Photography

About the 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

Location:

Tucson or Albuquerque

Duation:

4 years

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

    Universal Foundation Courses

    39

    General Education Courses

    27

    Photography Courses

    60

    Elective Courses

    6

    Total credits

    132

  • Year 1

    Academic calendar for first year students:


    Freshman Modules

    Credits

    A/D101 Concepts through History I

    Students learn how light, color, perspective, space, sight, sound, touch, etc. reflect culture and ideas.

    3

    A/D102 Spatial Dynamics

    Students learn how space can be manipulated to develop impactful designs.

    4

    A/D103 Design Solutions I

    Students complete a variety of projects that demonstrate the principles and elements in 2D and 3D formats.

    3

    A/D104 Drawing I

    Students begin to develop eye, mind and hand coordination in order to accurately depict light, form and space to create art and design.

    4

    A/D105 The Power of Why I

    Students learn to use the power of their decisions to create meaningful art. This course includes inspiring discussions, research and inquiry.

    1

    A/D115 Concepts through History II

    Students continue learning how artists and designers throughout history use concepts to make art.

    3

    A/D116 Narrative Design

    Students learn how to connect parts of a story to create a purposeful experience.

    3

    A/D117 Design Solutions II

    Students continue learning the principles and elements of design with the addition of color, light and time. Prereq. A/D-U 103.

    3

    A/D118 Drawing II

    The students practice eye, mind and hand coordination in order to accurately depict light, form and space to create art and design. Prereq: A/D-U104

    4

    A/D119 The Power of Why II

    Students learn to use the power of their decisions to create meaningful art. This course includes inspiring discussions, research and inquiry.

    1

    Total credits

    29

    After the Freshman year, students enhance their learning by taking 6 credits of elective courses to explore and develop understanding in subjects of conceptual, or technical interest.

  • Year 2

    Academic calendar for second year students:


    Sophomore Modules

    Credits

    PHS200 Into the Studio: Photography - Darkroom I and Digital I

    Students learn about the application of basic darkroom and digital photographic processes, students create photographs that generate an intended experience for the viewer.

    5

    PHC210 - Spark. Ignite. Launch. I: Contemporary Art Issues and Practices I

    Students research and analyze topics in contemporary art to understand the interdependent relationship between art and human experience.

    5

    A/D201 Voice and Vision (Required)

    Students learn how simplicity, metaphors and analogies keep their message clear and concise.

    3

    A/D203 Creative Thinking

    Students learn to analyze contemporary artist’s and designer’s work to understand the universal creative process.

    4

    SAS210PM Into the Studio: Printmaking - Materials and Safety I

    Students understand the concept and idea development process required for creating hand pulled prints that have meaning. Students learn about traditional printmaking techniques, students create prints that generate an intended experience for the viewer.

    5

    PHS210 Photography Studio I: Darkroom II, Digital II, Lighting I

    Students understand the concept and idea development process required for creating photographs that have meaning.

    5

    A/D202 English Composition (Required)

    Students learn to compose an essay and organize a thesis to use in academic environments.

    3

    PHC210 Spark. Ignite. Launch. I: Contemporary Art Issues and Practices I

    Students research and analyze topics in contemporary art to understand the interdependent relationship between art and human experience.

    4

    Total credits

    34

  • Year 3

    Academic calendar for third year students:


    Junior Modules

    Credits

    PHC300 Spark. Ignite. Launch. II: Contemporary Art Issues and Practices II

    Students research and analyze topics in contemporary art to understand the interdependent relationship between art and human experience.

    4

    PHS300 Photography Studio II: Intermediate Photographic Processes and Techniques

    Students focus on project based exploration and research into photographic methods and techniques, students create a body of photographic works.

    5

    General Education (Elective)*

    3

    General Education (Elective)*

    3

    PHC310 Spark. Ignite. Launch. III: Contemporary Art Issues and Practices III

    Students formulate, develop, and evaluate ideas that drive the creation of meaningful works in their Studio courses.

    4

    PHS310 Photography Studio III: Advanced Photographic Processes and Techniques I

    Students understand the concept and idea development process required for creating photographs that have meaning.

    5

    General Education (Elective)*

    3

    General Education (Elective)*

    3

    Total credits

    30

    * General Education Electives:

    • Art/Humanitites (12 cr./6 cr. AH/3 cr. HM min.)
    • Social/Behavioral Science (6 cr.)
    • Math/Science (3 cr.)
    • Diversity/Global Studies (3 cr.)
  • Year 4

    Academic calendar for final year students:


    Senior Modules

    Credits

    PHC400 Senior Seminar I: Developing a Personal Vision

    Students define a creative structure to guide the development of a cohesive body of work for their thesis portfolio. Students conduct focused exploration and research into relevant topics.

    4

    PHS400 Photography Senior Studio I: Advanced Photographic Processes and Techniques II

    Students plan, develop, and begin to produce a cohesive body of work for their thesis portfolio.

    5

    GE329 Professional Practices

    3

    General Education (Elective)*

    3

    General Education (Elective)*

    3

    PHC410 Senior Seminar II: Thesis Exhibition

    Students complete a cohesive body of work and exhibit it in a professional gallery. Students learn about the practical application of exhibit preparation, installation and promotion.

    4

    PHS410 Photography Senior Studio II: Creating a Body of Work

    Senior Studio II culminates in the production of a professional thesis exhibition. Students present their completed thesis exhibition to SUVA students, faculty and the public.

    5

    General Education (Elective)*

    3

    General Education (Elective)*

    3

    Total credits

    33

    * General Education Electives:

    • Art/Humanitites (12 cr./6 cr. AH/3 cr. HM min.)
    • Social/Behavioral Science (6 cr.)
    • Math/Science (3 cr.)
    • Diversity/Global Studies (3 cr.)
  • 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

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