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Photography (B.F.A.)

In their course of study at Endicott College, photography students are encouraged to explore this complex and changing medium with an emphasis on art practice and exploration of ideas, as well as the development of imagery and skills for commercial applications.

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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: 127

Freshman - Credits: 32


ART 101 - Visual Art and Cultural Values I: Prehistory to c. 1310 (Cr: 3)
ART 105 - Drawing and Composition I (Cr: 3)
ART 106 - Drawing and Composition II (Cr: 3)
ART 115 - Two Dimensional Design (Cr: 3)
ART 123 - Foundation Seminar (Cr: 3)
ENG 111 - Critical Reading and Writing I (Cr: 3)
Satisfies the Writing Designated Core requirement.
ENG 112 - Critical Reading and Writing II (Cr: 3)
Satisfies the Writing Designated Core requirement.
INT 100 - Internship I (Cr: 2)
PHT 113 - Multimedia I: Audio and Video Productions (Cr: 3)
PHT 116 - Introduction to Photographic Imaging (Cr: 3)
PHT 216 - Photographic Imaging II (Cr: 3)

Sophomore - Credits: 35

  • Literary Perspectives General Education Elective    (Cr: 3)
  • Quantitative Reasoning General EducationRequirement    (Cr: 3)
  • Science and Technology General Education Requirement    (Cr: 3)
ART 102 - Visual Art and Cultural Values II: Early Fourteenth Century to the Present (Cr: 3)
ART 201 - Painting I (Cr: 3)
ART 250 - Printmaking (Cr: 3)
ART 317 - History of Photography (Cr: 3)
GD 105 - Introduction to Computer Graphics (Cr: 3)
INT 200 - Internship II (Cr: 2)
PHT 202 - Studio Photography I (Cr: 3)
PHT 213 - Multimedia II: Intermediate Projects (Cr: 3)
PHT 218 - Documentary Photography (Cr: 3)
PHT 260 - Digital Imaging and Manipulation (Cr: 3)

Junior - Credits: 30

  • Global Issues General Education Requirement  (Cr: 3)
  • Values and Ethical Reasoning General Education Requirement    (Cr: 3)
  • Photography Elective  (Cr: 3)
  • Art Elective  (Cr: 3)
  • General Education Electives    (Cr: 6)
ART 302 - Portfolio (Cr: 3)
PHT 312 - Advanced Photographic Methods (Cr: 3)
PHT 313 - Multimedia III: Advanced Projects (Cr: 3)
PHT 325 - Advanced Photography Seminar (Cr: 3)

Senior - Credits: 30

  • Individual and Society General Education Requirement  (Cr: 3)
  • World Cultures General Education Requirement    (Cr: 3)
  • General Education Electives    (Cr: 3)
PHT 411 - Professional Practice in Photography (Cr: 3)
PHT 480 - Semester Internship (Cr: 12)
PHT 489 - Senior Thesis I (Cr: 3)
PHT 490 - Senior Thesis II (Cr: 3)

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the photography program, students will:

  • Demonstrate the critical inquiry and analysis skills needed to engage constructively in intellectual discourse within the art fields.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and competency with computer technology as it is used in the artistic processes.
  • Demonstrate a strong handling of perceptual skills in drawing.
  • Experience the relationship of academic studio practices to professional applications.
  • Discuss and write about the historical context for the visual arts.
  • Communicate effectively in written form 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.
  • Apply sophisticated use of color theory with an understanding of cultural context.
  • Engage verbally in intellectual discourse within the discipline.
  • Demonstrate willingness to go beyond original parameters of assignment, introducing new materials and forms, including tackling controversial topics.
  • Deconstruct concepts applying and carrying them out into a sophisticated and unique visual solution.
  • Discuss and present an awareness of the personal creative process.

Camera Requirements

School of Visual and Performing Arts
Department of Visual Communications
Camera Recommendations for Photography Courses Fall 2016

Camera Recommendations for Photography Majors and Photography Minors:
Students in the photography major or students pursuing the photography minor must have a Digital SLR camera with video capabilities. The cameras below are readily available at a variety of retailers and the prices may vary greatly. B&H Photo and Video is a recommended retailer: Canon USA offers refurbished cameras at a very good savings as well. Check their web site for available models. When ordering your camera be sure that it is in stock and ready to be shipped.

Please Note that our Photo Studio is Canon based.  While you do not have to have to have a Canon camera, there is and advantage in terms of compatibility with our inventory of lenses in the Photo Studio. 

Recommended Canon

•    Canon EOS Rebel 6Ti DSLR camera with a 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens
•    Canon EOS 80D DSLR Camera with a 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens
•    Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR Camera with a 24-105 mm f/4 Lens

Nikon Digital SLR Cameras:

We recommend the standard kit zoom lenses.  Avoid extreme telephoto zoom.  A 18-55mm or a 24-105mm will be better for image quality.

Memory Cards
SanDisk 32GB Extreme Pro UHS-I SDHC U3 Memory Card (Class 10)

Tripod  (Required)
A tripod is requirement for photography majors. We recommend a sturdy metal, not plastic, tripod.   Here are two suggestions: Benro FIT19AIH0 iTrip Series 0 Aluminum Tripod with IH0 Ball Head
Benro TIS28AIH2 Series 1 iStudio Aluminum Tripod with IH2 Ball Head

Hard Drives and Storage  (Required)
We recommend a portable Hard Drive of at least 1 Terabyte.  The interface should be USB 3.0 and/or Thunderbolt.  We recommend the LaCie Rugged Mini USB3.0 1TB.

In addition, a standalone desktop drive, for Apple Time Machine backup of your laptop, while not required can be beneficial and will serve to protect and preserve data. This can be any USB hard drive of at least 500GB.  Cloud Storage such as Google Drive can also be used to back up files.

Flash (Required)
We recommend the Yongnuo Speedlite YN600EX-RT for Canons.  B&H Photo and Video is a recommended retailer:  Nikon and Canon branded flash units are also acceptable (with a guide number of 100 or more).

Software  (Required)
Adobe Creative Cloud Photography

Software (Recommended)
Adobe Creative Cloud

Camera requirements for non-majors taking PHT 116 Introduction to Photographic Methods:  

Any camera used for the PHT116 Introduction to Photographic Methods class must have aperture priority, shutter priority and manual exposure controls. Cameras without these exposure controls will not be suitable for the class.

This is a digital based course where students will use their own digital cameras and edit images using Adobe software. Prints will be made using the department’s Epson printers.

NOTE:  Digital SLRS have a much better sensor than point and shoot digital cameras.

We recommend the standard kit zoom lenses.  Avoid extreme telephoto zoom.  A18-55mm or a 24-105mm will be better for image quality.

Memory Cards
Should range form 8GB to 32GB depending on the camera.

A tripod
We recommend a sturdy metal, not plastic,  tripod.   

USB Hard Drives and USB Flash Drives
We recommend a portable Hard Drive of at least 1 Terabyte.  The interface should be USB 3.0 and/or Thunderbolt.  We recommend the LaCie Rugged Mini USB3.0 1TB.

For further information please contact:
Michael Miller at 978-922-2611 or
Heather Tobin at 978-232-2250  or


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
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