Bachelor of Fine Arts


The B.F.A. in Photography at Burlington College is both broader in its sweep and more structured than the B.A., requiring students to move across disciplinary boundaries and also to become highly skilled in the craft of photography. The program is historically grounded so that students become knowledgeable about artistic contexts old and new. Experimentation is encouraged, and students emerge at the end of this program having developed an acute sense of seeing through the medium of photography, as well as a proficiency in traditional techniques, digital media, and knowledge of how these may be combined.

The required internship and professional seminar give students real-world experience and information about careers in photography; whether in fine arts, photojournalism/documentary, or commercial photography. The capstone, taken over the final two semesters, allows them to conceive and execute a major photographic project.

Graduates of the program are well prepared to continue toward graduate work or to enter into careers in commercial photography, photojournalism, fine arts photography, 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 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 Fine Arts degree candidate must complete Burlington College’s General Education requirements and earn 121 credits to achieve a degree. The following course requirements are specific to the Bachelor in Fine Arts in Photography. Other coursework may be substituted with permission of academic advisor. All courses are 3-credits unless otherwise noted.

Foundation Level: 9 credits
Required (6 credits)
FIN111 Color and Composition
PHO241 Photographic Communication

Required 1 of 3 (3 credits)
FIN113 Drawing as Communication
DOC200 Foundations and Traditions of Documentary Studies
WAL220 Creative Writing

Arts in Context: 9 credits
Required (6 credits)
FIN201 Art History:Pre-historic-Medieval
FIN202 Art History:Renaissance-Modern
PHO247 History of Photography

Foundations elective (3 credits)
FIN204 Public Art
FIN302 Topics in Art History: Women, Art and Society
HUM376 The Avant-Garde: Paradoxes of Modernism (1885-1950)

Intermediate Level: 15 credits
Required (12 credits)
FIN281 Web Design I
PHO240 Black and White Camera and Darkroom I
PHO243 Digital Photography I
PHO263 Photoshop I

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

Upper Level: 36 credits
Required (21 credits)
HUM360 Ways of Seeing: Art, Literature, Film
PHO340 Black and White Camera and Darkroom II
PHO346 Digital Photography II
PHO341 Black and White Fine Printing
PHO343 Digital Fine Print
PHO347 Contemporary Photography
PHO352 Professional Seminar for Photographers
PHO363 Photoshop for Photographers I

Studio Electives (6 credits)
PHO342 Portfolio and Exhibition
PHO344 Street Photography
PHO345 Portraiture
PHO350 Lighting for Photography
PHO353 Large Format Photography
PHO354 Documentary and Photojournalism II
PHO355 Alternative Processes

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

Total: 69 credits