The BFA degree builds on the core curriculum of fundamental principles by emphasizing the aesthetic and conceptual skills necessary for a professional portfolio.
Bachelors in Arts Studies in San Francisco in USA.
The BFA degree builds on the core curriculum of fundamental principles by emphasizing the aesthetic and conceptual skills necessary for a professional portfolio. After completing the core curriculum, students choose to focus on commercial or editorial, fine art, or documentary courses. Upon graduation, students will be required to demonstrate an individual style and a unique approach to their chosen area of study.
BFA Photography Unit Requirements:
Core 36 Units
Major 42 Units
Electives 9 units
Liberal Arts 45 units
TOTAL 132 units
BFA Photography Degree Requirements:
Minimum grade of C- in all core courses, major courses, and LA 108 Composition for the Artist
Minimum 2.0 GPA and the following general education requirements:
3 Written Communication courses
4 Art Historical Awareness courses
1 Historical Awareness course
1 Quantitative Literacy course
1 Cultural Ideas & Influences course
1 Employment Communications & Practices course
After above general education requirements are met, take Liberal Arts electives as needed to fulfill the Liberal Arts unit requirement.
BFA Program Learning Outcomes
Undergraduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:
Conceptual and Problem-Solving Skills
Make creative decisions that optimize conceptual impact, cohesiveness and memorability of created images
Integrate key conceptual elements (such as mood, narrative, introducing the unexpected) with technical elements (such as composition, lighting, point of view) to suggest a story or elicit an emotional response from the viewer
Solve creative and technical problems that include project parameters and modeled client expectations
Master indoor and outdoor lighting, studio lighting techniques, lighting with constant light sources, and mixed lighting situations
Work effectively with natural light and demonstrate understanding of the relationship between time of day and variations related to quality of light
Work effectively with point source, flood, spot, diffused and reflected light
Camera Capture Skills
Demonstrate full knowledge of digital SLR components
Demonstrate complete understanding of exposure controls
Effectively use a light meter for multiple lighting situations
Apply advanced Photoshop techniques using various tools, layers, curves and selections with digital images
Apply retouching skills and color correction knowledge consistent with industry standards
Produce professional quality prints
Create high quality print portfolio demonstrating printing skill and overall quality of images required for petition to graduate
Demonstrate understanding of archival qualities, including ink and paper stability
Produce and present a professional portfolio that meets department expectations and industry standards
Create promotional materials to support print portfolio and website
Demonstrate knowledge of industry trends and professional practices related to professional photography
Academy of Art University Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Academy of Art University will demonstrate the ability to:
Produce a body of work suitable for seeking professional opportunities in their chosen field of art and design.
Solve creative problems within their field of art and design, including research and synthesis of technical, aesthetic, and conceptual knowledge.
Communicate their ideas professionally and connect with their intended audience using visual, oral, and written presentation skills relevant to their field.
Execute technical, aesthetic, and conceptual decisions based on an understanding of art and design principles.
Evaluate work in their field, including their own work, using professional terminology.
Recognize the influence of major cultural and aesthetic trends, both historical and contemporary, on art and design products.
Learn the professional skills and behaviors necessary to compete in the global marketplace for art and design.
Visit www.academyart.edu to learn more about total costs, median student loan debt, potential occupations and other information. Accredited Member WSCUC, NASAD, CIDA (BFA-IAD, MFA-IAD), NAAB (B.ARCH*, M.ARCH), CTC (California Teacher Credential). Acting degree program is currently not offering online courses. **B.ARCH is currently in candidacy status.