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Texas a&m photography major


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The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Photography is a 120 credit hour limited access program that provides an intensive background in theoretical knowledge and professional skills. BFA students will develop a personal vision, a high level of competence in technique, and harness the ability to make sound artistic decisions. The BFA in Studio Photography is a proficiency-based program, characterized by continuous assessment. Graduating BFA seniors exhibit their work at the Texas A&M University-Commerce University Gallery in their last semester.

As one of the few stand-alone photography degrees in the state of Texas, the BFA in Photography prepares students for the challenges of a rapidly evolving profession alongside expanding technologies and applications in digital imaging, video, multimedia, and motion graphics. Photography majors build upon a common sequence of foundational art and photography courses to pursue advanced  studies in fine art (studio) photography that prepare students for careers in teaching and exhibition. Students graduating with the BFA in Photography leave A&M-Commerce with  a well-rounded background in professional practices and a versatile set of practical skills.

To receive a degree in BFA Photography, students must successfully complete a minimum of one hundred-twenty (120) credit hours. Students must also remain in the program for a minimum of three long semesters. Students must enroll into “Photography Seminar” their year of graduating, culminating in an advancement review and graduation exhibition. Students must also complete their internships before graduating. Students admitted to the BFA program are exempt from any foreign language requirement. Students in the BFA major are not required to select a minor. The BFA Advisor can provide additional guidance with regard to entrance and degree requirements.

Academic Performance and Retention
Students are required to have a C or above in all foundation courses to maintain good standing in the Department of Art.  The work and progress of students pursuing baccalaureate degrees will be evaluated both within the classes they take and by the departmental standards established for each major programmatic area (BA in Art, BFA in Studio Art, BFA in Visual Communication).

The Department of Art reserves the right to discontinue enrollment of art majors at any time if satisfactory academic progress is not being made.  Students who have accumulated three unsatisfactory grades (U, D or F) in studio art or visual communication courses at A&M-Commerce or elsewhere may not be permitted to continue, be readmitted, or graduate with a degree in art.  Courses with grades of D or F may be repeated for a grade of C or higher only once.

Core Curriculum Courses 42 See the  BFA Photography – Studio Art Emphasis Required Creative Core (16 Hours) Drawing I 3 Two-Dimensional Design and Color Theory 3 Three-Dimensional Design & Color Theory 3 Intro to Shop Safety 1 Introduction to Visual Communication 3 Introduction to Digital Media 3 Art History Courses (9 Hours) GLB/History of Art I  GLB/History of Art II  GLB/History of Photography 3 GLB/History of Contemporary Art 3 3 semester hours in Advanced Art History 3 GLB/History of Ancient Art GLB/History of Medieval Art GLB/Topics in Renaissance Art GLB/Topics in Baroque Art GLB/Topics in Non-Western Art History Of Modern Art GLB/History of Graphic Design History of Advertising and Consumerism GLB/Women and Art GLB/History of Architecture Theories and Methods Special Topics Required Photography Courses (26 Hours) Basic Photography I 3 Introduction to Video 3 Introduction to Studio Lighting 3 Commercial Photography 4 Advanced Digital Photography 3 B&W Darkroom Techniques 3 Photography Seminar 4 Photography Internship 3 Prescribed Elective Courses: Studio Art Track (27 credits) 27 Students can take up to 6 sch of sophomore or advanced studio art courses Experimental Concepts Alternative Print Making Video Production Tech

PHO 389

Independent Study Location and Event Photography Special Topics Business Practices in Pho Independent Study Special Topics Total Hours 120 This course will satisfy the Core Curriculum requirement for Creative Arts or Degree Pathway.



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