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

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Photography at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture offers students access to state-of-the-art facilities and prepares them to find their voices as artists, photojournalists and image-makers in traditional and emerging technologies.

Tyler Photography provides access to a wide range of faculty expertise, generously equipped photography studios and an interdisciplinary spirit, making it possible for all types of undergraduates to develop their skills as problem solvers and find pathways to meaningful expression and success. Whether students are interested in deep exploration of cutting-edge digital techniques, historic darkroom processes or incorporating methods from other artistic disciplines, Tyler's faculty offer personal guidance.

Tyler BFA students can take advantage of the school's location at a large research university in Philadelphia, a vibrant art center with a pioneering photography tradition, to find internships and jobs, explore museums and galleries, launch creative practices, start businesses and earn placements in competitive graduate programs.

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 ART 2601 or ART 2603, and ART 2602 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
ART 2601Photo I: Digital3
or ART 2603 Photo I: Digital
ART 2602Digital Imaging3
Junior and Senior Requirements 1
ART 3601Color Photography I3
or ART 3608 Color Photography I
ART 3603Darkroom Photography3
or ART 3605 Darkroom Photography
ART 3604Photographic Lighting3
ART 3611Advanced Photo Workshop3
ART 3612Photo Process Workshop3
ART 3613Digital Photography3
ART 4601Senior Photography3
ART 4696Senior Seminar in Photography3
Specialized Photo Course
Select one of the following:3
Field Internship
View Camera
Digital Projects
Contemporary Photography
Special Topics in Photography
Art Career Workshop

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 2019-2020 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
FDPR 1511Foundation Drawing<sup>1</sup>3
FDPR 15212D Foundation Principles3
FDPR 15313D Foundation Principles/W3
FDPR 1501Introduction to Art and Design1
ARTH 1155 or 1955Arts of the World I: Prehistoric to 13003
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 1956Arts of the World II: 1300 to the 21st Century<sup>1</sup>3
IH 0851 or 0951Intellectual Heritage I: The Good Life [GY]3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall
ART 2601 or 2603Photo I: Digital3
ART or GAD 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective3
ART or GAD 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective3
IH 0852 or 0952Intellectual Heritage II: The Common Good [GZ]3
GenEd Quantitative Literacy Course [GQ]4
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
ART 2602Digital Imaging3
ART or GAD 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective3
ART or GAD 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective3
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 3
Fall
ART 3601 or 3608Color Photography I3
ART 3603 or 3605Darkroom Photography3
ART 3604Photographic Lighting3
Art History Elective [WI]4
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
ART 3611Advanced Photo Workshop3
ART 3613Digital Photography3
ART or GAD Studio Elective3
Art History Elective24
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 4
Fall
ART 4696Senior Seminar in Photography [WI]3
Specialized Photography Course33
ART or GAD Studio Elective3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Non-Studio Elective3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
ART 4601Senior Photography3
ART 3612Photo Process Workshop3
ART or GAD Studio Elective3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Open Elective23
 Term Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours: 126

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.