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A photography minor is the perfect complement to a major in journalism, film studies or graphic design. St. Scholastica’s photography program will allow your creativity and imagination to blossom while grounding you in the fundamentals, such as the principles of aesthetics and composition.

You will work closely with your instructor to plan out and create an independent study that will result in an exciting exhibition that will give you the chance to share your portfolio with your community.

You will have access to a cutting-edge digital editing lab, as well as a unique chance to use traditional darkroom facilities.

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All new first-year applicants to St. Scholastica will be awarded either the Benedictine Scholarship or the Access Award, upon admission to the College.

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100% of traditional incoming undergraduates receive some type of financial aid. The average for scholarships, grants and/or loans is $31,841.

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Program Requirements

Minor: 22 credits, including an independent study project

Here are some classes you could take as part of this minor. Be sure to create your course plan in consultation with your advisor.


ART 1107 – Photography I

Introduces black and white photography: basic camera operation, film and print development, exposure and photo history and aesthetics. Students will also learn about photojournalism and digital photography. A 35 mm manual camera is required. The student must purchase film and paper.

ART 2307 – Digital Photography

Introduces digital image making. Students work with digital SLR cameras and the latest photographic software to produce an entirely digital portfolio. Composition and visual aesthetics are emphasized. Digital SLR cameras are provided by the school.

ART 3327 – Color and Landscape Photography

Studies color photographic aesthetics and theory; these principles are then applied to the practice and technique of landscape photography. Digital SLR cameras are required and are provided by the school.

ART 4427 – Alternative Photography Methods

Explores late 19th and early 20th century printing techniques as alternatives to modern photo methods. Students use the sun as a light source to print cyanotypes (blue prints), van dyke (brown prints) and gum bichromate images. Modern techniques such as infrared photography are also included.

Career Outlook

The visual image is ubiquitous in American culture. One cannot venture far without seeing photographs used in news, entertainment, advertising, sports and other industries. Photography also has played a key role in shaping our collective memory of watershed events. Graduates with a minor in photography can choose to operate their own studios or use their skills in the advertising, public relations or journalism fields.