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The Simon’s Rock program in photography considers technical knowledge, historical background, and critical and analytical skills to be key elements in the education of each photo student. Our curriculum is designed to foster a disciplined approach to independent, self-generated work in each course, whether it be the core studio or a Senior Thesis project. We provide a comprehensive facility with professional equipment, as well as exposure to working artists, historians, writers, and critics, to support the growth and development of each student photographer. We feel that photography by its very nature is a tool which promotes interdisciplinary study. Our program offers a wide range of courses that allow the exploration of the medium of photography by students with interests in the arts and humanities, the sciences, and the social sciences.

Students interested in this concentration should take the core courses Photography I: Black & White/Analog and Photography II: Color/Digital in the first year. Together these courses provide each student with a solid foundation in both analog and digital photography, as well as experience working expressively in both black and white and color. These core courses also provide a background in the history of photography and an exploration of image making. We recommend that Lower College students interested in this concentration also take two semesters of basic art history and at least one design module or course. Students planning to moderate into the photography concentration are expected to have taken a minimum of two courses in photography, not including Photography I: Black & White/Analog.


Three intermediate courses in photography are required for the concentration. One of these courses must be Photography II: Color/Digital. Students are introduced to a variety of photographic approaches and technical skills through courses such as Portrait/Self-Portrait, Writing and Photography Studio, and Experiments in Photography and other intermediate visual arts courses that use photo media, such as Designing with Computers, Intaglio Printmaking, and Silk Screen Printmaking. Either History of Photography, Theories of Photography, or Critical Issues in Contemporary Photography is required, and it is recommended that students in the concentration take two of these courses. Advanced courses include Documentary Photography, Artists’ Books Studio, and Advanced Projects in Photography. Of the intermediate courses, those listed as 200/300 level courses can be taken a second time as advanced 300-level courses. Students are required to take at least three advanced courses. The total minimum credits required to complete the photography concentration is 24.

Intermediate Courses

Studio Art 204 Photographic Portrait/Self-Portrait
Studio Art 218 Designing with Computers
Studio Art 222 Graphic Design
Studio Art 223 Writing and Photography Studio
Studio Art 224 Experiments in Photography
Studio Art 270 Relief Printmaking
Studio Art 273 (required) Photography II: Color/Digital

History of the Medium

Art History 112 History of Photography
Art History 212 Theories of Photography
Art History 218/318 Critical Issues in Contemporary Photography

Advanced Courses

Studio Art 303 Photography II: Color/Digital
Studio Art 304 Photographic Portrait/Self-Portrait
Studio Art 307/407 Documentary Photography: History and Practice
Studio Art 312/412 Beyond 33mm Photography
Studio Art 323 Writing and Photography Studio
Studio Art 329/429 Artists’ Books Studio
Studio Art 356/456 Advanced Projects in Photography
Studio Art 374 Experiments in Photography

Recent Senior Theses

Most photography theses consist of a significant written component and thesis exhibition, which the student designs, installs, and documents, at one of the galleries on campus. Some recent theses in which photography was a significant component are:
“In the Greenhouse”
“Faceless: An Exploration of Coexistence in Israel from an Anthropological Perspective”
“In the Greenhouse”
“Burma in Agony”
“A Soulful Journey: Reflections on Being Young and
Black in America”
“See What I See”

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Joan DelPlato, Arthur Hillman, Jamie Hutchinson, Tanya Marcuse
Faculty Contact: Tanya Marcuse