Photography

Decisions on the transferability of courses are made by the four-year colleges and differ from school to school. Students enrolled in this major should contact the Transfer Services Office early in their academic program to determine which courses will transfer to the college of their choice.

Department of the Arts
Hicks Art Center • Phone (215) 968-8425
Curriculum code No. 1195

The Photography Transfer Major provides students with experiences in film-based and digital photography. Students develop their technical and creative skills and learn skills applicable to both fine art and commercial photography.

The program includes a balance of film-based and digital photographic techniques allowing students to understand the link between technological innovation and the photographic process. Students are encouraged to develop a unique aesthetic in both commercial and artistic image making. Emphasis on darkroom, digital, location and studio work develops both the creative ability and the technical skills essential both photography careers and transfer to four-year institutions.

Graduates from this program may pursue transfer to professional art schools and complete a baccalaureate degree or begin a career as an entry-level commercial photographer. Photographers may find work with commercial photography studio or in a business such as wedding and/or portrait photography, advertising agencies, publishing companies, training companies, and other firms in the communications business.

Graduates of this program are able to

  • use film-based and digital photography to begin to explore and express their own creative voice;
  • prepare and present a formal, professional-quality portfolio of work which may be used to apply for admission to a four-year college and/or as part of an employment application; and
  • demonstrate and apply skills associated with traditional film and digital-based imagery as well as photographic lighting techniques in both the studio and the field.

Students entering as photography majors require an assessment interview. A portfolio review is not required for admission, but is recommended for placement purposes. An advisor will help select the appropriate sequence of courses.

Degree Course Requirements

Course Credits
VACV140
Digital Editing
3
VAFA101
2-D Design Fundamentals
3
VAFA110
Digital Photography Fundamentals 3
3
VAFA151
Intro to Photography 3
3
VAFA157
Photography II E
3
VAFA196
Photo History 4
3
VAFA210
Digital Photography II E
3
VAFA211
Studio Lighting Fundamentals E
3
VAFA257
Large Format Photography E
3
VAMM100
Digital Imaging
3
VAMM110
Web and Interactive Design
3
VAMM250
Digital Arts Portfolio Studio E
3
Studio Electives F
6
COMP110
English Composition I A,1
3
COMP111
English Composition II E,2
3
Art or Film History C
3
INTG285
Integration of Knowledge D,E,5
3
SOCI110
Intro to Sociology 6
3
OR
MGMT100
Intro to Business 6
3
College Level Math or Science A,B
3
Personal Health B
2
Total Credit Hours
62

Recommended Semester Sequence

The recommended course sequence is designed for full- time students who average l5 credit hours per semester. Students may need more time to complete major requirements based on placement testing. This additional time will entail some adjustments to the sequence recommended.

First Semester

Course Credits
VAFA151
Intro to Photography 3
3
VAMM100
Digital Imaging
3
VAFA196
Photo History 4
3
VAFA101
2-D Design Fundamentals
3
COMP110
English Composition I A,1
3
Total Credit Hours
15

Second Semester

Course Credits
VAFA157
Photography II E
3
VAFA110
Digital Photography Fundamentals 3
3
Art or Film History C
3
COMP111
English Composition II E,2
3
VAMM110
Web and Interactive Design
3
Personal Health B
2
Total Credit Hours
17

Third Semester

Course Credits
VAFA257
Large Format Photography E
3
VAFA210
Digital Photography II E
3
VACV140
Digital Editing
3
College Level Math or Science A,B
3
SOCI110
Intro to Sociology 6
3
OR
MGMT1010
Intro to Business 6
3
Total Credit Hours
15

Fourth Semester

Course Credits
VAFA211
Studio Lighting Fundamentals E
3
Studio Electives F
6
INTG285
Integration of Knowledge D,E,5
3
VAMM250
Digital Arts Portfolio Studio E
3
Total Credit Hours
15

A Placement testing required.
B Consult the list of courses approved for this subcategory. Any course may be chosen.
C Any of the following may be chosen: VAFA191, VAFA192, VAFA193, VACV142.
D Any INTG course may be chosen.
E Course requires prerequisite and/or corequisite.
F Any studio course with the prefix of VAFA, VAGD, VACV, VAMM may be selected.

1 Satisfies College Level Writing Level I.
2 Satisfies College Level Writing Level II.
3 Satisfies Creative Expression.
4 Satisfies Cultural Perspectives.
5 Satisfies Writing Intensive requirement.
6 Satisfies Social Perspectives.