Media Arts

B.A. in Media Arts - Photography

The photography department is based on the making and understanding of photo-based images. Students work in virtually all modes of photography with the goal of pursuing a career as a freelance or commercial photographer/artist, or for admission to graduate school. The digital revolution has caused a significant change in the field of photography. The Department's goal is to introduce both traditional and digital classes in unison. Students are encouraged to become fluent in all aspects of photographic technologies. Students take classes in beginning / intermediate / advanced photography, creative and alternative processes. They can take beginning and advanced color classes as well as studio/production and photo history. The digital classes include all levels of digital photography and digital printmaking.

The photography equipment is all new and includes three different darkrooms. The beginning darkroom has new Saunders 4x5 enlargers. A state of the art intermediate/advanced darkroom has cold light head Zone VI enlargers, and the color darkroom has a new 20" HOPE color processor for C-printing as well as individual color darkrooms. The department has a film processing room and a photo studio with professional lighting equipment. The digital equipment has all been upgraded to state of the art. The department is committed to instruct students with the best tools in the business. For scanning images, the department has both Scitex professional quality flatbed scanners, as well as Nikon film scanners. The department uses the most current versions of all the standard digital editing software.

Admission Requirements

To qualify for acceptance into the B.A. in Media Arts - Photography program:

  • Entering freshman must have a high school grade-point average of at least 80 and a combined SAT score of at least 1000.
  • Transfer students must have an overall gradepoint average of at least 2.0.
  • Submit a general application for admission through My LIU.

Graduation Requirements

Students must satisfy the Placement, Proficiency, Orientation and Core Curriculum criteria outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of this bulletin.

Core Curriculum requirements for this major are summarized below:
Core Seminar 3 credits
English Composition 3 credits
English Literature 6 credits
Philosophy 6 credits
Foreign Language 6 credits
Social Sciences
History 6 credits
Social Sciences (ANT, ECO, POL, PSY, SOC) 6 credits
Science and Mathematics
Mathematics 3 - 4 credits
Science 10 credits
Communication, Visual & Performing Arts
Speech 3 credits
Visual & Performing Arts (ART, DNC, MUS, THE) 3 credits
Ancillary Requirements
Six (6) advanced credits in a single discipline other than Media Arts.
Major Requirements
General Requirements for major in Media Arts:
Foundation Courses (required): 12 credits
Area of Concentration Electives: 24 credits
TOTAL: 36 credits
12 credits of Foundation Courses
MA 100 Media Aesthetics 3.00
One (1) of the following courses:
MA 119 Business of Media Arts 3.00
MA 162 Photography Portfolio/Exhibition 3.00
MA 257 The Music Business 3.00
MUS 180 The Music Business 3.00
One (1) of the following courses:
MA 150 Writing for Visual Media 3.00
MA 152 Screenplay 3.00
One (1) of the following courses:
ART 108 History of Photography 3.00
MA 164 History of Photography 3.00
MA 187 Film and Television Studies 3.00
MA 239 Survey of Computer Art 3.00
24 credits from the following:
Photography: Digital/Fine Art/Creative
MA 115 Introduction to Photography 3.00
MA 118 Digital Photography I 3.00
MA 122 Digital Photography II 3.00
MA 123 Studio Photography 3.00
MA 111 Photo Journalism 3.00
MA 105 Lighting I 3.00
MA 120 Creative Photography 3.00
MA 197 Independent Study 3.00
MA 199 Media Arts Internship 3.00