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    Faculty members excel in both teaching and creative endeavors
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    Learning to use a view camera adds new dimensions to an individual's work
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    Photography students at MTSU gain studio experience

Photography

Photography has never been more important. There is more photography being made and consumed than any time in history – and there’s no sign of things slowing down. Major advances in image capture, image manipulation, and distribution have redefined what is possible. MTSU's Photography program is designed to help students see the world in new ways and capture what they see as photojournalists, commercial photographers, or as artists. This unique blend sets the program apart. MTSU’s Photography concentration is in the Department of Electronic Media Communication.

Retired prof's donation gives photo collection a new home

Retired prof's donation gives photo collection a new home

Retired photography professor Harold L. Baldwin donated $100,000 to provide a new permanent home for MTSU's photography archive, already named for the mass comm professor emeritus. The photography program founder put the million-dollar collection together over decades. It includes a valuable print of Ansel Adams’ most famous photo, Moon Rise, Hernandez, New Mexico, and works of Edward Weston and Jerry Uselmann. The Baldwin Gallery, moving into renovated space in MTSU’s Bragg Mass Communication Building in fall 2013, will feature movable walls and contemporary lighting. It will also showcase traveling exhibits and student work. In February 2014, Baldwin and his daughter are among 30 photographers scheduled for a 10-day boat trip to the Galapagos Islands guided by National Geographic.

Harris' photographs chosen for film on Alice Walker

Harris' photographs chosen for film on Alice Walker

MTSU professor Chris Harris recently had three of his early photographs of impoverished blacks from the sugarcane fields of Louisiana selected for use in a new film on author-poet-activist Alice Walker. Harris’ photographs come from a collection that Walker kept in her files for more than 30 years. They were discovered while doing research for the film. A photograph Harris shot of the author writing in her Jackson, Miss., home in 1977 was also chosen for the film, Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth, premiering summer 2013. Walker was the first African-American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize in fiction, for her 1983 novel The Color Purple. Harris shot hundreds of assignments for TIME, Newsweek, and the New York Times. His textbook, Visual Journalism, was recently released by Allyn & Bacon.

MTSU's program prepares students to explore both fine art and digital news photography for future career paths. Majors can train toward work in the media, in commercial settings, or in artistic pursuits. Some potential professional opportunities include

  • Archivist/historian
  • Artist
  • Commercial/advertising photographer
  • Corporate photographer
  • Creative/art director
  • Digital imaging
  • Documentary photographer
  • Educator
  • Fashion or food photographer
  • Freelance photographer
  • Gallery curator/owner
  • Medical photographer
  • Photo editor
  • Photo lab owner/operator
  • Photographer's assistant
  • Photojournalist
  • Portrait photographer
  • Studio owner
  • Videographer


Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • The Tennessean
  • The Nashville Zoo
  • "Paw" Magazine
  • Chattanooga Times Free Press
  • MTSU Photo Services
  • Jack Daniels
  • Saks 5th Avenue
  • Nissan

Dr. Chris Harris
Professor
chris.harris@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-2841
Office | Room 201, Bragg Mass Communication Building (COMM)
Mail | MTSU Box X10, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Specialties
Geology Field Methods
GIS
Remote Sensing
Structural Geology

Degree Information
Ph.D., California Institute of Technology (1999)
M.S., California Institute of Technology (1996)
A.B., University of California, Berkeley (1992)

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Jackie Kerns Heigle
Associate Professor
jackie.heigle@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-904-8458
Office | 103B, Photography Building (PHO) 
Mail | MTSU Box 58, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Specialties
Digital Imaging
Photography

Degree Information
M.F.A., University of Memphis, TN (1995)
B.S., University of Colorado, Boulder (1983)
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Thomas Jimison
Professor | Curator of the Baldwin Photographic Gallery 
tom.jimison@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-2085
Office | Room 103A, Photography Building (PHO)
Mail | MTSU Box 305, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Specialties
Location and Studio Photography

Degree Information
M.F.A., University of Iowa, IA (1973)
M.A., University of Iowa, IA (1972)
B.F.A., Maryland Institute College of Art, MD (1971)
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Dr. Robert Kalwinsky
Professor
robert.kalwinsky@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-904-8366
Office | Room 261, Bragg Mass Communication Building (COMM)
Mail | MTSU Box 58, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Specialties
Digital communication
Film and health communication

Degree Information
Ph.D., University of Iowa (2001)
M.A., San Diego State University, CA (1993)
B.A., Temple University, PA (1974)
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Dr. Mary Nichols
Professor
mary.nichols@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-5677
Office | Room 203, Bragg Mass Communication Building (COMM)
Mail | MTSU Box 58, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Specialties
Electronic media production
Media aesthetics
Media law

Degree Information
Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (1994)
M.S., Clarion University, PA (1983)
B.S., Clarion University, PA (1982)
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Dr. Dennis Oneal
Professor
dennis.oneal@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-2105
Office | Room 205, Bragg Mass Communication Building (COMM)
Mail | MTSU Box 287, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Specialties
Electronic media management
Media law

