Photography and Digital Studio BFA Option
This option is available within the Art major at the following location:
With a focus on developing individual expression, the photography and digital studio program at Oregon State University embraces a forward-thinking and collaborative approach to photography. Students learn to use traditional darkroom techniques as well as the latest concepts and technologies in digital photography, digital printing, exhibition techniques, studio lighting, and video-art. Students have access to digital computer labs with up-to-date imaging software, wide-format digital printers, a dedicated darkroom, and a lighting studio.
With an emphasis on inclusion, diversity and equity, our program seeks to challenge our students to confront and respond to critical issues, such as the environment, identity and social justice and other topical concerns that face our society. Students are encouraged to use their mastery of technical skills and aesthetics to develop their own visual “voice” - creating and framing their personal and professional work within the historical, theoretical and ethical contexts of the medium. Collaborative image-making is encouraged linking photography to other creative practices such as the moving image, sound, sensor-technologies, social media, book-making, installation art, design-fields and with other university programs. Developing curiosity and embracing a flexible approach to the evolving field of photography enables students to gain the critical thinking skills that will serve them in a number of creative professions.
The primary objective of offering the BFA is to provide professional education in visual art at the undergraduate level and to enable graduates to enter professional, studio-based careers and within the creative industries.
Option Code: 831
Upon successful completion of the program, students will meet the following learning outcomes:
- Demonstrate broad and discipline-specific knowledge of art processes and history.
- Describe and analyze works of visual art critically and relate them to historical and contemporary contexts.
- Articulate discipline-specific concepts in writing, orally, and visually.
- Create original art and/or research projects by applying discipline-specific tools, skills, methods, and sources.
Art (BFA) majors taking the Photography and Digital Studio BFA option may not take required art courses on an S/U graded basis. Students may not use courses in which they have earned less than a C- to satisfy BFA requirements. A minimum 3.00 grade-point average must be maintained in all art courses used to meet BFA requirements.
Students need access to a Single Lens Reflex digital camera or mirrorless camera with manual exposure controls and a viewfinder. It is highly recommended that students purchasing a computer for use in this program ensure that the computer meets the system requirements for the Adobe Creative Cloud.
The required lower-division studio courses must be completed before taking upper-division studio courses for the major program. All students seeking a major or a minor must see a departmental advisor on a yearly basis.
|Required Lower-Division Studio Art Courses|
|ART 100||ART ORIENTATION||2|
|ART 101||*INTRODUCTION TO THE VISUAL ARTS||3|
|ART 115||2-D CORE STUDIO||4|
|ART 117||3-D CORE STUDIO||4|
|ART 121||DIGITAL CORE STUDIO||4|
|ART 131||DRAWING CORE STUDIO||4|
|Lower-Division Art Electives|
|Select one studio art course at the 200-level||4|
|Select two art history courses at the 200-level||6|
|Photography and Digital Studio BFA Requirements|
|Required Photography and Digital Studio BFA Courses|
|ART 222||INTRODUCTION TO TIME-BASED ART||4|
|ART 263||DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY||4|
|ART 339||PROFESSIONAL PRACTICES FOR ARTISTS||3|
|ART 340||DARKROOM PHOTOGRAPHY I||4|
|ART 345||INTERMEDIATE PHOTOGRAPHY||4|
|ART 347||PHOTOGRAPH: STUDIO LIGHTING||4|
|ART 456||PORTFOLIO-PHOTOGRAPHY/VIDEO ART (repeatable up to 8 credits; must be taken in senior year)||4|
|ART 495||EXHIBITION DESIGN||1|
|Photography and Digital Studio BFA Electives|
|Select 29 credits from the following, with at least 8 credits at the 400-level:||29|
|DARKROOM PHOTOGRAPHY II|
|CONCEPTS IN DIGITAL IMAGING|
|VIDEO ART (repeatable up to 8 credits)|
|PHOTOGRAPHY ON ASSIGNMENT|
|ALTERNATIVE PROCESSES IN PHOTOGRAPHY|
|THE PHOTOGRAPHIC BOOK|
|*PHOTOGRAPHY: ACTIVISM, AND SOCIAL CHANGE|
|PRACTICUM STUDENT MEDIA (repeatable up to 2 credits)|
|NEW MEDIA: INTERACTIVE|
|*GENDER, SEXUALITY, AND THE PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE|
|THE PHOTOGRAPHIC BOOK II|
|OFF THE SCREEN - VIDEO INSTALLATION ART|
|SENSOR TECHNOLOGIES AND THE ARTS|
|COMBINED MEDIA: PHOTO INSTALLATION|
|THE CONSTRUCTED IMAGE|
|ADVANCED STUDIO LIGHTING|
|ALTERNATIVE PROCESSES IN PHOTOGRAPHY II|
|PORTFOLIO-PHOTOGRAPHY/VIDEO ART (repeatable up to 8 credits)|
|Required Art History Courses|
|ART 264||*PHOTOGRAPHY: HISTORY, TECHNOLOGY, CULTURE AND ART||3|
|ART 366||ART SINCE 1945||3|
|ART 411||^ART IN CONTEXT HISTORICAL AND CRITICAL APPROACHES||3|
|ART 462||DIRECTIONS AND ISSUES IN CONTEMPORARY ART||3|
|Additional 300/400 Art Electives|
|Select 20 credits in studio art and/or art history with at least 8 credits at the 400-level 1||20|
Baccalaureate Core Course (BCC)
Writing Intensive Course (WIC)
Art electives may be any combination of Art History or Studio Art courses. One course may be at the 200-level. At least two courses must be at the 400-level
Option Code: 831