BA Photography

BA Photography

Your photography degree is just the beginning

Take the flexibility you need to become a master photographer, and combine it with skills and talents from another major, or focus on community arts. Imagine what you can do with a minor in film, or creative writing (journalism) or studio art. This degree allows you to custom-design your own photographic experience: when you combine outside passions with a photographic background, you’ll know all the rules and the best ways to break them. Don’t stop at the darkroom or the digital lab, see how far your photographic experience can take you.

The BA in Photography requires 120 credits consisting of 36 credits in the liberal arts core, 4 credits in foundation requirements, 20 credits in major requirements, 24 credits in designated electives, and 36 credits in either a designated minor or unrestricted electives. The program of study is provided as follows.

Liberal Arts Core Requirements: 36 credits

Liberal Arts Core Requirements (16 credits)

  • FRYE 1025 Liberal Arts Seminar (4 credits)
  • ENGL 1050 Writing Roundtable I (4 credits)
  • ENGL 1051 Writing Roundtable II (4 credits)
  • SOYE 2050 Sophomore Roundtable Seminar (4 credits)
  • Liberal Arts Distributive Core Requirements (12 credits)

Cultural Diversity Course (4 credits)

Ethical Responsibility Course (4 credits)

Options for all courses change on a semester basis – check the Registrar for this semester’s core classes and academic catalog.

Foundation Requirements: 4 credits

PHOT 1001 Freshman Studio I (2 credits)

PHOT 1002 Freshman Studio II (2 credits)
ARTH 1002 History of World Art II (4 credits)

Major Requirements: 20 credits

PHOT 1008 Beginning Photography (4 credits)

PHOT 2010 Beginning Digital Photography (4 credits)

PHOT 4004 History of Photography I (4 credits)
PHOT 4005 History of Photography II (4 credits)

Choose one of the following courses:

PHOT 4006 History: Contemporary Art/Photography (4 credits)
Choose 24 credits in PHOT electives.

Designated Electives: 24 credits

Unrestricted Electives: 36 credits

Formation of School of Visual and Communication Arts

In August 2014, in order to better serve the growing enrollments in four of its academic programs, SFUAD restructured the administrative management of these programs into a “School of Visual and Communication Arts” (“SVCA”). The SVCA includes degrees in graphic design, digital arts, studio art and photography and is managed by a Dean, Linda Swanson (formerly the Chair of the Studio Art Program). The benefits expected from this administrative reorganization include leadership depth, leveraging of curriculum across four programs, sharing of facilities, improved trans-disciplinary and industry student experiences amongst the four programs as well as a larger and more diverse community under a shared school structure.