Program Head: Kyle Riedel
The Photography program at CSULB emphasizes fine art photography and its central position in contemporary art practice. The Program is in a period of growth and expansion, having hired two additional Full Time Professors in the past four years. While maintaining a commitment to traditional techniques and approaches, Photography is also invested in the area of digital applications. The large black-and-white darkroom, color printing area and digital print facilities support students with a wide range of interests and concerns. Each semester, the undergraduate program supports an average of two hundred fifty students, with approximately sixteen specifically pursuing a B.F.A. with a major in photography, and several graduate students. The extensive course offerings include such topics as advanced black-and-white printing, color photography, digital photography, studio practices, a theory and criticism seminar, experimental approaches, and Special Studies in Art Photography, a senior level in photo-based art making. Independent Studies are also available, allowing for students to work independently under the supervision of one of the professors in photography, who are all working artists with extensive resumes and experience. The Program is enriched by the Department’s distinguished guest artist and speaker program, its on campus art museum, its excellent student art galleries, and its proximity to the many museums and galleries in the greater Los Angeles area.