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Fast Facts: Photography Minor

  • Photography is communication. Photography is art. Students who revel in creative image-making and want to use the camera as an expressive tool would find value in the photography minor at St. Scholastica.
  • Program includes an independent study in photography, a project agreed upon by the student and instructor that results in a student exhibition.
  • Students have access to a state-of-the-art digital editing lab and traditional darkroom facilities to develop both black & white film and prints.
  • Emphasis is on photography aesthetics and the ability to distinguish major principles of composition across a variety of photographic applications.
  • Incorporates modern digital photography techniques including modern photographic manipulation software
  • A photography minor dovetails well with related majors in the communication field such as journalism, film studies, mediated communication and graphic or publication design.

Program requirements

Minor: 22 credits, including an independent study project 


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.

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Expand and Collapse Coursework

Expand and Collapse 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.

Expand and Collapse ART 2207 - Photography II

Explores the zone system for 35mm and various black and white print and film processes including infrared and kodalith stocks, print toning and other special effects. Students will also work with studio lighting and view cameras and become familiar with both fine art and commercial studio photography aesthetics and practices.

Expand and Collapse 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.

Expand and Collapse 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.

Expand and Collapse 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.

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"I learned photography as a universal language and was given the instruction and space needed to develop the skills that would allow me to inspire people around the world. Already, I have been able to connect with people from Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, England, Latvia and beyond."

– Emily Nelson, '17