Department of Art and Photography

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Photography

The Photography major prepares students how to see, visualize, and capture the moments of light that represent their own voices. Committed to provide a broader understanding of art and photography, the major helps students to develop their technical, conceptual, and aesthetic abilities, where they have the opportunity to practice and learn the theoretical and practical skills needed to capture meaningful photographs.

The primary goal of this major is to make a strong foundation in contemporary

photography with comprehensive courses in art, technology, physics and engineering, where numerous second and third year courses allow the exploration of applied optics, color management, imaging systems, and fine arts.

The B.S. in Photography is a three-year degree. A Master of Science (M.S.) is then required to progress on to Ph.D. The fourth year is optional. It is for those who want to do Double Major, an opportunity for students to broaden their knowledge and capacities by pursuing a second Major alongside their primary Major, i.e., B.F.A. in Photojournalism along with this B.S. in Photography.

Students will be given the opportunity to earn credits by enrolling in independent projects or educational internships at Light & Composition. Upon graduation, students will be ready to create or pursue a career as visual artists or educators in a variety of photography industries, or print and electronic media businesses.

Bachelor of Science in Photography

The first year of our B.S. in Photography aims to consolidate the acquired knowledge and to get introduced to the camera, lenses, and their personalities. Students will study and understand light, because it is light that makes photography. Soon they will study the elements of composition, and practice with the structure, balance, and dynamics of it. They will also learn and practice the technical side of photography from basic to advance in details by mastering the art of close-up, or nature photography. For presenting artistic work with confidence, they will learn the building blocks of the English language as well as how to make it clearer and better organized.

Core Prerequisites Modules

PHO 109: Understanding Camera, Lenses, and their Personalities (Open Access)

PHO 190: The Standard and Style of Photography (Open Access)

PHO 191: Learning to See the Beauty, Unity, and Harmony (Open Access)

Core Module

PHO 192: Creative Composition (Open Access)

Major Modules

PHO 130: Exploring Perception (Open Access)

PHO 131: Harnessing Your Artistic Potential (Open Access)

Prerequisites Language Modules (For Non-native English Speaker)

ENG 181: Mastering the Linguistic Categories (Open Access)

ENG 182: English: How to Write Clearly and Concisely  (Open Access)

ENG 185: Expressing the Fabric of Time (Open Access)

ENG 186: Mastering the Structure of the English Language (Open Access)

Prerequisites Language Modules (For Native English Speaker)

English Professional Proficiency  (Open Access)

In the second year, students get introduced to the color and color management. They will learn how to do visualization, the way to capture decisive moments, and practice to master the art of portrait and landscape photography – two of the most important intricacies of photography. Students will also learn the basics of creative writings, and will be given the chance to get published professionally.

Core Modules

PHO 201: Presenting the Frame Aesthetically (Open Access)

PHO 205: Understanding Light (Open Access)

PHO 210: Visualization (Open Access)

PHO 215: Understanding Color and Color Management (Open Access)

Major Modules

PHO 231: Mastering the Art of Nature Photography (Open Access)

PHO 232: Mastering the Art of Wildlife Photography

PHO 250: Mastering the Art of Portrait Photography (Open Access)

PHO 255: Mastering the Art of Landscape Photography

Elective Modules

PHO 221: Mastering the Art of Food Photography (Open Access)

PHO 225: Mastering the Art of Food Styling (Open Access)

Language Modules

ENG 241: Basic Creative Writing (Open Access)

Elective Language Modules

WRT 243: Mastering the Art of Writing Recipes (Open Access)

Marketing Modules

MKT 214: Mastering Online Marketing (Open Access)

MKT 280: Advertising Photography

MKT 351: Working in Advertising

In the third year, students will work with the style, develop their own voices, and prepare them for their future career. They will have thorough understanding of sensitometry, applied optics, imaging systems and image emulation. Students will learn to capture images that draw attention to an issue, change people’s minds, raise awareness and promote change. They will be given the opportunity to work with award winning professional photographers to have the first-hand experience of getting close to people, capturing their lives and moments.

Core Modules

PHO 301: Mastering the Decisive Moment

PHO 305: Developing Style

PHO 308: Capturing Life and its Moments

PHO 311: Ethics in Photography

PHO 350: Cinematography

Major Modules

PHO 321: Sensitometry

PHO 325: Applied Optics

PHO 361: Imaging Systems and Image Emulation

Internship Modules

PHO 366: Working with Award-winning Photographers

PHO 395: Photographic Practice and Presentation

PHO 397: Working as a Photographer

Language Modules

ENG 373: Advanced Creative Writing

The forth years for Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Photojournalism as Double Major starts with the introduction to photojournalism, its historical context, its major practitioners and the methodologies they have used. Next, they will study, practice, and master the art of street and documentary photography – two of the most important intricacies of photography for photojournalism coincide with theoretical, methodological, and practical frameworks, necessary for the research and production of successful photo essays and visual storytelling. Not only they can develop their own voices, and prepare them for their future career as journalists, but also, they will be given the opportunity to work with some of our award-winning photojournalists.

Major Modules

PHJ 198: Into the World of Photojournalism (Open Access)

PHJ 260: Mastering the Art of Black & White Photography (Open Access)

PHJ 270: Mastering the Art of Street Photography

PHJ 275: The Art of Publication

PHJ 329: Story and Narrative in Photojournalism

PHJ 333: Mastering Multimedia

PHJ 340 Professional Reportage Writing

Internship Modules

PHJ 365: Working with Award-winning Photojournalists

PHJ 390 Photojournalism Thesis

PHJ 393: Practicing Photojournalism

PHJ 398 Working as a Photojournalist

Single Major Credits

3 years

Double Major (optional)
4 years

Double Major Credits


Start and End Dates
All lessons are self-paced instructions, which student can proceed anytime at his/her own speed. However, we highly encourage students to finish a course within the time frame of 4 months from the day he/she starts the course to complete the major within 3 years. Please visit Academic Calendar for details.

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