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Studying strong photographic practices and discourses in analog and digital processes, we prepare you to actively contribute to culture and society as leaders in the photographic arts and applied industries, as well as to pursue graduate studies in related fields.
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Undergraduate, BFA
School of Art
4 years
Courses Plan of Study

The Department of Photography is committed to the education of artists and professionals who have acquired a comprehensive understanding of the artistic and pro­fes­sional opportunities in the field. The curriculum provides an extensive photographic education through a series of core classes that promote students’ technical and conceptual development. Photography majors move from a highly structured program in their freshman and sophomore years to a more flexible program in their junior and senior years in which students choose from a variety of electives in photography, other studio disciplines, and in the humanities. This approach is intended to facilitate the transition from student to independent artist and professional. Completion of the curriculum culminates with an exhibition in the Pratt Photography Gallery, as well as a group show in a New York City gallery, and a collaborative photography pub­lication. Small class sizes help to promote a strong sense of community in the intimate setting of Pratt’s Brooklyn campus. Students are given opportunities to meet artists and critics through the Pratt Photography Lectures, visiting critiques, and artist studio and museum visits. This access can help students build contacts and relation­ships with influential professionals in the field. Like a small town within a big city, we look to give students their own voice, so they can employ it in whichever direction they choose.

Undergraduates establish strong photographic practices and discourses through the study of analog and digital processes, the history and theory of photography, and the development of critical thinking and writing skills through required and elective courses in photography, other creative disciplines, and the liberal arts. 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 related fields. Graduates are expected to demon­strate excellence in artistic vision, professional skills, innovation, and a contextual understanding of their work in contemporary culture.

lakehouse at dusk, large spotlight shining on house, forest in background, lake and house in the foreground
two hands, with nail polish, holding rocks, against a black background, only hands and wrist

Upon completion of the program:

• Students will demonstrate an understanding of the broad range of possibilities available in analog and digital photographic materials.

• Students will demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the aesthetic principles of photography.

• Students will articulate a broad knowledge of photographic and relevant cultural histories and an in-depth understanding of contemporary issues in photography pertinent to their practices.

• Students will create a cohesive body of photographic work in which an artistic vision and contextual awareness of their work is evident.

• Students will apply the technical skills and professional practices necessary to pursue careers or graduate studies in the photographic arts and applied industries.

A subject squats while posing for a photo on wooden floor. There is a large cloth hanging from a white wall behind her.
A family and their dog pose for a photograph with solemn facial expressions.