Photography

About our Photography program

In the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography program at SUVA, students learn to use the natural patterns and elements in the universe to capture, present, and preserve images that communicate ideas and express creativity. Photography students at SUVA foster their creativity by learning traditional methods as well as exploring contemporary and commercial applications.

Students begin with a foundation in traditional skills including composition, design and black and white film developing. Coursework expands to hands-on experience with digital imaging, computer editing software and alternative processes as students progress through the program. Graduates of SUVA’s Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography have the skills to acquire employment as portrait or studio photographers, commercial/advertising photographers, news photographers or photojournalists, and fine arts photographers.

Cover image: Samantha Petruska

Duation:

4 years

Credits:

120

Minoring:

Summer programs available

Core Faculty:
Contact:

800.825.8753 (toll free) or email us

The close relationships formed with each instructor helps me in my creative process, I’ve never felt as if I was being told what to do, but how to refine the talents I already possess.

Charlie Lucero

  • Overview

    As a Photographer, you communicate your ideas through the creation of powerful images that impact how people feel. Imagine studying what you love in a state-of-the art photography studio, darkroom, and computer lab, learning traditional and digital methods. Think of how it would feel working in the field producing photographs that have an impact across the globe or close to home. Imagine using your images to amaze people and awaken them to new and important ideas. As a professional Photographer, you take your passion for creating dynamic imagery and the skills you learn at Southwest University of Visual Arts into a future limited only by your imagination.


    Courses

    Credits

    First Year Experience

    24

    General Education Courses

    42

    Studio Art Courses

    24

    Elective Courses

    30

    Total credits

    120

  • Degree Requirements

    First Year Experience Courses

    Credits

    FYE102 Spatial Dynamics

    3

    FYE103 Design Solutions

    3

    FYE104 Drawing I

    4

    FYE105 The Power of Why

    2

    FYE152 Creative Thinking

    4

    FYE153 Narrative Design

    4

    FYE154 Drawing II

    4

    Total credits

    24


    Seminar Courses

    Credits

    SAP200 Fine Art Seminar I

    3

    SAP200 Fine Art Seminar II

    3

    SAP200 Fine Art Seminar III

    3

    SAP200 Fine Art Seminar IV

    3

    Total credits

    12


    Studio Electives

    Credits

    Course availability varies based on student need

    Total credits

    15


    Advanced Application Electives

    Credits

    Course availability varies based on student need

    Total credits

    12


    Capstone Courses

    Credits

    SAP400 Thesis I

    3

    SAP450 Thesis II

    3

    Total credits

    6


    Core Studio Courses

    Credits

    PH201 Darkroom Photography I

    3

    PH202 Digital Photography I

    3

    PH203 Digital Photography II

    3

    PH204 Photographic Lighting

    3

    Total credits

    12

    General Education

    Lower Level Courses

    Credits

    GE101 Art History - Paleolithic to Renaissance

    3

    GE102 Art History - Renaissance to 21st Century

    3

    GE105 English Composition

    3

    GE106 Principles of Communication

    3

    Total credits

    12


    Upper Level Courses*

    Credits

    Math

    3

    Science

    3

    Social and Behavioral Science

    3

    Humanities

    3

    Art History

    15

    Professional Practices

    3

    Total credits

    30

    * Upper level course availability is determined based on student need.

  • Minoring

    Find beauty through capturing light and images. Students learn both traditional and digital applications of photography through such topics as photographic lighting, darkroom photography and more.


    Courses

    Credits

    PHM101 Photography Minor (Summer 1)

    8

    PHM102 Photography Minor (Summer 2)

    8

    Total credits

    16

Interested in studying Photography at SUVA?

Our next academic year commences Fall 2020

Other programs

We offer a range of art and design programs at SUVA