BFA Photography, Commercial Studio Practice

BFA Photography, Commercial Studio Practice


Our Commercial Studio Practices concentration will combine the hands-on, technical know-how you need to become an amazing photographer, with the business skills necessary to open your own studio or work in a commercial setting. Explore multiple aspects of photography, portraiture, and fashion, as well as work in our brand new lighting 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.

Studio Foundation Requirements: 4 Credits

PHOT 1001 Freshman Studio I 2

PHOT 1002 Freshman Studio II 2
As part of the liberal arts core curriculum that all undergraduate students are required to take, photography students must include the following course as their Humanities Distributive core course:

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.

BFA Major Requirements/Photography/All BFA Students: 32 Credits

PHOT 2010 Beginning Digital Photography 4

PHOT 2015 Introduction to Studio Lighting 4

PHOT 3005 History of Photography (1830-1950) 4

PHOT 3060 Ethics and Image 4

PHOT 3100 Intermediate Digital Photography 4

PHOT 4006 History of Contemporary Art Photography 4

PHOT 4097 BFA Thesis 4
PHOT 2030 The Portrait 4

Concentration in Commercial Studio Practices: 32 Credits

PHOT 2035 Introduction to Fashion Photography 4

PHOT 2040 Introduction to Studio/Commercial Photography 4

PHOT 3015 Advanced Studio Lighting 4

PHOT 3105 Digital: Medium Format 4

PHOT 4011 Business Practices for Photographers 4

PHOT 4013 Fine Digital Print/Advanced Photoshop 4

PHOT 4915 Internship (Studio/Commercial) 4

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.