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Photography (B.F.A.)

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The Visual Arts Department of the Sage College of Albany is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

The B.F.A. curriculum comprises a number of distinct components designed to address a student’s total experience:

  • ART 110 - Visulaization provides all incoming freshmen exposure to various full-time faculty from different art and design disciplines.  The course focuses on the development of critical thinking and provides a foundational basis for all of the B.F.A. majors.
  • Advanced studios in Graphic Design, Interior Design, Photography, and Studio Arts including Painting, Printmaking, Photography, Clay Sculpture, and Illustration, as well as studio electives that allow for exploration in a variety of media.
  • Senior Capstone I & II and studio courses that focus on a personal direction in the major in preparation for the B.F.A. exhibition.
  • Art history and liberal arts courses that examine the role and relevance of the visual arts historically, socially, and culturally.
  • Students graduate equipped with the necessary skills and portfolio to enter graduate study or begin a career in the arts.

The B.F.A. in Photography is designed to help each student build a portfolio that balances vision and craft.  The core curriculum increases the students’ skill level by immediately immersing them in the medium of photography during the first semester of the first year.  All subsequent coursework is designed and sequenced to encourage and inspire the students to develop a high level of technical skill while fostering a sense of personal vision and individual style. For details on equipment requirements for this program, go to

Academic Standards

All Department of Visual Art majors (including Academic Exploration students who wish to enter the BFA program at the end of their first two semesters 24-30 credits), must maintain a major grade point average of a 2.75 in all art, design and art history courses for the duration of their time in the BFA program.  Students must receive a grade of “C-” or higher in all art courses required for their major.

All studio art courses must be taken on the Albany campus.  Art courses on the Troy campus do not fulfill studio requirements for the B.F.A. degree.

Photography Program Requirements

Semester 1 - Fall : 15 credits

Semester 2 - Spring : 15 credits

Semester 3 - Fall : 15 credits

Semester 5 - Fall : 15 credits

Semester 6 - Spring : 15 credits

Semester 7 - Fall : 15 credits

Semester 8 - Spring : 15 credits

Total Credits Required for Graduation: 120

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