Major: Photography
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science (BS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours:
Co-op Options: One Co-op (Four years)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 50.0605
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code:

About the Program

The Drexel University Photography program teaches students how to develop a unique photographic vision using a combination of aesthetics and technology. Using both applied and theoretical teaching methods and blending traditional processes with current digital technologies, the photography curriculum provides aspiring photographers with the breadth of experience and knowledge required to succeed in today’s marketplace. 

The Photography foundation courses are the same for each student until their third year, at which point they design a custom path of study that culminates in their senior thesis portfolio. Our alumni’s achievements reflect the diversity built into our program. They own successful photography studios, teach in high school and college programs, serve as curators, work as magazine photo editors, and operate their own digital illustration firms.

The College's extensive photographic facilities are available to every photography major at Drexel. 

Additional Information

For more information about this major, visit the College's Photography website.

Degree Requirements 

General education requirements
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
or ENGL 111 English Composition I
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
or ENGL 112 English Composition II
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
or ENGL 113 English Composition III
MATH 119Mathematical Foundations for Design4.0
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development1.0
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience2.0
Required Arts and Humanities-students elect a minimum of 9 credits9.0
Required Natural Science-students elect a minimum of 7 credits7.0
Required Social Science-students elect a minimum of 9 credits9.0
Free electives30.0
Visual Studies requirements
ARTH 101History of Western Art I: Ancient to Medieval3.0
ARTH 102History of Western Art II: Renaissance to Romanticism3.0
ARTH 103History of Western Art III: Modern Art3.0
VSST 101Design I4.0
VSST 102Design II4.0
VSST 110Introductory Drawing3.0
VSST 111Figure Drawing I3.0
Visual Studies electives12.0
Students select three additional visual studies (VSST) courses as electives.
Photography requirements
PHTO 110Photography3.0
PHTO 141Digital Photographic Post Production3.0
PHTO 210Intermediate Photography3.0
PHTO 230Color Photography I3.0
PHTO 233Large Format Photography4.0
PHTO 234Studio Photography4.0
PHTO 236Photojournalism3.0
PHTO 240Digital Photography II4.0
PHTO 253Fine Black & White Printing3.0
PHTO 275 [WI] History of Photography I3.0
PHTO 276 [WI] History of Photography II3.0
PHTO 334Advanced Studio Photography4.0
PHTO 340Digital Photography III4.0
PHTO 361Advanced Photography4.0
PHTO 392Junior Project in Photography3.0
PHTO 451Photography and Business3.0
PHTO 452 [WI] History of Contemporary Photography3.0
PHTO 453Photography Production3.0
PHTO 458Print and Web Portfolio Development3.0
PHTO 492Senior Thesis in Photography I3.0
PHTO 493Senior Thesis in Photography II3.0
PHTO 495Senior Thesis in Photography III3.0
Photography elective3.0
Students select one course from the following:
Landscape Photography
Fashion Photography
Palladium Printing
Marketing for Photographers
Total Credits181.0


Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.


Sample Plan of Study

4 year, one co-op

First Year
ARTH 1013.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0ARTH 1023.0VACATION
ENGL 101 or 1113.0PHTO 1103.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
PHTO 1413.0VSST 1024.0MATH 1194.0 
UNIV A1011.0UNIV A1011.0PHTO 2103.0 
VSST 1014.0Natural Science4.0Natural Science3.0 
 14 15 16 0
Second Year
ARTH 1033.0COOP 1011.0PHTO 2303.0PHTO 2344.0
PHTO 2334.0PHTO 2363.0PHTO 2763.0VSST elective*4.0
PHTO 2533.0PHTO 2404.0PHTO 4513.0Arts & Humanities Elective3.0
VSST 1103.0PHTO 2753.0VSST 1113.0Free Elective3.0
Free elective3.0Social Science elective3.0Social Science elective3.0 
 Free elective3.0  
 16 17 15 14
Third Year
  PHTO 3404.0VSST elective*4.0
  VSST elective*4.0Arts & Humanities Elective3.0
  Social Science Elective3.0Free Elective3.0
 0 0 15 13
Fourth Year
PHTO 3614.0PHTO 4533.0PHTO 4583.0 
PHTO 4523.0PHTO 4933.0PHTO 4953.0 
PHTO 4923.0Free electives9.0Photography elective*3.0 
Free Elective3.0 Free elective6.0 
Arts & Humanities Elective3.0   
 16 15 15 
Total Credits 181

Co-op/Career Opportunities

Photographers pursue careers in a wide variety of fields. Primary choices among Drexel graduates include journalism, illustration, fashion and advertising, and fine arts.

Recent co-op placements have included:

  • Micheal Creagh, New York City
  • The Edywnn Houk Gallery, New York City
  • Jonathan Pushnik, Advertising Photographer, Philadelphia, PA
  • Philadelphia Magazine, Philadelphia, PA
  • Jason Varney, Editorial Photographer, Philadelphia
  • Saturday Night Live, New York City

Visit the Drexel Steinbright Career Development Center page for more detailed information on co-op and post-graduate opportunities.

Photography Faculty

Noah Addis, BS (Drexel University). Adjunct Instructor. Photographing informal settlements and unplanned growth in the world's major cities
Julia Cybularz, MFA (The School of Visual Arts). Adjunct Instructor. Photography; color photography, junior project in photography, advanced DSLR.
Michael Froio, BS (Drexel University). Adjunct Instructor. Photography; intermediate photography and fine black and white printing.
Niko Kallianiotis, MFA (School of Visual Arts). Adjunct Instructor. Photography; intermediate photography and photojournalism.
George McCardle, BS (Drexel University). Adjunct Instructor. Digital Photography III
Andrea Modica, MFA (Yale University). Professor. Photography; portraiture, photojournalism, palladium printing, and thesis.
Joy Moody, BS (Drexel University). Adjunct Instructor. Portraits
Eddy Rhenals, MFA (University of Delaware). Adjunct Instructor.
Stuart Rome, MFA (Arizona State University). Professor. Photography; color photography, junior project, and thesis.
Diana Rossi, M.Ed (Arcadia University). Adjunct Instructor. Photography and intermediate photography.
Paul Runyon, BFA (The University of New Mexico) Program Director, Photography. Associate Professor. Studio photography, view-camera photography, studio lighting, business aspects of photography.
Ashley Smith, MFA (School of Visual Arts). Adjunct Instructor. Photography
Amanda Tinker, MFA (Temple University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Photography, history of photography, historical and alternative processes, and intermediate photography.
Bruce Wartman, MS (Saint Joseph's University). Adjunct Instructor. Photography
L. Kylie Wright, BA (University of Virginia). Assistant Teaching Professor. Photography; digital photography, and master printing.
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