Granted By: Indiana University
Academic Unit: IU Herron School of Art and Design
Degree(s): Bachelor of Fine Arts
Overview: Both black and white and color photography are integral to the department's approach to visual literacy. Emphasis is placed on the student's personal growth and aesthetic development, technical facility in mechanical areas, and a thorough understanding of photography's place in history and its different forms and applications. Primarily through the production of artworks, as well as through lectures, demonstrations, and readings, students become acquainted with the position of photography in contemporary art. Fine art photographers who work in a wide variety of genres are studied.
Herron's photo facilities include multiple black and white labs, individual color darkrooms, special problem processing areas, a computer lab, a shooting studio, and a gallery. Faculty members who are dedicated to their own professional development and set high standards for the department teach the curriculum. Techniques covered in the program include basic and advanced black and white printing, Type-C color printing, Ilfochrome color printing, non-silver alternative processes, and developing control. In addition, mixed media, installation, time-based electronic media, digital imaging, video, use of the view camera, and studio lighting are taught. The department also provides students with access to professional equipment, including medium format and 4x5 view cameras, light kits, light meters, tripods, Polaroid equipment, and video cameras.