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