Art, Area of Emphasis in Photography - B.F.A.

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Overview

About the Degree: 

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Our photography program is designed for serious fine art students to experience picture-making shaped by the comprehensive study of the art of photography including its processes and technology, history, criticism, contemporary practices and the expressive potential of its unique visual language.

We challenge artists interested in photography with a program that is designed to help them encounter their place in life and art, with intelligence, confidence and sensitivity. Each student is given the freedom to pursue their own direction in content and design, through a wide range of genre and media including conventional black and white, color, historic processes, digital imaging, video, and installation.

Academics

What you will learn: 

The Photography Area in the Lamar Dodd School of Art is pushing the boundaries of education in photographic fine arts. Spanning the history of the medium from large format cameras and historic printing processes to the latest in digital technology, mixed media and installation. We have a small, highly selective program, with 50 undergraduate majors and 7-8 graduate students generating innovative new work within the medium.

The diverse and accomplished faculty provides a wide range of views and approaches throughout the course of study. The core faculty includes Michael Marshall (Chair), Mary Ruth Moore, Ben Reynolds, and Stephen Scheer, and is supplemented by recognized visiting professors. Each faculty member pursues creative, personal research and exhibitions along with their teaching.

The small size of our program, with just 10-15 students per class, creates a unique atmosphere. Our close-knit community fosters a supportive environment for experimental work derived from each student'­s goals and personal inspiration. Each course provides not only the technical tools of the photographic medium but also the conceptual discussions and applications to put those tools into use. One-on-one attention is present at all levels to support each student in their development as working artists.

Beyond the Classroom

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Careers

Salary: 
High Salary: 
$75,000
Low Salary: 
$19,000
Median Salary: 
$30,000
Employers: 

Students graduating from this program will possess the skill and ability to think creatively and solve practical problems visually and conceptually. They will also acquire the confidence and the desire to approach new technologies with creative perspectives. This degree will prepare the students to be professional artists or further their education into graduate school.

Recent Employers

  • Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • Athens Magazine
  • Awaken the Arts!
  • BBDO Atlanta
  • Booth Western Art Museum
  • burton + Burton
  • Creative Marketing and Associates
  • FanDriveMedia
  • Hatch Snow Print
  • High Hirsch Bedner Associates
  • Mohawk Home
  • Morris Museum of Art
  • NCI
  • NKP Media
  • Pier 59 Studios
  • Renewal Design Build
  • Roswell Visual Arts Center
  • Southeastern Louisiana University
  • Starz Entertainment
  • Teach for America
  • Thrasher Photography & Design
  • WonderRoot
  • Young Athenians
  • ZoomWorks
Famous Alumni: 
Jack Davis

Cartoonist and illustrator for Mad Magazine

Michael Stipe

Lead Vocalist, R.E.M.

Possible Job Titles: 

Art majors enter the profession to pursue both fine art practice and applied art in business as well as in education and graduate study. Students are prepared for work in technical as well as creative areas of art and design. Each specialization offers a variety of employment opportunities in areas ranging from mass communications to the service industries.

  • Account Executive
  • Advertising Artist
  • Appraiser
  • Architectural Model Maker Archivist
  • Antiques Dealer Art Administrator
  • Art and Design Professor
  • Art Buyer
  • Art Consultant
  • Art Critic
  • Art Dealer
  • Art Director
  • Art Historian
  • Art Restorer
  • Art Teacher
  • Art Therapist
  • Artist's Agent
  • Assistant Curator
  • Calligrapher
  • Cartoonist
  • Ceramic Artist
  • Color Expert
  • Costume and Mask Designer
  • Creative Services Manager
  • Exhibition Coordinator
  • Fashion Artist/Designer
  • Foundry Artist
  • Furniture Designer
  • Gallery Owner
  • Glass Blower
  • Illustrator
  • Interior Designer
  • Jewelry Designer
  • Kitchenware Designer
  • Label Designer
  • Layout Artist
  • Mannequin Decorator
  • Mechanical &Production Artist
  • Motion Picture Animator
  • Muralist
  • Paper Maker
  • Photographer
  • Photojournalist
  • Printing Designer
  • Product Designer/Illustrator
  • Quick Sketch Artist
  • Set Designer/Illustrator
  • Sculptor
  • Stained Glass Artist
  • Stone Carver
  • Toy Designer
  • Web Designer