Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography

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Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography provides the student with a comprehensive program of study balancing a liberal arts education with studio offerings in digital photography. Grounded in formal, technical and conceptual skills building, the Photo-illustration program focuses on the profession of photography as it relates to commerce.

The School of Visual Communication Design B.F.A. degree program builds a photography professional through experiential learning opportunities as well as through required courses in graphic design and multimedia.

The B.F.A. in Photography requires portfolio reviews at both the sophomore and junior levels for purposes of general assessment. In addition, the 127 credit-hour degree program requires that students complete an internship, an off-campus experience that allows the student to apply theory to a professional situation. Generally, the student intern receives degree credit and monetary compensation for the internship experience.

Photography majors use light, cameras and digital technologies to create, interpret and produce imagery from narrative, thematic and conceptual sources.

Practice basic camera techniques to gain a better understanding of photography as a creative skill in visual communication. Gain advanced working knowledge of digital and film photographic systems through testing of procedures and use of special purpose materials. 

In course projects, students solve sequential and interrelated problems based on photographic situations that frequently affect working professionals in the studio or in the field. The coursework provides a comprehensive overview of commercial imagery and market development, industry trends, and theoretical criticisms pertaining to constructed photography.

Photography Students at Work

Graduates of the Photography bachelor’s degree can pursue professional opportunities in editorial photo illustration, photographic portraiture, commercial photography, art direction, fine art photography and more.

Popular undergraduate projects include portraits, close-ups, landscapes, lighting experiments, cultural messages and more. View examples of student work in Photography