Photography - BFA

Our photography program is designed for serious fine art students to experience picture-making shaped by the comprehensive study of the art of photography including its processes and technology, history, criticism, contemporary practices and the expressive potential of its unique visual language.

We challenge artists interested in photography with a program that is designed to help them encounter their place in life and art, with intelligence, confidence and sensitivity. Each student is given the freedom to pursue their own direction in content and design, through a wide range of genre and media including conventional black and white, color, historic processes, digital imaging, video, and installation.

The Photography Area in the Lamar Dodd School of Art is pushing the boundaries of education in photographic fine arts. Spanning the history of the medium from large format cameras and historic printing processes to the latest in digital technology, mixed media and installation. We have a small, highly selective program, with 50 undergraduate majors and 7-8 graduate students generating innovative new work within the medium.

The diverse and accomplished faculty provides a wide range of views and approaches throughout the course of study. The core faculty includes Marni Shindelman (Chair), Michael Marshall, Mary Ruth Moore, Ben Reynolds, and Stephen Scheer, and is supplemented by recognized visiting professors. Each faculty member pursues creative, personal research and exhibitions along with their teaching.

The small size of our program, with just 10-15 students per class, creates a unique atmosphere. Our close-knit community fosters a supportive environment for experimental work derived from each student'­s goals and personal inspiration. Each course provides not only the technical tools of the photographic medium but also the conceptual discussions and applications to put those tools into use. One-on-one attention is present at all levels to support each student in their development as working artists.