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School of Art and Design

Applications accepted for fall only.      NYSED: 00753       HEGIS 5007 

The major in Photography and Related Media offers qualified students a chance to prepare for positions as photographic studio assistants, corporate or advertising photographers, or entry-level entrepreneurs in fashion, illustration, and still-life photography. Curriculum below is for the entering class of Fall 2018. 

Semester 1Credits
MAJOR AREAPH 132 - Introduction to Light3
PH 141 - Creative Approaches in Photography1
PH 152 - Photography 1: Introduction to Photography4
RELATED AREAFA 118 - Fundamentals of Design for Photography2
ART HISTORYHA 112 - History of Western Art and Civilization: Renaissance to the Modern Era3
GENERAL EDUCATIONchoice - see Requirements **3
Semester 2
MAJOR AREAPH 153 - Photography 2: Photographic Techniques3
PH 172 - Photographic Post-Production2
RELATED AREACG 121 - Applications of Social Media2
choice - see Related Area Electives**2
ART HISTORYHA 243 - History of Photography3
GENERAL EDUCATIONSC 132 - Color Science for Photography3
Semester 3
MAJOR AREAPH 251 - Photography 3: Advanced Photographic Solutions3
PH 275 - Digital Media Techniques3
RELATED AREAVP 211 - Styling, Prop and Set2
ELECTIVEchoice - General Elective1.5
GENERAL EDUCATIONchoice - see Requirements*3
choice - see Requirements**3
Semester 4
MAJOR AREAPH 252 - Photography 4: Project Development3
PH 253 - Traditional Photography2
PH 265 - Professional Procedures/Contemporary Trends3
RELATED AREAchoice - see Related Area Electives**2
GENERAL EDUCATIONchoice - see Requirements*6
 Total Credits: 62.5

*Fall 2018 Requirements: see below

FIT's General Education and Art History Requirements for Art and Design Associate Degree Programs:

  • Three (3) credits from each required area, totaling 9 credits: G1, G2 and G3 (SC 132
  • Six (6) credits from two (2) different areas in non-HA liberal arts courses in G4-G10
  • Three (3) credits of any 200- or 300-level English literature or speech course
  • Six (6) credits from Art and Design History courses:HA 112 (3 credits, required for all Art and Design majors), plus HA 243.

FIT's Gen Ed courses are organized along the following categories: G1 Basic Communication; G2 Mathematics; G3 Natural Sciences; G4 Social Sciences; G5 Western Civilization; G6 The Arts; G7 Humanities; G8 Foreign Language; G9 Other World Civilizations; G10 American History.

See list of Gen Ed approved courses under FIT's General Education Requirements and Courses.  An FIT Gen Ed course cannot be used to meet more than one General Education area.

**Related Area Electives:  4 credits (minimum)
Students may take any available course in the following departments: Accessories Design, Advertising Design, Advertising and Marketing Communications, Communication Design, Computer Graphics, CreativeTechnologies, Entrepreneurship, Fabric Styling, Fashion Design, FI 261, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Home Products Development, Illustration, Interior Design, Jewelry Design, Menswear, Packaging Design, Textile/Surface Design, Toy Design, Visual Presentation and Exhbition Design.

Upper Division Alternatives:
Graduates of this program are eligible to apply for admission to the Bachelor of Fine Arts programs in Computer Animation and Interactive Media and Photography and Related Media.

If you are a high school student

You should apply to the two-year Associate in Applied Science (AAS) program. High school students may not apply directly to the BFA program. On completing the AAS, many students choose to apply to the two-year Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) program, Photography and the Digital Image.

Applicants to the AAS program are expected to provide a competitive portfolio.

If you have an AAS from FIT

You may apply to the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) program in Photography and the Digital Image if you are completing (or have already completed) an AAS in Photography.

You must be completing (or have already completed) the following courses:

  • All Photography Major courses
  • All Related Area courses
  • English Composition (EN 121)
  • Art History (HA 112)
  • Math 3 credit requirement
  • Science 3 credit requirement

Also, you must have taken:

  • Math placement test (and, if required, 0 credit developmental course)
  • English placement test

You can be within 6 credits of your AAS degree when you enter the BFA program, but the missing credits MUST NOT be from any of the above courses.
Please review your most current degree audit to ensure that you have satisfied all major course prerequisites required for entry into the bachelor's degree program.
Students missing any of the above will be placed on hold until the Admissions office receives an updated audit indicating corrections or summer registration.
If the courses are not completed, you WILL NOT be admitted to Bachelors Program.

If you have credits or a degree from another college

You may apply to the two-year Photography and the Digital Image BFA program as a transfer student if you meet one of the following criteria by the time you enroll at FIT:

  • you will have an associates or bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college in a program that is equivalent to the FIT Photography AAS program
  • you will have earned at least 60 credits toward a bachelor's degree in an equivalent or related program at a regionally accredited college

A college program is equivalent if it contains the same major area and liberal arts distribution as FIT's Photography AAS program. Applicants from college programs that are not equivalent must apply to the AAS program.

Please note that FIT AAS students receive priority admissions consideration.

Applicants to the BFA program are expected to provide a competitive portfolio.

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