Photo students learn both film-based and digital techniques along with a foundation in photo theory and history. After intro courses, students develop their creative voices in Photo Studio and explore topics in contemporary fine arts photography through Themes and Practices courses.

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Professor, Fine Arts

Rose DeSiano received her MFA from Art Center, Los Angeles, and her BFA from NYU-Tisch School of the Arts. Her photography who uses alternative processes and the visual allure of the digitally reconstructed photograph. Her work is concerned with the photographic collective consciousness and the long, tangled history of the photograph as a record keeper and myth maker.  DeSiano has been exhibited widely across the United States in New York and Los Angeles. Internationally, her work has been exhibited in Spain (International Biennial of Photography), China (Orange Changsha Photo Festival) and the Netherlands. Her work has been a part of international art fairs such as Photoville NYC and has been included in exhibitions organized by influential contemporary curators such as Nathan Trotman, Associate Curator at the Guggenheim Museum, and Lilly Wei of Art in America. Her work has appeared in variety of publications including The New Photo Review and UK’s Aesthetica magazine. In 2014, she was a finalist for the Julia Margaret Cameron Award, an international award for women in photography.  When not in the ‘staged trenches,’ DeSiano writes and presents on a variety of photographic topics: dealing with image manipulation, the collective consciousness and the long, tangled history of the photograph as both a truth teller and myth maker. She has published and presented essays on “The Cultural Perceptions of Landscape in Photography” and “Digital Constructs and the Photograph as Cultural Space” and most-recently “Seeing Truth and Purity Again: through digital manipulation in documentary photography.”

Associate Professor, Fine Arts

In her photo-based experimental portraits and mixed-media installations, Leigh Kane invites viewers to rummage through the substance and subterfuge of normative photographs such as family albums, news photos, studio portraiture, medical imaging and corporate archives. Her work is included in the book Reframings: New American Feminist Photographies (Temple University Press) and has been exhibited around the country— in NYC at White Columns Gallery, The New York Academy of Sciences and The Shala; in Philadelphia at The Print Center and Temple Gallery; in Minnesota at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Minneapolis Photo Center. Kane has also co-curated photo exhibitions such as “4 Photo Feminisms” at Rutgers University and “Suddenly Older” at Colgate University. Kane was recently on a panel at the Allentown Art Museum discussing the exhibition, “Weston’s Women: Edward Weston and Cycles of Influence.”


Professor, Fine Arts

Dan R. Talley teaches Digital Photography, a course in photobooks, and Business of Art. Most of his artwork is photo-based and his photobooks have recently been included in exhibitions at the Phoenix Art Museum (AZ), and the Contemporary Art Center (New Orleans, LA). His career credits include co-founding editor of Art Papers, a magazine with an international circulation now in its 40th year of continuous publication. He has contributed articles and criticism to the magazine and a host of other publications as well as authoring exhibition catalogue essays for museums and galleries throughout the United States. He was previously gallery director/curator at Nexus Contemporary Art Center (now the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center), and the JCC Forum Gallery (now the Weeks Gallery) in Jamestown, New York. Talley received his MFA from the University of Hartford (CT), and his BFA from the Atlanta College of Art.


Color in Photography
Photography Studio I-VII
Advanced Digital Photography
Themes & Practices in Photography: May be repeated up to 3 times

MAY select maximum of 6 credits from courses below:

Video Art & Motion Graphics
Web-based & Interactive Art
Film & Video as Art
Independent Study
Field Experience in Art

NOTE: All Photo Concentrators must take BOTH FAR161 Intro to Photo-Darkroom AND FAR162 Intro to Photo-Digital


We are proud to offer both film and digital photography in our program. Our facilities include a 20-enlarger darkroom with both black/white and color capabilities and an alternative process room with space and equipment to make gelatin silver mural prints. We also have a digital photo lab equipped with 20 Mac computers running Adobe Creative Suite and related image editing software, 4 Epson scanners, 5 Epson Professional 3880 printers that handle up to 17” x 22” sheets and two Epson Professional printers that accommodate 44” wide rolls of various photographic papers and canvases. We also have a equipment supply room (the Cage) that houses an assortment of items we lend to photo students for use outside the classroom including 35mm, 645, 4×5″ and 8×10″ film cameras; basic and advanced digital cameras; lighting kits, tripods; and a host of accessories. In addition to the Cage, our darkroom and digital labs, we also have a common classroom for lectures and critiques, and a lighting studio with seamless backdrops in a several colors.