BFA in Photography

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The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography is a fifth-year program that facilitates project-based advanced study in photography and also encourages intermedia investigations. It also serves as a vital link between our undergraduate and graduate programs.

Undergraduate programs and graduate programs are tightly linked, creating a strong sense of community. Students at all levels are given a great deal of individual attention by our faculty. A strong visiting artist program sponsors nationally recognized figures in photography.

Special summer offerings include mural printing, alternative processes, and lighting workshops.

Classes in the photography area emphasize both process and concept and provide a balanced and integrated involvement between analog and digital processes. As an undergraduate student, you are guided through process and idea-rich courses that create foundations for more advanced study and the pursuit of your chosen direction. In an effort to stretch your knowledge of the wide range of possibilities within this medium, we offer a diversity of courses such as:

  • Creative black and white photography
  • Large format photography
  • Digital photography
  • Alternative processes
  • Conceptual strategies
  • Constructed image
  • Advanced photography
  • Contemporary critical theory courses

Degree Requirements

You must complete the five-year program with a total of 108 credits in art (a total of 220 university credits), including satisfaction of the requirements listed and the university's general education requirements for the BA or BS degree.

In addition to the requirements listed for the BA/BS degree, students must complete:

  • A total of 108 credits in the major, 40 additional credits
  • Three additional History of Art and Architecture courses (12 additional credits) for a total of six courses
  • One course from Issues & Practices in a media area, 3 credits (ARTC, ARTF, ARTM, ARTO, ARTP, ARTR or ARTS 490)
  • One course from ART 412 BFA Critique Colloquium, 3 credits
  • BFA Terminal Creative Project credits, 6 credits (select from: ARTC, ARTF, ARTM, ARTO, ARTP, ARTR, ARTS 409)
  • Upper-division studio credits selected from advanced methodologies studios, seminars or independent studies, 16 credits