B.F.A. in Photography
At its heart, the BFA in Photography is broad in its approach, providing detailed training as well as an understanding of the tools and technologies of digital image making, thus reflecting the realities of the current photography profession. Students in the major graduate with skills that enable them to work in photographic production ranging from still digital to motion capture. Beyond production, the curriculum provides students with the skills and resources needed to navigate the photographic market and develop a career as an independent creative.
The BFA in Photography prepares students for a range of practice within the medium, including:
- Editorial photographer
- Wedding and portrait photographer
- Fine art photographer
- Photojournalist and documentary photographer
- Graduate studies in photography
- Digital retoucher and post-production artist
- Photographic assistant with a focus on editorial, corporate or commercial work
Distinguishing the Photography major at Endicott are the unique interdepartmental opportunities available to students who attend an “art school” within a liberal arts college. Three recommended study tracks provide for additional coursework in Fine Art Photography, Photojournalism & Documentary Studies, and Commercial Photography. Students electing one of the recommended tracks can study “photography with a focus” within a particular area of interest. In other words, while these tracks build on foundation-level skills established within the major, they also foster valuable and relevant interdisciplinary studies.
The recommended study tracks, in turn, lead to semester-long Internships that form the backbone of our education philosophy, and one the most valuable and unique benefits a Photography major at Endicott takes into the professional marketplace upon graduation.
In support of the major, Endicott provides current software releases and Apple-based computer labs. All labs employ the full Adobe Creative Cloud suite, which includes software for still and motion editing. Prints are produced a state of the art, fully, color managed digital printing lab with museum quality printing up to 44” x 100”. The department provides equipment to support DSLR filmmaking, sound capture. The lighting studio is fully equipped range of strobe and continuous light sources, as well as light modifiers and related equipment. All of this maintained by full time experts in software compatibility, cloud computing, project workflow, digital and workflow.
Recent Photography internship sites include:
Adrienne Jeanne Photography
Boston Press Photographers Association
Diane Miller Photography
Heath Robbins Photography
Jason Grow Photography
Kristen Jensen Photography
Russ Quackenbush Photograhy
Sean Henry Photography
The Studio of Photographic Arts
Upon completion of the B.F.A. in Photography, the graduate will be able to:
Demonstrate critical inquiry and analysis skills needed to engage constructively in intellectual discourse within art fields.
Use knowledge of and competency with computer technology within the artistic processes.
Demonstrate knowledge of principles of drawing.
Experience the relationship of academic studio practices to professional applications.
Discuss and write about the historical context for the visual arts.
Demonstrate college level writing proficiencies within the conventions of the discipline.
Convey an understanding of the visual forms and their aesthetic functions, and basic design principles.
Demonstrate knowledge and skills in the use of basic and advanced tools, techniques, technologies, and processes sufficient to work from concept to finished product.
Incorporate functional knowledge of photographic history and theory, the relationship of photography to other visual disciplines, and its influence on culture in finished work.
Engage in experimental and manipulative techniques, candid and contrived imagery, documentary photography, archival processing, and interpretive studies.
Foundations: Apply the elements and principles of design.
Use of Color: Apply sophisticated use of color theory with an understanding of cultural context.
Verbal skills: Demonstrate verbal presentation skills to engage in intellectual discourse within the discipline.
Risk-taking: Display willingness to go beyond original parameters of assignment, to introduce new materials and forms, talking controversial topics.
Imagination: Display an awareness of personal creative process.
Synthesis: Employ intellectual curiosity in deconstructing concepts, applying and carrying them out into a sophisticated and unique design solution.
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For more information regarding the Photography Concentration,
please contact Sanford Farrier, Chair - Visual Communications. Phone: 978-232-2851