Photography (BA)


2016-2017 UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES CATALOG

Effective 1 June 2016 through 31 May 2017

Please see the Undergraduate Catalog Archives for PDF versions of past catalogs.

This program offered by School of Communications/Electronic and Photographic Media Department

Program Description

Through the curriculum for the BA in photography at Webster University, students learn to be technically proficient, versatile, imaginative, and capable of working in a variety of photographic fields and technical environments. Photography majors graduate with a solid grounding in the aesthetic and the communicative aspects of the medium. Students take courses in a variety of formats (small, medium and large), materials (black/white and color), and technical environments (chemical and digital). Students become familiar with a variety of approaches (journalistic, commercial/editorial, scientific), while concentrating on one.

Learning Outcomes

Through the curriculum for the BA in photography at Webster University, students will demonstrate:

  • technical proficiency in both chemical and digital photographic environments;
  • technical proficiency with a variety of camera formats (small, medium and large) and materials (black/white and color);
  • a solid grounding in the worldwide aesthetic and communicative aspects of the medium;
  • versatility in applying a variety of photographic approaches (journalistic, commercial/editorial, scientific);
  • expertise in their chosen field of specialization.

Portfolio Review Course Requirements

  • PHOT 1000 Photo I (3 hours)
  • PHOT 2000 Photo II (3 hours)
  • 3 additional PHOT production credit hours (3 hours)

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 128 credit hours consisting of the following:

  • 48 required credit hours
  • Applicable University Global Citizenship Program hours 
  • Electives

Transfer students must take a minimum of 15 credit hours of courses coded PHOT at Webster University.

Required Courses

  • PHOT 0100 Photography Portfolio Review (0 hours)
  • EPMD 1000 Introduction to Media Production (3 hours)
  • PHOT 1000 Photo I (3 hours)
  • MEDC 1010 Introduction to Mass Communications (3 hours)
  • PHOT 2000 Photo II (3 hours)
  • PHOT 2040 History of Photography (3 hours)
  • MEDC 2200 Ethics in the Media (3 hours)
  • PHOT 2500 Photojournalism (3 hours)
  • PHOT 3120 Studio Photography and Lighting (3 hours)
  • PHOT 3190 Digital Photographic Imaging (3 hours)
  • FTVP 1000 Introduction to Film, Television, and Video Production (3 hours)
  • PHOT 4700 Professional Development in Photography* (3 hours)
  • MEDC 4950 Internship (3 hours)

    *Capstone Course

In addition, a minimum of one of the following sets of courses:

For a concentration in commercial/studio (6 credit hours)

  • PHOT 4030 Topics in Studio Photography: Digital Studio (3 hours)
  • PHOT 4030 Topics in Studio Photography: People and Portraits (3 hours)

For a concentration in photojournalism (6 credit hours)

  • PHOT 3760 Topics in Editorial Photography (3 hours)
  • PHOT 4870 Advanced Photojournalism (3 hours)

For a concentration in magazine/editorial (6 credit hours)

  • PHOT 4030 Topics in Studio Photography: People and Portraits (3 hours)
  • PHOT 3760 Topics in Editorial Photography (3 hours)

In addition a minimum of 6 credit hours from the following:

  • PHOT 2870 International Photojournalism (online) (3 hours)
  • PHOT 3195 Digital Photo Imaging II (3 hours)
  • PHOT 4000 Photo Workshop (3 hours)
  • PHOT 4010 Photography Gallery Management (3 hours)
  • PHOT 4020 Focused Portfolio and Self-Promotion (3 hours)
  • PHOT 4190 Topics in Digital Imaging (3 hours)
  • FTVP 1200 Camera and Light (3 hours)
  • FTVP 1300 Edit and Color (3 hours)