Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography

BFA Global Core - 18 semester hours

  • 3 ART 121 Design 1 2D
  • 3 ARTH 161 Intro to the Visual Arts
  • 3 ART 265 Basic Photography
  • 3 ARTH 121 Introduction to the Visual Arts
Take 2 of the following 3 courses
  • 3 ART 165 History of Photography
  • 3 ARTH 211 History of World Art I
  • 3 ARTH 212 History of World Art II

Required Courses - 42 semester hours

  • 3 ART 266 Photojournalism
  • 3 ART 312 Intermediate Photography
  • 3 MCOM 350 Digital Photography
  • 3 ART 364 Studio and Commercial Photography
  • 3 ART 365 Advanced Photography
  • 3 ART 367 Color Photography
  • 3 ART 450 Alternative Photo Printing
  • 3 ART 461 Photo Special Projects
  • 3 ART 462 Advanced Photography Projects
  • 3 ART 463 Professional Practices in Photographic Imaging
  • 3 ART 464 Advanced Studio & Commercial Photography
  • 3 ART 465 Contemporary Issues in Photography
  • 3 ART 494 Internship
  • 3 Any 300 or 400 level ART of ARTH course

Major Electives - 15 semester hours

Choose 5 courses from below
  • 3 ART 143 Traditional Lakota Arts
  • 3 ART 231 Painting I
  • 3 ART 257 Intermediate Desktop Publishing
  • 3 ART 291 Independent Study
  • 3 ART 292 Topics
  • 3 ART 312 Intermediate Photography
  • 3 ART 315 Computer Production & Imaging
  • 3 ART 338 Encaustic Painting
  • 3 ART 430 Watercolor
  • 3 ART 494 Internship
  • 3 ARTD 335 Digital Illustion
  • 3 ARTH 165 History of Photography
  • 3 ARTH 415 Gallery Management
  • 3 SPCM 455 Visual Culture

Supportive Electives

Take 1 course from each group below. Courses must be different than those used to satisfy Gen Ed & Major requirements

3 Social Science: AIS/LAKL, ANTH, GEOG, HIST, POLS, PSYC, SOC, SPCM
3 Humanities: ART, ARTH, ENGL, FREN, GER, HUM, MCOM, PHIL, RUSS, SPAN, THEA

General Education Requirements - 30 semester hours

  • 3 ENGL 101 Composition I
  • 3 ENGL 201 Composition II
  • 3 MATH Gen Ed - Mathematics
  • 3 SPCM Speech 101, 215, or 222
  • 6 Gen Ed - Social Science
  • 6 Gen Ed - Arts & Humanities
  • 6-8 Gen Ed - Natural Science & Lab
A minor is required with this major plus electives to total 120 hours, of which 36 hours must be 300-400 level courses.

Mass Communications Minor - Emphasis in Photography

Required Courses - 24 semester hours

  • 3 MCOM 165 - History of Photography
  • 3 MCOM 265 - Basic Photography 
  • 3 MCOM 266 - Photojournalism 
  • 3 MCOM 350 - Digital Photography 
  • 3 MCOM 365 - Advanced Photography 
  • 3 MCOM 367 - Color Photography 
  • 3 MCOM 465 - Contemporary Issues in Photography 
  • 3 MCOM 494 - Internship

Photography Certificate

Get a certificate in photography
Are you looking to update your knowledge of photography or expand your current job skills with subject matter related to photography, but do not wish to enter a degree program? BHSU offers a certificate in Photography.

BHSU has among the finest darkroom and digital imaging facilities in South Dakota and the surrounding region including a new 2000 square foot studio. BHSU also offers black and white and color labs, a film developing area, and a digital imaging lab. This lab is complete with multiple Mac computers, scanners, and various large format and desk-top printing stations.

This certificate is great for high school teachers to expand their knowledge base or be brought up to date on new technology in the field of photography. It is also helpful to any education majors who hope to teach photography in the public schools. Journalists and photographers can stay up to date and learn the latest techniques.

Required Core - 12 semester hours

  • 3 MCOM 265 Basic Photography
  • 3 MCOM 365 Advanced Photography
  • 3 MCOM 367 Color Photography
  • 3 MCOM 465 Contemporary Issues in Photography

The BFA in Photography at BHSU offers many opportunities to students interested in photojournalism, commercial photography, or fine art photography. The photography emphasis offers both basic and advanced black and white photography, color photography, digital imaging, photojournalism, and contemporary issues classes. For photography majors, other courses include basic and advanced photography studio lighting, the history of photography, and alternative silver and digital processes.

BHSU has among the finest darkroom and digital imaging facilities in South Dakota and the surrounding region with three black and white and color labs, a film developing area, and an imaging lab. The digital imaging lab is complete with multiple Mac computers, scanners, and various large format and desk-top printing stations. Students also have access to a 2,000 square foot commercial studio and a new alternative silver and digital printing lab.

The BHSU photography program is proud to have Canon USA as a sponsor of our photography program. Through Canon's generous support BHSU photography students have the opportunity to use the latest camera equipment and digital printers available. Canon also sends a Canon Explorer of Light to our campus to give presentations and interact with our students.

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