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The photographic medium is constantly evolving. Today’s practitioners of photography have access to a wide range of options to capture, record and publish an image. With a focus on developing individual expression, the photographic program at Oregon State University embraces a forward-thinking and collaborative approach to photography. Students learn to use traditional techniques as well as the latest concepts and technologies in digital photography production and publication. Students have access to digital computer labs with up-to-date imaging software, wide-format digital printers, a dedicated darkroom, and a lighting studio.
Students are encouraged to use their mastery of technical skills and aesthetics to develop their own visual “voice” - creating and framing their personal and professional work within the historical, theoretical and ethical contexts of the medium. Collaborative image-making is encouraged linking photography to other creative practices such as the moving image, sound, social media, book-making, installation art, design-fields and with other university programs. Developing curiosity and embracing a flexible approach to the evolving field of photography enables students to gain the critical thinking skills that will serve them in a number of creative professions.
On completion of a degree in photography at Oregon State University a student will:
Content: Create photographic projects that demonstrate commitment, conceptual skills, visual skills, and technical skills.
Knowledge and Context: Link expressive output to a diversity of viewpoints, historical and contemporary photographers, creative alternatives, and cultural perspectives inherent to artistic expression.
Cognitive Skills and Reflection: Analyze and describe photographic works using visual art language such as composition, light and form and by articulating intention and intuition and taking responsibility for creative choices.
Competence of Craft or Technique: Have developed skills necessary to construct and create conceptually interesting photographic projects including technical skills, idea generation, time planning, commitment, overcoming failure, revision, and patience.
For the digital photography classes, students should have access to a digital camera with adjustable exposure controls – most suitable is a digital single lens reflex camera (DSLR). These cameras are also available for loan at media services. For the darkroom classes, a working 35 mm film camera is required.