Bachelor of Arts


“It is important to see what is invisible to others—perhaps the look of hope or the look of sadness. Also, it is always the instantaneous reaction to oneself that produces a photograph.” —Robert Frank

The photography program at Burlington College combines rigorous instruction in craft and technique coupled with an unusually personalized approach to taking pictures that recognize the complex social, temporal, and spiritual relationships between the photographer and the subject—whether that subject is a lake, a building, an animal, another human being, or something that may not be quite recognizable. Great attention is paid to each student’s way of seeing; the ultimate goal of mastering the technical processes of the medium is viewed here as a means to a more intense and immediate kind of looking that yields distinctive photographs.

Because the technology of photography is changing so rapidly, the program offers courses that give students the tools to work in both digital and film and that often explore the ways those two formats can be combined.

This program prepares graduates to go on to further study and/or careers in commercial or fine arts photography, photojournalism, or teaching.

All students are required to complete an upper-level internship in the major including participation in the Action Learning Seminar; typical placements include settings such as newspapers, museums, galleries, schools, local arts organizations, and may include apprenticeships with photographers. Each student also undertakes a 6-credit capstone Degree Project in the last two semesters that includes both a creative component (usually a portfolio of work and a public show displayed in our gallery) and a process paper.

Every Bachelor of Arts degree candidate must complete Burlington College’s General Education requirements and must earn a minimum of 121 credits to achieve a degree. The following course requirements are specific to the Photography major. All courses are 3 credits unless otherwise noted. Other coursework may be substituted with permission of academic advisor.

Intermediate Level: 15 credits
Required (12 credits)
PHO240 Black and White Camera and Darkroom I
PHO243 Digital Photography I
PHO241 Photographic Communication
PHO247 History of Photography
PHO263 Photoshop I

Electives (3 credits)
FIN281 Web Design I
PHO242 Documentary Photo and Photojournalism I
PHO246 Commercial Photography
PHO249 Nature Photography

Upper Level: 27 credits
Required (12 credits)
HUM360 Ways of Seeing: Art, Literature, Film
PHO340 Black and White Camera and Darkroom II
PHO363 Photoshop for Photographers I

Electives (6 credits)
PHO341 Black and White Fine Printing
PHO342 Portfolio and Exhibition
PHO343 Digital Fine Print
PHO344 Street Photography
PHO345 Portraiture
PHO346 Digital Photography II
PHO350 Lighting for Photography
PHO352 Professional Seminar for Photographers
PHO353 Large Format Photography
PHO354 Documentary and Photojournalism II

Internship and Degree Project: 9 credits
ACT303 Action Learning Seminar I
DEG450 Degree Project I Seminar
DEG451 Degree Project II Seminar

Total: 42 credits