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Photography Overview

The Photography Program at Northern Michigan University is designed to provide students with a platform for personal success in the multi-faceted and ever changing world of contemporary image making. The focus is on the integration of leading-edge digital technology and traditional photographic methods to enhance each individual’s image making goals.

Photography students have their choice of undergraduate degree programs: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Science and Associate of Science. Consult the current NMU Undergraduate Bulletin to determine which degree best suits your vision, whether it is a career in visual arts, graduate school education or personal development at: NMU Bulletin

The Photographic Program at NMU with its broadly based Liberal studies concept which incorporates courses in both digital and traditional photographic processes along with theoretical concepts of artistic communication prepares students for the wide range of methods of visual expression necessary in today’s photographic market.

In 2005 the School of Art and Design moved into a new building with leading-edge facilities. For photography students interested in traditional methods this meant state of the art wet lab facilities with 29 Besler 4x5L enlargers, stainless steel sinks with built in ventilation, large format processing and two Jobo 2500 processors for color slide film development. The lighting studio is equipped with professional quality ProFoto strobes and studio stands, digital and film view cameras – equivalent to a working studio.

All Photography majors utilize the four Mac-based computer labs along side Electronic Imaging, Graphic Communication and Digital Cinema students providing the foundation for the contemporary dialogue and integration of digital technology, theory and applications from related disciplines in image creation. The labs are equipped with Epson and Fuji pictography photo printers, state-of-the-art hardware with the most current versions of all the graphic software necessary for photographic manipulation, illustration and output. In addition, the lab offers a lending service of digital SLR cameras and other photographic equipment.

Professional Pursuits in Photography

Photography’s rapid technologically evolution requires that students acquire skills in all aspects and applications of the medium. Our goal is to prepare students for success in whatever aspect of discipline they plan to pursue. Whether one is seeking a future in a commercial studio, photojournalism, photographic illustration, fine arts, graduate school or the myriad of other possible applications of the medium, our curriculum is geared to the development of the necessary skills to attaining ones goals.