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Photography

Photography has never been more important. There is more photography being made and consumed than any time in history – and there’s no sign of things slowing down. Major advances in image capture, image manipulation, and distribution have redefined what is possible. MTSU's Photography program is designed to help students see the world in new ways and capture what they see as photojournalists, commercial photographers, or as artists. This unique blend sets the program apart. MTSU’s Photography concentration is in the Department of Electronic Media Communication.

This program is approved for the Academic Common Market.

Retired prof's donation gives photo collection a new home

Retired photography professor Harold L. Baldwin donated $100,000 to provide a new permanent home for MTSU's photography archive, already named for the mass comm professor emeritus. The photography program founder put the million-dollar collection together over decades. It includes a valuable print of Ansel Adams’ most famous photo,&nbsp;<em>Moon Rise, Hernandez, New Mexico</em>, and works of Edward Weston and Jerry Uselmann. The Baldwin Gallery, moving into renovated space in MTSU’s Bragg Mass Communication Building in fall 2013, will feature movable walls and contemporary lighting. It will also showcase traveling exhibits and student work. In February 2014, Baldwin and his daughter are among 30 photographers scheduled for a 10-day boat trip to the Galapagos Islands guided by National Geographic.

Harris' photographs chosen for film on Alice Walker

MTSU professor Chris Harris recently had three of his early photographs of impoverished blacks from the sugarcane fields of Louisiana selected for use in a new film on author-poet-activist Alice Walker. Harris’ photographs come from a collection that Walker kept in her files for more than 30 years. They were discovered while doing research for the film. A photograph Harris shot of the author writing in her Jackson, Miss., home in 1977 was also chosen for the film<em>, Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth</em>, premiering summer 2013. Walker was the first African-American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize in fiction, for her 1983 novel&nbsp;<em>The Color Purple</em>. Harris shot hundreds of assignments for&nbsp;<em>TIME, Newsweek,</em>&nbsp;and the&nbsp;<em>New York Times</em>. His textbook,&nbsp;<em>Visual Journalism</em>, was recently released by Allyn &amp; Bacon.

MTSU's program prepares students to explore both fine art and digital news photography for future career paths. Majors can train toward work in the media, in commercial settings, or in artistic pursuits. Some potential professional opportunities include

  • Archivist/historian
  • Artist
  • Commercial/advertising photographer
  • Corporate photographer
  • Creative/art director
  • Digital imaging
  • Documentary photographer
  • Educator
  • Fashion or food photographer
  • Freelance photographer
  • Gallery curator/owner
  • Medical photographer
  • Photo editor
  • Photo lab owner/operator
  • Photographer's assistant
  • Photojournalist
  • Portrait photographer
  • Studio owner
  • Videographer

Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • The Tennessean
  • The Nashville Zoo
  • "Paw" Magazine
  • Chattanooga Times Free Press
  • MTSU Photo Services
  • Jack Daniels
  • Saks 5th Avenue
  • Nissan

The Department of Electronic Media Communication offers the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with a major in Mass Communication in the following concentrations:

Undergraduate or graduate students outside the College of Media and Entertainment may choose to minor in Mass Communication or may request approval for a minor in a specific program of study in the college.

A Master of Science (M.S.) degree is available in Mass Communication.

Mass Communication, Photography Concentration, B.S.

Department of Electronic Media Communication 
615-898-5628
Jonathan Trundle, program coordinator
Jonathan.Trundle@mtsu.edu

The Photography program integrates technical competence and visual awareness. Experiences promote personal and professional growth toward careers in fine arts photography, commercial photography, and photojournalism.

In addition to the core competencies outlined below, all Photography students must take a two-dimensional design course (ART 1610) in the Art Department.

NOTE: Students majoring in Mass Communication must earn a C (2.00) or better in each course in the college in order to graduate.

