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The Photography Studies Minor provides students with a primarily lecture-based overview of the history and theory of photographic practices. Courses include a survey of the history of photography, as well as movements within the field that have particular aesthetic and political foundations.

Required courses focus on the history and critical reception of photography while electives enable students to pursue special topics in greater depth, such as the relationship between photography and other arts, the photography image and historic events, and contemporary theories of photography. Students are advised to attend an information session provided each winter term and to consult with the School of Image Art's web site for further details.

Administered by: School of Image Arts

Exclusions: This minor is not available to students in the following programs:


To receive this Minor, students must complete six (6) courses from the following curriculum:

Required courses (2):

MPS 301 History of Photography I
NPF 548 Modern Movements/Issues in Photography

Plus four (4) of the following:

MPS 306 The Idea of Photography
MPS 401 History of Photography II
NPF 549 History of Photojournalism
NPF 553 Advanced Topics in Modern Art and Cinema
NPF 554 Advanced Topics in Contemporary Art
NPF 559 Advanced Topics in Curatorial Practices
NPF 568 Analogue as Meaning

Please see Senate Policy 2, Section 7.4 for further information about Minors.