BA in Photography

Units required for Major: 45
Total units required for BA: 120

Program Description

The Photography program is the only B.A. granting program specializing in photography in the CSU system. The program’s curriculum engages students in relevant photographic technical and aesthetic concerns, as well as the history and theory of photographic practice, past and present. The program's goal is to ground students in the rich variety of cultural practices necessary to be an effective visual communicator in today’s wide and varied field.

Program Requirements

Required Lower Division Core Courses (15 Units)
ART 1BArt in the Western World: From Renaissance to Baroque 13
GPHD 10Introduction to Digital Design3
INTD 20Design 13
PHOT 11Digital Imaging 13
PHOT 40Basic Techniques of Photography3
Required Upper Division Core Courses (30 Units)
PHOT/ART 101Photography, Inception to Mid-Century3
PHOT 102Photography, a Social History3
PHOT 111Intermediate Digital Imaging3
PHOT 141Intermediate Black and White Photography3
PHOT 148Artificial Light, Studio3
PHOT 149Artificial Light, Location3
PHOT 155Advanced Photography Techniques3
PHOT 165Issues in Contemporary Photographic Practice3
PHOT 175Studio Topics in Photography3
PHOT 180Senior Portfolio3
Total Units45

General Education Requirements1

Area A: Basic Subjects (9 Units)
A1 - Oral Communication3
A2 - Written Communication3
A3 - Critical Thinking3
Area B: Physical Universe and Its Life Forms (13 Units)
B1 - Physical Science3
B2 - Life Forms3
B3 - Lab (Note: Lab experience to be taken with one of the following: B1, B2 or B5)1
B4 - Math Concepts3
B5 - Additional Course (Any B to reach 12 units) - Take upper-division course to complete Area & upper division requirements.3
Area C: Arts and Humanities (6 Units)
C1 - Arts 20
C2 - Humanities3
C1/C2 - Area C Course 20
C1/C2 - Area C Course - Take upper-division course to complete Area & upper division requirements.3
Area D: The Individual and Society (12 Units)
Area D Course3
Area D Course3
Area D Course3
Area D Course - Take upper-division course to complete Area & upper division requirements.3
Area E: Understanding Personal Development (3 Units)
Area E Course3
Total Units43

Graduation Requirements1

Graduation Requirements (required by CSU) (9 Units)
American Institutions: U.S. History3
American Institutions: U.S. Constitution & CA Government3
Writing Intensive (WI)3
Graduation Requirements (required by Sacramento State) (12 Units)
English Composition II3
Race and Ethnicity in American Society (RE)3
Foreign Language Proficiency Requirement 26