Buffalo State’s Art & Design B.F.A. photography concentration starts with a solid foundation in the darkroom, as students work with a 35mm film camera and black-and-white film. Students learn film exposure, development, and print production, and the language of photography criticism, color photography, film scanning, inkjet printing, DSLR photography, and digital workflow.
Students develop long-form projects and personal strategies for their work, which engage with the critical and technical history of the expanded discipline of photography, imaging, publishing and exhibitions. Through study of research methods, technical strategies, and rigorous work, students train and tune their individual voices.
Advanced courses offer opportunities for deep engagement with technical strategies in photography and other media, such as video, animation, and book production, as well as topics, ranging from the social issues of our day and place to conceptual engagement with representation, cultural criticism, and participation.