Admission to Candidacy

To be admitted to candidacy in the Photography concentration, the student must meet the following requirements:

  1. 45 hours completed before applying for candidacy
  2. Grade of C (2.00) or better in each of the following:

          EMC 1020 / RIM 1020 / JOUR 1020 

          EMC 3020, EMC 3060JOUR 2710 

          ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020 

  1. Minimum 2.50 GPA in PHOT 2050, PHOT 3040, and PHOT 3110.
  2. Minimum overall GPA in all college coursework of 2.50.
  3. Math course satisfying General Education requirements.

Required Courses (40 hours)

NOTE: Total hours in college not to exceed 48 hours.

College Core (9 hours)

  • EMC 1020 - American Media and Social Institutions

    3 credit hours

    (Same as JOUR 1020/RIM 1020.)

    The power of the mass media and its effect on social institutions and practices. Develops skills of qualitative and quantitative social science research in the area of mass communication processes; examines media as social, cultural, and economic institutions that shape the values of American society, its political dialogues, its social practices, and institutions.

  • JOUR 1020 - American Media and Social Institutions

    3 credit hours

    (Same as EMC 1020/RIM 1020.) The power of the mass media and its effect on social institutions and practices. Develops skills of qualitative and quantitative social science research in the area of mass communication processes; examines media as social, cultural, and economic institutions that shape the values of American society, its political dialogues, its social practices, and institutions.

  • RIM 1020 - American Media and Social Institutions

    3 credit hours

    (Same as JOUR 1020.) The power of the mass media and its effect on social institutions and practices. Develops skills of qualitative and quantitative social science research in the area of mass communication processes; examines media as social, cultural, and economic institutions that shape the values of American society, its political dialogues, its social practices, and institutions.

  • EMC 3020 - Writing for the Electronic Media

    3 credit hours

    Techniques of creating and writing for electronic media, including radio, television, and computer-generated programming for cable systems and studio production. Consideration of program design and technical limitations of media production for specific formats. Emphasis on readability of copy, writing style, time constraints, editing, and the integration of sound with graphic images or visual information.

  • EMC 3060 - Writing for Digital Media

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: JOUR 1020/EMC 1020, and EMC 2500 (may not be taken concurrently) or permission of instructor.

    Fundamental principles of writing interactively for specific audiences. Encourages students to explore content development; looks at creation of meaning in the new media while providing skills in content.

  • JOUR 2710 - Media Writing  3 credit hours  

    JOUR 2710 - Media Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020 or equivalents. Theory and practice of writing for print and electronic media according to the techniques, styles, and formats of various media. Laboratory required.

  • JOUR 4250 - Mass Media Law  3 credit hours  OR

    JOUR 4250 - Mass Media Law

    3 credit hours

    (Same as EMC 4250.) Prerequisites: JOUR 1020; junior standing. Examination of legal guarantees and restrictions on the flow of information using the case study method. Focus on libel, privacy, obscenity, and the special restrictions placed on advertising, broadcasting, cable TV, and the Internet.

  • EMC 4250 - Mass Media Law  3 credit hours  OR

    EMC 4250 - Mass Media Law

    3 credit hours

    (Same as JOUR 4250.) Prerequisites: EMC 1020; junior standing. Examines legal guarantees and restrictions on the flow of information using the case study method. Focuses on libel, privacy, obscenity, and the special restrictions placed on advertising, broadcasting, cable television, and the Internet.  

  • PHOT 4190 - Ethics and Law for Visual Communicators

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; junior status with declared major.

    Background in ethics and law for the visual communicator. Focus on ethical philosophies, ethics case studies, and solutions to ethical dilemmas; copyright, privacy, and libel law.

Photography Concentration Courses (27 hours)

  • PHOT 2050 - Basic Black and White Photography

    3 credit hours

    Black and white processing and printing; principles and procedures combined with theories of visual perception.

    Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.

  • PHOT 3040 - History of Photography

    3 credit hours

    Evolution of photographic imagery from the invention through contemporary work. The movements, themes, and genres developed by individual photographers.

  • PHOT 3110 - Intermediate Photography I

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PHOT 2050. Further investigation into the exposure and development controls of black and white photography as a method of expression and communication.

    Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.

  • PHOT 3120 - Intermediate Photography II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: PHOT 3110 and ART 1610. A continuation of 3110.

    Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.  

  • PHOT 3810 - Color Photo Communication I

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; ART 1610 and PHOT 3110 or consent of instructor.

    The making of color images using transparencies and color print materials.

    Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.  

  • PHOT 4040 - Color Photo Communication II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; PHOT 3040 and PHOT 3810 or consent of instructor.

    A continuation of 3810.

    Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.  

  • PHOT 4280 - Editorial Photography

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; PHOT 3040, PHOT 3120, and PHOT 3810. Editorial illustration for fashion, corporate, annual report, home, and garden with emphasis on location lighting. Exploration of various career opportunities and business practices open to the professional photographer. Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.  

 

  • EMC 3200 - Still Digital Imaging  3 credit hours  OR

    EMC 3200 - Still Digital Imaging

    3 credit hours

    (Same as PHOT 3200.) Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; PHOT 2050 and instructor approval; must have some working knowledge of the Macintosh computer system.

    Computerization of traditional film images and use of digital cameras allows student to use different software programs to manipulate photographic images. Ethics and law discussed along with techniques and hands-on analysis of this new medium.

    Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.  

  • PHOT 3200 - Still Digital Imaging

    3 credit hours

    (Same as EMC 3200.) Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; PHOT 2050 or instructor approval; must have some working knowledge of the Macintosh computer system.

    Computerization of traditional film images and use of digital cameras allows student to use different software programs to manipulate photographic images. Ethics and law discussed along with techniques and hands-on analysis of this new medium.

    Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.  

 

  • EMC 4060 - Photojournalism  3 credit hours  OR

    EMC 4060 - Photojournalism

    3 credit hours

    (Same as PHOT 4060.) Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; PHOT 3120 and PHOT 3810; EMC 3200/PHOT 3200; or consent of instructor.

    Principles and practices of photography, including documentary, news and feature portraiture, photo stories and essays, and photo layout. Emphasis on newspaper assignments, participation in campus publications, portfolio editing and production, and internship preparation. Laboratory required.

    Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.  

  • PHOT 4060 - Photojournalism  3 credit hours  

    PHOT 4060 - Photojournalism

    3 credit hours

    (Same as EMC 4060.) Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; PHOT 3120 and PHOT 3810; EMC 3200/PHOT 3200; or consent of instructor.

    Principles and practices of photography, including documentary, news and feature portraiture, photo stories and essays, and photo layout. Emphasis on newspaper assignments, participation in campus publications, portfolio editing and production, and internship preparation. Laboratory required.

    Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.  

Photography Electives (4-12 hours)

 Choose at least 4 credit hours; total number of credit hours not to exceed 12 hours.

  • EMC 4800 - Seminar in Media Issues

    3 credit hours

    (Same as JOUR 4800.) Prerequisite: Junior standing.

    Examination and critical evaluation of issues relevant to the operation and functions of mass media including their relationships to each other and to government, advertisers, consumers, and other "publics." Can repeat for 6 hours with different topic.

*Requires approval form

  • EMC 4900 - Independent Study in Mass Communication

    1 to 3 credit hours

    (Same as JOUR 4900.) Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy.

    Provides opportunities for individually designed problems, work experiences, or research projects related to the development of professional competencies in a major field of study. Requires approval of instructor.

  • EMC 4910 - Advanced Seminar-Digital Imaging

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; permission of department only. Practical experience in the conceptualization, pre-production preparation, and production of digital imaging materials. Integration of theory and skills from other EMC/RIM courses. Advanced compositing techniques, particle generation, and advanced modeling techniques are probable topics. Can be repeated with different topics; topics will vary by semester offering. Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.  

  • PHOT 3580 - Photography Practicum  1 to 3 credit hours  

    PHOT 3580 - Photography Practicum

    1 to 3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; junior standing and permission of instructor.

    Practical experience in an on-campus photography setting. A minimum of 75 hours work for each hour of credit. Note: Total university credit for internship, practicum, and individual problems courses cannot exceed 6 credits. Pass/Fail.

