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Photography

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science (B.A., B.S.)

Minor

Studies in photography at Grand Valley State University encompass the history, critical and aesthetic theory, and varied practice of photography as a medium of visual communication and expression in culture and society.

Program Offerings at Grand Valley

The photography program offers high-quality, student-centered, production and theory courses aimed at developing liberally educated professionals able to thoughtfully adapt and thrive in a variety of professional and creative environments. Students can select a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) program of study. A minor is also available.

Coursework

Coursework includes the following:

  • Black and white photography
  • Color photography
  • Digital photography
  • Studio photography
  • Documentary photography
  • Photojournalism
  • History, theory, and criticism
  • Digital media production

Career Options

The B.A. and B.S. degrees prepare students to:

  • Apply their expertise in museums and galleries.
  • Work creatively in commercial advertising and portrait studios.
  • Produce compelling work as photojournalists and editorial photographers.
  • Begin careers as professional artists.
  • Combine a knowledge of digital media with another field for a variety of interests and functions.

Why Study Photography at Grand Valley?

A dedication to the education of intelligent image-makers that is neither constrained in a vocational training program, nor a narrow studio art emphasis alone, is what makes the photography program at Grand Valley distinct and valued in the state and region.

  • The school has many ties with business, community, and cultural organizations, and has contacts with experts in a variety of areas in communications, which serve as outstanding resources both within the classroom and for internships.
  • The diversity of courses offered allows students the opportunity to explore a variety of photographic methods and applications as they develop their personal expertise and interests.
  • The program prepares students to engage graduate studies in fine art programs.
  • Faculty in photography have a broad range of professional experience and a dedication to teaching.

Quotes

“I really liked the photography program because it was so personal. I liked that the professors worked closely with students and knew them by name.”

AMBER FELICIONI
PHOTOGRAPHY STUDENT

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