May 18, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Photography On-Campus, BFA

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Photography On-Campus, 4-Year Plan  

Photography Department Mission

The BFA in Photography, through pointed and comprehensive coursework, prepares students for careers in the fields of photography and videography. Students emerge from this program with the creative, technical, ethical, and business skills necessary to thrive in the commercial & fine art marketplace.

Photography Department Description

Photography is an expansive and growing profession and as such, RMCAD is pleased to offer a course of study addressing the historical and contemporary photographic processes and critical thinking that will define its future. The BFA in Photography begins by offering core, photo-based, foundational coursework that provides students with baseline skills, serving as a launching pad for the more advanced, narrative-based work. As students progress through the curriculum, they are challenged to complete assignments with increased technical, creative, and narrative skills that will ensure their success as professionals.

The photography program, through instructional processes in the online and campus-based classrooms, provides the context of the Commercial, Photojournalism, Documentary Cinema, and Fine Art perspectives. Project assignments, research, peer discussions, and industry-based reference points allow students to use the photographic medium that best fits their creative passion as a professional.

Especially important in the Photography BFA is faculty and industry professionals working with students to develop best practices from both a creative and professional perspective. As we are deeply focused on leading students through a process of business development—that is, the components of business structure that include significant marketing skills—our students emerge from the program ready to enter the marketplace as photography professionals.

Photography Program Learning Outcomes

Photography Program Learning Outcomes Rubric  

  • Students will develop a personal aesthetic that they apply to visual communication and storytelling. 
  • Students employ competencies in a variety of technical skills in their professional practice.  
  • Students apply critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills through research and portfolio development. 
  • Students demonstrate business, communication, and marketing skills while meeting real world-expectations. 
  • Students apply professional practices and ethical standards in the planning and creation of photographic assignments and business operations.
  • Students articulate an understanding of historical references and cultural context. 

Liberal Arts-Primary | 45 credits

Communication + Critical Thought


Physical + Natural Science

Social + Behavioral Science

Art History - Photography

Total Credits Required: 123

168 Weeks

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