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.
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.
Curriculum Requirements - Total Credits Required: 128-129
Freshman - Credits: 33
ART 101 - Visual Art and Cultural Values I: Prehistory to c. 1310
ART 105 - Drawing and Composition I
ART 106 - Drawing and Composition II
ART 115 - Foundations of Design
ART 123 - Foundation Seminar
EC 101 - Endicott Transitions
ENG 101 - College Writing Seminar
Satisfies Writing Designated Requirement
INT 100 - Internship I
LST 100 - Seminar in Academic Inquiry
PHT 116 - Introduction to Photographic Imaging
PHT 216 - Photographic Imaging II
VC 105 - Introduction to Computer Graphics
Sophomore - Credits: 35-36
- General Education Elective (Cr: 3)
- Individual and Society General Education Requirement (Cr: 3)
- Quantitative Reasoning General EducationRequirement (Cr: 3)
- Science and Technology General Education Requirement (Cr: 3-4)
ART 102 - Visual Art and Cultural Values II: Early Fourteenth Century to the Present
Satisfies Core Requirement
ART 201 - Painting I
ART 205 - Three-Dimensional Design
CMM 110 - Introduction to Digital Film Making
INT 200 - Internship II
PHT 218 - Documentary Photography
PHT 260 - Digital Imaging and Manipulation
VC 115 - Principles of Graphic Design
Junior - Credits: 30
- Global Issues General Education Requirement (Cr: 3)
- Literary Perspectives General Education Requirement (Cr: 3)
- Values and Ethical Reasoning General Education Requirement (Cr: 3)
ART 302 - Portfolio
ART 303 - Theory and Research in Visual Design
ART 317 - History of Photography
PHT 202 - Studio Photography I
PHT 312 - Advanced Photographic Methods
PHT 325 - Advanced Photography Seminar
Senior - Credits: 30
- General Education Electives (Cr: 6)
- Photography or Visual Communications Elective (Cr: 3)
- World Cultures General Education Requirement (Cr: 3)
VC 480 - Semester Internship
VC 489 - Senior Thesis I
VC 490 - Senior Thesis II
Recent Photography internship sites include:
- Adrienne Jeanne Photography
- Boston Press Photographers Association
- Diane Miller Photography
- Heath Robbins Photography
- Jason Grow Photography
- Kennealey Portraiture
- Kristen Jensen Photography
- Lockbox Productions
- Russ Quackenbush Photograhy
- Sean Henry Photography
- The Studio of Photographic Arts
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
Learning Outcomes for Photography
1. Engage constructively in critical inquiry and analysis skills, and intellectual discourse within the art fields.
2. Demonstrate knowledge of and competency with computer technology as it is used in the artistic processes.
3. Demonstrate a strong handling of perceptual skills in drawing.
4. Experience the relationship of academic studio practices to professional applications.
5. Discuss and write about the historical context for the visual arts.
6. Demonstrate college-level writing proficiencies within the conventions of the discipline.
7.Design: Convey an understanding of the visual forms and their aesthetic functions, and basic design principles.
8. Demonstrate knowledge and skills in the use of basic and advanced tools, techniques, technologies, and processes sufficient to work from concept to finished product.
9. Incorporate functional knowledge of photographic history and theory, the relationship of photography to other visual disciplines, and its influence on culture in finished work.
10. Engage in experimental and manipulative techniques, candid and contrived imagery, documentary photography, archival processing, and interpretive studies.
11. Color: Apply sophisticated use of color theory with an understanding of cultural context.
12. Engage verbally in intellectual discourse within the discipline.
13. Risk-taking: Demonstrate willingness to go beyond original parameters of assignment, introducing new materials and forms, including tackling controversial topics.
14. Synthesis: Deconstruct concepts applying and carrying them out into a sophisticated and unique visual solution.
15. Imagination: Discuss and present an awareness of personal creative process.