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Visual and Communication Arts

Photography Major and Minor

Eastern Mennonite University is  one of the few Christian colleges that offers a photography major (and a minor). Our program emphasizes skills in the digital arena. Students learn studio/field practices, study visual theory, and engage the community through documentary work. The EMU photography program unfolds in the context of our Christian liberal arts community, a multicultural, peace-oriented environment that values effective cross-cultural communication and passionate engagement with the world. We prepare students for a range of photographic possibilities from studio/freelance positions to further graduate training.

Photography Major

The major in photography consists of 49 semester hours.

VaCA Core (12 credits)

PHOTO 112 Digital Photography (3)
ART 111 Foundations of Design (3)
COMM 332 Cinema and Visual Communication Theory (3)
DIGM 213 Graphic Design (3)

Additional photography major courses

*PHOTO 478 Documentary Photography (3)
PHOTO 352 Color Photography (3)
PHOTO 464 Advanced Photoshop (3)
*PHOTO 489 Studio Photography (3)
DIGM 261 Web Design (3)
*ART 323 Survey of Modern and Contemporary Art (3)
ART 492 Senior Studio Practicum (4)


Choose five courses from the following list: 
*PHOTO 375 Photography Print and Portfolio Workshop (3)
*PHOTO 361 Conservation Photography (3)
*PHOTO 376 Alternative Photo Processes (3)
ART 141 Drawing (3)
ART 321 Survey of Western Art (3)
COMM 231 Pop Culture and Mass Communication (3)
COMM 241 News and Feature Writing (3)
DIGM 362 Social Media Applications (3)

Photography Minor

The minor in photography consists of 18 semester hours.

COMM 332 Cinema and Visual 
Communication Theory (3)
PHOTO 112 Digital Photography (3)
PHOTO 352 Color Photography (3)

Choose three courses (9 SH) from the PHOTO offerings.

For more information about the courses see the course description.
For additional information about the curricula see the course catalog..