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Photography

About Photography

The BA in Photography prepares students to produce photographic work consistent with high professional standards, utilizing an applied understanding of the visual grammar of photography and the ability to incorporate technical, formal, and conceptual competencies in their creative work and the work of others.  Through their course of study, students will develop portfolios representative of their advanced photography coursework.  Students are expected to develop a comprehensive understanding, and relate their work, to the history of photography and contemporary photographic practice.  Students have the option to select a 12-credit hour area of concentration in Fashion Photography, Commercial Photography, Fine Art Photography, or Photojournalism. 

For Orientation

Freshmen Students

First-Year students are able to take a Foundations of Photography placement exam if:

• You are hoping to transfer photography credit from another college and/or university.

• You are hoping to waive out of foundation level courses based on your advanced photography experience in high school.

• You are hoping to waive out of foundation level courses based on your professional photography experience.

An online exam is the first of a two-step review for Foundations of Photography I. If a student obtains a score on the exam that indicates an understanding of foundational concepts, the student will be provided with a link to upload a digital portfolio. Photography faculty members will then review the student's portfolio and the student will receive feedback within 14 business days. If you are a first-year student with photography experience, please contact Jenn Jones for access to the exam.


Transfer Students

An online exam is the first of a two-step review for Foundations of Photography I. If a student obtains a score on the exam that indicates an understanding of foundational concepts, the student will be provided with a link to upload a digital portfolio. Photography faculty members will then review the student's portfolio and the student will receive feedback within 14 business days.

The photography department will email students with photography transfer courses the link to the online exam. If you are a transfer student with photography courses and have not been emailed the exam, please contact Jenn Jones at jennjones@colum.edu.

Recommended First Semester Classes

We recommend you enroll in the following classes in your first semester as a photography major:

• 23-1111 Foundations of Photography I

One of the Following:

• 22-1220 Fundamentals of 2-D Design

• 22-1105 Introduction to Visual Culture

Portfolio Review Requirements

Foundations of Photography I
An online exam is the first of a two-step review for Foundations of Photography I. If a student obtains a score on the exam that indicates an understanding of foundational concepts, the student will be provided with a link to upload a digital portfolio. Photography faculty members will then review the student's portfolio and the student will receive feedback within 14 business days.

If you are a student with photography experience, please contact Jenn Jones for access to the exam.

Foundations of Photography II
10-15 inkjet prints which exhibit a good contrast range, a full tonal range for black & white images, and accurate color. Images should demonstrate:

An understanding of basic camera controls including shutter speed / time & aperture / depth of field.

A basic understanding of the usage of light and space in their images.

A basic understanding of framing and composition.

Images should portray a theme or idea from one or two projects/series

Students should be able to discuss their visual choices and the meaning of their images.

Digital Imaging I
To have Digital Imaging I waived or to transfer in an equivalent course, students must take an exam. This exam has two parts, a written portion and a Photoshop portion. The exam will test the student’s proficiency in areas covered in the Digital Imaging I course.

Introduction to Lighting
15-20 mix of color and black & white digital prints. One cohesive project is preferred. The portfolio should show:

ability to use applied studio lighting as an expressive tool

ability to effectively light portraits and still life in the studio

ability to use applied lighting on location

If you have questions or want to schedule a review for Foundations II, Digital Imaging I, or Introduction to Lighting, Contact Jenn Jones, Academic Coordinator.

Photography Supplies

For Major / Minors enrolling in Foundations of Photography I or II, a DSLR with the following minimum requirements: manual focus, manual metering with a full range of adjustable f-stops (at least F4, 5.6, 8, 11, 16, 22), minimum 10MP and ability to capture in RAW file format. If you do not already own a camera meeting these requirements, we recommend: Canon EOS 60D, Canon EOS 7D, Nikon D7000, Nikon D90, Nikon D3100, Canon EOS 5D (Mark II or III), Nikon D300S, Nikon D800.

For Non-Majors enrolling in Foundations of Photography I or II, your camera may be either a DSLR or a compact camera but in either case it MUST have manual metering with a full range of adjustable f-stops (at least F4, 5.6, 8, 11, 16, 22), minimum 10MP and the ability to capture in RAW file format. If you do not already own a camera meeting these requirements, recommended entry-level DSLRS include: Canon EOS XTi/400D and above, Nikon D40 and above. Recommended compact cameras include the Canon Powershot G12, Canon Powershot S100, Nikon Coolpix P7100, Sony NEX-5N, Olympus PEN E-P3, Panasonic Lumix G-series, Panasonic Lumix DMX-LX5.

For students enrolling in Black and White Photography Course #23-1115, a SLR Camera with the following minimum requirements: manual focus, manual metering with a full range of adjustable f-stops (at least F4, 5.6, 8, 11, 16, 22). Any 35mm film camera with these capabilities will be suitable for the class.

Portable HD Requirements, to support your studies in photography you MUST have at least two mac formatted portable hard drives (one used as a master and the other as a back up) with a minimum storage capacity of 500GB each. Recommended connectivity is USB 3.0 or FireWire 800.

Computer Requirements, the College has fully equipped computer labs that will meet your in class and project needs. The Photography department uses an Apple Mac platform to deliver all course instruction. Although it is not necessary for you to own a computer, if you are considering purchasing a desktop or laptop the department suggests one of the following:

iMAC Desktop

21.5-inch: 2.7GHz

2.7GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5

1920 x 1080 resolution4GB (two 2GB) memory

1TB hard drive1

AMD Radeon HD 6770M with 512MB

Apple Mac Book

15-inch: 2.2 GHz

2.2GHz quad-core 
Intel Core i7

4GB 1333MHz

500GB 5400-rpm

Intel HD Graphics 3000

AMD Radeon HD 6750M with 512MB GDDR5

Please print this list and feel free to take it with you when comparison shopping since it is absolutely necessary to meet the minimum requirements.