  • PHOT 4000 - Photography Internship  1 to 3 credit hours  

    PHOT 4000 - Photography Internship

    1 to 3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; senior standing and permission of department chair or instructor.

    Practical experience for advanced students in a professional setting. A minimum of 75 hours work plus other assignments will be required for each hour of credit. Note: Total university credit for internship, practicum, and individual problems courses cannot exceed 6 credits. Pass/Fail.

  • PHOT 4270 - Photo Illustration  3 credit hours  

    PHOT 4270 - Photo Illustration

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; PHOT 4060. Studio illustration with food, fragrance, beverage, jewelry, glass, and flatware with an emphasis on tabletop. Introduction to large-format view camera and studio lighting. Problems in advertising photography including responsibilities under truth in advertising. Lecture/lab with three to six hours per week.

     

  • PHOT 4290 - Documentary Photography

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: PHOT 3120, PHOT 3810, and PHOT 4040.

    Those students using color print material must be enrolled in or have taken PHOT 4040. Students will photograph several short-term photo essays and picture stories in addition to a long-term project in a documentary style. Research on the aspects of and photographers practicing contemporary documentary photography.

    Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.

Other Requirements

  • ART 1610 - Two-Dimensional Design

    3 credit hours

    The principles and techniques of design and their application to two-dimensional art forms. Six-hour studio course.  

Recommended Curriculum

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Freshman

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  (Comm)

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Emphasis on informative, persuasive, special occasion, and extemporaneous (impromptu) speaking. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement.

  • ART 1610 - Two-Dimensional Design  3 credit hours  (required)

    ART 1610 - Two-Dimensional Design

    3 credit hours

    The principles and techniques of design and their application to two-dimensional art forms. Six-hour studio course.  

  • PHOT 2050 - Basic Black and White Photography

    3 credit hours

    Black and white processing and printing; principles and procedures combined with theories of visual perception.

    Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.

  • PHOT 3110 - Intermediate Photography I

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PHOT 2050. Further investigation into the exposure and development controls of black and white photography as a method of expression and communication.

    Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.

  • EMC 1020 - American Media and Social Institutions

    3 credit hours

    (Same as JOUR 1020/RIM 1020.)

    The power of the mass media and its effect on social institutions and practices. Develops skills of qualitative and quantitative social science research in the area of mass communication processes; examines media as social, cultural, and economic institutions that shape the values of American society, its political dialogues, its social practices, and institutions.

  • JOUR 1020 - American Media and Social Institutions

    3 credit hours

    (Same as EMC 1020/RIM 1020.) The power of the mass media and its effect on social institutions and practices. Develops skills of qualitative and quantitative social science research in the area of mass communication processes; examines media as social, cultural, and economic institutions that shape the values of American society, its political dialogues, its social practices, and institutions.

  • RIM 1020 - American Media and Social Institutions

    3 credit hours

    (Same as JOUR 1020.) The power of the mass media and its effect on social institutions and practices. Develops skills of qualitative and quantitative social science research in the area of mass communication processes; examines media as social, cultural, and economic institutions that shape the values of American society, its political dialogues, its social practices, and institutions.

 

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History  3 credit hours  

    HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

Subtotal: 30 Hours

Sophomore

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA)

    ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

  • HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Representative works of French, German, and Hispanic authors in English translation. No foreign-language proficiency required. Carries General Education credit.

  • PHOT 3040 - History of Photography

    3 credit hours

    Evolution of photographic imagery from the invention through contemporary work. The movements, themes, and genres developed by individual photographers.

  • PHOT 3120 - Intermediate Photography II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: PHOT 3110 and ART 1610. A continuation of 3110.

    Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.  

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History  3 credit hours  

    HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

Subtotal: 30-32 Hours

Junior

  • JOUR 2710 - Media Writing  3 credit hours  OR  

    JOUR 2710 - Media Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020 or equivalents. Theory and practice of writing for print and electronic media according to the techniques, styles, and formats of various media. Laboratory required.