Degree Information
Ph.D., University of Southern Mississippi (1979)
M.A., University of Arkansas, Fayetteville (1972)
B.S., Southern Illinois University, Carbndle IL (1966)
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Billy Pittard
Department Chair
billy.pittard@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-5867
Office | Room 250, Bragg Mass Communication Building (COMM)
Mail | MTSU Box 51, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Specialties
Educational film
Film
Interactive media
TV

Degree Information
B.S., Middle Tennessee State University (1978)
 
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Dr. Robert Pondillo
Professor
bob.pondillo@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-904-8465
Office | Room 216, Bragg Mass Communication Building (COMM)
Mail | MTSU Box 58, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Specialties
Broadcast journalism
Electronic meda journalism
Media history

Degree Information
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison (2003)
M.A., University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (1998)
B.S.C., Ohio University, Athens (1973)
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Jonathan Trundle
Assistant Professor
jonathan.trundle@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-2084
Office | Room 116, Photography Building (PHO)
Mail | MTSU Box 58, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Specialties
Chemistry based Photography
Digital Photography
Large Format Photography
Camera Engineering
Camera Hacking

Degree Information
B.S., Middle Tennessee State University (2001)
M.F.A., Middle Tennessee State University (2006)
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The Department of Electronic Media Communication offers the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with a major in Mass Communication in the following concentrations:

  • Photography
  • Animation
  • Electronic Media Communication, which includes three specialties:
    • Electronic Media Production (video and film production)
    • Electronic Media Journalism (multimedia journalism)
    • Electronic Media Management (media management)
  • New Media Communication

Undergraduate or graduate students outside the College of Mass Communication may choose to minor in Mass Communication or may request approval for a minor in a specific program of study in the college.

A Master of Science (M.S.) degree is available in Mass Communication.

An academic map is a suggested four-year schedule of courses based on degree requirements in the undergraduate catalog. This sample schedule serves as a general guideline to help build a full schedule each term. Milestones, courses, and special requirements necessary for timely progress to complete a major are designated to keep you on track to graduate in four years. Missing milestones could delay your program. 

This map based on the 2013-2014 undergraduate catalog is not a substitute for academic advisement - contact your advisor if you have any questions about scheduling or about your degree requirements. Also see the current undergraduate catalog (catalog.mtsu.edu) for a complete list of requirements and electives.Note: Requirements are continually under revision, and there is no guarantee they will not be changed or revoked; contact the department and/or program area for current information. 

You may choose to attend a summer term to reduce your load during fall or spring terms but still stay on track to graduate in four years (see below). NOTE: Learning Support courses will alter the sequences on this map.

Mass Communication–Photography Academic Map

Department of Electronic Media Concentration
Middle Tennessee State University | Murfreesboro


Suggested Fall/Spring and Summer/Fall/Spring Four-Year Schedule

Refer to www.mtsu.edu/scholarships/ for information regarding use of the Lottery Scholarship for the summer term.

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FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
MATH (Math)3MATH 1010 rec. HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
EMC 10203  COMM 2200 (Comm)3
ART 16103  Minor course3 
PHOT 20503  PHOT 31103 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL15 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3  PHOT elective1–3 
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3 
Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4  Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4 
Minor course3  Minor course3 
PHOT 30403Offered fall only PHOT 31203Offered spring only
SUBTOTAL16  SUBTOTAL14–16File candidacy form
Note: 2.50 GPA required for admission to candidacy. Note: 2.50 GPA required for admission to candidacy
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3See advisor Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3 
JOUR 27103  Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3 
Elective3See advisor Elective3Not Mass Comm
Minor course3  Minor course3Upper-division
PHOT 38103Offered fall only PHOT 40403Offered spring only
SUBTOTAL15File Upper-Division Form SUBTOTAL15 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
Elective3
Not Mass Comm Elective3Not Mass Comm
EMC 42503  Elective3Not Mass Comm
PHOT elective3See advisor Elective3Not Mass Comm
PHOT 42803Offered fall only PHOT 40603Offered spring only
Minor course3Upper-division PHOT elective3 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL15 

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

FRESHMAN SUMMER
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  MATH (Math)3MATH 1010 rec.
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
EMC 10203  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
ENGL 1020 (Comm) 3  COMM 2200 (Comm)3 
ART 16103  Minor course3
PHOT 20503  PHOT 31103 
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12 
SOPHOMORE SUMMER
ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3  Minor course3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  PHOT elective1–3* 
Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4  Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4 
Minor course3  Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3 
PHOT 30403Offered fall only PHOT 31203Offered spring only
SUBTOTAL13  SUBTOTAL11–13File candidacy form
Note: 2.50 GPA required for admission to candidacy. Note: 2.50 GPA required for admission to candidacy.
*NOTE: If student takes one-hour PHOT elective in Sophomore Spring, hours fall to below full-time.
JUNIOR SUMMER
JOUR 27103  Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3See advisor Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3 
Elective3See advisor Elective3Not Mass Comm
Minor course3  Minor course3 
PHOT 38103Offered fall only PHOT 40403Offered spring only
SUBTOTAL12File Upper Division Form SUBTOTAL12 
SENIOR SUMMER
EMC 42503  Elective3Not Mass Comm
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
Elective3Not Mass Comm Elective3Not Mass Comm
PHOT elective3See advisor Elective3Not Mass Comm
PHOT 42803Offered fall only PHOT 40603Offered spring only
Minor course3  PHOT elective3 
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12 

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

Graduation information may be accessed at www.mtsu.edu/records/grad.php.

