Studio/Commercial Photography


Certificate
36 credit hours

School of Communications/Electronic and Photographic Media Department

(Geneva and St. Louis)

The certificate in studio/commercial photography is designed to provide students with a solid theoretical and practical knowledge in the area of studio and commercial photography. Students will develop a basic understanding of photographic history and technique in both chemical and digital environments. Upper level courses will focus on the specialized know-ledge needed to work in the field of studio/commercial photography and will cover studio lighting and diverse camera formats. The program is characterized by a hands-on approach and will culminate with a professional internship in the field. This certificate is only being offered in Geneva and Saint Louis.

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses applied toward the certificates.

For information on general requirements for the certificate, see Certificate Program Policies and Procedures.

Learning Outcomes

Successful graduates of this program will be able to:

  • demonstrate the theoretical and practical aspects of traditional and digital photography;
  • demonstrate professional work standards in the field of commercial photography in freelance or studio environments.

Required Courses

33 credit hours:

  • PHOT 0100 Photography Portfolio Review (0 hours)
  • EPMD 1000 Introduction to Media Production (3 hours)
  • MEDC 1050 Introduction to Media Writing (3 hours)
  • PHOT 1000 Photo I (3 hours)
  • PHOT 2000 Photo II (3 hours)
  • PHOT 2040 History of Photography (3 hours)
  • PHOT 3000 Color Photography (3 hours)
  • PHOT 3120 Studio Photography and Lighting (3 hours)
  • PHOT 3190 Digital Photographic Imaging (3 hours)
  • PHOT 3195 Digital Photographic Imaging II (3 hours)
  • PHOT 4030 Topics in Studio Photography (3 hours)
  • MEDC 4950 Professional Media Practicum (3 hours)

In addition, students must complete a minimum of 3 credit hours from among the following:

  • PHOT 3180 Topics in Scientific Photography (3 hours)
  • PHOT 4000 Photography in Tuscany (3 hours)
  • PHOT 4030 Topics in Studio Photography (3 hours)
    (if a different topic from required PHOT 4030)
  • PHOT 4190 Topics in Digital Photographic Imaging (3 hours)
  • PHOT 4200 Topics in Color (3 hours)
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