• Faculty members excel in both teaching and creative endeavors
  • On-campus shoots give students
    real-life experiences
  • Learning to use a view camera adds new dimensions to an individual's work
  • Photography students at MTSU gain studio experience

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 creative visionaries. 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 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, Moon Rise, Hernandez, New Mexico, 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

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, Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth, premiering summer 2013. Walker was the first African-American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize in fiction, for her 1983 novel The Color Purple. Harris shot hundreds of assignments for TIME, Newsweek, and the New York Times. His textbook, Visual Journalism, was recently released by Allyn & 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

Students may choose from two majors in the Department of Electronic Media Communication, both of which lead to the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree: Mass Communication and Animation. The Mass Communication major includes the following concentrations:

For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS tab above.

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 commercial photography, photojournalism, and creative photography.

NOTE: Students 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.

Academic Map

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

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

Degree Requirements

General Education (41 hours)

General Education requirements (shown in curricular listings below) include courses in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences.

Major Requirements (43 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.

(May count as Social/Behavioral Sciences requirement)

  • EMC 3020 - Screenwriting I  3 credit hours  OR

    EMC 3020 - Screenwriting I

    3 credit hours

    Techniques of creating and writing for film and video production in both the studio and field environment. Integrates writing for visual impact and audio/integration of sound and examines formatting needs of varying non-fiction and fiction story platforms for screen-based media.

  • 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 for specific audiences in the digital space. Encourages students to explore the creation of meaning in new media while providing skills in content development.

  • 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.

    Normally offered Spring only

Photography Concentration (34 hours)

  • PHOT 1050 - Basic Digital Photography and Imaging

    3 credit hours

    (Same as EMC 1050.)

    Introduces simple and multiple image photography, principles, methods, theory, and practice for both Photography majors and non-Photography majors. Explores digital camera anatomy, operating, and handling while discussing proper in-camera exposure, metering, focusing, shutter speeds, apertures, depth of field, and camera accessories. Basic principles of lighting, design, and image composition discussed. Digital darkroom techniques and image manipulation using tool such as Photoshop included. Emphasis placed on the DSLR (digital single lens reflex) camera. Students responsible for providing a DSLR camera for the class. Must have working knowledge of the Macintosh computer system.

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

  • PHOT 2050 - Basic Black and White Photography

    3 credit hours

    Black and white chemistry based darkroom printing and film processing with tactile materials. Introduces the fundamentals of photographic practice and procedures combined with aesthetics, theories of visual perception, and photographic vision. Emphasis placed upon the in-camera exposure, development of black and white film, the traditional silver print, conceptual theory, problem solving, and portfolio presentation. Class format includes demonstrations, lab work, assignments, and critiques. Emphasis placed on the SLR (single lens reflex) camera. Students responsible for providing a SLR camera and darkroom materials for the class.

    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.

    Normally offered Fall only

  • PHOT 3110 - Intermediate Photography I

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PHOT 2050. Further investigation into the exposure and development controls of black and white chemistry-based darkroom photography as a method of expression and communication.  Students responsible for providing a SLR 35mm or medium format film camera and darkroom materials for class.

    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 PHOT 3110 with emphasis on the technical and conceptual applications of the medium from a creative perspective. Both chemistry-based darkroom prints and digital printing discussed and demonstrated in a hybrid manner with emphasis on details toward the craft, honing a personal vision, and final portfolio presentation. Students should bring examples of previous work to first session of class.

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

    Normally offered Spring only

  • PHOT 3810 - Color Photo Communication I

    3 credit hours

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

    Basic theory of contemporary color photography while establishing a history of the medium. Requires use of both film SLR and DSLR cameras for capture and output is in the traditional color darkroom with a roller transport unit and in digital printing. Color theory and color vision discussed and how color works demonstrated.

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

    Normally offered Fall only

  • 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 PHOT 3810 with emphasis placed on details toward the craft, honing a personal vision, and final portfolio presentation..