Photography

PHOT 1050 - Basic Digital Photography and Imaging
3 credit hours
(Same as EMC 1050.)Introduces digitally based still photography; principles, methods, theory, and practice for non-photography majors. Emphasis placed on the digital single lens reflex (D-SLR) camera. Explores exposure, metering, focus, depth of field, lenses, basic lighting, design elements, and composition. Basic principles of digital photographic capture discussed. Students responsible for providing a digital single lens reflex (D-SLR) camera.Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.

PHOT 2050 - Basic Black and White Photography
3 credit hours
Black and white processing and printing; principles and procedures combined with theories of visual perception.Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.

PHOT 3040 - History of Photography
3 credit hours
Evolution of photographic imagery from the invention through contemporary work. The movements, themes, and genres developed by individual photographers.

PHOT 3110 - Intermediate Photography I
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: PHOT 2050Further investigation into the exposure and development controls of black and white photography as a method of expression and communication.Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.  

PHOT 3120 - Intermediate Photography II
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: PHOT 3110 and ART 1610A continuation of 3110.Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.  

PHOT 3200 - Still Digital Imaging
3 credit hours
(Same as EMC 3200.) Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; PHOT 2050 and instructor approval; must have some working knowledge of the Macintosh computer system.Computerization of traditional film images and use of digital cameras allows student to use different software programs to manipulate photographic images. Ethics and law discussed along with techniques and hands-on analysis of this new medium.Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.  

PHOT 3580 - Photography Practicum
1 to 3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; junior standing and permission of instructor.Practical experience in an on-campus photography setting. A minimum of 75 hours work for each hour of credit. Note: Total university credit for internship, practicum, and individual problems courses cannot exceed 6 credits. Pass/Fail.

PHOT 3810 - Color Photo Communication I
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; ART 1610 and PHOT 3110 or consent of instructor.The making of color images using transparencies and color print materials.Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.  

PHOT 4000 - Photography Internship
1 to 3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; senior standing and permission of department chair or instructor.Practical experience for advanced students in a professional setting. A minimum of 75 hours work plus other assignments will be required for each hour of credit. Note: Total university credit for internship, practicum, and individual problems courses cannot exceed 6 credits. Pass/Fail.

PHOT 4040 - Color Photo Communication II
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; PHOT 3040 and PHOT 3810 or consent of instructor.A continuation of 3810.Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.  

PHOT 4060 - Photojournalism
3 credit hours
(Same as EMC 4060.) Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; PHOT 3120 and PHOT 3810; EMC 3200/PHOT 3200; or consent of instructor.Principles and practices of photography, including documentary, news and feature portraiture, photo stories and essays, and photo layout. Emphasis on newspaper assignments, participation in campus publications, portfolio editing and production, and internship preparation. Laboratory required.Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.  

PHOT 4190 - Ethics and Law for Visual Communicators
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; junior status with declared major.Background in ethics and law for the visual communicator. Focus on ethical philosophies, ethics case studies, and solutions to ethical dilemmas; copyright, privacy, and libel law.

PHOT 4220 - Advanced Photojournalism
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; PHOT 4060 and/or consent of instructor.Builds on the basic information given in PHOT 4060. Advanced photographic techniques, including digital imaging, information on ethics and law as they pertain to the image maker, along with an examination of different styles of photojournalism addressed by classroom demonstration, lecture, and practical assignments.Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.  

PHOT 4270 - Photo Illustration
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; PHOT 4060Studio illustration with food, fragrance, beverage, jewelry, glass, and flatware with an emphasis on tabletop. Introduction to large-format view camera and studio lighting. Problems in advertising photography including responsibilities under truth in advertising.Lecture/lab with three to six hours per week. 

PHOT 4280 - Editorial Photography
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; PHOT 3040, PHOT 3120, and PHOT 3810Editorial illustration for fashion, corporate, annual report, home, and garden with emphasis on location lighting. Exploration of various career opportunities and business practices open to the professional photographer.Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.  

PHOT 4290 - Documentary Photography
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: PHOT 3120 and PHOT 3810.Those students using color print material must be enrolled in or have taken PHOT 4040. Students will photograph several short-term photo essays and picture stories in addition to a long-term project in a documentary style. Research on the aspects of and photographers practicing contemporary documentary photography.Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.