The undergraduate Photography program nurtures and expands students' talents with a balance of traditional photographic practice and contemporary artistic methods.
The goal of the BFA Photography program
is to challenge students intellectually,
artistically, and technically, in order to graduate with the
skills necessary for a rich and rewarding career. First
year undergraduate Photography majors dive right into the field with
unique and intensive Photography Foundation
year courses. The first-year Photography curriculum introduces you to
critical, conceptual, historical, and technical studies. Classes also
lay the groundwork for further exploration of traditional and new media
in commercial studio, documentary, photojournalism, and fine art
Following the Photography Foundation year and sophomore core concentrations, students may choose their preferred concentration. Junior and senior years involve intensive portfolio seminars and a menu of eclectic courses that further fine-tune photography skills. Self-designed learning opportunities in a single year can include professional studio art, fine art digital printing, fashion and editorial illustration, and creating artist's books.
Throughout the undergraduate Photography program, students build a portfolio that will be evaluated by juries of faculty and professional artist photographers. Photography majors will also receive numerous opportunities to exhibit in the department's student curated Gallery South and for a solo exhibition at Lesley. Students also have the chance to publish work in the annual student photography publication and class, Taking In.BFA Photography students are encouraged to pursue a wide range of internships in order to build professional experience prior to graduation. Past student Photography internships have included the following organizations: Magnum Picture Agency (NYC & Paris), National Geographic, The Boston Globe, Annie Leibovitz Studio, Joyce Tennyson Studio, OXFAM and UNICEF, the Maine Photographic Workshops, Ken Burns Films, Oxfam America, DeCordova Museum, Cultural Survival, and The Center for Photographic Arts.
Photography majors are mentored by experienced faculty members who represent a variety of viewpoints, backgrounds, and different approaches to the medium. Intimate classes will train students artistically and conceptually with an eye upon your future in the photographic arts. The Photography program's vibrant community of photographic artists work and thrive in state-of-the-art facilities with equipment that provides the tools needed to realize any vision, concept, or inspiration.
This course is a thorough investigation of the view camera, with emphasis on solving particular technical problems. Students create their own technical resource notebooks as they experiment with the many artistic and technical options available to the photographer.
This core course introduces students to the materials, techniques, and practices of professional, commercial, and advertising photography. Focus is on the fundamentals of the studio and the conceptual aspects of professional, commercial, and studio work.
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