BFA in Photography Emphasis Studio Art

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Photography is a 120 credit hour limited access program that provides an intensive background in theoretical knowledge and professional skills. BFA students will develop a personal vision, a high level of competence in technique, and harness the ability to make sound artistic decisions. The BFA in Studio Photography is a proficiency-based program, characterized by continuous assessment. Graduating BFA seniors exhibit their work at the Texas A&M University-Commerce University Gallery in their last semester.

As one of the few stand-alone photography degrees in the state of Texas, the BFA in Photography prepares students for the challenges of a rapidly evolving profession alongside expanding technologies and applications in digital imaging, video, multimedia, and motion graphics. Photography majors build upon a common sequence of foundational art and photography courses to pursue advanced  studies in fine art (studio) photography that prepare students for careers in teaching and exhibition. Students graduating with the BFA in Photography leave A&M-Commerce with  a well-rounded background in professional practices and a versatile set of practical skills.

To receive a degree in BFA Photography, students must successfully complete a minimum of one hundred-twenty (120) credit hours. Students must also remain in the program for a minimum of three long semesters. Students must enroll into “Photography Seminar” their year of graduating, culminating in an advancement review and graduation exhibition. Students must also complete their internships before graduating. Students admitted to the BFA program are exempt from any foreign language requirement. Students in the BFA major are not required to select a minor. The BFA Advisor can provide additional guidance with regard to entrance and degree requirements.

Academic Performance and Retention

Students are required to have a C or above in all foundation courses to maintain good standing in the Department of Art.  The work and progress of students pursuing baccalaureate degrees will be evaluated both within the classes they take and by the departmental standards established for each major programmatic area (BA in Art, BFA in Studio Art, BFA in Visual Communication).

The Department of Art reserves the right to discontinue enrollment of art majors at any time if satisfactory academic progress is not being made.  Students who have accumulated three unsatisfactory grades (U, D or F) in studio art or visual communication courses at A&M-Commerce or elsewhere may not be permitted to continue, be readmitted, or graduate with a degree in art.  Courses with grades of D or F may be repeated for a grade of C or higher only once.  

Core Curriculum Courses42
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BFA Photography - Studio Art Emphasis
Required Creative Core (16 Hours)
ART 110Drawing I3
ART 111Two-Dimensional Design and Color Theory3
ART 140Three-Dimensional Design & Color Theory3
ART 141Intro to Shop Safety1
ART 211Introduction to Visual Communication3
PHO 111Introduction to Digital Media3
Art History Courses (9 Hours)
GLB/History of Art I *
GLB/History of Art II *
ART 333GLB/History of Photography3
ART 404GLB/History of Contemporary Art3
3 semester hours in Advanced Art History3
GLB/History of Ancient Art
GLB/History of Medieval Art
GLB/Topics in Renaissance Art
GLB/Topics in Baroque Art
GLB/Topics in Non-Western Art
History Of Modern Art
GLB/History of Graphic Design
History of Advertising and Consumerism
GLB/Women and Art
GLB/History of Architecture
Theories and Methods
Special Topics
Required Photography Courses (26 Hours)
PHO 112Basic Photography I3
PHO 209Introduction to Video3
PHO 210Introduction to Studio Lighting3
PHO 341Commercial Photography4
PHO 350Advanced Digital Photography3
PHO 360B&W Darkroom Techniques3
PHO 450Photography Seminar4
PHO 495Photography Internship3
Prescribed Elective Courses: Studio Art Track (27 credits)27
Students can take up to 6 sch of sophomore or advanced studio art courses
Experimental Concepts
Alternative Print Making
Video Production Tech
Independent Study
Location and Event Photography
Special Topics
Business Practices in Pho
Independent Study
Special Topics
Total Hours120

This course will satisfy the Core Curriculum requirement for Creative Arts or Degree Pathway.