Design BA Photography

Program Purpose


The Photography BA degree track focuses on developing a general competence in the understanding, appreciation, and practice of visual arts. This track is best for students planning to enter a profession that requires artistic skill and knowledge, clear thinking, intellectual maturity, and aesthetic awareness, or if you are interested in a degree in the visual arts but are unable or choose not to pursue a more rigorous BFA degree.

Curricular Structure

 

This is a limited-enrollment program requiring departmental admissions approval. Please see the department office for information regarding requirements for admission to this major.

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Major Academic Plan

 

Learning Outcomes


Technical Skill and Conceptual Skill Development

Students will be able to implement technical and conceptual skills in a variety of media as well as utilize video production skills and traditional still photography skills where possible.

Courses that Contribute: DESPH 140 DESPH 372 VAPHO 477R
Linked to BYU Aims: Think soundly, Communicate effectively, Quantitative reasoning
Aesthetic Development

Students will be able to demonstrate a personal sensitivity to the aesthetics of photography in addition to other visual arts.

Courses that Contribute: DESPH 372 VAPHO 477R
Linked to BYU Aims: Think soundly, Communicate effectively, Quantitative reasoning
Professional Development and Career Preparation

Students will be able to understand and apply professional photography business practices, including finding career opportunities, marketing, pricing, ethics, and preparing for graduate school.

Courses that Contribute: None
Linked to BYU Aims: None
Visual Arts History, Concepts and Processes

Students will be able to comprehend fundamental concepts, processes, history, and criticism of photography and other allied disciplines in the arts.

Courses that Contribute: ARTHC 201 ARTHC 304 ARTHC 306 ARTHC 310 ARTHC 320 ARTHC 325 ARTHC 329
Linked to BYU Aims: Think soundly, Quantitative reasoning
Spirituality, Ethics, and the Visual Arts

Students will be able to address spiritual and ethical issues relevant to the visual arts.

Courses that Contribute: DESPH 140 DESPH 372
Linked to BYU Aims: Faith and testimony, Gospel knowledge, Lifelong learning

Evidence of Learning


Most formal assessment occurs at the level of individual courses. Less formally, faculty expect to see evidence of the competencies gained through the sophomore-level courses in student performance in upper-division courses, which are designed to reinforce and extend the analytic and expressive skills developed in the core.

Direct Measures

 

  1. Portfolio Reviews
  2. Teacher interviews
  3. Examinations
  4. Papers
  5. Discussion participation

Indirect Measures

  1. Senior Surveys
  2. Alumni Surveys
  3. Focus Groups

Learning and Teaching Assessment and Improvement