Photography

Major: Photography
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science (BS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours:
180.0
Co-op Options: One Co-op (Four years)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 50.0605
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code:
27-4021

About the Program

The Drexel University Photography program teaches students how to develop a unique photographic vision using a combination of aesthetics and technology. Using both applied and theoretical teaching methods and blending traditional processes with current digital technologies, the photography curriculum provides aspiring photographers with the breadth of experience and knowledge required to succeed in today’s marketplace. 

The photography foundation courses are the same for each student until their third year, at which point they design a custom path of study that culminates in their senior thesis portfolio. Our alumni’s achievements reflect the diversity built into our program. They own successful photography studios, teach in high school and college programs, serve as curators, work as magazine photo editors and operate their own digital illustration firms.

The College's extensive photographic facilities are available to every photography major at Drexel. 

Additional Information

For more information about this major, visit the College's Photography website.

Degree Requirements 

General education requirements
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
MATH 119Mathematical Foundations for Design4.0
PHYS 121Physical Science for Design I4.0
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development0.0
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience2.0
Required Arts and Humanities-students elect a minimum of 9 credits9.0
Required Natural Science-students elect a minimum of 3 credits3.0-4.0
Required Social Science-students elect a minimum of 9 credits9.0
Free electives27.0
Visual Studies requirements
ARTH 101History of Art I: Ancient to Medieval3.0
ARTH 102History of Art II: Renaissance to Romanticism3.0
ARTH 103History of Art: Modern Art3.0
VSST 101Design I4.0
VSST 102Design II4.0
VSST 110Introductory Drawing3.0
VSST 111Figure Drawing I3.0
Visual Studies electives12.0
Students select three additional visual studies (VSST) courses as electives.
Photography requirements
PHTO 110Photography3.0
PHTO 140Digital Photography I4.0
PHTO 210Intermediate Photography3.0
PHTO 231Color Photography4.0
PHTO 233Large Format Photography4.0
PHTO 234Studio Photography4.0
PHTO 236Photojournalism4.0
PHTO 240Digital Photography II4.0
PHTO 253Fine Black & White Printing3.0
PHTO 275 [WI] History of Photography I3.0
PHTO 276History of Photography II3.0
PHTO 334Advanced Studio Photography4.0
PHTO 340Digital Photography III4.0
PHTO 361Advanced Photography4.0
PHTO 392Junior Project in Photography3.0
PHTO 451Photography and Business3.0
PHTO 452 [WI] History of Contemporary Photography3.0
PHTO 492Senior Thesis in Photography I3.0
PHTO 493Senior Thesis in Photography II3.0
PHTO 495Senior Thesis in Photography III3.0
Photography electives9.0
Students select three courses from the following:
Portraiture
Photography Production
Landscape Photography
Fashion Photography
Palladium Printing
Advertising Portfolio Development
Marketing for Photographers
Total Credits181.0

 

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Center. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.



 

Sample Plan of Study

Term 1Credits
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
PHYS 121Physical Science for Design I4.0
PHTO 140Digital Photography I4.0
VSST 101Design I4.0
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience1.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 2
ARTH 101History of Art I: Ancient to Medieval3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
PHTO 110Photography3.0
VSST 102Design II4.0
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience1.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 3
ARTH 102History of Art II: Renaissance to Romanticism3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
MATH 119Mathematical Foundations for Design4.0
PHTO 210Intermediate Photography3.0
Natural science elective3.0-4.0
 Term Credits16.0-17.0
Term 4
PHTO 253Fine Black White Printing3.0
ARTH 103History of Art: Modern Art3.0
PHTO 233Large Format Photography4.0
VSST 110Introductory Drawing3.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 5
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development0.0
PHTO 240Digital Photography II4.0
PHTO 234Studio Photography4.0
VSST 111Figure Drawing I3.0
Social science elective3.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 6
PHTO 231Color Photography4.0
PHTO 275 [WI] History of Photography I3.0
Arts and Humanitites elective3.0
Social science elective3.0
 Term Credits13.0
Term 7
PHTO 236Photojournalism4.0
PHTO 276History of Photography II3.0
PHTO 451Photography and Business3.0
VSST elective*4.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 8
PHTO 334Advanced Studio Photography4.0
PHTO 361Advanced Photography4.0
PHTO 392Junior Project in Photography3.0
Arts and Humanitites elective3.0
VSST elective*4.0
 Term Credits18.0
Term 9
Arts and Humanities elective3.0
Free elective3.0
Social science elective3.0
VSST elective*4.0
 Term Credits13.0
Term 10
PHTO 452 [WI] History of Contemporary Photography3.0
PHTO 492Senior Thesis in Photography I3.0
Photography elective*3.0
Free electives6.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 11
Photography elective*3.0
Free electives6.0
PHTO 493Senior Thesis in Photography II3.0
 Term Credits12.0
Term 12
PHTO 340Digital Photography III4.0
PHTO 495Senior Thesis in Photography III3.0
Photography elective*3.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits13.0
Total Credit: 180.0-181.0
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See degree requirements.

