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The B.A. or B.F.A. in Media Arts with a concentration in Photography is designed for students interested in using photography as a tool for visual communication. Courses are career-oriented, and areas covered include studio and commercial photography, photojournalism, portraiture, documentary photography, and portfolio preparation. Students learn to capture, manipulate, and print photographic images in digital labs as well as a traditional darkroom.

Graduates go on to careers in advertising, marketing, photojournalism, studio and commercial photography, documentary photography, and portfolio preparation. Jobs include art director, creative director, photographer, photojournalist, and documentary filmmaker.

Contact Information

Helena Vanhala 
Department Head
vanhala@rmu.edu
412-397-6202 phone
Wheatley Center 313

4-Year Course Plan (B.A.)

Freshman, Fall

  • ARTM1010 Foundation Studio
  • ARTM1020 2D Studio, and co-req ARTM0102 2D Studio Lab
  • ARTM2005 Intro to Photo
  • Core 1: MATH
  • Core 2: CSEN 1
  • Freshman seminar

Freshman, Spring

  • ARTM1011 Concept Studio
  • ARTM1021 3D Studio, and co-req ARTM0121 3D Studio Lab
  • ARTM2020 Digital Imaging
  • Core 3: CSEN 2
  • Core 4

Sophomore, Fall

  • ARTM1022 4D Studio and co-req ARTM0122 4D Studio Lab
  • ARTM1870 History of Photography
  • ARTM3300 Digital Photography
  • Core 5: CSCM 1 
  • Core 6
  • Core 7

Sophomore, Spring

  • ARTM2410 Intro to Multi-Camera Studio and co-req ARTM0241 Intro to Multi-Camera Studio Lab
  • ARTM3310 Adv Digital Photography
  • Core 8: CSCM 2
  • Open Elective 1
  • ARTM3340 Photojournalism

Junior, Fall

  • ARTM2110 Intro to Graphic Design
  • ARTM3350 Commercial Photo I
  • Core 9
  • Open Elective 2
  • Open Elective 3

Junior, Spring

  • ARTM4350 Commercial Photo II
  • ARTM2110 Intro to Web Design
  • MARK2000 Principles of Marketing
  • Open Elective 4
    • or ARTM4903 Internship
  • Core 10

Senior, Fall

  • COMM4800 Media Management
  • Core 11
  • ARTM3330 Documentary Photography
  • RTM3320 Portrait Photography
  • If ARTM3340 completed and only take ARTM3330 or ARTM3320:
    • Open Elective 4
    • Open Elective 5
  • If ARTM4903 not completed:
    • Open Elective 5
    • Open Elective 6
      • or ARTM4903 Internship
  • If completed ARTM4903:
    • Open Elective 5
    • Open Elective 6
  • If ARTM4903 not completed:
  • Open Elective 6
  • Open Elective 7
    • or ARTM4903 Internship

Senior, Spring

  • ARTM4090 Portfolio (3), and co-req ARTM0400 Professional Practices Lab
  • COMM4800 Media Management
  • Core 12
  • Core 13
  • If completed ARTM4903:
    • Open Elective 7
    • Open Elective 8
  • If ARTM4903 not completed:
    • Open Elective 8
    • ARTM4903 Internship
4-Year Course Plan (B.F.A)

Freshman, Fall

  • ARTM1010 Foundation Studio
  • ARTM1020 2D Studio, and co-req ARTM0102 2D Studio Lab
  • ARTM2005 Intro to Photo
  • Core 1: MATH
  • Core 2: CSEN 1
  • Freshman seminar

Freshman, Spring

  • ARTM1011 Concept Studio
  • ARTM1021 3D Studio, and co-req ARTM0121 3D Studio Lab
  • ARTM2020 Digital Imaging
  • Core 3: CSEN 2
  • Core 4

Sophomore, Fall

  • ARTM1022 4D Studio, and co-req ARTM0122 4D Studio Lab
  • ARTM1870 History of Photography
  • ARTM3300 Digital Photography
  • Core 5: CSCM 1
  • Core 6
  • Core 7

Sophomore, Spring

  • ARTM1023 Intro to Printmaking
  • ARTM1030 Survey of Art History I
  • ARTM2010 Idea Dev & Storyboarding 
  • ARTM2410 Intro to Multi-Camera Studio and co-req ARTM0241 Intro to Multi-Camera Studio Lab
  • ARTM3310 Adv Digital Photography
  • Core 8: CSCM 2

Junior, Fall

  • ARTM2110 Intro to Graphic Design
  • ARTM2480 Aesthetics of Cinema
  • ARTM3320 Portrait Photography
  • ARTM3350 Commercial Photo I
  • Core 9

Junior, Spring

  • ARTM4350 Commercial Photo II
  • ARTM3340 Photojournalism
  • ARTM2210 Intro to Web Design
  • Media Arts Elective 1
    • or ARTM4903 Internship
  • Core 10

Senior, Fall

  • ARTM3330 Documentary Photography
  • ARTM4010 Senior Studio
    • Media Arts Elective 1 or 2
      or ARTM4903 Internship
  • MARK2000 Principles of Marketing
  • Core 11

Senior, Spring

  • AARTM4090 Portfolio (3), and co-req ARTM0400 Professional Practices Lab
  • Media Arts Elective 2 
    • or ARTM4903 Internship
  • COMM4800 Media Management
  • Core 12
  • Core 13

Sample Courses:

These are some of the classes for students in this academic program:

Intro to Multi-Camera Studio
Advanced Digital Photography
Photojournalism
Major Credits
57
Communications, Media Arts, Marketing
Core Credits
39
Communication Skills, Economics, Humanities, History, Sciences, etc.
Elective Credits
30

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