Carson-Newman offers a 2 year Associates of Arts in Photography and a 4-year BA Degree in either Art or Photography. This separate major in Photography is a distinctive aspect of our Art Department. All Photography majors take a common core of fundamental Art & Photography courses, and then choose from several more specialized courses at the upper levels. Our Photography majors learn traditional film/darkroom techniques as well as current digital techniques. As a student moves through our Photography program, he or she is allowed increasing freedom at the upper levels to explore personalized experiments and goals of subject matter, aesthetics, content, and materials of image-making.
Graduates of our program enjoy professional artistic success in a variety of ways, including working as freelance commercial photographers, staff photographers for large firms, studio and gallery managers, and other rewarding careers. Many of our graduates have also gone on to earn more advanced degrees beyond the BA level. Our specialty is the personalized attention given to each student by our professional, friendly, and committed Art faculty.
The Gamma Ray Art Club is a social organization that serves Carson-Newman art and photography majors and other students interested in the visual arts. The club meets for meals, movies, art critiques and other casual events. Gamma Ray usually hosts several public events each year in which students sell their artworks.
The Warren Art Department also has two galleries. C-N typically host 10-12 exhibitions of student artwork and the work of invited professional artists each year in campus’ two galleries.
The experiences I gained from this program continue to enrich my life and inspire me to continue pushing boundaries.
From the studio to the computer lab to the darkroom, you’ll be learning through hands-on experience closely guided by mentors. You’ll also have service learning opportunities with local nonprofits and options for internships.