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Since its invention, photography has radically influenced the way people understand and experience the world. As a key medium within current art production, photography figures centrally in theoretical discussions and exhibition practices. Moreover, recent technological and global cultural developments are challenging and altering our relationships with the photographic image on many levels.

Approached as a fine-art medium within contemporary art, the OCAD Photography program develops the student’s position relative to a wide range of art practices. The curriculum is designed to provide students with an understanding of what it means to be a photographic artist today, supported by the development of a high level of proficiency in film-based and digital processes. Through an intensive experience of photographic production and the examination of the history and theory of the medium, as well as broader issues of contemporary art, students will be prepared to participate in the ongoing development of photography as an artistic practice in an increasingly media-based culture.

At the 200 level, students are introduced to photographic concepts and processes, photographic history as well as studio/seminars on contemporary issues. Processes investigated include: black & white, colour, non-silver, experimental and digital photography.

At the 300 level, students progress from development to production as they work through a guided research process resulting in a photographic body of work. Studio/seminars on current practices and thematically focused studio electives provide an opportunity to explore a variety of approaches.

At the 400 level, students must choose between the Thesis and the Directed Studio options. Both Thesis and Directed Studio options lead to a BFA in Photography.

Thesis Option
Students work with a thesis panel to research, produce and present a coherent body of work that is of professional exhibition quality. The artistic development process offers the students an opportunity to work comprehensively on their ideas and photographic skills. Students are required to contextualize their artwork with reference to historical and contemporary issues. The Photography thesis students are required to complete:
1.0 credit of PHOT 4C01 PHOT Studio Thesis: Research
1.0 credit of PHOT 4C02 PHOT Studio Thesis Presentation
1.0 credit of 400-level Photography studio or studio/seminar courses
1.0 credit of 200, 300, or 400 level Faculty of Art electives
1.0 credit of Liberal Studies courses

Directed Studio Option:
In the Directed Studio option, students pursue a major project and refine their technical skills and conceptual understanding of art in the context of thematic discussions and critiques. Topics related to professional practice are addressed. This option allows students greater breadth and flexibility in their final year of studies. Directed Studio stream, fourth year majors are required to complete: 
0.5 credit of PHOT 4B06 Directed Photography Studio/Seminar
0.5 credit of PHOT 4B13 Directed Photography Studio
2.0 credits of 400 level Photography studio or studio/seminar courses
1.0 credit of 200, 300, or 400, Faculty of Art Electives
1.0 credit of Liberal Studies Courses

Photography Program Guide

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree students must complete the requirements listed below for their program, including 5.0 Liberal Studies credits. 

Associate of the Ontario College of Art & Design (AOCAD) diploma students must complete the requirements listed below for their program, including 4.0 Liberal Studies credits. Diploma students admitted to OCAD 2002 fall/winter or earlier, may replace up to 1.5 of the 4.0 required Liberal Studies with studio/seminar courses. 

See the Liberal Studies requirements that pertain to you.

200 Level Requirements
PHOT 2B03  ***  Introductory Photography: Black & White  0.5  0.5 
PHOT 2B05  ***  Introductory Photography: Colour  0.5  0.5
PHOT 2B07  ***  Introductory Photography: Digital  0.5  0.5
PHOT 2B12  Contemporary Issues: Art Today (STU/SEM)  0.5  0.5**
PHOT 2B13  Concept and Process  0.5  0.5
VISC 2B13  History of Photography  0.5*  0.5*
 200 Level  Faculty of Art electives*****
 including Interdisciplinary (INTR & DIGF) courses 
 1.0  2.0

 Liberal Studies courses  1.0*  0.0
Total Credits  5.0  5.0
300 Level Requirements
PHOT 3B13 Intermediate Photography I: Development 0.5 0.5
PHOT 3B14 Intermediate Photography II: Production 0.5 0.5
PHOT 3B17 **** Current Practice (STU/SEM) 0.5 0.5**
300 Level PHOT Studio or PHOT STU/SEM courses 1.0 1.0
200 or 300 Level Faculty of Art electives*****
including Interdisciplinary (INTR & DIGF) courses
1.5 1.5
VISC 3B43 Into the 21st Century: Photographic Practices, Theory and Criticism 0.5 0.5

Liberal Studies courses 0.5* 0.5*
Total Credits 5.0 5.0
400 Level Requirements Towards a Thesis Major
PHOT 4C01 PHOT Studio Thesis: Research 1.0 1.0
PHOT 4C02 PHOT Studio Thesis: Presentation 1.0 1.0
400 Level PHOT Studio or PHOT STU/SEM courses 1.0 1.0
200, 300 or
400 Level
Faculty of Art electives*****
including Interdisciplinary (INTR & DIGF)



Liberal Studies courses 1.0* 0.5*
Total Credits
5.0 5.0
400 Level Required Toward a Directed Studio Major
PHOT 4B06 Directed Photography Studio/Seminar 0.5 0.5
PHOT 4B13 Directed Photography Studio 0.5 0.5
400 Level PHOT Studio or PHOT STU/SEM courses 2.0 2.0
200, 300 or 400 Level Faculty of Art electives*****
including Interdisciplinary (INTR & DIGF)
1.0 1.5

Liberal Studies 1.0* 0.5*
Total Credits
5.0 5.0
Photography Majors should consider taking courses outside Photography appropriate to their developing practices, particularly in Integrated Media, Fabrication Studios and Sculpture/Installation. Some specific Faculty of Art courses are:
INTM 2B02    Film Introduction
INTM 2B29    Video for Artists I
INTR 2B01    Making Gender: LGBTQ Studio
INTM 3B10    Lighting for Film & Video
INTM 4B21    Documentation Practices
INTR 2B01    Making Gender: LGBTQ Studio
PRNT 2B15   Photo-Based Printmaking
PRNT 2B20   Book Arts: Bookbinding

Eligibility to Graduate

Please note that students are eligible to graduate if they:
•Have fulfilled all program requirements.
•Are in good academic standing. (Students who attempt 2.0 credits or more in an academic year and earn an average of 60% or higher in those credits are in satisfactory academic standing.)
•Have on overall average of 60% or higher.
•Have an average of at least 65% in the designated courses of their major/program. (Faculty of Design only).
•Have no outstanding accounts at the university.

All Liberal Studies courses are available to students and a wide range of study is encouraged. Photography students who are seeking Liberal Studies courses to deepen their disciplinary knowledge may be interested in the following courses:

VISC 2B07  History of Modern Art
HUMN 2B01  Aesthetics
HUMN 2B16  20th Century Ideas
HUMN 3B01  Reading Popular Culture

*See the Liberal Studies requirements for Degree and Diploma.

**1.0 credit of the 2.5 upper-level Liberal Studies credit requirements may be fulfilled by studio/seminars (diploma only).

***PHOT 2C02 Contemporary Photography Studio is equivalent to the combination of PHOT 2B03, PHOT 2B05 and PHOT 2B07. Students who have successfully completed PHOT 2C02 in 2008-09 will have these requirements.

****If you have successfully completed PHOT 2B17, Introductory Photography: Current Practices prior to September 2005, you are not required to take PHOT 3B17, Current Practice, but should take a 0.5 credit elective**** instead.

*****An elective may be any studio or studio/seminar course offered by the Faculty of Art. You may also take an elective in your program Major area as well as in Material Art & Design (maximum 0.5 credit per year level for a total of 1.5 credits). Students declaring a Liberal Studies minor are strongly urged to complete the full complement of studio courses for their major, including all studio electives.

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