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Photography, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Pittsfield, MA, United States
Learn both darkroom and digital techniques in a Photography program at Bard College at Simon's Rock that integrates historical study and hands-on practice. You’ll explore specific genres, such as portraiture, documentary, and experimental photography, while acquiring technical skills such as printing and PhotoShop.
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This Photography classat Bard College at Simon's Rock is both a studio art class and a photography history class. The class will discuss documentary photography both by examining its history and through making photographs. 

Learning outcomes

We will make a thematic survey of documentary photography and read contemporary photographic criticism. At the same time students will work on visual assignments that will relate to topics discussed. 

Topics will include photography and social change; the FSA photographers; urban street photography; issues of voyeurism; race and class; and the relationship between documentary, art photography, and photojournalism. In the beginning of the course students will work on assignments exploring different aspects of documentary photography; after midterm students will propose and complete an extended documentary project.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • The program provides a comprehensive facility with professional equipment, as well as exposure to working artists, historians, writers, and critics, to support the growth and development of each student photographer. 
  • Students interested in this concentration should have successfully completed and/or be enrolled in the core foundation courses, described earlier; regarding the art history foundation, students should take at least one of the three photography history classes: History of Photography, Theories of Photography or Contemporary Issues in Photography. 
  • Students in the Photography concentration must complete—in addition to the foundation courses— Photography II, Photography III: 
  • Advanced Projects and the ‘capstone’ Studio Arts Professional Practice, and three photography or photo-related electives, for a minimum of 20 credits beyond the core foundation.

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

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  • Supporting Documentation

Tuition Fee

  • International

    55592 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 55592 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    55292 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 55292 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Pittsfield

  • 912 - 1890 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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