The Photography program at Middle Tennessee State University is built around the disciplines of art, commerce, and journalism. Students are exposed to not only the technical aspects of photography, but also how to communicate and express meaning, ideas, and feelings through the medium. The program combines both traditional and digital techniques to provide students with a well-rounded understanding of the nature and possibilities of photography.
The Photography program is one of six media arts programs in the Department of Electronic Media Communication. Other programs include video and film production, new media, animation and multimedia journalism. Interdisciplinary collaboration is encouraged.
The Electronic Media Communication Department along with the Recording Industry Department and the School of Journalism comprise the College of Mass Communication. The College is among the five largest communications colleges in the nation.
The Photography program at MTSU began in 1959 under Professor Harold Baldwin, for whom the Baldwin Photographic Gallery and Collection are named. Graduates of the program have gone into careers for virtually every aspect of photography.
The Photography program is scheduled to move into brand new customized quarters at the end of 2014. The new space includes two studios with daylight capability, two digitally equipped classrooms, a digital lab, facilities for traditional processes, a student gallery, and a camera obscura.