The photography area at Western emphasizes a cross-disciplinary approach with a strong basis in conceptual, historical, and technical development. The primary goal is to prepare students to become innovative practitioners within the contemporary art world. The course sequence begins with the introduction course (ART370: B&W Photography I), structured to establish a solid grounding in photographic art practices, including theory and technique. This is followed by a selection of intermediate level courses (ART371: B&W Photography II, ART372: Color Photography, ART373: Photography Alternative Processes) which offer students an opportunity to develop their knowledge, skills and concepts through, seminars, readings, exhibitions and professional practice studies.
The advanced level (ART470: Advanced Photography Seminar, ART492: BFA Project, ART493: BFA Exhibition, ART494: Advanced Studio Seminar) courses often consist of self-directed projects that afford students time to produce a substantial body of research-driven work, which reflects their individual interests. Please refer to University Course Catalog for further details.