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

    Normally offered Spring only

  • PHOT 4280 - Editorial Photography

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; PHOT 3040, PHOT 3120, and PHOT 3810.

    Editorial illustration photography for fashion, corporate, annual report, style publications with emphasis on paper background and the studio cyclorama wall. Exploration of various career opportunities and business practices open to the professional photographer. Introduction to full frame DSLR cameras and professional lighting equipment.

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

    Normally offered Fall only

 

  • 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.)

    Prerequisite: PHOT 2050 or instructor approval.

    Use of DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) cameras in addition to flatbed scanners as image capture devices and digital printers as image output devices. Software programs, applications, and discussion topics focus on camera operation, file formats, and the aesthetic and ethical issues surrounding photography. Software applications used to explore creative and experimental possibilities for processing and manipulating photographs.

    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, photo essays, and photo layout. Emphasis on newspaper assignments, participation in campus publications, portfolio editing and production, and internship preparation. SLR or DSLR camera required.

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

    Normally offered Fall only

  • 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, photo essays, and photo layout. Emphasis on newspaper assignments, participation in campus publications, portfolio editing and production, and internship preparation. SLR or DSLR camera required.

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

    Normally offered Fall only

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

    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 Problems in Mass Communication

    1 to 3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy and permission of department.

    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 setting. A minimum of 75 hours work for each hour of credit. Required to be present and work for the class during evening and weekend times during the semester when needed. 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

    Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; PHOT 4060.

    Studio illustration lighting photography of food, fragrance, beverage, jewelry, glass, and flatware with an emphasis on tabletop setups. Introduction to full frame DSLR cameras and large format view cameras. Problems in advertising photography including responsibilities under truth in advertising.

    Lecture/lab with three to six hours per week.

    Normally offered Fall only

  • 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 a semester-long photo project of personal choice 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.

    Normally offered Spring only

Auxiliary Major Requirement (3 hours)

  • 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.  

Minor (15-18 hours)

Electives (15-18 hours)

Total hours in program: 120

 

Recommended Curriculum: Mass Communication, Photography

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.

  • Mathematics 3 credit hours
  • 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 chemistry based darkroom printing and film processing with tactile materials. Introduces the fundamentals of photographic practice and procedures combined with aesthetics, theories of visual perception, and photographic vision. Emphasis placed upon the in-camera exposure, development of black and white film, the traditional silver print, conceptual theory, problem solving, and portfolio presentation. Class format includes demonstrations, lab work, assignments, and critiques. Emphasis placed on the SLR (single lens reflex) camera. Students responsible for providing a SLR camera and darkroom materials for the class.

    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 chemistry-based darkroom photography as a method of expression and communication.  Students responsible for providing a SLR 35mm or medium format film camera and darkroom materials for class.

    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.

May count as a Social/Behavioral Sciences requirement

 

  • EMC 1050 - Basic Digital Photography and Imaging

    3 credit hours

    (Same as PHOT 1050.)

    Introduces simple and multiple image photography, principles, methods, theory, and practice for both Photography majors and non-Photography majors. Explores digital camera anatomy, operating, and handling while discussing proper in-camera exposure, metering, focusing, shutter speeds, apertures, depth of field, and camera accessories. Basic principles of lighting, design, and image composition discussed. Digital darkroom techniques and image manipulation using tool such as Photoshop included. Emphasis placed on the DSLR (digital single lens reflex) camera. Students responsible for providing a DSLR camera for the class. Must have working knowledge of the Macintosh computer system.

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

  • PHOT 1050 - Basic Digital Photography and Imaging

    3 credit hours

    (Same as EMC 1050.)

