Learn the foundations of photography

The minor in art photography extends the opportunity to learn the foundations of traditional and digital photography while exploring the creative potentials of the medium.

Explore the creative potentials of the medium Explore the creative potentials of the medium

All students in the minor are trained to use a wide array of camera formats while learning both darkroom and digital processes. Students with a strong personal vision are invited to participate in seminar classes along with our majors. These courses provide an intense critique environment culminating in the production of a professional-level portfolio. Students more interested in the historical, theoretical, and nontraditional perspectives of photography may choose from a menu of electives. Image making has a prominent role in book, installation, conceptual, and performance art; our courses reflect the multifaceted nature of contemporary photography.

Admission Requirements

Students interested in this minor should meet with the faculty contact. Prospective students must submit a current transcript and portfolio. Acceptance into the minor will be made solely by the faculty contact for the minor upon review of application materials. You need to maintain a 3.0 GPA in the minor curriculum; otherwise, you may be expelled from the minor. The minor is limited to 15 students.

Curricular Requirements

Required Courses (9 credits)

APH 261 Black & White 3 credits
APH 262 Color 3 credits
APH 263 Advanced Digital 3 credits

Elective Courses (9 Credits)

Choose three courses from the following menu:
APH 361 Lighting for Photography 3 credits
TRM 510 Literacy, Community and Media 3 credits
APH 561 Contemporary Art and Photography 3 credits
APH 562 Contemporary Critical Theory and Photography 3 credits
APH 563 Non - Traditional Modes 3 credits
APH 564 Image/Sequence: The Photography Book 3 credits
APH 565 Performance Art 3 credits
APH 566 Photography and Cinema 3 credits
APH 362 Junior Seminar* 3 credits
APH 461 BFA Senior Seminar* 3 credits
APH 462 BFA Exhibition and Portfolio* 3 credits

*Seminar classes are for students who show significant promise and commitment. Students will be admitted into seminars by permission of faculty upon review of portfolio.

Refer to Syracuse University's undergraduate course catalog for more information about the curriculum and courses.

Faculty Contact

Laura Heyman
Associate Professor