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What will I learn?

Share your perspective through photography, which is nearly as widespread as language itself and is used for similarly diverse purposes. Photographs can be both specific and abstract, personal and universal, factual and metaphorical. Photography transforms our awareness and extends our vision, providing us with countless ways to explore, understand and share.

Program Details

Our faculty, staff and students are committed to the belief that visual culture matters in society and we value the importance of making, displaying, critiquing, and contextualizing the visual arts as academic activities in a university setting. To that end, our faculty teach the perceptual, practical, and critical skill necessary for the creation and understanding of art and design in a variety of media and contexts.

Program Outcomes

Photography is as widespread as language itself and is used for many diverse purposes. Photographs can be both specific and abstract, personal and universal, factual and metaphorical. Photography transforms our awareness and extends our vision, providing us with countless ways to explore, understand and share.

The student of photography learns to see and to communicate through the visual language of photography. The extraordinary flexibility of the medium lends itself to widely different approaches and points of view. We believe it is important to experience this diversity. Students may pursue artistic, commercial, journalistic or scientific applications. Our primary concern, however, is with creative photography. We define this as image making that reflects personal involvement, technical skill and visual intelligence. We are concerned with how images are understood, how we look at photographs and how they affect us, as well as how to make them.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Photography requires high levels of both visual and technical skills. Our programs provide the student with optimum conditions for developing these attributes and afford abundant opportunities to become successful photography professionals.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) is an intensive professional program of study specifically designed to prepare the major to enter the field of photography and/or to continue studies in graduate school. The B.F.A. allows collaboration with faculty on independent special interest problems. Approximately 60 percent of the degree requirements are in the creation and study of photography.

Photography majors receive quality instruction and support, allowing them to perfect creative skills and abilities. While pursuing the degree and completing course work, majors begin to assemble a visual portfolio that can be presented to potential employers or to graduate programs for advanced study in photography. Major effort is directed toward creating a graduation portfolio that demonstrates exceptional work. Seniors present their final portfolio to faculty and peers as a part of the capstone experience.

Entrance portfolios are not required for acceptance into the photography program, but students transferring art/design credits from other academic institutions are required to submit a portfolio consisting of two or three examples of work from each course for which they seek credit.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$44,100.00 per year
Start date

Expected January, August 2023

Venue

College of Arts and Sciences

O'Reilly Hall ,

300 College Park,

DAYTON,

Ohio,

45469, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have qualification equivalent to secondary schools.

For international students

Students must have qualification equivalent to secondary schools.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum score of 80 on the Internet-based (iB) test.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A minimum Band 6.5 score is required for full admission.

iTEP. A minimum score of 4.5 is required for full admission.

Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE). A minimum score of 60 is required for full admission.

Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). A minimum critical reading score of 550 on old SAT or 30 on Reading Test of new SAT.

American College Testing (ACT). A minimum English score of 24.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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