The Samford Academy of the Arts Photography Certificate program offers a certificate of achievement to students who have completed all required course work and successfully presented a portfolio for review. The certificate recognizes that the student has a broad background in photography and should be able to function at a high level as a photographer. Upon completion of the program, it is expected that students should be able to:
1. Completion of a core curriculum of six courses (80% minimum attendance required) in the following areas:
2. Completion of three additional Samford Academy of the Arts seven-week photography courses numbered 100 or above (excluding workshops) and taught by Samford Academy of the Arts instructors.3. Completion of AR875 Preparing and Presenting your Portfolio—Capstone Course4. Successfully pass the portfolio review. A successful portfolio must receive an average score of 70% or higher from the judges. The student’s advisor may not serve as a judge on the portfolio review.5. Requirements for the certificate may be adjusted. The candidate will be governed by the requirements that are in effect on the date the student notifies Samford Academy of the Arts for admittance into the program.
This is the capstone course for those seeking the photography certificate and have completed all the core and elective courses. A student will be required to enroll one time in this course, even though the work may not be completed in a seven-week session. The course will be run as an independent study with no formal class meeting times. Each student will meet one-on-one with his/her advisor to review and critique his/her body of work, discuss what should be included in a portfolio, suggest additional post processing and additional images to complete the portfolio, and advise on the selection and preparation of images for the judging of his/her portfolio. The mentor will guide the student in writing the artist’s statement.A successful portfolio must receive an average score of 70% or higher from the judges.
The student will present a portfolio of exactly 20 images. Five of the images will be in a series. The remaining 15 will demonstrate mastery in a variety of subject areas, especially those in which the student has taken courses.
The candidate must select an advisor from among the photography instructors at the Academy of the Arts and notify the Samford Academy of Arts art director of that selection. The requirements in place at the time of notification shall govern the requirement for the certificate. It is recommended that an advisor be selected when a student is close to finishing the other course requirements so the advisor has ample opportunity to counsel and direct the student in the finishing stages of the process.The advisor may not serve as a judge on the portfolio review for any student he/she advised.
Students must attend a minimum of 80% of the class sessions.(Note: Leaving at the break is considered a half class.)
The guidelines for the Certificate of Achievement in Photography will change from time to time. The candidate for the certificate will be governed by the guidelines that are in effect on the date the student advises the Academy of the Arts director of his/her choice of advisor.