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Photography Faculty

Joy Christiansen Erb
Professor and Department Chair
Office: Bliss 4001A
Phone: 330.941.3628
E-mail: jchristiansenerb@ysu.edu


Photography 

Students in the Photography Program at YSU study photographic processes in both traditional and digital technologies within the context of a fine arts program. They move seamlessly between the darkroom and the digital facilities while exploring historic and contemporary issues within lens-based media. The Photography Program places equal emphasis on the science and craft of photography and on critical thinking and conceptual development. In all coursework, including introductory through advanced level classes, the photography faculty present a variety of concepts and applications related to lens-based media.

As with all BFA Studio Art majors, students begin the photographic course sequence only after they pass the Freshman Foundation Portfolio Review (usually at the end of freshman year); after their Junior Portfolio Review in Photography (usually in the middle of junior year), students begin upper-level coursework. In addition to traditional courses, internships and community opportunities are available to photography majors. F(10) is a student-run photography organization that provides students with opportunities to travel to conferences and also to exhibit their own work.


Contact Information for Department of Art

To learn more about our degree programs, scholarships, exhibitions, faculty, and students, visit art.ysu.edu or contact the Department of Art directly at 330-941-3627. To schedule a personalized campus visit, contact the College Coordinator of Admissions and Recruitment at 330-941-2346.