  • EMC 3020 - Writing for the Electronic Media

    3 credit hours

    Techniques of creating and writing for electronic media, including radio, television, and computer-generated programming for cable systems and studio production. Consideration of program design and technical limitations of media production for specific formats. Emphasis on readability of copy, writing style, time constraints, editing, and the integration of sound with graphic images or visual information.

  • EMC 3060 - Writing for Digital Media

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: JOUR 1020/EMC 1020, and EMC 2500 (may not be taken concurrently) or permission of instructor.

    Fundamental principles of writing interactively for specific audiences. Encourages students to explore content development; looks at creation of meaning in the new media while providing skills in content.

 

  • EMC 3200 - Still Digital Imaging

    3 credit hours

    (Same as PHOT 3200.) Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; PHOT 2050 and instructor approval; must have some working knowledge of the Macintosh computer system.

    Computerization of traditional film images and use of digital cameras allows student to use different software programs to manipulate photographic images. Ethics and law discussed along with techniques and hands-on analysis of this new medium.

    Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.  

  • PHOT 3200 - Still Digital Imaging  3 credit hours  OR

    PHOT 3200 - Still Digital Imaging

    3 credit hours

    (Same as EMC 3200.) Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; PHOT 2050 or instructor approval; must have some working knowledge of the Macintosh computer system.

    Computerization of traditional film images and use of digital cameras allows student to use different software programs to manipulate photographic images. Ethics and law discussed along with techniques and hands-on analysis of this new medium.

    Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.  

 

  • PHOT 3810 - Color Photo Communication I

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; ART 1610 and PHOT 3110 or consent of instructor.

    The making of color images using transparencies and color print materials.

    Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.  

  • PHOT 4040 - Color Photo Communication II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; PHOT 3040 and PHOT 3810 or consent of instructor.

    A continuation of 3810.

    Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.  

Subtotal: 30 Hours

Senior

  • EMC 4250 - Mass Media Law  3 credit hours  OR

    EMC 4250 - Mass Media Law

    3 credit hours

    (Same as JOUR 4250.) Prerequisites: EMC 1020; junior standing. Examines legal guarantees and restrictions on the flow of information using the case study method. Focuses on libel, privacy, obscenity, and the special restrictions placed on advertising, broadcasting, cable television, and the Internet.  

  • JOUR 4250 - Mass Media Law  3 credit hours  OR

    JOUR 4250 - Mass Media Law

    3 credit hours

    (Same as EMC 4250.) Prerequisites: JOUR 1020; junior standing. Examination of legal guarantees and restrictions on the flow of information using the case study method. Focus on libel, privacy, obscenity, and the special restrictions placed on advertising, broadcasting, cable TV, and the Internet.

  • PHOT 4190 - Ethics and Law for Visual Communicators

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; junior status with declared major.

    Background in ethics and law for the visual communicator. Focus on ethical philosophies, ethics case studies, and solutions to ethical dilemmas; copyright, privacy, and libel law.

 

  • PHOT 4060 - Photojournalism  3 credit hours  

    PHOT 4060 - Photojournalism

    3 credit hours

    (Same as EMC 4060.) Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; PHOT 3120 and PHOT 3810; EMC 3200/PHOT 3200; or consent of instructor.

    Principles and practices of photography, including documentary, news and feature portraiture, photo stories and essays, and photo layout. Emphasis on newspaper assignments, participation in campus publications, portfolio editing and production, and internship preparation. Laboratory required.

    Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.  

  • PHOT 4280 - Editorial Photography

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; PHOT 3040, PHOT 3120, and PHOT 3810. Editorial illustration for fashion, corporate, annual report, home, and garden with emphasis on location lighting. Exploration of various career opportunities and business practices open to the professional photographer. Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.  

Subtotal: 30 Hours

Total hours in program: 120

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Mass Communication, Photography, B.S., Academic Map  

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Photography

PHOT 1050 - Basic Digital Photography and Imaging
3 credit hours

(Same as EMC 1050.)

