Our program is the leading professional undergraduate/graduate fine art photography
program in Tennessee and the seven surrounding Mid-American states. With the region’s
largest photography faculty — consisting of three full-time nationally known photographers,
several part-time professional teachers, and a full-time experienced photo technician
— our students receive individual attention and in-depth instruction. Our well-equipped
facilities include separate black & white labs, color print lab, alternative process
lab, electronic arts lab, and studio lighting facilities.
Students in our photography program have a spirit of togetherness, which creates
a positive, friendly place to study. Their active student group, the Photographic
Society, plans activities that include a yearly lecture series of internationally
known photographers, travel, field trips, special workshops, group exhibitions, and
parties. These events provide opportunities to make connections with leading photographers.
Students prepare for careers in fine art photography (b&w, color, alternative process,
digital photography, and mixed media), documentary, freelance editorial, commercial/advertising,
portrait, and fashion photography, as well as teaching.
The program’s educational philosophy maintains that the photographer needs first
to discover his or her personal vision, followed by amplification of his/her uniqueness
within a fine arts education. Our fine arts approach, coupled with a strong technical
base, provides the foundation for artistic discovery in photography: it frees students
to explore their own direction in photography.
Later, as an advanced undergraduate or graduate student, you work closely with several
faculty on independent self-assigned projects that strengthen your personal approach.
This independent work becomes the key transition to a self-sufficient professional
career in photography.
FACILITIES AND EQUIPMENT
- black and white and color darkrooms
- alternative and non-silver processing areas
- photographic studio for large format and studio lighting
- 2 litho presses, 2 intaglio presses, and a large hydraulic powered Connecticut press
fully equipped Mac and PC computer labs
- photo-printmaking darkroom