Photography

Bachelor of Fine Arts - BFA

  • Demand for skilled photographers 
  • State-of-the-art facilities and equipment
  • Fine arts training with commercial applications

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Whether working as an applied or fine artist, the successful photographer is one who can find the most appropriate blend of a developed aesthetic and the science and technology of image-making to produce a legible personal statement. The Photography Program at Marywood offers a strong foundation in the technical skills required of the photographer. Traditional media are stressed, while developments in digital imaging are embraced. Fluency in the medium is enriched and expanded by the study of aesthetics and art/photographic history, as well as through class discussions and critiques, which emphasize the development of the voice of the individual as artist. The relationship of photography to other disciplines, such as illustration and graphic design, is explored in projects involving both areas of study. Marywood’s flexible program is designed to meet the individual needs of the aspiring photographic professional.

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Accomplished Art Faculty


Sam Olfano
Assistant Professor of Art

Pamela M. Parsons
Associate Professor of Art

Stephanie Wise
Clinical Assistant Professor of Art

Steven Alexander
Professor of Visual Art

Each area of emphasis is supported by superb facilities, many of which are housed in the Insalaco Center for Studio Arts; as you advance through the program, you'll have access to increasingly sophisticated equipment.

Computer resources include AutoCAD software, web design, layout applications, and technology for graphic design, photography, illustration, and interior architecture majors. There are also weaving looms and blueprint machines; a photography studio with black and white and color darkrooms and an advanced lighting studio; a ceramic studio equipped for a wide variety of techniques; a foundry with metalworking facilities;and sculpture and painting AutoCAD software.

The curricular goal is the development of persons with knowledge, technical skills, conceptual abilities and artistic sensitivity within a supportive environment to prepare them for the demanding and competitive design fields.

Christina

I moved across the globe to Dubai and currently work as a photo editor for the iconic Cosmopolitan Middle East.

After working at Marie Claire & Shape Magazine in New York City for four years, I moved across the globe to Dubai.  I currently work as a photo editor for the iconic Cosmopolitan Middle East, the bestselling woman's magazine in the GCC.

As photo editor of the magazine, I am responsible for finding the images seen throughout the magazine.  I also direct the photo shoots, working with the photographer and the subjects, to make sure we always get the perfect image. 

Working and living in the Middle East is not as scary as most American’s might envision. I have met some of the most intellectual people, live a very comfortable life, and have the ability to travel very easily. Dubai has become a hub in the region within the last 10 years. As a bonus, it has been great to learn about the Islamic and Arabic culture that surrounds me, while still interacting with a lot of expats who are just like me.

Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation

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B.F.A. Studio Art (2-D, 3-D)

Within the Bachelor of Fine Arts: Studio Art major, there are two areas of emphasis: 2-D and 3-D. The Studio Art program equips students to meet an ever-changing and competitive field through a commitment to creative thinking and endeavor. The goal for students is that they become independent, creative thinkers, responsible to a wide audience and assertive in their own kind of expression. All students take foundation courses, intermediate students take intermediate level 2-D or 3-D courses. In sequential upper-level courses, students choose advanced courses in painting, illustration, ceramics or sculpture.

Foundation Courses for both 2-D and 3-D Emphases

18 credits

ART 110 Basic Drawing
3
ART 116 Drawing I
3
ART 118 Two-Dimensional Design and Color
3
ART 212 Three-Dimensional Design
3
ART 215A Figure Drawing I
3
ART 233 Painting I
3
ART 322 Foundation Portfolio Review 0

Studio Art (2-D)
Painting Track

42 credits

Students in the 2-D painting track learn to manipulate versatile media through an introduction to the important concepts that govern visual thinking. Through close, individual guidance, advancing students are challenged increasingly to branch efforts into what is essentially their own experience.

ART 113* Art History I 3
ART 114* Art History II 3
ART 215B Figure Drawing II
3
ART 218 Art in the Modern Era 3
ART 327 Intaglio
3
ART 345 Painting II
3
ART 429 Advanced Drawing
3
ART 443A Painting III
3
ART 444A Advanced Painting
6
ART 444B Advanced Painting
6
ART 444C Advanced Painting
6
ART 444D Advanced Painting
6
Art Elective Studio or Fieldwork
3

*ART 120 plus one additional art history course (excluding ART 113, 114, 430, 431, 432) may be taken as an alternate to ART 113 and ART 114.