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The Photographic Arts program prepares students to apply the techniques and aesthetics of contemporary photographic styles to their own work; present a portfolio of original photographic work in a public forum; demonstrate awareness of global and cultural photographic standards and practices, and engage in self-exploration and self-criticism during the image-making process


Photographic Arts Online Equipment Reservation Instructions:

person with cameraStudents will make, cancel and change equipment/facility reservations via GenBook. This includes all Photographic Arts equipment, lighting studio and darkroom. Students must sign the Loan Agreement and Facility Policies once at the beginning of each semester before they may check out equipment or begin using the facilities. Once signed, the Loan Agreement and Facility Policies must be turned in to the manager of photographic arts facilities in COM 104. The student must be enrolled in one or more MCOM Photographic Arts courses at the University of Central Oklahoma during the current semester. This signed document approves the student to use designated Photographic Arts equipment, in consideration of agreeing to all the terms and conditions contained within this agreement.

Lighting studio and darkroom stations are reserved for two hours at a time. Most equipment reservations are limited to two days in a row. GenBook only allows equipment reservations to be made one day at a time. You will need to make your reservation two dates in a row for a full two-day checkout. Check that the items you wish to reserve are available for two consecutive days on the calendar. Unavailable days will be grayed out. Any reservation made for longer than two days will be automatically canceled.

Reserved equipment may be picked up from COM104 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. on weekdays. Photo Facility hours are subject to change. Items are due back at 10 a.m. on the due date, no exceptions. Weekend check-out begins Friday and is due back by 10 a.m. the following Monday. Upon check-out, the student is responsible for inspecting equipment for errors, missing items, & damages to limit liability. Full instructions and rules are included in the Loan Agreement & Photo Arts Facility Policies.

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Photographic Arts courses offer lessons on various forms of photography, as well as numerous other mass communication classes.

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Student Organizations

The Department of Mass Communication has various student and professional organizations that both support and help Photographic Arts majors develop skills to advance their learning.


Career Opportunities

Photographic Arts majors have various career opportunities available, including: 

  • Photojournalist
  • News
  • Magazines
  • Medical/Forensics
  • Freelance
  • Glamour
  • Advertising
  • Fine Arts
  • Event Planning
  • Corporate Photography
  • Studio

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