Introduces digitally based still photography; principles, methods, theory, and practice for non-photography majors. Emphasis placed on the digital single lens reflex (D-SLR) camera. Explores exposure, metering, focus, depth of field, lenses, basic lighting, design elements, and composition. Basic principles of digital photographic capture discussed. Students responsible for providing a digital single lens reflex (D-SLR) camera.

Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.

PHOT 2050 - Basic Black and White Photography
3 credit hours

Black and white processing and printing; principles and procedures combined with theories of visual perception.

Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.

PHOT 3040 - History of Photography
3 credit hours

Evolution of photographic imagery from the invention through contemporary work. The movements, themes, and genres developed by individual photographers.

PHOT 3110 - Intermediate Photography I
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PHOT 2050. Further investigation into the exposure and development controls of black and white photography as a method of expression and communication.

Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.

PHOT 3120 - Intermediate Photography II
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: PHOT 3110 and ART 1610. A continuation of 3110.

Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.  

PHOT 3200 - Still Digital Imaging
3 credit hours

(Same as EMC 3200.) Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; PHOT 2050 or instructor approval; must have some working knowledge of the Macintosh computer system.

Computerization of traditional film images and use of digital cameras allows student to use different software programs to manipulate photographic images. Ethics and law discussed along with techniques and hands-on analysis of this new medium.

Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.  

PHOT 3580 - Photography Practicum
1 to 3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; junior standing and permission of instructor.

Practical experience in an on-campus photography setting. A minimum of 75 hours work for each hour of credit. Note: Total university credit for internship, practicum, and individual problems courses cannot exceed 6 credits. Pass/Fail.

PHOT 3810 - Color Photo Communication I
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; ART 1610 and PHOT 3110 or consent of instructor.

The making of color images using transparencies and color print materials.

Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.  

PHOT 4000 - Photography Internship
1 to 3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; senior standing and permission of department chair or instructor.

Practical experience for advanced students in a professional setting. A minimum of 75 hours work plus other assignments will be required for each hour of credit. Note: Total university credit for internship, practicum, and individual problems courses cannot exceed 6 credits. Pass/Fail.

PHOT 4040 - Color Photo Communication II
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; PHOT 3040 and PHOT 3810 or consent of instructor.

A continuation of 3810.

Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.  

PHOT 4060 - Photojournalism
3 credit hours

(Same as EMC 4060.) Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; PHOT 3120 and PHOT 3810; EMC 3200/PHOT 3200; or consent of instructor.

Principles and practices of photography, including documentary, news and feature portraiture, photo stories and essays, and photo layout. Emphasis on newspaper assignments, participation in campus publications, portfolio editing and production, and internship preparation. Laboratory required.

Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.  

PHOT 4190 - Ethics and Law for Visual Communicators
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; junior status with declared major.

Background in ethics and law for the visual communicator. Focus on ethical philosophies, ethics case studies, and solutions to ethical dilemmas; copyright, privacy, and libel law.

PHOT 4220 - Advanced Photojournalism
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; PHOT 4060 and/or consent of instructor.

Builds on the basic information given in PHOT 4060. Advanced photographic techniques, including digital imaging, information on ethics and law as they pertain to the image maker, along with an examination of different styles of photojournalism addressed by classroom demonstration, lecture, and practical assignments.

Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.  

PHOT 4270 - Photo Illustration
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; PHOT 4060. Studio illustration with food, fragrance, beverage, jewelry, glass, and flatware with an emphasis on tabletop. Introduction to large-format view camera and studio lighting. Problems in advertising photography including responsibilities under truth in advertising. Lecture/lab with three to six hours per week.

 

PHOT 4280 - Editorial Photography
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; PHOT 3040, PHOT 3120, and PHOT 3810. Editorial illustration for fashion, corporate, annual report, home, and garden with emphasis on location lighting. Exploration of various career opportunities and business practices open to the professional photographer. Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.  

PHOT 4290 - Documentary Photography
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: PHOT 3120, PHOT 3810, and PHOT 4040.

Those students using color print material must be enrolled in or have taken PHOT 4040. Students will photograph several short-term photo essays and picture stories in addition to a long-term project in a documentary style. Research on the aspects of and photographers practicing contemporary documentary photography.

Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.