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Learn both darkroom and digital techniques in a program that integrates historical study and hands-on practice. You’ll explore specific genres, such as portraiture, documentary, and experimental photography, while acquiring technical skills such as printing and Photoshop. Avid photographers may design their own advanced projects.

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Students with a concentration in photography may enter into such fields as education, art therapy, photography, graphic design, and corporate editorial administration.


The Simon’s Rock program in photography considers technical knowledge, historical background, and critical and analytical skills to be key elements in the education of each photography student. The curriculum is designed to foster a disciplined approach to independent, self-generated work in each course, whether it be the core studio, advanced course or a Senior Thesis project. The program provides a comprehensive facility with professional equipment, as well as exposure to working artists, historians, writers, and critics, to support the growth and development of each student photographer. Students interested in this concentration should have successfully completed and/or be enrolled in the core foundation courses, described earlier; regarding the art history foundation, students should take at least one of the three photography history classes: History of Photography, Theories of Photography or Contemporary Issues in Photography. Students in the Photography concentration must complete—in addition to the foundation courses— Photography II, Photography III: Advanced Projects and the ‘capstone’ Studio Arts Professional Practice, and three photography or photo-related electives, for a minimum of 20 credits beyond the core foundation.

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Course Spotlight 

Studio Art 307: Documentary Photography: Global Practice

This class is both a studio art class and a photography history class. The class will discuss documentary photography both by examining its history and through making photographs. We will make a thematic survey of documentary photography and read contemporary photographic criticism. At the same time students will work on visual assignments that will relate to topics discussed. Topics will include photography and social change; the FSA photographers; urban street photography; issues of voyeurism; race and class; and the relationship between documentary, art photography, and photojournalism. In the beginning of the course students will work on assignments exploring different aspects of documentary photography; after midterm students will propose and complete an extended documentary project.

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