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 five programs in the Department of Media Arts. Other programs include video and film production, interactive media, animation and media management. Interdisciplinary collaboration is encouraged.
The Media Arts Department along with the Recording Industry Department and the School of Journalism comprise the College of Media and Entertainment. 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 moved into brand new customized facilities in 2015. 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.