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Art and Art History Department

BFA - Art, Concentration in Photography

The BFA Concentration in Photography prepares students for careers in photography by providing courses that emphasize image as it relates to concept, theory, and professional practice in commercial and fine art photography. Our curriculum engages students in a diverse range of contemporary practices in the medium, from innovative approaches to digital imaging and traditional silver-based photography, to historic alternative photographic processes. We recognize the possibilities of the interdisciplinary nature of photographic practice and encourage interested students to explore installation, video and electronic media. In addition to our emphasis on fine art photography our program includes a strong commercial photography component, offering introductory through advanced courses in studio lighting and professional practices. The blend of fine art and commercial photography makes our program unique. Our technical facilities are extensive and include traditional black and white darkroom, commercial lighting studio stations, alternative practices studio, and large format digital printers.

University Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all residency, curriculum, unit, and GPA requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the Policies and Procedures.

4-Year Program Roadmap

Students may find a roadmap for this program here. These roadmaps are an advising tool that outlines a path of courses a student can take to complete requirements for graduation. Roadmaps should be used in consultation with the catalog and your advisor to identify additional requirements for completing the major (for example course grade minimums).

Major-Specific Graduation Requirements

No portfolios are required at the time of application for admission to SJSU. Major requirements for the first two years of study for BA Art/Studio Practice and all BFA degrees are very similar so that students have time to choose the right path and can apply for the BFA, if they choose to do so. At that time BFA program applicants must meet the following departmental requirements:

1. Have completed, be currently enrolled in, or planning to enroll within the following two semesters in all coursework in the common preparation for the BA and BFA Art majors (25-28 units of drawing, digital media, photography, sculpture, art history, ART 001, ART 002, ART 003 and ART 100W) with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Also recommended, are three to six additional units from the desired BFA concentration area.

2. Pass the BFA - Art admissions review. During the review, which is held in October and March each year, images of the applicant's creative work are reviewed by the art faculty to determine if the work demonstrates the creative level expected of BFA candidates. Instructions are available on the Art and Art History Department website.

Students complete the BFA Art program with a capstone project, for which each candidate prepares an individual art exhibit to demonstrate the candidate's professional competence.


Course Requirements

University Graduation Requirements44
Core Lower Division General Education30
Of the 39 units required by the university, 9 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Courses that meet GE Areas A1, A2, A3 or B4 must be passed with a "C-" or better to meet the requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Upper Division General Education6
Of the 9 units required by the university, 3 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major advisor for details.
American Institutions6
The 6 units of American Institutions (US123) coursework shown below also fulfills GE Areas D2 and D3. Other courses meet the American Institutions requirement, but may not include additional GE areas. The American Studies (AMS 1A/B) and Humanities Honors (HUM 1A/B, 2A/B) programs both offer larger integrated packages that meet this requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Complete one sequence from:
African American Studies6
AFAM 002A. African-Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD23
AFAM 002B. African-Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD3+US1233
Asian American Studies6
AAS 033A. Asian Americans in U.S. History ID23
AAS 033B. Asian Americans in U.S. History IID3+US1233
U.S. History and Government6
HIST 015A. Essentials of U.S. History D2+US13
POLS 015B. Essentials of U.S. & California Government D3+US233
Mexican American Studies6
MAS 010A. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD23
MAS 010B. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD3+US1233
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement
At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. For additional information on the WST, please see http://testing.sjsu.edu/wst. Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at http://info.sjsu.edu/gwar.html.
A grade of C or better (C- not accepted) is required to meet graduation requirement.
Preparation for the Major18
ART 012. Two-Dimensional Design and Color Concepts3
ART 013. Three-Dimensional Design Concepts3
ART 024. Drawing I3
ART 074. Introduction to Digital Media3
PHOT 040. Beginning Photography3
Complete one course from:
ARTH 070A. Art History, Prehistoric to MedievalC13
ARTH 070B. Art History, Renaissance to ModernC13
ARTH 070C. Arts of AsiaC13
Highly Recommend Students take ARTH 070B
Requirements in the Major58
Art Fundamentals7
ART 001. Professional Preparation in Art1
ART 002. The Artist in Contemporary Culture3
ART 100W. Writing Workshop: Fine ArtsZ3
Art/Art History Electives6
Complete two courses in one of the following areas or other approved electives.
Digital Media Art
ART 075. Introduction to Digital Video Art3
ART 105. Advanced Digital Video3
Photography
PHOT 110. Black and White Photography3
PHOT 113. Alternative Photo Media3
PHOT 114. Advanced Black and White Photography3
PHOT 122. Advanced Studio Lighting3
PHOT 123. Photography as Illustration3
PHOT 125. Special Topics in Photography3
Pictorial Arts
ART 026. Drawing II3
ART 061. Beginning Painting3
ART 151. Topics in Screen-Printing3
ART 152. Topics in Lithography3
ART 153. Topics in Intaglio Processes3
ART 158. Topics in Drawing III3
ART 162. Watercolor3
ART 164A. Intermediate Painting3
ART 164B. Intermediate Painting II3
ART 165. Topics in Figure Painting3
Spatial Art
ART 046. Introduction to Ceramics3
ART 132. Topics in Intermediate Ceramics3
ART 133. Topics in Ceramic Sculpture3
ART 137. Figure Modeling3
ART 140. Topics in Glass3
ART 141. Topics in Advanced Glass3
ART 168. Topics in Woodworking3
ART 172. Intermediate Sculpture: System/Structure3
ART 173. Topics in Installation Art3
Upper Division Art History9
PHOT 126. History of Photography3
Complete one course from:
ARTH 193A. Worlds of Art and CultureV3
ARTH 193B. East Meets West in ArtV3
Complete one course from:
ARTH 110. History and Theory of New Media3
ARTH 191A. Issues in Contemporary Art3
Specialization Courses30
Courses cannot be taken again if taken in another requirement area.
PHOT 112. Color Photography3
PHOT 115. Intermediate Digital Imaging3
PHOT 116. Contemporary Issues in Photography3
PHOT 120. Image and Idea3
PHOT 121. Introduction to Studio Lighting3
PHOT 129. Professional Practices in Photography3
PHOT 197. Senior Project Photography3
Complete three courses from:
PHOT 110. Black and White Photography3
PHOT 113. Alternative Photo Media3
PHOT 114. Advanced Black and White Photography3
PHOT 122. Advanced Studio Lighting3
PHOT 123. Photography as Illustration3
PHOT 125. Special Topics in Photography3
Capstone6
ART 198. BFA Seminar3
ART 199. BFA Project3

Total Units:120