Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography

Photography

Byron Wolfe, Program Head
Tyler School of Art Building
Room 030Z
215-777-9244
byron.wolfe@temple.edu

In addition to traditional black and white and color photography, Tyler's Photography Area will introduce you to various other creative approaches to the medium. Some of these include digital imaging techniques, large-format professional digital printing in black and white and color, handmade cameras, large format photography, historical alternative processes, critical theory, and career options for artists who wish to enter the field of photography. The emphasis in the Photography Major is on the development of personal vision for the artist.

Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography may be conferred upon a student by recommendation of the faculty and upon the satisfactory completion of a minimum of 126 semester hours of credit with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00. All Photography majors must complete the BFA curriculum and General Education requirements.

  • Students must earn a C- or better in GAD 2441 or GAD 2451, and GAD 2461 to enter the Photography major.
  • The nine required Junior/Senior Photography courses must be completed with a C- or better to fulfill major requirements. 

The faculty encourages taking Photography courses in excess of the minimum required. These additional courses count towards required studio credits.

Major Requirements for B.F.A. in Photography

Sophomore Prerequisite 1
GAD 2441Photo I: Digital3
or GAD 2451 Photo I: Digital
GAD 2461Digital Imaging3
Junior and Senior Requirements 1
GAD 3411Digital Photography3
GAD 3412Darkroom Photography3
or GAD 3414 Darkroom Photography
GAD 3413Photographic Lighting3
GAD 3401Color Photography I3
or GAD 3431 Color Photography I
GAD 3441Advanced Photo Workshop3
or GAD 3451 Advanced Photography Workshop
GAD 3461Photo Process Workshop3
or GAD 3471 Photo Process Workshop
GAD 4441Senior Photography3
GAD 4496Senior Seminar in Photography (Capstone, WI)3
Specialized Photo Course
Select one of the following:3
Field Internship
Special Topics in Photography
View Camera
Digital Projects
Contemporary Photography
Art Career Workshop (WI)
1

The schedule of courses that are required for the Photography major is posted each semester on the Tyler Photography web site: https://tyler.temple.edu/programs/photography.

Suggested Academic Plan

Please note that this is a suggested academic plan. Depending on your situation, your academic plan may look different. 

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2017-2018 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
FDPR 1511Foundation Drawing13
FDPR 15212D Foundation Principles3
FDPR 15313D Foundation Principles/W3
FDPR 1501Introduction to Art and Design1
ARTH 1155 or 1955Art Heritage of the Western World I3
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
 Term Credit Hours17
Spring
FDPR 1512Foundation Drawing3
FDPR 15222D Foundation Principles3
FDPR 15323D Foundation Principles/C3
FDPR 1502Investigations of Art and Design1
ARTH 1156 or 1956Art Heritage of the Western World II13
IH 0851 or 0951Intellectual Heritage I: The Good Life [GY]3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall
GAD 2441 or 2451Photo I: Digital3
Select one of the following:3
CRFT 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective
 
GAD 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective
 
PDS 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective
 
Select one of the following:3
CRFT 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective
 
GAD 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective
 
PDS 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective
 
IH 0852 or 0952Intellectual Heritage II: The Common Good [GZ]3
GenEd Quantitative Literacy Course [GQ]4
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
GAD 2461Digital Imaging3
Select one of the following:3
CRFT 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective
 
GAD 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective
 
PDS 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective
 
Select one of the following:3
CRFT 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective
 
GAD 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective
 
PDS 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective
 
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 3
Fall
GAD 3412 or 3414Darkroom Photography3
GAD 3401 or 3431Color Photography I3
GAD 3413Photographic Lighting3
Art History Elective [WI]4
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
GAD 3441 or 3451Advanced Photo Workshop3
GAD 3411Digital Photography3
CRFT, GAD, or PDS Studio Elective3
Art History Elective24
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 4
Fall
GAD 4496Senior Seminar in Photography [WI]3
Specialized Photography Course33
CRFT, GAD, or PDS Studio Elective3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Non-Studio Elective3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
GAD 4441Senior Photography3
GAD 3461 or 3471Photo Process Workshop3
CRFT, GAD, or PDS Studio Elective3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Open Elective23
 Term Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours: 126
1

These 2 courses constitute the waiver for the GenEd Arts category if the courses are completed with a C- or better.

2

Students completing a 3 credit Art History 2000+ elective must select a 4 credit open elective to reach the minimum 126 credits to earn the BFA degree.

3

Choose from: GAD 3185, GAD 3400, GAD 3402, GAD 3421, GAD 3422, GAD 3896.

Please Note: An approved study abroad program waives the GenEd Global/World Society (GG) requirement; however, these credits must be made up with academic coursework taken outside of Tyler departments to be in compliance with BFA accreditation. Photography majors interested in studying abroad should consult with an academic advisor to determine if a semester (generally spring semester of second year) or a summer program would be the best option to remain on track for graduation.