B.F.A. in Photography

Earn a B.F.A. in Photography

As digital technology continues to blur the line between films, periodicals, television, and photographs, students are constantly challenged to define and reexamine the photographer's role in contemporary art practices.

To earn the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography, students begin with historical and traditional forms and progress to color processes with a concentrated examination of contemporary still and moving digital media. Herron students come to understand the roles photography played in culture throughout the past, and its current position as an art form. Technical proficiency, personal growth, and conceptual and aesthetic development get equal emphasis.


This program meets the educational requirements as mandated by the National Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

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Plan of study

This is the distribution of the 125 credit hours required to complete the B.F.A. in Photography degree. Please refer to the degree map below for more details.

  • General Education Core Requirements (30 credits, may Include H101 and H102)
  • Foundation Studies (20 credits)
  • Art History, Theory, and Criticism (15 credits, H101, H102, and H103, plus 2 Art History electives)
  • Photography Requirements (33 credits)
  • Drawing III (3 credits)
  • Studio Art Electives (21 credits)
  • A Critical Approach to Art (3 credits, J410)
  • English Literature (3 credits)
  • Elective (3 credits)