Photography (BA)


Effective 1 June 2022 through 31 May 2023

Please see the Undergraduate Catalog Archives for PDF versions of past catalogs.

This program is offered by the School of Communications/Media Arts Department. It is available at the St. Louis home campus and at the Geneva campus.

Program Description

Through the curriculum for the BA in photography at Webster University, students learn to be technically proficient, versatile, imaginative and capable of working in a variety of photographic fields and environments. Photography majors graduate with a solid grounding in the aesthetic and the communicative aspects of the medium. Students take courses in a variety of formats, materials and technical environments while becoming familiar with a variety of approaches (journalistic, commercial/editorial and scientific).

Learning Outcomes

Successful graduates of this program will be able to demonstrate:

  • Technical and aesthetic proficiency in the principles of photography.
  • Technical proficiency with professional camera types and their applications.
  • Technical proficiency with software as currently used in the profession.
  • Familiarity with a variety of photographic approaches and careers.
  • Expertise in the chosen field of specialization.

Degree Requirements

For information on the general requirements for a degree, see Baccalaureate Degree Requirements under the Academic Policies and Information section of this catalog.

  • 45 required credit hours
  • Applicable University Global Citizenship Program hours 
  • Electives

Transfer students must take a minimum of 15 credit hours of courses coded PHOT at Webster University.

Required Courses

  • PHOT 0100 Photography Portfolio Review (0 hours)
  • EPMD 1000 Introduction to Media Production (3 hours)
  • PHOT 0200 Photo Program Monthly Meeting (0 hours) 
    (Webster Groves students only; eight consecutive semesters required for first-year students, or continued consecutive semesters for transfer students)
  • PHOT 1000 Photo I (3 hours)
  • MDST 1010 Media Foundations (3 hours)
  • PHOT 2000 Photo II (3 hours)
  • PHOT 2040 History of Photography (3 hours)
  • MDST 2200 Ethics in the Media (3 hours)
  • PHOT 2500 Photojournalism (3 hours)
  • PHOT 3120 Studio Photography and Lighting (3 hours)
  • PHOT 3190 Digital Photographic Imaging (3 hours)
  • FTVP 1000 Introduction to Film, Television, and Video Production (3 hours)
  • PHOT 4700 Professional Development in Photography* (3 hours)
  • MDST 4950 Internship (3 hours)

    *Capstone Course

In addition, a minimum of 9 credit hours from the following:

  • PHOT 2870 International Photojournalism (online) (3 hours)
  • PHOT 3195 Digital Photo Imaging II (3 hours)
  • PHOT 3760 Topics in Editorial Photography (3 hours)
  • PHOT 4000 Photo Workshop (3 hours)
  • PHOT 4010 Photography Gallery Management (3 hours)
  • PHOT 4030 Topics in Studio Photography: Digital Studio (3 hours)
  • PHOT 4030 Topics in Studio Photography: People and Portraits (3 hours)
  • PHOT 4190 Topics in Digital Imaging (3 hours)
  • PHOT 4870 Advanced Photojournalism (3 hours)
  • FTVP 1200 Camera and Light (3 hours)
  • FTVP 1300 Edit and Color (3 hours)

Portfolio Review Course Requirements

  • PHOT 1000 Photo I (3 hours)
  • PHOT 2000 Photo II (3 hours)
  • 3 additional PHOT production credit hours (3 hours)