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As photography majors, students develop art skills and learn to express themselves visually through the development of images. Throughout their study, students acquire valuable problem solving skill which enable them to pursue further study in art as well as enter the work force in many different capacities. Some students pursue careers in the commercial world, working in photography studios, while others move on to earn graduate degrees after their BFA experience in photography.

The photography area offers students the opportunity to discover a way of seeing that serves them in their search for personal vision and its expression regardless of studio or academic discipline. Both figuratively and literally students are taught to observe the world more closely, appreciate it’s nuances, ironies, and contradictions and provide–– through their photography–– an analysis of what they see and understand. Students are introduced to the variety of tools and equipment that allow them a sound mastery and a clear viewpoint from which to make informed and passionate choices. They discover that the camera can be as simple and as complicated a tool for invention while becoming aware and informed of the medium’s rich technical and aesthetic traditions. In the field of contemporary photography materials and practices have broadened to include not only profound historical and traditional practices, but highly sophisticated digital technologies as well. Guiding students through this multifarious world with a strong conviction in one's ideas and command of expressive tools are goals placed highly above most others.

Our curriculum emphasizes proficiency in analog and digital production. Beginning at the introductory level, students learn 35 mm film cameras and darkroom printing fundamentals alongside photographic history, engaging in and developing critical thinking towards the work of their peers and their own in regular critiques. As students continue onto the intermediate and then the advanced levels, they are offered a selection of courses to further as well as deepen their technical skills as they also begin to broaden their awareness of contemporary practice and trends. Students explore color film and digital output, medium and large format film cameras, alternative cameras and processes and, through this broad base, find their way to subject and the means by which that subject is best expressed. Weekly discussions, technical demonstrations, critiques, lectures, and field trips challenge and support students’ ongoing research that culminates in the production of a body of work for their capstone, the BFA Senior Thesis Exhibition. Students are encouraged to take classes within the broad 2D curriculum, the School of Art and the College of Arts and Sciences to enrich their experience and engage in an interdisciplinary approach to their work.

The photography facility is comprised of a spacious enlarging room supporting 15 Saunders LPL D6700 Dichroic color enlargers and 6 Saunders 4550 LPL Dichroic enlargers for printing color and black-and-white 35mm , 120mm and 4x5 negatives.A circular light safe door facilitates its access from the main area where washing and finishing prints, film processing and general discussions take place.

The photography program supports a modest studio equipped with electronic strobes, incandescent lights, soft boxes, backdrops, and a camera stand that students may access after classes and on weekends with the permission of an instructor. Students are expected to acquire their own 35 mm film camera for the introductory Black and white class and which will support them as they make progress through the program. We supply Mamiya 645 s and Calumet 4x5 cameras for our large format and advanced level students.

Our program and facilities are dedicated to evolving into contemporary practice. A 15- station computer lab designed to the specifications required of photography students supports two film scanners, an Epson 9900 large format printer capable of printing 44" inches wide, and two 17" wide printers. This technology serves students regardless of their proficiency or preference for film or digital capture, and demonstrates our commitment to evolving technology and standards within the photographic medium.

A general classroom, shared with the Printmaking area, is used as a lecture room, studio lighting space clean workroom, and critique area. 

2-DAA

The '2-D Artist's Association (2-DAA) has been recently organized to advance the study and promotion of two-dimensional artist and their work. Field trips, visiting artists, workshops and common cause issues are all part of the agenda. All students in drawing, painting and print are encouraged to participate.

Toledo Friends of Photography

Toledo Friends of Photography is a dedicated group of art photographers and professionals who are committed to promoting fine art photography in the northern Ohio region.

Society for Photographic Education

Students have the opportunity to become involved and possibly become members of the Society for Photographic Education. This organization sponsors annual conferences at the national level.

Midwest Society for Photographic Education is a regional organization that students may choose to get involve with. 

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Emily Jay

Position: Adjunct Instructor, Photography
Phone: 419-372-7747
Email: ejay@bgsu.edu
Address: 1108 FAC

Lynn Whitney

Lynn Whitney

Position: Associate Professor, Division Chair, Area Head, Photography
Phone: 419-372-8380
Email: lynnhwh@bgsu.edu
Address: 1225 FAC

As photography majors, students develop art skills and learn to express themselves visually through the development of images. Throughout their study, students acquire valuable problem solving skill that enable them to pursue further study in art as well as enter the work force in many different capacities. Some students pursue careers in the commercial world, working in photography studios, while others move on to earn graduate degrees after their BFA experience in photography. 

