124 credit, four-year program of study
"Art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it." -Bertolt Brecht, Playwright
The Photography program is a prelude to engaging with the professional photography world after graduation. In the 21st Century, that world requires both traditional and digital expertise. Consequently, an emphasis is placed not only on the development of a personal photographic vision encompassing professional aesthetic standards, but also on mastering contemporary imaging techniques.
The primary goals and objectives of each level in the program revolve around the development of a portfolio of images within a fine arts framework that reveals individual style, technical excellence and aesthetic sophistication, in addition to continuously deepening the understanding of expressive communication.
Students are expected to participate in individual and group reviews, create artist statements on their work, and present class reports on various aspects of photography. They are also encouraged to participate in (inter)national exhibitions and visit studios of working photographers. Verbal competence is required in regard to examining, analyzing and understanding photographic imagery.
Courses in general consist of labs, lectures, guest lecturers, discussions, slide presentations, and readings on a variety of photographic topics, including career and professional ethical issues.
In addition to the Photo Track of six consecutive courses, the History of Photography course establishes the overall framework of the field from its invention to current major artists, while the Studio Photography course explores large format photography and studio lighting. The Senior year leads to a final portfolio and a gallery exhibition.
As outlined in the University General Catalogue, the submission of a portfolio is required, in addition to all other UMass Dartmouth admissions procedures.