Lens based imaging (photography) is the primary mode of visual communication in our highly globalized and networked world. The BA/BFA curriculum in photography focuses on the complexities of image production through studio art practices. This includes negotiating the multiple layers involved in the making/taking of images. Memorable photography strikes a balance between craft, form, content/concept, emotion, and expression. The photography area strives to empower students to become active and critically informed image-makers. While many of the tools and conceptual skills taught, are applicable to photography on a broad level, the areas primary focus is on photography within the Fine Art context.
The photo facilities include a professional quality lighting studio, and both a large format and mid size digital print lab with professional film scanners. There are also traditional wet darkrooms, which are suitable for alternative processes and silver printing. In addition, the area maintains quality DSLR kits, 4×5 View cameras with a variety of lenses, and Digital Medium Format equipment for BFA and MFA candidates. The Digital Media area is intertwined with the Photography area and provides both resources and instruction in time based media including video, installation, and performance.