BFA Art: Concentration in Photography

The Photography concentration embraces a highly conceptual fine-arts program emphasizing creative, lens-based media.

The Photography and Video Concentration at KSU is a strongly conceptual program with technical emphasis on current trends in hardware and software applications. The courses in this curriculum give students a strong working knowledge of the mediums of Photography and Video, and to its techniques and practices that are relevant to fine art and commercial applications. This program also gives students proficiencies in lighting techniques, a mastery of a variety of camera types, several applications of analog and digital printing, as well as engagement in critical dialogue about the art they create.

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BFA Art: Concentration in Photography


  • Photography Room

    • Variety of analog and digital camera types

    • Strobe and continuous lighting 

    • Backdrop types

    • Lectern projection system

    Dark Room

    • 10 dark room enlargers
    • Large multi-user sink
    • Alternative process area

    Digital Lab

    • Five iMac stations with i7 processors
    • Four Epson V700 film, slide, and print scanners
    • Archival printing on Epson 9900 and 4400

    Studio Space

    • Photography studio

    • Mat-cutting and project assembly workspace

    • Critique space with spot lighting

Key Courses

  • >Download Curriculum Checksheet BFA Studio Arts

    ART 3150: Figure Drawing
    Intensive study of the human figure; action, structure, volume, design and expressive potentialities from a variety of models, using a variety of media. Some portraiture.

    ART 3400: Digital Photography
    This course introduces digital photography and its basic practices for fine art applications. It explores various methods of photographic image-making in contemporary art and its interpretations. Assignments and class critiques will emphasize the development of a visual vocabulary and explore the possibilities of photography as a visual arts medium.

    ART 3410: Film Photography
    This course introduces students to the basic manual functions of film cameras and darkroom processing and printing techniques. Students will use black-and-white film and darkroom paper to produce traditional photographic prints. The course teaches a refinement of photographic techniques and visual skills with an emphasis on aesthetics.

    ART 3420: Lighting for Photography and Video
    This course teaches students photographic studio and location lighting techniques and introduces the large-format 4x5 camera. Students will apply increasing understanding of darkroom and digital practices to large-format analog and digital printing. Knowledge of contemporary theory and criticism and its application to contemporary photography is incorporated.

    ART 4410: Advanced Study in Photography
    Selected topics in photography of an advanced nature, which may include independent student research.

    Note: Advanced Study in Photography is repeatable for credit four times.

Admission to the Concentration

  • It is important that students interested in applying to the Photography Concentration talk to the faculty advisors of the area. The office hours are posted on the faculty web page.

    Matt Haffner
    Assistant Professor of Art

    Once a BFA, “art-interest” student has completed the Lower-Division Major Requirements and while enrolled in the second course in photography, he or she will submit a portfolio of work in that area for review by the supervising faculty. Admission into any concentration area is dependent upon the strength of the student’s portfolio, their performance in visual arts courses, and their overall academic performance in all classes taken.

    Each application to the Concentration in Photography must include the following:

    1. Artist Statement in a Microsoft Word document
    2. Artist Curriculum Vita (résumé) in a Microsoft Word document
    3. Twenty examples of your best Photographic and/or Video Works

    • Images should be assembled in a single PowerPoint presentation
    • Links to videos posted on YouTube or another platform should be inserted into the PowerPoint.
    • DO NOT put the actual video into the presentation.
    • Each image should be clearly labeled with the following:
    • Title/Medium/Size/Date
      This work should represent, though is not limited to; assignments from previous photography and/or video courses current work, and any personal projects. Examples could include:
      • Black and white images from film negatives (scans of your negatives are fine)
      • Color photography
      • Medium format camera use
      • Video
      • Photo based mixed-media works

    Portfolios will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

    • Conceptual Inventiveness
    • Content
    • Composition and Framing
    • Print/Image Quality
    • Presentation
    • Technique
    • Writing Skills

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