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Welcome to Photography

The photography program at the University of Tennessee is part of the Two-dimensional studio art curriculum in the School of Art. The faculty stresses a broad interdisciplinary approach aiming to help students to develop a personal visual language. In additional to acquiring technical proficiency in film and digital photography students are introduced to the fundamental issues of technology and its connection to contemporary art, history, culture, and society. The curriculum includes course work in the history of photography, readings, discussions, technical demonstrations and group and individual critiques. This program will present the theories and practices of photography and digital imaging within the context of their histories and the current discourse in art and criticism. The faculty believes that the students will be able to realize their personal ideas and aesthetics through a sound command of their own visual language.

Undergraduate students wish to study photography can choose between pursuing a BA in Art (42 credit hours) or a BFA in Two-Dimensional Studies (83 credit hours). Details on these two degree requirements are listed in the undergraduate section of the main website.

Students who wish to take a photography class as a non-major are required to take the pre-requisite courses (Art 101, 102, and 103 as co-requisite). Students with transfer credits from a different institution are encouraged to contact the instructor prior to registration to make sure that the proper pre-requisites are met.

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