Bachelor of Fine Arts

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

After completing almost all photography courses, BFA students apply for admission to Senior Studio I. This application procedure is comprised of a written proposal supported by related examples of work. In their final two semesters, BFA students take Senior Studio I and Senior Studio II to complete their year-long thesis project. Senior Studio projects are exhibited on campus at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art.

For the completion of the degree, students are required to document their thesis work and to write a paper elucidating their ideas.

BFA degree requirements

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)

  • ARS280 - Basic Printmaking

  • ARS205 - 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