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Begin Date: Spring 2017
End Date: Fall 2017 

Photography Minor

Contact: Keith Shapiro, kds3@psu.edu

Colege of Arts and Architecture (PHOTO_UMNR)

Students in the Photography Minor will gain access to skills and knowledge necessary to identify and create professional quality photographic images. The learning outcomes include technical and intellectual proficiency, creative skills and capabilities, commercially oriented skills and knowledge, collaborative and visual communication skills and experiences, cultural awareness and ethical understanding regarding the use of images and life-long learning skills. It will raise students’ overall level of proficiency and enhance their life-long learning skills in image making. Professional photographic skills are readily adaptable for use in a wide variety of majors and careers that rely on or benefit from the use of photography. The minor strengthens existing majors where making or using professional quality photographic imagery would be an advantage.

The minor is intended for students in any major who have a need or desire to acquire professional photographic skills and knowledge. The minor includes two prescribed classes, PHOTO 303 (3 cr.) and PHOTO 404 (4 cr.). These two courses focus students on client-based commercially oriented photographic skills and knowledge. Students are then free to choose the remaining 12 credits of additional PHOTO courses with the intent that with these courses they will tailor their curriculum to suit their specific need or interest. Students in the Photography Minor will thus benefit from access to the professionally oriented PHOTO courses developed for the Professional Photography (B.Des) major.

Entrance Requirements: Admission to the program includes acceptance to the University Park campus, application to the program, and a portfolio review by primary faculty members.

Retention Requirements: Retention will be determined through verification of sustained academic growth as demonstrated by earning of grades of C or higher within the Photography minor. Failure to do so is grounds for an academic warning, with clear written strategies and a time frame for the student to return to good standing. Should the student not address the issue, the faculty may advise the student into a different program or minor.

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor.

Some courses may require prerequisites.

For a Minor in Photography, a minimum of 19 credits is required.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MINOR: 19 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES: (7 credits)
PHOTO 303(3), PHOTO 404(4)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (12 credits)
Select 9 credits of PHOTO courses (Sem: 1-8)
Select 3 credits of 400-level PHOTO courses (Sem: 5-8)

Blue Sheet Item #: 45-05-004

Review Date: 2/21/17

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