  • ARTS 2110
    Drawing: The Figure
    - Fall, Spring. Introduction to the theory, practice, and history of drawing the human figure from life. Examine issues pertaining to larger cultural views of the body and seek to create individual meaning in the act of drawing the figure. Five studio hours. Prerequisite: ART 1030. Extra fee. 3 credit hours.
  • ARTS 2210
    Introduction to Painting
    - Fall, Spring. Introduction to the theory, practice and history of oil painting. Exploration of painting techniques from traditional to contemporary with an emphasis on perceptual problem solving. Five studio hours. Prerequisite: ART 1030. Extra fee. 3 credit hours.
  • ARTS 2310
    Introduction to Printmaking
    - Fall, Spring. Introduction to the theory, practice and history of printmaking. Concentration on basic relief, intaglio, and monoprinting methods. Five studio hours. Prerequisites: ART 1020 and ART 1030. Extra fee. 3 credit hours.
  • ARTS 2410
    Introduction to Photography
    - Fall, Spring. Introduction to the theory, practice and history of black and white photography. Work with 35mm camera is combined with slide lectures and principles of optics, film, cameras, and darkroom techniques. Five studio hours. Prerequisite: ART 1020. Extra fee. 3 credit hours.
  • ARTS 3000
    Special Topics 2-D
    - On demand. Innovative and intensive group study in selected studio research. Topic will vary with each offering. May be repeated. Prerequisite: BFA standing. 3 credit hours.
  • ARTS 3130
    Contemporary Concepts in Drawing
    - Fall, Spring. Exploration of a variety of genres, themes, and techniques in drawing. Drawing as both an independent medium of expression and as a visual language applicable to a wide range of cultural practices. Prerequisite: ARTS 2110 or permission of the instructor. Repeatable to six hours. Extra fee. 3 credit hours.
  • ARTS 3240
    Contemporary Concepts in Painting
    - Fall, Spring. Exploration of a variety of genres, themes, and techniques in painting. Five studio hours. Prerequisite: ARTS 2210 or permission of the instructor. Repeatable to six hours. Extra fee. 3 credit hours.
  • ARTS 3320
    Printmaking: Relief and Monoprinting
    - Alternate semesters. Further exploration of the theory, practice, and history of relief printing using woodblock, linoleum, and found objects. Also includes an exploration of techniques for monoprints and monotypes. Five studio hours. Prerequisite: ARTS 2310. Extra fee. 3 credit hours.
  • ARTS 3330
    Printmaking: Etching
    - Alternate semesters. Further exploration of the theory, practice, and history of intaglio techniques to include drypoint, etching, aquatint, collagraph, photo processes, and experimentation with a variety of color inking methods. Five studio hours. Prerequisite: ARTS 2310. Extra fee. 3 credit hours.
  • ARTS 3340
    Printmaking: Lithography
    - Alternate semesters. Introduction to the theory, practice, and history of lithography. Techniques include: wet and dry media on stone and plate, and photo processes. Five studio hours. Prerequisite: ARTS 2310. Extra fee. 3 credit hours.
  • ARTS 3350
    Screenprinting
    - On demand. Exploration of the theory, practice, and history of screenprinting to include additive, reductive, hand stencil, and photo processes with monoprinting and editioning techniques. Five studio hours. Extra Fee. Prerequisite: ARTS 2310. 3 credit hours.
  • ARTS 3420
    Photography: Large Format
    - Fall, Spring. Further exploration of theory, practice and history of black and white images using the large format camera. Students will gain more in-depth technical knowledge and a deeper appreciation for the issues involved in the study of photography. The foundation for the students' personal vision will begin with this class. Five studio hours. Prerequisite: ARTS 2410. Extra fee. 3 credit hours.
  • ARTS 3430
    Photography: Color
    - Fall, Spring. Introduction to the theory, practice and history of color photography. Concentration on printing color negatives as well as the basics of color negative processing. Exploration of the use of color as a means of personal expression. Five studio hours. Prerequisite: ARTS 2410. Extra fee. 3 credit hours.
  • ARTS 3440
    Digital for Photographers
