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Photography at the University of La Verne, La Verne, CA

This blog contains direct quotes from websites as of 2023. Programs and policies do change, at colleges, from time to time, so please check with the colleges directly to receive any updates. These are not, necessarily, the biggest, best, or most popular programs at the college, but they are the ones that just “caught my eye” as unique, special, interesting, or just plain awesome. Enjoy!


From the University of La Verne website, 2023: “The Photography Program within the Department of Art & Art History at the University of La Verne offers undergraduate-level courses that develop technical and historical literacy, critical thinking, communication and conceptual skills for a practice-based approach to the medium. The combined curriculum of analog and digital photographic methods provides the students with a full technical and theoretical grounding necessary for maintaining an artistic practice while refining the practical skills applicable to building a photographic career in the artistic, commercial and/or media fields.



“Mission: Our student-centered mission is focused on encouraging creatives to discover and question their own motivations for making photographic art while providing them with the foundation and tools to continue to advance their education after graduation. In so doing, the faculty and staff work to support and inspire the next generation of artists and leaders—ensuring that once they earn their degrees, they enter the world as engaged, independent, self-directed artists, scholars and citizens.


“Within our Program we promote exploration and push students to work outside their comfort zones, asserting that they “must become comfortable with being uncomfortable.” This basic philosophy empowers students to gain new perspectives and modes of creation through stretching themselves technically and conceptually to further expand and advance their artistic practice and education.


“Learning Outcomes:

Students who successfully complete a BA in Photography will be able to:


**Demonstrate broad knowledge of photographic processes and history. (Literacy)

**Describe and analyze works of visual photographic art critically and relate them to historical and contemporary contexts. (Critical Thinking)

**Articulate photographic concepts in writing, orally and visually. (Communication)

**Create and exhibit and/or publish original art and/or research projects by applying photographic tools, skills, methods and sources. (Production)


“Located in the heart of the University of La Verne’s main campus, on the ground floor of historic Miller Hall, The Irene Carlson Gallery of Photography is a vital center for civic engagement. Through a compelling program of exhibitions, lectures, screenings, and discussions that promotes a critical dialogue about contemporary photography, the gallery generates collaboration, conversation and artistic growth between our students, faculty, staff, and the local community.


“Established in 1990, the gallery is dedicated to the University of La Verne’s commitment to diversity, inclusivity, accessibility, and community engagement within the broader context of intellectual life on campus. The gallery presents exhibitions by contemporary artists, in addition to an annual student exhibition featuring the work of graduating seniors majoring in Photography.”


University of La Verne is one of the featured colleges in my new book (click image for additional Information):




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