Co-op/Career Opportunities

Photographers pursue careers in a wide variety of fields. Primary choices among Drexel graduates include journalism, illustration, fashion and advertising, and fine arts.

Recent co-op placements have included:

  • Micheal Creagh, New York City
  • The Edywnn Houk Gallery, New York City
  • Jonathan Pushnik, Advertising Photographer, Philadelphia, PA
  • Philadelphia Magazine, Philadelphia, PA
  • Jason Varney, Editorial Photographer, Philadelphia
  • Saturday Night Live, New York City


Visit the Drexel Steinbright Career Development Center page for more detailed information on co-op and post-graduate opportunities.

Minor in Photography

The minor in photography gives students a thorough understanding of photographic practices using a combination of aesthetics and technology. This flexible minor has been developed to accommodate both Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design majors as well as majors from any other college. It is an excellent choice for students who are majoring in marketing, communications and journalism. Many employers in these fields are now routinely request that candidates have a good working knowledge of Photoshop and photographic practices.

PHTO 110Photography3.0
PHTO 140Digital Photography I4.0
PHTO 210Intermediate Photography3.0
PHTO 231Color Photography4.0
PHTO 240Digital Photography II4.0
PHTO 234Studio Photography4.0
PHTO 236Photojournalism4.0
Additional Suggested Electives (Optional)
History of Photography I
History of Photography II
Photography and Business
History of Contemporary Photography
Total Credits26.0

Photography Faculty

Cali Capodici, BA (Montclair State University). Adjunct Instructor. Advertising portfolio development; photography production and photography & business.
Joanne Carrick, M.Ed (Tyler School of Art, Temple University). Adjunct Instructor. Photography and intermediate photography
Julia Cybularz, MFA (The School of Visual Arts). Adjunct Instructor. Photography; color photography, junior project in photography, advanced DSLR.
Trevor Dixon, BFA (University of the Arts). Adjunct Instructor. Advanced studio photography.
Michael Froio, BS (Drexel University). Adjunct Instructor. Photography; intermediate photography and fine black and white printing.
Niko Kallianiotis, MFA (School of Visual Arts). Adjunct Instructor. Photography; intermediate photography and photojournalism.
George McCardle, BS (Drexel University). Adjunct Instructor. Digital Photography III
Andrea Modica, MFA (Yale University). Professor. Photography; portraiture, photojournalism, palladium printing, and thesis.
Benjamin Riley, BS (Drexel University). Adjunct Instructor. Photography; intermediate photography and studio photography.
Stuart Rome, MFA (Arizona State University). Professor. Photography; color photography, junior project, and thesis.
Diana Rossi, M.Ed (Arcadia University). Adjunct Instructor. Photography and intermediate photography.
Paul Runyon, BFA (The University of New Mexico) Program Director, Photography. Associate Professor. Studio photography, view-camera photography, studio lighting, business aspects of photography.
Ashley Smith, MFA (School of Visual Arts). Adjunct Instructor. Photography
Amanda Tinker, MFA (Temple University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Photography, history of photography, historical and alternative processes, and intermediate photography.
Jason Varney, BS (Drexel University). Adjunct Instructor. Studio photography
L. Kylie Wright, BA (University of Virginia). Assistant Teaching Professor. Photography; digital photography, and master printing.
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