    Introduces simple and multiple image photography, principles, methods, theory, and practice for both Photography majors and non-Photography majors. Explores digital camera anatomy, operating, and handling while discussing proper in-camera exposure, metering, focusing, shutter speeds, apertures, depth of field, and camera accessories. Basic principles of lighting, design, and image composition discussed. Digital darkroom techniques and image manipulation using tool such as Photoshop included. Emphasis placed on the DSLR (digital single lens reflex) camera. Students responsible for providing a DSLR camera for the class. Must have working knowledge of the Macintosh computer system.

    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

    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.

  • Natural Sciences (2 rubrics) 8 credit hours
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
  • PHOT elective 1-3 credit hours
  • Minor 3 credit hours
  • Elective 3 credit hours
  • 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.

    Normally offered Fall only

  • PHOT 3120 - Intermediate Photography II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: PHOT 3110 and ART 1610.

    A continuation of PHOT 3110 with emphasis on the technical and conceptual applications of the medium from a creative perspective. Both chemistry-based darkroom prints and digital printing discussed and demonstrated in a hybrid manner with emphasis on details toward the craft, honing a personal vision, and final portfolio presentation. Students should bring examples of previous work to first session of class.

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

    Normally offered Spring only

  • EMC 3020 - Screenwriting I  3 credit hours  OR

    EMC 3020 - Screenwriting I

    3 credit hours

    Techniques of creating and writing for film and video production in both the studio and field environment. Integrates writing for visual impact and audio/integration of sound and examines formatting needs of varying non-fiction and fiction story platforms for screen-based media.

  • 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 for specific audiences in the digital space. Encourages students to explore the creation of meaning in new media while providing skills in content development.

  • 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.

Subtotal: 30-32 Hours

 

Junior

 

  • PHOT 3200 - Still Digital Imaging

    3 credit hours

    (Same as EMC 3200.)

    Prerequisite: PHOT 2050 or instructor approval.

    Use of DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) cameras in addition to flatbed scanners as image capture devices and digital printers as image output devices. Software programs, applications, and discussion topics focus on camera operation, file formats, and the aesthetic and ethical issues surrounding photography. Software applications used to explore creative and experimental possibilities for processing and manipulating photographs.

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

  • 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 3810 - Color Photo Communication I

    3 credit hours

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

    Basic theory of contemporary color photography while establishing a history of the medium. Requires use of both film SLR and DSLR cameras for capture and output is in the traditional color darkroom with a roller transport unit and in digital printing. Color theory and color vision discussed and how color works demonstrated.

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

    Normally offered Fall only

  • 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 PHOT 3810 with emphasis placed on details toward the craft, honing a personal vision, and final portfolio presentation..

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

    Normally offered Spring only

  • Minor 6 credit hours
  • Minor/Elective 3 credit hours
  • Soc/Beh Sci or elective 3 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts (2 rubrics) 6 credit hours

 

  • 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

    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

 

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.

    Normally offered Spring only

 

  • 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, photo essays, and photo layout. Emphasis on newspaper assignments, participation in campus publications, portfolio editing and production, and internship preparation. SLR or DSLR camera required.

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

    Normally offered Fall only

  • PHOT 4280 - Editorial Photography

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; PHOT 3040, PHOT 3120, and PHOT 3810.

    Editorial illustration photography for fashion, corporate, annual report, style publications with emphasis on paper background and the studio cyclorama wall. Exploration of various career opportunities and business practices open to the professional photographer. Introduction to full frame DSLR cameras and professional lighting equipment.

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

    Normally offered Fall only

  • Electives 12 credit hours
  • PHOT electives 3 credit hours
  • Minor 6 credit hours

Subtotal: 30 Hours

 

Professor Christopher R Harris
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Thomas Jimison
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Dr. Robert Kalwinsky
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Photography

PHOT 1050 - Basic Digital Photography and Imaging
3 credit hours

(Same as EMC 1050.)

