Our Mission Statement

Pratt Institute’s BFA in Photography provides a comprehensive photographic education through a core curriculum that promotes students’ technical and conceptual development. Undergraduates establish strong photographic practices through the study of analog and digital processes, the history and theory of photography, and the development of critical thinking and writing skills. Participating in this experience prepares students to actively contribute to culture and society as leaders in the photographic arts and applied industries as well as to pursue graduate studies in photography or related fields.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will:

  • Show mastery over analog and digital photographic materials and techniques
  • Possess comprehensive knowledge of aesthetic principles of photography
  • Have a broad knowledge of photographic history and theory, as well as a deep understanding of contemporary issues in photography
  • Demonstrate an artistic vision and a contextual awareness of their own work
  • Know how to exhibit and discuss a cohesive body of photographic work
  • Have the technical skills and professional practices necessary to pursue careers or graduate studies in the photographic arts and applied industries
Photography Curriculum - 2017 Photography Electives - Spring 2018

Curriculum

Requirements for BFA Photography, 2017

  • Semester 1

    Complete these courses.

    FDC-140 Visualization/Representation

    FDC-160 Light Color Design Lab

    FDC-150 Space, Form, Process

    PHOT-105 Black and White Photography

    HA-111 Themes in Art and Culture I

    HMS-101A Literary and Critical Studies I

  • Semester 2

    Complete these courses.

    FDC-141 Visualization/Representation/Concept

    FDC-161 Light Color Design Studio

    PHOT-210 Digital Photography

    HA-112 Themes in Art and Culture II

  • Semester 2 Core

    Complete one of the following Social Science Core Global Electives. Complete two Writing Intensive courses (SSWI, MSWI) out of your Social Science Global Elective, Social Science Thinking Elective, and Math/Science Core Elective.

    SS-203G Global History to 1800
    OR
    SS-204G Global History Since 1800
    OR
    SS-209G Introduction to Anthropology
    OR
    SS-218G Salvation from Despair: Spiritual Awakenings in the Ancient World
    OR
    SS-220G Islam from Muhammad to the Great Khans
    OR
    SS-246G Lines in the sand:Borders, Nation-State And the Modern International System
    OR
    SS-249G Secret Activities of the CIA And the Modern International System
    OR
    SS-261G Sexual Politics in Transnational Perspective
    OR
    SS-278G Caribbean Music and Festivals: Shapers Of National and Global Identities
    OR
    SSWI-222G Making/Faking Nature
    OR
    SSWI-234G Century of Genocides
    OR
    SSWI-241G Cities and Globalization
    OR
    SSWI-242G Culture, Identity, Power: 1300-1800
    OR
    SSWI-245G The Empire Strikes Back

  • Semester 3

    Complete these courses

    FVID-101 Digital Cinema I

    PHOT-211 Intermediate Digital Photography

    PHOT-220 Large Format Photography

    HA-360 A Survey of Photography: Uses, Styles, And Reactions, 1839-PRESENT

  • Semester 3 Core 1

    Complete one of the following Thinking Core Electives. Complete two Writing Intensive courses (SSWI, MSWI) out of your Social Science Global Elective, Social Science Thinking Elective, and Math/Science Core Elective.

    SS-201T Sustainable Core
    OR
    SS-247TP Revolution Now!:Students, Politics and Protest
    OR
    SSWI-210T General Psycholgy
    OR
    SSWI-224T Nomads and Settlers Nomads and Settlers
    OR
    SSWI-233T Violence As Politics
    OR
    SSWI-235T Education and Society
    OR
    SSWI-237T Death & Dying
    OR
    SSWI-240T Shaping the Contemporary City
    OR
    SSWI-250T The Ethics of Research
    OR
    SSWI-255T Telling Tales: Narrative and Meaning in The Humanities
    OR
    SSWI-262T Contemporary Theories of Gender
    OR
    SSWI-276T Music,Creativity, and Consumption
    OR
    SSWI-288T Animals:Ethics and Representation
    OR
    SSWI-291T England Bloody England: Nation, Myth, Identity
    OR
    SSWI-228TP Introduction ot Theory and Critique
    OR
    SSWI-244TP Memphis to Ferguson: Rethinking Modern American History

  • Semester 3 Core 2

    Complete one of the following Math Science Core Electives. Complete two Writing Intensive courses (SSWI, MSWI) out of your Social Science Global Elective, Social Science Thinking Elective, and Math/Science Core Elective.

    MSCI-220C Science of Light
    OR
    MSCI-222C Intro. to Electronics
    OR
    MSCI-223C Astronomy
    OR
    MSCI-225C Starstruck: Meet Our Universe
    OR
    MSCI-232C Chemistry of Arist's Materials
    OR
    MSCI-250C Geology
    OR
    MSCI-251C Planet Earth
    OR
    MSCI-252C Natural Catastrophes
    OR
    MSCI-283C Breeders, Propagators, & Creators
    OR
    MSWI-210C Science & Society
    OR
    MSWI-224C The Physics of Music
    OR
    MSWI-230C Chemistry of Pigments
    OR
    MSWI-260C Evolution
    OR
    MSWI-270C Ecology, Environment & Anthropocene

  • Semester 4

    Complete these courses:

    PHOT-205 Sophomore Critique

    PHOT-222 Lighting I

    PHOT-212 Advanced Digital Photography

    CH-250 Between Image and Word:Why Photographers Write

    HMS-201A Literary and Critical Studies II

  • Semester 5

    Complete these courses plus 3 HAD Elective credits and 3 SLAS Post Core credits and 3 PHOT Electives credits and 3 Pratt Integrative Course credits

    PHOT-305 Junior Research I

    PHOT-340 Contemporary Issues in Photography


  • Semester 6

    Complete these courses plus 3 All Institute Elective credits and 6 SLAS Post Core credits

    PHOT-306 Junior Research II

    PHOT-390 Professional Practices in Photography

    PHOT-490 Photography Lectures

  • Semester 7

    Complete these courses plus 3 SLAS Post Core Credits and 3 PHOT Elective Credits and 3 All Institute Elective Credits

    PHOT-405 Senior Thesis I

    WAC-497A Thesis Writing

  • Semester 8

    Complete these courses plus 3 SLAS Post Core credits and 6 All Institute Elective credits.

    PHOT-406 Senior Thesis II

    PHOT-407 Thesis Book