    - Fall, Spring. This course will familiarize students with the basic digital tools of scanning (input), manipulation (Photoshop), and printing (output) required to make digital photographic prints. Students will learn how these tools might be used in their ongoing development of a personal vision through self-directed and assigned projects. Students will gain technical understanding of topics such as color calibration and device profiling, file types and file management, and advanced color correction terms and techniques. Five studio hours. Prerequisites: ARTS 2410 and ARTS 3430. Extra fee. 3 credit hours.
  • ARTS 4000
    Special Topics 2-D
    - On demand. Innovative and intensive group study in selected studio research. Topic will vary with each offering. May be repeated. Prerequisite: BFA Art standing. Extra fee. 3 credit hours.
  • ARTS 4070
    Art in Context
    - Spring only. Capstone course intended for students in BA Art degree. Also open to BFA Art students. Portfolio preparation together with a variety of research activities leading to understanding of studio art as a singular activity located within broader cultural contexts. Five studio hours. 3 credit hours.
  • ARTS 4090
    Professional Practices and Presentation
    - Fall. Issues facing the graduating senior in all BFA Art areas of study. Focus on specific skills required of artists such as resumes, artist statements, slide preparation, marketing and graduate school application. For BFA Art majors only. Extra fee. 1 credit hours.
  • ARTS 4240
    Advanced Painting and Drawing
    - Fall, Spring. This course will allow students to focus on personal style and content. Emphasis will be placed on individual research, the refinement of technical skills and the development of imagery. Five studio hours. Prerequisites: ARTS 3240 and ARTS 3130 or by permission of the instructor. Repeatable to six hours. Extra fee. 3 credit hours.
  • ARTS 4280
    Senior Studio in Painting and Drawing
    - Fall, Spring. For BFA 2-D majors with a specialization in painting and drawing only. Supervised individual research in painting and/or drawing in preparation for the BFA Thesis Exhibition. Five studio hours. Prerequisite: ARTS 4240. Repeatable to six hours. Extra fee. 3 credit hours.
  • ARTS 4350
    Advanced Printmaking
    - Fall, Spring. Advanced study to include individual technical research, the development of personal imagery and the refinement of skills using one or more print media. Five studio hours. Prerequisites: Two of the following: ARTS 3320, ARTS 3330, ARTS 3340 or by permission of the instructor. Repeatable to six hours. Extra fee. 3 credit hours.
  • ARTS 4360
    2D - Digital Hybrids
    - Fall, Spring. The course is intended to introduce ways to create works of arts by integrating the traditional 2D methods of painting, drawing, printmaking and photography with digital media. Emphasis will be placed on both creative and theoretical research through projects and critical readings. Five studio hours. Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor. Repeatable to 6 hours. Extra fee. 3 credit hours.
  • ARTS 4380
    Senior Studio in Prints
    - Fall, Spring. For 2-D majors with a specialization in printmaking only. Supervised individual research as it applies to the final exhibition of prints for the BFA Art degree. Five studio hours. Prerequisite: ARTS 4350. Repeatable to six hours. Extra fee. 3 credit hours.
  • ARTS 4440
    Advanced Photography
    - Fall, Spring. Will allow advanced students to focus on ideas in either black and white or color. Emphasis will be placed on individual research, the refinement of technical skills and the development of imagery. Five studio hours. Prerequisites: ARTS 3420 and ARTS 3430 or by permission of the instructor. Repeatable to six hours. Extra fee. 3 credit hours.
  • ARTS 4480
    Senior Studio in Photography
    - Fall, Spring. For 2-D majors with a specialization in photography only. Supervised individual research as it applies to the final exhibition of photographic prints for the BFA Art degree. Five studio hours. Prerequisite: ARTS 4440. Repeatable to six hours. Extra fee. 3 credit hours.
  • ARTS 4800
    Travel Studio
    - On demand. Studio practice in conjunction with travel to selected domestic or international destinations. Use of a visual media to enhance experience and understanding of the arts in relation to culture and history. 3 credit hours.
  • ARTS 4890
    Studio Internship
    - Designed for students seeking to gain field experience under the guidance of a professional artist. Repeatable to six hours. 3 credit hours.