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Photography

About

A flexible program that offers courses leading to a wide variety of careers in photography including fine art, advertising, commercial, and documentary work. In the program, traditional and digital photography are treated as equal and relevant tools. The emphasis is on the image, not the technique by which it is obtained. After Introduction to Photography and Intermediate Photography, either digital or traditional cameras may be used except for specified assignments.

In the Photography program, you’ll be exposed to a blend of fine art and applied photography approaches in a dynamic learning environment that will challenge and inspire you to pursue expressive possibilities through a thoughtful balance of concept and technique. The program emphasizes the image itself, not the technique by which it is created, so you’ll study traditional, digital, and hybrid processes and learn how to use a wide variety of analog and digital cameras as well as lighting and image processing tools.

You’ll also round your education out with foundational courses in areas like drawing, design, and video production, as well as a wide range of general education and art history courses that will stimulate your curiosity, broaden your perspective, and inspire new creative expressions. KCAD’s flexible General Education Pathways model empowers you to direct your learning by exploring subjects you find most engaging and relevant.

As you progress through the Photography program, you will develop a comprehensive understanding of how analog and digital cameras function, gaining the ability to manipulate parameters and settings to translate your vision to a captured image. You’ll dive deep into core elements of the medium such as line, space, color value, emphasis, balance, and directional force, gaining the ability to unite them together in harmony. Essential tools such as lenses and lighting equipment will be emphasized to create the ideal conditions for image capture, and you’ll heighten your intuition to further recognize amazing photographic opportunities wherever and whenever they arise.

As you learn to effectively capture images, you’ll also become adept at translating them to a variety of display formats. You will learn your way around black and white and color darkrooms, discovering how to use age-old techniques to bring your images to life. The latest cutting-edge digital post-production techniques and digital large format printing technology will be taught concurrently, allowing you to emerge as a highly versatile and knowledgeable photographer who’s able to incorporate any combination of traditional and digital techniques to shoot in a broad range of styles. These approaches include, but are not limited to, conceptual/fine art, portraiture, action, candid, documentary, fashion, and product photography.

You’ll be able to not only capture and refine images, but critically analyze them as well. Through focused critical study of key contemporary and historic photographers and their work, you’ll understand how viewers interact with the different elements of a photograph, and be able to use that knowledge to be more intentional in your own practice.

Many photography programs place students in separate fine art and commercial tracks, but in KCAD’s Photography program, the two merge and inspire one another. You’ll receive a comprehensive education that will make you a more well-rounded, versatile photographer who approaches every image-making opportunity with an expanded sense of creative possibility.

You’ll graduate from the Photography program positioned to succeed in a wide variety of photography careers including fine art, commercial, advertising, fashion, photojournalism, product photography, and architectural photography, to name a few.

You’ll also be well prepared to market yourself as a wedding and portrait photographer, commercial photographer, freelance photographer, or gallery/studio owner. Or, if you’re interested in continuing your education, you’ll be a prime candidate for pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree.

As a student in the Photography program, you’ll have access to fully equipped darkrooms, one for processing black and white film/prints and another for processing color film/prints; a digital photography lab housing a wealth of small and large format scanners and printers and well as high powered desktop computers; and an expansive lighting studio with large backdrops, an infinity shooting table, lens kits, lens filters, light-control grids and snoots, light meters, softboxes, tripods, stands, and much more. You’ll also get your hands on digital SLR cameras, medium format digital capture devices, and film cameras ranging from 35mm up to the 8x10 view camera.

Elsewhere on campus, you’ll have access to KCAD’s Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA), an innovative cultural institution hosting exhibitions of such contemporary artists and designers as Nick Cave, Kehinde Wiley, Kara Walker, Nari Ward, Carrie Mae Weems, and Judi Werthein; The Dow Center FlexLab, KCAD’s state-of-the-art digital fabrication facility featuring 3D printers and scanners, laser cutting and vinyl cutting machines, wide format printers, and more; KCAD’s Material ConneXion Satellite Library, which offers direct access to more than 1,000 physical samples of advanced, innovative, and sustainable materials as well as online access to over 7,000 more; the KCAD Library, which provides access to millions of books through the MeLCat shared library catalog as well as access to specialized research databases and subscriptions to scholarly journals; and much more.

KCAD also offers a number of summer travel/study experiences as well as internships during the academic year and the summer. Many photography majors undertake internships with commercial photographers, but you’ll have the opportunity to pursue work in a variety of other settings as well, including professional fine art studios, museums, and community arts organizations, to name a few.

 

Information

View the 2020-2021 KCAD College Catalog for a list of current courses. 

Adam DeKraker M.F.A.

PROFESSOR, PHOTOGRAPHER PROGRAM CHAIR

As a graduate of the Photography program, you’ll be prepared to work in a variety of fields including professional fine-arts and commercial, scientific, and image editing services.

You’ll also be primed to promote yourself as an artist, a wedding and portrait photographer, commercial photographer, product photographer, or gallery owner. If you’re looking to continue your education, you’ll be well-suited to go on to pursue a Master of Fine Arts degree.

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