Photography is an art that involves both a creative and scientific technique, by incorporating light to capture an image or series of images of a moment in time. Photography requires emotion, imagination, technical, and aesthetic skills to stimulate emotional responses from those who view the photos.
The Bachelor of Science in Photography, offered by the College of Technology at Wilmington University, offers students an opportunity to gain a broader understanding of photography. In this program, students will hone their skills by developing creative vision and passion combined with learning the science behind the art of photography – lighting, digital imaging, studio technique, and editing. Students will learn what is required to capture moments in different categories including sports, portraits, news, documentary, fashion, nature, food, and more.
Students who complete the Bachelor of Science in Photography program will qualify to pursue a variety of entry level jobs in photography, photo editing, school photography, and photojournalism. Some students may decide to pursue freelance photography or opening their own studio.
Students seeking a career in photography should be prepared to familiarize themselves with both Mac and Windows platforms. Photographers must also be comfortable working with digital cameras, computers, photo editing software, and high-quality printers.
Students completing the Photography (B.S.) program will be able to:
Enhance your Degree with a Certificate
The College of Technology's digital media department, which is focused on giving students hands-on training and real-world skills across a multimedia platform, consists of five individual Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees: Game Design and Development, Graphic Design, Photography, Video and Film Production, and Web Design.
Each of these degree programs has been designed with three identifiable parts: Uniform First Year, Program Core, and 15 credits to be used towards a CoT Certificate. All students will begin their academic career with a uniform first year before they begin to focus on their selected degree core. After completion of the uniform first year, students will begin to enroll in their program core courses. Finally, students in each program will use 15 career-centered course credits towards earning a College of Technology Certificate as illustrated in the table below.
Uniform First Year
Video & Film
College of Technology Certificate Courses (options vary by program)
The Photography program has set a minimum passing grade of “C-” for the following courses: TEC 275, TEC 300, TEC 325, TEC 366, TEC 400, and TEC 407. Students receiving a grade lower than “C-” in any of these courses must retake the course.
Students in the Photography B.S. degree program may choose an accelerated option with:
Students selecting this option can complete both their undergraduate degree and the graduate certificate by completing 120 credits (105 undergraduate credits and 15 graduate credits). The five graduate courses (15 credits) needed for the graduate certificate would count as five courses (15 credits) towards undergraduate electives in your degree.
Students who complete the Technology Project Management Graduate Certificate also receive the benefit of completing five graduate level courses that count towards a Master’s degree in Information Systems Technologies (MS-IST). Students selecting this option are not required to pursue the MS-IST degree.
Admission requirements include:
Note: Students will not be eligible to register for graduate level courses until they have successfully completed at least 60 credits towards their bachelor’s degree and have an approved AOI form. Students must receive their B.S. degree in order to receive the graduate certificate.
Minimum Grade Policy: Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in their graduate courses in order to earn the certificate.
ANI 201 Fundamentals of Motion Graphics
DSN 105 Visual Communication
DSN 121 Basic InDesign
DSN 210 Basic Photoshop
DSN 220 Concept Development
DSN 235 Vector Drawing
DSN 300 Design for Marketing
DSN 306 Principles of Color Theory
DSN 307 Intermediate InDesign
DSN 315 Typography
DSN 318 Portfolio Production
DSN 487 Senior Project
DSN 490 Internship
TEC 215 Basic Photography
TEC 275 Intermediate Photography
TEC 300 Advanced Photography
TEC 325 Business of Freelancing
TEC 366 Photojournalism
TEC 400 Sports Photography
TEC 407 Lighting: Location and Studio
VFP 313 Aesthetics of Film
COM 300 Communication Theory
CTA 210 Computer Science
DSN 094 Technology Orientation
DSN 110 Fundamentals of Drawing
ECO 105 Fundamentals of Economics
ENG 121 English Composition I
ENG 122 English Composition II
ENG 310 Research Writing
ENG 360 Creative Writing
HIS 230 History of Art and Design
HUM 381 Contemporary Global Issues
MAT 205 Introductory Survey of Mathematics
PHI 100 Introduction to Critical Thinking
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology
SCI Natural Science
Students should choose a College of Technology certificate to fulfill this elective core. If not pursuing a College of Technology Certificate, students may choose from the following undergraduate College of Technology courses to fulfill their electives: ANI, CSC, DFM, DSN, GMD, ISM, MKR, SEC, TEC, UAV, VFP, VFX. Selecting an elective outside of this list will require approval of the Program Chair.
The certificate requires 15 graduate credits. Students will complete IST 7060 and four of the six IPM courses listed. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in order to earn the certificate.
IST 7060 Project and Change Management
IPM 6000 IT/IS Project Scope Development and Management
IPM 6010 IT/IS Project Scheduling
IPM 6030 IT/IS Project Risk Management
IPM 6040 IT/IS Project Quality Management
IPM 6050 Agile Project Management
IPM 6090 Special Topics in IT/IS Project Management
In order to provide relevant work experience, students in the Photography (B.S.) degree program have the option of completing six credit hours via a co-op assignment. The co-op option for Photography is the equivalent of two semester courses, for a total of six credit hours. Students may complete their Photography degree with 120 credit hours, whether they choose the co-op option or not. Because each co-op experience is individually designed, students must contact the Office of Work-Integrated Learning and the Photography Program Chair one semester before they would like to begin a co-op assignment.
The co-op option is an alternative to the VFP 313 – Aesthetics of Film and DSN 490 – Internship. Each co-op assignment is one semester long and normally the two co-op assignments span two consecutive semesters with the same employer. In order to be eligible, students must first have at least 60 credits, plus a GPA of 2.5 or higher.
For additional information on the CAP/Co-op program option, please see the website: http://www.wilmu.edu/coel/work-integrated-learning.aspx
A completion degree is a personalized version of a bachelor's degree created exclusively for students who have completed an associate degree at an accredited institution. Completion degrees are available for most Wilmington University Bachelor of Science degrees. A student who expects to transfer a completed associate's degree should communicate with a Wilmington University academic advisor before registering for courses. A transcript with documentation of the conferred degree must be received by Wilmington University to confirm eligibility.
Note that a minimum of 120 combined credits are needed to satisfy the Completion Degree requirements, including both transfer credits and credits earned at Wilmington University.
The Photography completion degree program has set a minimum passing grade of “C-” for the following courses: TEC 275, TEC 300, TEC 325, TEC 366, TEC 400, and TEC 407. Students receiving a grade lower than “C-” in any of these courses must retake the course.
CSC 370 User-Centered Design
VFP 313 and DSN 490 may be completed as Co-Ops. Students must notify the Office of Work-Integrated Learning at least one semester in advance.
The following courses are prerequisites for the Web Design Completion Degree:
DSN 094 Technology Orientation (0 credit)
This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2019-2020 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2019 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.