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. Those who have strong performance in their second or third year, will be invited to extend their degree to an additional year, with a focus on research, granting access to doctoral programs.

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

Year 1

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)

PHO 192: Creative Composition (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)

Core Modules

PHO 130: Exploring Perception (Open Access)

PHO 131: Harnessing Your Artistic Potential (Open Access)

Year 2

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: Mastering the Art of Nature Photography

PHO 205: Understanding Light

PHO 210: Visualization

PHO 211: Mastering the Decisive Moment

PHO 225: Ethics in Photography

PHO 240: Understanding Color and Color Management

PHO 250: Mastering the Art of Portrait Photography

PHO 252: Mastering the Art of Landscape Photography

Language Modules

ENG 241: Basic Creative Writing

Marketing Modules

MRT 214 Social Media Marketing

MRT 280 Advertising Photography

Year 3

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 305 Developing Style

PHO 311 Capturing Life and its Moments

Elective Modules

PHJ 319 Religious Photography

Advanced Core Modules

PHO 321 Sensitometry

PHO 325 Applied Optics

PHO 361 Imaging Systems and Image Emulation

Internship Modules

PHO 365 Working with Award Winners

PHO 393 Photographic Practice and Presentation I

PHO 394 Photographic Practice and Presentation II

Language Modules

ENG 373 Advanced Creative Writing

Marketing Modules

MRT 351 Working in Advertising

Total Credits

3 years

Course Type
Full-time or Part-time


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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