Bachelor of Science in Visual Communications - Photography (BS)

The Brown College Bachelor of Science in Visual Communications with an emphasis in Photography offers a solid background in photographic principles, processes and techniques. The program gives students the opportunity to work with studio and location equipment, computer software and printmaking technology.

Brown's BS in Visual Communications with an emphasis in Photography starts with a solid background in visual communication, progresses through basic camera and lighting techniques and explores advanced studio and location shooting situations. Successful graduates will be expected to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of industry – through design projects, solutions (both functional and aesthetic), delivered within a set amount of time, as judged by critique and rubrics.
  • Apply technical and software skills – through execution of projects that meets defined criteria established by projects, critiques and rubrics.
  • Utilize visual problem solving – through research skills, critical analysis skills, application and assessment of the design process.
  • Implementation of communication skills – through use of industry relevant vocabulary and professional presentation techniques.
  • Develop conceptual thinking skills – through execution of design projects that build perceptual awareness.
  • Discuss aesthetics – through the use of design elements and principles that exhibit an awareness of design as a cultural element.
  • Prepare for global professional workplace culture – through demonstrated behavior exhibiting an awareness of the designer in a greater world context.
  • Compile and complete portfolio – combining learned skills to produce a portfolio that demonstrates workplace readiness.
  • Articulate a vision of the future of the discipline – identify and suggest implementation modes for emergent trends in design and supporting technology.

Brown's BS in Visual Communications with an emphasis in Photography focuses on both the technical and aesthetic values of photography in order to help prepare graduates for entry into a world hungry for images. Courses are led by instructors, many with real-world working experience in the field of photography.

  • In Principles of Light, characteristics of natural and artificial light will be covered through lecture and lab. Natural, tungsten, strobe lighting and the use of light modifiers will be covered.
  • In Portraiture, students will practice lighting, posing and photographing subjects in a variety of environments. They will also cover photo retouching and image enhancement processes to improve quality and consistency.
  • In Fine Art Photography, course content emphasizes the creation and presentation of photographs for exhibition. Thematically diverse subjects and genre are studied, and students evaluate and create a portfolio of exhibition prints.

Other core requirements in this program include:

  • Career Development
  • College Success
  • Design Process
  • Principles of Design
  • Color Theory
  • Art History
  • Mid-Program Review
  • Print Technology
  • Web Design
  • Advanced Web
  • Advertising
  • Cross Platform Collaborative
  • Internship/Capstone
  • Design Business Practices
  • Senior Design Project
  • Foundations of Photography
  • Photo Journalism
  • Food Photography
  • Photographic Strategies
  • History of Photography
  • Commercial Format Photography
  • DSLR Photography
  • Typography
  • Raster Imaging
  • Publication Design and Layout
  • Digital Video
  • Motion Graphics 1

Potential career opportunities for students who successfully complete the Brown College Bachelor of Science in Visual Communications with an emphasis in Photography include:

  • Advertising Photographer
  • Assistant Studio Manager
  • Assistant Commercial Photographer
  • Digital Photographer
  • Digital Production Assistant
  • Documentary Photographer
  • Event Photographer
  • Fashion Photographer
  • Fine Arts Photographer
  • Freelance Photographer
  • Insurance Photographer
  • Photographic Assistant
  • Photojournalist/News Photographer
  • Police Photographer
  • Portrait Photographer
  • Sports Photographer
  • Stock Photographer
  • Wedding Photographer