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Undergraduate: Bachelor of Fine Arts

A student may apply for the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) major in Photography after taking required Foundation courses, and at least one basic photography course. Applications include a portfolio and a written statement, which are submitted shortly after midterm each semester. Accepted students must take all courses listed on the Photography Plan of Study and meet all departmental and college requirements.

In their final two semesters, BFA students take Senior Studio I and Senior Studio II. Students apply for admission to Senior Studio I by submitting a written proposal supported by related examples of work. The Senior Studio projects are presented in an exhibition on campus at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art.

For the completion of their degree, students are required to document their thesis project, and to write a related thesis paper.


BFA degree requirements

For the most up-to-date degree requirement information, please visit the Undergraduate Catalog and scroll to the "Photography Major" section.

Freshman Art Foundation courses (15 credits)

Photography courses (33 credits

  • ARS250 - Basic Photography

  • ARS230 - Basic Digital Photography

  • ARS333 - Advanced Digital Color Photography

  • ARS332 - The Large Format Image

  • ARS350 - The Constructed Image

  • ARS331 - Photographic Books and Installations

  • ARS334 - Digital Video

  • ARS450 - The Document

  • ARS451 - Contemporary Issues in Photography

  • ARS452 - Senior Studio in Photography I

  • ARS453 - Senior Studio in Photography II

Related Cognate courses (6 credits; discuss alternative Cognate options with your advisor)

  • ARS280 - Basic Printmaking

  • ARS307 - Typography

Studio Electives (12 credits)

Required Senior Seminar (3 credits)

  • ARS490 - BFA Art Seminar

Art History courses (12 credits)

  • ARH201 - Art of the Western World I

  • ARH202 - Art of the Western World II

  • ARH368 - History of Photography

  • ARH358 - Early Twentieth-Century Art


  • ARH359 - Art of the Later Twentieth Century

    (one course in 20th century art)

General Education requirements and elective courses

Total: 120 credits, including 45 upper division credits
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