image: Ryan Gumbleton BFA 2016

Curriculum Guide


Millee Tibbs MFA, Rhode Island School of Design, Associate Professor of Photography
           Research Interests: Photographic theory and history, vernacular uses of photography, and
           landscape representation

Recent part-time faculty:

Ricky Weaver, Zachary Kolden, Lauren Semivan, Eleanor Oakes, Deborah Kingery

Program description:

Located in the historic Old Main building, the photography program at Wayne State is a component of the fine arts division in the James Pearson Duffy Department of Art & Art History.

We consider the photographic image as both language and craft. The language of the photography addresses how signifiers, symbols and metaphors are used to create meaning within the photographic frame. Through classes that address digital and analog skills, students learn how to use digital and film cameras, edit their images, and make digital and darkroom prints.

The goal of this program is to draw attention to the construction of the photographic image and how it produces meaning in order to teach students the necessary skills to produce their own meaningful images and participate responsibly in visual culture.

What makes this program unique?

The photography program at Wayne State specializes in the fluid transition between digital and film technologies. We have an array of digital and analog equipment to support the production of professional quality, large format prints both digitally and in the darkroom.

What will I study?

Introduction to Photography, Digital Photography I and II: Digital photography courses that introduce and develop skills in the digital environment including controlling camera functions and image editing.
Black and White Darkroom Photography I and II: Film photography that introduce and develop film processing skills and black and white darkroom printing techniques.

View Camera and Advanced Photography: Hybrid courses that merge advanced analog and digital techniques and encourage the development of cohesive image portfolios.

Special Topics in Photography and Social Documentary: Special Topics courses that focus on specific themes that range from the history of photography to social activism.

Facilities and equipment: 

  • Digital lab with 15 iMac computers with up-to-date Adobe imaging software, multiple flatbed scanners and two Epson Sure Color P5000
  • Large format printing lab with 44 inch Epson Sure Color P8000 and large format Epson flatbed scanner
  • Large format film scanning room with Hasselblad X5 4x5 film scanner and Epson Stylus Pro 7800
  • Black and white darkroom with 20 enlarging stations, two processing rooms, two film-changing rooms, and a finishing room
  • Sinar, Calumet, Arca Swiss, and Canham 4x5 View Cameras
  • Canon Rebel DSLR Cameras
  • Studio lighting equipment and backdrops

What can you do with a degree in Photography?

Photography majors working in related professions include: Photographer/Artist, Professor/Instructor, Independent Photographer, Freelance Photographer, Digital imaging. For more careers in this field, speak to your academic advisor or the Photography area coordinator. 

Student Work:

image: Albino Holguin BFA 2016

image: Ruwaida Ba'arma BFA 2016

image: Jena Smoyer BFA 2017

image: Darryl Terrell BFA 2015

image: Aleksey Kondratyev BFA 2014