Introduces simple and multiple image photography, principles, methods, theory, and practice for both Photography majors and non-Photography majors. Explores digital camera anatomy, operating, and handling while discussing proper in-camera exposure, metering, focusing, shutter speeds, apertures, depth of field, and camera accessories. Basic principles of lighting, design, and image composition discussed. Digital darkroom techniques and image manipulation using tool such as Photoshop included. Emphasis placed on the DSLR (digital single lens reflex) camera. Students responsible for providing a DSLR camera for the class. Must have working knowledge of the Macintosh computer system.

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

PHOT 2050 - Basic Black and White Photography
3 credit hours

Black and white chemistry based darkroom printing and film processing with tactile materials. Introduces the fundamentals of photographic practice and procedures combined with aesthetics, theories of visual perception, and photographic vision. Emphasis placed upon the in-camera exposure, development of black and white film, the traditional silver print, conceptual theory, problem solving, and portfolio presentation. Class format includes demonstrations, lab work, assignments, and critiques. Emphasis placed on the SLR (single lens reflex) camera. Students responsible for providing a SLR camera and darkroom materials for the class.

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.

Normally offered Fall only

PHOT 3110 - Intermediate Photography I
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PHOT 2050. Further investigation into the exposure and development controls of black and white chemistry-based darkroom photography as a method of expression and communication.  Students responsible for providing a SLR 35mm or medium format film camera and darkroom materials for class.

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 PHOT 3110 with emphasis on the technical and conceptual applications of the medium from a creative perspective. Both chemistry-based darkroom prints and digital printing discussed and demonstrated in a hybrid manner with emphasis on details toward the craft, honing a personal vision, and final portfolio presentation. Students should bring examples of previous work to first session of class.

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

Normally offered Spring only

PHOT 3200 - Still Digital Imaging
3 credit hours

(Same as EMC 3200.)

Prerequisite: PHOT 2050 or instructor approval.

Use of DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) cameras in addition to flatbed scanners as image capture devices and digital printers as image output devices. Software programs, applications, and discussion topics focus on camera operation, file formats, and the aesthetic and ethical issues surrounding photography. Software applications used to explore creative and experimental possibilities for processing and manipulating photographs.

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 setting. A minimum of 75 hours work for each hour of credit. Required to be present and work for the class during evening and weekend times during the semester when needed. 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.

Basic theory of contemporary color photography while establishing a history of the medium. Requires use of both film SLR and DSLR cameras for capture and output is in the traditional color darkroom with a roller transport unit and in digital printing. Color theory and color vision discussed and how color works demonstrated.

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

Normally offered Fall only

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 PHOT 3810 with emphasis placed on details toward the craft, honing a personal vision, and final portfolio presentation..

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

Normally offered Spring only

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, photo essays, and photo layout. Emphasis on newspaper assignments, participation in campus publications, portfolio editing and production, and internship preparation. SLR or DSLR camera required.

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

Normally offered Fall only

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.

Normally offered Spring only

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.

Normally offered Spring only  

PHOT 4270 - Photo Illustration
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; PHOT 4060.

Studio illustration lighting photography of food, fragrance, beverage, jewelry, glass, and flatware with an emphasis on tabletop setups. Introduction to full frame DSLR cameras and large format view cameras. Problems in advertising photography including responsibilities under truth in advertising.

Lecture/lab with three to six hours per week.

Normally offered Fall only

PHOT 4280 - Editorial Photography
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; PHOT 3040, PHOT 3120, and PHOT 3810.

Editorial illustration photography for fashion, corporate, annual report, style publications with emphasis on paper background and the studio cyclorama wall. Exploration of various career opportunities and business practices open to the professional photographer. Introduction to full frame DSLR cameras and professional lighting equipment.

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

Normally offered Fall only

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 a semester-long photo project of personal choice 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.

Normally offered Spring only

Contact and Student Information

Jonathan Trundle
Jonathan.Trundle@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-2084
Fax | 615-898-5839

Rebecca Garrett
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615-898-5668 | BRAGG 230D

Department of Electronic Media Communication
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1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

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