Fine Art Photography
The Fine Art Photography program at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design focuses on the roles that lens-based media play in contemporary life. Students begin their first year with four foundation courses: Drawing and Surface, Form and Materials, Time and Light, and Interaction. In subsequent years, they receive an intensive grounding in the current concerns of photo-based art while refining their technical skills in digital photography, video, and traditional darkroom processes. Through a rigorous conceptual and studio-based curriculum, students develop their own individual styles and subject matter.
When applying to the BFA program, applicants should submit approximately 20 images of artwork and/or up to 10 minutes of time-based work. While applicants may submit a variety of single images to show competency in multiple media and approaches to art-making, it is most helpful to see at least one larger series that demonstrates how an idea has been developed over an extended period of time.
What can I expect to learn in the Fine Art Photography program at GW?
In the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fine Art Photography program, students receive an intensive grounding in the current concerns of photo-based art while refining their technical skills and developing their own individual styles and subject matter.
What is the Fine Art Photography community like at GW?
Taught by faculty mentors who are practicing artists, the program requires a core of studio courses but allows plenty of flexibility for electives so that students can tailor their studies to their interests. The curriculum encourages students to develop artistic and technical skills in cutting-edge digital photography, video, and traditional darkroom processes. Students in the BFA program of study have an academic home in the Corcoran community, where students learn interdisciplinary approaches to problem-solving through exposure to design, interior architecture, theatre, dance, music, museum studies and art history.
What is the Fine Art Photography learning community like at GW?
The program's approach to photography recognizes the critical importance of the photographic image in contemporary society while establishing its historical context within the history of art. In addition, visiting artists, along with exhibitions in Washington, D.C.’s museums, enrich students' experiences of how photography becomes a vehicle for creative expression as well as an agent for change.
What can I do in the Fine Art Photography field?
Graduates of the program may continue practicing as independent artists. Some go on to earn their MFA degrees in order to open up teaching opportunities, while others have secured positions at National Geographic Books, Adamson Editions Studio, Aperture, Ai Weiwei’s Berlin Studio and the International Center of Photography. Additionally, there are many graduates who have started independent businesses in the professional photography field.