interest in other subject areas to pursue multiple minors without extending their four-year college residency. Upon completing the BA program, students will possess a basic vocabulary and technical proficiency in using both analog and digital technologies.
This program includes the study of a variety of processes and genres of photography. Students who earn this degree will be conversant in the history of photography, its major artists and movements, and contemporary issues and ethics.