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Volume 26, Number 5 — May 2019

King College Adds Photography Degree

The director of King College's photography program is Chris Stewart.
The director of King College's photography program is Chris Stewart.
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November 30, 2010

BRISTOL, TN — King College now has more cameras clicking around campus, due in part to the College's newest Performing & Visual Arts degree program, photography. The program will teach students the fine art of photography, as well as elements of digital media, videography, and web design.

• The director of the photography program is Chris Stewart, who received his
undergraduate degree in photography from Virginia Intermont College and his Master of Education degree in instructional technology from Virginia Tech.

• His assistant professor of photography is Iowa native Tammy Mercure, who
received her Bachelor of Arts in photography from Columbia College in Chicago and her Master of Fine Arts in photography from East Tennessee State University.

"The opportunity to start a program fresh from scratch in this era of photography is especially exciting," said Stewart. "Although many programs see the idea of photography as one of only still images, the photography program here at King has embraced the ultramodern idea of the artistic medium. The future of photography is more than the still image. The photographer of today needs to embrace other expressive avenues such as web design and videography, as well as the art of self promotion through marketing."

Photography students will be required to use Macintosh laptops, computers specifically geared to work well with design elements. "Throughout the program students may need other pieces of equipment. However, to start with, we will teach them how to make do with what they have anything from a $200 camera to a $2,000 camera," said Stewart.

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Assistant professor of photography at King College is Iowa native Tammy Mercure