Art and Design (B.F.A.) - Photography and Documentary Studies Concentration

The concentration in Photography and Documentary Studies (PDS) provides a foundation in darkroom and digital workflow while developing the student’s artistic voice. Exploring a range of emerging and traditional technologies, the program covers a gamut of photographic practice whose subject areas include architecture, book arts, community projects, fashion, non-silver processes, partnerships in sustainability, portraiture, photogrammetry, studio lighting, and visual storytelling. The major also connects students with internships and professional pathways, while enhancing qualifications of students who wish to pursue graduate work.

For more information about the program, please visit https://artdesign.buffalostate.edu/photography

Photography and Documentary Studies Required Courses (21 credit hours)
FAR 220INTRODUCTORY PHOTOGRAPHY3
FAR 321INTERMEDIATE PHOTOGRAPHY I3
FAR 323ADVANCED PHOTOGRAPHY3-9
FAR 323ADVANCED PHOTOGRAPHY3-9
FAR 325HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY3
FAR 420SENIOR STUDIO IN PHOTOGRAPHY3-6
FAR 420SENIOR STUDIO IN PHOTOGRAPHY3-6
Interdisciplinary Courses (21 credit hours)
COM 215INTRODUCTION TO VISUAL COMMUNICATION3
Select one from the following:
FAR 364ART SINCE 19403
or DES 317 DESIGN IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
Select one from the following:
COM 312BASIC MEDIA PRODUCTION3
SPC 326FILM ANALYSIS AND EVALUATION3
SPC 426DOCUMENTARY FILM ANALYSIS3
Select one from the following:
ENG 245WRITING ABOUT THE ARTS3
or ENG 305 CREATIVE WRITING: NARRATIVE
Select one from the following:
IDE 104ELEMENTS AND PRINCIPLES OF INTERIOR DESIGN3
DES 220CERAMICS I3
DES 250WOOD DESIGN I3
FAR 240INTRODUCTORY SCULPTURE3
GEG 309URBAN GEOGRAPHY3
Select two from the following:
FAR 230INTRODUCTORY PRINTMAKING3
DES 277COMPUTER GRAPHICS I3
DES 378WEB DESIGN 13
DES 379MOTION DESIGN3
DES 382DIGITAL 3D 13
Interdisciplinary Electives (9 credit hours)
Select any three 3 credit hour courses from the following prefixes. Two of the three courses must be upper level.
DES
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