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Photography DegreeThe incredible growth of digital media and the Internet has opened up new areas of communication for photographers and consequently, career paths. Students learn to capture, manipulate and print photographic images in high-end digital labs for classes that emphasize creativity and that are career-oriented. Areas covered include photojournalism, studio and commercial photography, documentary photography, advanced digital photography and portfolio preparation.

RMU's photography program, an offering in both the B.A. and B.F.A. in Media Arts, is designed for students interested in using photography as a tool for visual communication. Students learn to capture, manipulate, and print photographic images in state-of-the-art digital labs, as well as a traditional darkroom. Courses are career-oriented, and areas covered include studio and commercial photography, photojournalism, the portrait, documentary photography, and portfolio preparation.

NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) Summer 2010 Salary Survey

Visual arts majors by functional area:
Design/Graphic Arts$29,834Performing Arts/Entertainment  $40,293
2009 RMU Salary Survey: Media Arts
 Mean: $32,300Range: $30,900 - $40,000 

Below is a typical four-year course of study for photography students, including major requirements and some electives. Your own schedule will vary based on your own interests.

FRESHMAN/Fall Semester FRESHMAN/Spring Semester
Foundation Studio Foundations Studio II
2D Design Principles Color Theory
Reading and Writing Strategies 3D Design Principles
Elective Argument & Research
Elective Elective
SOPHOMORE/Fall Semester SOPHOMORE/Spring Semester
Intro to Photography Intro to Web Design
Digital Imaging Intro to Graphic Design
History of Photography Digital Photography
Public Speaking and Persuasion Business Professional Communication
Intro to Printmaking Business elective
JUNIOR/Fall Semester JUNIOR/Spring Semester
Idea Development/Storyboarding Photojournalism
Intro to TV/Video Prod Advanced Digital Photo
Documentary Photography Media Arts elective
Business elective Film Video Aesthetics
Elective Elective
SENIOR/Fall Semester SENIOR/Spring Semester
Commercial Photo I Commercial Photo II
Portrait Photography Senior Studio
Media Arts elective Portfolio
Internship Media Management
Elective Elective

All four Media Arts degree concentrations are available as a B.A. or B.F.A. program.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is more specialized and intensive in the areas of concentration, with 24 credits of foundation studies and 24 major credits. The degree suits those who are clear that they wish to pursue a career in one of the four concentration areas, although they do not have to choose one until the sophomore year.

The Bachelor of Arts degree, in contrast, does not have a foundation studies area, but combines the same classes as those in the B.F.A. into 33 major credits. Additional courses are converted into open electives, allowing students to pursue a minor or broaden their studies into other areas of interest. The B.A. degree also allows transfer students to gain maximum advantage for credits completed at other institutions.

Snee-Reinhardt House for the Media Arts
Besides an apartment for visiting artists and scholars, this building includes a large, natural-iight studio, conference and meeting rooms, ample display space for student work, and a theater-quality HD screening room that can also be used for classes.

The Wheatley Center
The School of Communications and Information Systems is now housed in the Wheatley Center. This soaring, 50,000 square-foot complex, glowing with colored LED accents, includes classrooms, computer labs, media arts studios, editing suites, a gallery, and teleconferencing facilities, as well as faculty and administrative offices, student meeting spaces and a café.

Within walking distance to the new building are facilities that provide opportunities for students to develop expertise in a range of media. Students perform and produce plays and musicals in our theater; they produce our student newspaper, The Sentry, and our literary magazine, RUNE, in our newsroom; they produce documentaries, attend lectures and learn from visiting scholars in our Media Arts House; and they produce and host news, entertainment, and sports programs in our state-of-the-art Academic Media Center’s broadcast facility and our Internet radio station.       

Faculty members in the School of Communications and Information Systems are recognized for their dedication to teaching, academic research, global understanding, and professional experience. Our faculty regularly wins awards and accolades for excellence in teaching and research. As guides and mentors, they motivate students to acquire the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in their field of study. Faculty members encourage students to engage in scholarly pursuits, including participation in academic conferences and professional organizations. Our faculty members hail from seven countries on four continents, helping to broaden students’ global understanding. Many lead study abroad trips and international student exchanges in Europe, South America, and Asia. Finally, SCIS faculty members’ professional experience and community involvement help students connect what they’re learning in the classroom to the workplace. 

Scholarships are available based upon academic achievement. 

For freshmen, high school grade point average and ACT/SAT scores are used. For transfer students, the cumulative grade point average of all college courses is used. Scholarships range from $1000 per year up to full tuition. (To calculate your scholarship eligibility, click here.)

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