The Photography program integrates technical competence and visual awareness. Experiences promote personal and professional growth toward careers in photography and media photography.

In addition to the core courses (EMC 1020, JOUR 2710 and EMC 4250), all photography students take a two-dimensional design course from the Art department.

This program emphasizes, but is not limited to, photography for the media, including editorial, assignment, corporate, advertising, public relations, documentary photography, digital imaging, and photojournalism. Graduates can also enter the field as studio owners, lab owners and operators, photographers' assistants, and freelance, architectural, and medical photographers.

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The curriculum includes:

Use of the B & W and color negative and print materials
Color vision as distance from "seeing" in black and white
Incorporating fine art sensibilities into media photography
Acquiring an idea and acting upon it to realize a useful photographic result
Criticizing and editing

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Celebrating excellence in Tennessee high schools media arts, the 2015 BLUE SPARK AWARDS presentation was conducted on April 25, 2015. To see the winners, visit
This annual competition allows Tennessee high school students to showcase their creative and technical skills in producing short films, music videos, animation, photography, newscasts, and new media.
Instructions for entering the 2016 BLUE SPARK AWARDS will be announced later this year.

For complete information about the BLUE SPARK AWARDS, go to