Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science (BS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Minimum Required Credits: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 is one of the most elite of its kind in the United States. The students who have completed the Bachelor of Science Photography degree at Drexel have gone on to win The Pulitzer Prize for Photojournalism and The John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship for the arts. Their work has also been featured at AIPAD, one of the world's most prestigious annual photography events and in Times Square, New York City. In the Spring of 2020, Hannah Beier’s Senior Thesis project, “Time Apart,” was featured on the cover of Time Magazine. Along with the cover, she had a portfolio of images that were featured inside the magazine.
In addition, alumni have had their work featured in the New York Times Magazine, Time Magazine, Philadelphia Magazine, Architectural Digest, Martha Stewart Living, Newsweek, and Italian Vogue. Along with being included in these publications, our alumni have their work included in the permanent collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and PAFA. The Drexel University Photography Program is without peer in regard to the student outcomes we have achieved.
Our Photography major is unique in the United States because of our teaching approach which blends a high degree of visual literacy together with cutting edge lessons in technology. We prepare our students for the marketplace by teaching every aspect of the medium, beginning in the darkroom, moving on to complex still digital techniques, and incorporating motion and video. Couple all these lessons with the value of having a six-month co-op in the industry and three courses dedicated to photographic business practices and you have the reason why our students have such a high placement rate after graduation.
The College's extensive photographic facilities are available to every photography major at Drexel.
For more information about this major, visit the College's Photography website.
|General Education requirements|
|COOP 101||Career Management and Professional Development *||1.0|
|ENGL 101||Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research||3.0|
|or ENGL 111||English Composition I|
|ENGL 102||Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing||3.0|
|or ENGL 112||English Composition II|
|ENGL 103||Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres||3.0|
|or ENGL 113||English Composition III|
|MATH 119||Mathematical Foundations for Design||4.0|
|UNIV A101||The Drexel Experience||2.0|
|Required Arts and Humanities-students elect a minimum of 9.0 credits||9.0|
|Required Natural Science-students elect a minimum of 7.0 credits||7.0|
|Required Social Science-students elect a minimum of 9.0 credits||9.0|
|Visual Studies requirements|
|ARTH 101||History of Art I||3.0|
|ARTH 102||History of Art II||3.0|
|ARTH 103||History of Art III||3.0|
|VSST 101||Design I||4.0|
|VSST 102||Design II||4.0|
|VSST 110||Introductory Drawing||3.0|
|VSST 111||Figure Drawing I||3.0|
|Visual Studies electives||12.0|
Students select three additional Visual Studies (VSST) courses as electives.
|PHTO 141||Digital Photographic Post Production||3.0|
|PHTO 210||Intermediate Photography||3.0|
|PHTO 230||Color Photography I||3.0|
|PHTO 233||Large Format Photography||4.0|
|PHTO 234||Studio Photography||4.0|
|PHTO 240||Digital Photography II||3.0|
|PHTO 253||Fine Black & White Printing||3.0|
|PHTO 275 [WI]||History of Photography I||3.0|
|PHTO 276 [WI]||History of Photography II||3.0|
|PHTO 334||Advanced Studio Photography||4.0|
|PHTO 340||Digital Photography III||4.0|
|PHTO 361||Advanced Photography||4.0|
|PHTO 392||Junior Project in Photography||3.0|
|PHTO 451||Photography and Business||3.0|
|PHTO 452 [WI]||History of Contemporary Photography||3.0|
|PHTO 453||Photography Production||3.0|
|PHTO 458||Print and Web Portfolio Development||3.0|
|PHTO 492||Senior Thesis in Photography I||3.0|
|PHTO 493||Senior Thesis in Photography II||3.0|
|PHTO 495||Senior Thesis in Photography III||3.0|
|Students select one course from the following:|
|Looking at Photographs|
|Marketing for Photographers|
Co-op cycles may vary. Students are assigned a co-op cycle (fall/winter, spring/summer, summer-only) based on their co-op program (4-year, 5-year) and major.
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 Program. 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.
Sample Plan of Study
4 year, 1 co-op
|ARTH 101||3.0||ENGL 102 or 112||3.0||ARTH 102||3.0||VACATION|
|ENGL 101 or 111||3.0||PHTO 110||3.0||ENGL 103 or 113||3.0|
|PHTO 141||3.0||VSST 102||4.0||MATH 119||4.0|
|UNIV A101||1.0||UNIV A101||1.0||PHTO 210||3.0|
|VSST 101||4.0||Natural Science elective||4.0||Natural Science elective||3.0|
|ARTH 103||3.0||COOP 101||1.0||PHTO 230||3.0||PHTO 236||3.0|
|PHTO 233||4.0||PHTO 234||4.0||PHTO 276||3.0||PHTO 451||3.0|
|PHTO 253||3.0||PHTO 240||3.0||VSST 111||3.0||Arts & Humanities elective||3.0|
|VSST 110||3.0||PHTO 275||3.0||Free elective||3.0||VSST elective*||4.0|
|Free elective||3.0||Free elective||3.0||Social Science elective||3.0|
|Social Science elective||3.0|
|COOP EXPERIENCE||COOP EXPERIENCE||PHTO 334||4.0||Arts & Humanities elective||3.0|
|PHTO 392||3.0||Free electives||6.0|
|VSST elective*||4.0||VSST elective*||4.0|
|Social Science elective||3.0|
|PHTO 361||4.0||PHTO 340||4.0||PHTO 458||3.0|
|PHTO 452||3.0||PHTO 453||3.0||PHTO 495||3.0|
|PHTO 492||3.0||PHTO 493||3.0||Free elective||6.0|
|Arts & Humanities elective||3.0||Free electives||6.0||Photography elective*||3.0|
|Total Credits 180|
See degree requirements.
Photographers pursue careers in a wide variety of fields. Primary choices among Drexel graduates include journalism, illustration, fashion and advertising, and fine arts.
- Advertising Photography
- Editorial Photography
- Wedding Photography
- Fine Art Photography
- Fashion Photography
- Sports and Event Photography
- Art Director and Photo Editor at Magazines
- Curatorial Assistant at Photography Galleries and Museums
- Teaching Assistants in public schools
- Digital Technician and Retoucher
Visit the Drexel Steinbright Career Development Center page for more detailed information on co-op and post-graduate opportunities.