2021-2022 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

IPHOT 4120 Professional Directions

This course is about succeeding as a photographer in the real world - and because of that you will be treated like an art professional and not a student. In class discussions will provide the foundation for a broader understanding of what lies beyond art school, career options in photography, and strategies to make it in a variety of ways. The assignments will require you to master and demonstrate key skills for networking by developing a verbal, visual, and written self-promotional presentation and packet. In person introductions to gallery owners, established photographers and master printers will lead to an understanding of how to approach potential exhibition opportunities, employers, gallerists, clients, etc. (and how not to!). This reality check is designed to generate a desire for more learning and growth after school, whatever direction and form that might take, and begin to actively take steps to achieve your goals.