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COURSE TITLE S.H.
FIRST YEAR REQUIREMENT -STUDENT SUCCES
YSU 1500Success Seminar1-2
or SS 1500 Strong Start Success Seminar
or HONR 1500 Intro to Honors
General Education Requirements
ENGL 1550Writing 13-4
or ENGL 1549 Writing 1 with Support
ENGL 1551Writing 23
CMST 1545Communication Foundations3
Mathematics Requirement3
Arts and Humanities (2 courses) *Included in major0
Natural Sciences (2 courses, 1 with lab) 7
Social Science (2 courses)6
Social and Personal Awareness (2 courses)6
Major Requirements
Foundation Courses:
ART 1501Fundamentals of 2D Design3
ART 1502Fundamentals of 3D Design3
ART 1521Foundation Drawing3
ART 1522Intermediate Drawing3
ART 1503Foundation Portfolio Review1
Breadth Courses:
ART 2611Introduction to Sculpture3
ART 2625Introduction to Printmaking: Intaglio and Relief3
or ART 2626 Introduction to Printmaking: Lithography and Screenprinting
ART 2631Introduction to Ceramics3
ART 2650Introduction to Painting3
ART 2661Introduction to Graphic Design3
ART 2691Introduction to Digital Media3
Concentration Courses
ART 2674Introduction to Photography3
ART 3772Digital Photography 13
ART 3771Analog Photography 13
ART 3703Junior Portfolio Review (Students must have passed or be enrolled in ART 2674, ART 3772, ART 3771 and ART 4871 or ART 4872 to qualify for ART 3703. Students must take ART 4800E at the same time as ART 3703.)1
ART 4800EStudio Problems Photography (Students must take ART 4800E at the same time as ART 3703.)3
ART 3748Special Topics in Studio Art (Photography)3
ART 4871Analog Photography 23
ART 4872Digital Photography 23
ART 4873Advanced Photography3
ART 4802Senior Project3
ART 4803Senior Seminar3
Studio Art Electives (9 s.h.)
Choose three additional 3700 level or higher Studio Art electives from the following:9
ART 3712, 3713, 3715, 3721, 3722, 3725, 3727, 3732, 3733, 3737, 3748, 3752, 3759, 3760, 3761, 3762, 3763, 3764, 3765, 3768, 3769, 3792, 3794, 3795, 3796, 3797, 4800, 4801, 4805, 4824, 4834, 4837, 4838, 4851, 4861, 4863, 4864, 4865, 4867, 4868, 4869, 4874, 4891, 4893, 4894, 4896, 5850, 5860
Art History and Theory
ART 1541Survey of Art History 13
ART 1542Survey of Art History 23
Choose three additional 3700 level or higher Art History courses from the following:9
ART 3741, 3742, 3743, 3744, 3745, 3746, 3747, 3780, 3781, 3782, 3783, 3784, 3785, 3786, 3787, 3788, 3789, 4880, 4889, 5840, 5881
Electives to meet 120 hours2
Total Semester Hours120-122
Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallS.H.
YSU 1500
Success Seminar
or Strong Start Success Seminar
or Intro to Honors
1-2
ART 1501 Fundamentals of 2D Design 3
ART 1521 Foundation Drawing 3
ENGL 1550
Writing 1
or Writing 1 with Support
3-4
MATH 2623 Quantitative Reasoning 3
 Semester Hours13-15
Spring
ART 1502 Fundamentals of 3D Design 3
ART 1522 Intermediate Drawing 3
ART 1503 Foundation Portfolio Review 1
ENGL 1551 Writing 2 3
CMST 1545 Communication Foundations 3
General Education Course 3
 Semester Hours16
Year 2
Fall
ART 2674 Introduction to Photography (F/S/X) 3
ART 2691 Introduction to Digital Media (F/S) 3
ART 1541 Survey of Art History 1 3
Art Breadth Course 3
Natural Science Course with Lab 4
 Semester Hours16
Spring
ART 1542 Survey of Art History 2 3
ART 3771
Analog Photography 1 (*)
or Digital Photography 1
3
Art Breadth Course 3
Art Breadth Course 3
General Education Course 3
*Courses are offered in varying fall and spring semesters. Please see photography program coordinator for upcoming schedule.  
 Semester Hours15
Year 3
Fall
ART 3771
Analog Photography 1 (*)
or Digital Photography 1
3
ART 4871
Analog Photography 2 (*) Prereq. 3771 for 4871 and 3772 for 4872
or Digital Photography 2
3
ART 2661 Introduction to Graphic Design 3
Art 3700 or Higher Art History Course 3
Art Breadth Course 3
*Courses are offered in varying fall and spring semesters. Please see photography program coordinator for upcoming schedule.  
 Semester Hours15
Spring
ART 3703 Junior Portfolio Review (Students must have passed or be enrolled in ART 2674 Introduction to Photography, ART 3772 Digital Photography 1, ART 3771 Analog Photography 1 and ART 4871 Analog Photography 2 or ART 4872 Digital Photography 2 to qualify for ART 3703 Junior Portfolio Review. Students must take ART 4800E Studio Problems at the same time as taking ART 3703 Junior Portfolio Review.) 1
ART 4800E Studio Problems Photography 3
ART 4871
Analog Photography 2 (*)
or Digital Photography 2
3
ART 3748 Special Topics in Studio Art ((Photography) *) 3
General Education Course 3
Art 3700 or Higher Art History Elective 3
*Courses are offered in varying fall and spring semesters. Please see photography program coordinator for upcoming schedule.  
**Request a Graduation Evaluation from the CCCAC Advising Office, 2310 Bliss Hall, (330) 941-3625 after you have completed 80-85 sh.  
 Semester Hours16
Year 4
Fall
ART 4873 Advanced Photography 3
ART 3700 level or higher Studio Art Elective 3
ART 3700 level or higher Studio Art Elective 3
ART 3700 level or higher Art History Course 3
General Education course 3
 Semester Hours15
Spring
ART 4802 Senior Project 3
ART 4803 Senior Seminar 3
ART 3700 level or higher Studio Art Elective 3
General Education Course 3
Electives to meet 120 hours 2
 Semester Hours14
 Total Semester Hours120-122
 

Learning Outcomes

1.) Students will be able to demonstrate their proficiency of art vocabulary.

2.) Students will be able to demonstrate technical expertise appropriate to their progression in the program relevant to their chosen artistic medium.

3.) Students will be able to demonstrate a high level of content expression appropriate to their progression in the program relevant to their chosen artistic medium.