Communal environments

Our photography program and facilities are designed to foster an intermingling of people, materials, and ideas. You will have access to dedicated space for creative work, supported by both peers and faculty who will provide you with unique perspectives on contemporary imaging.

Industry luminaries

Our faculty are engaged far and wide in the arts communities. Each semester, you will interact with a range of industry professionals through presentations, workshops and critiques. These experiences will provide valuable feedback and exposure to professional practices.

The [photography] program teaches you to constantly better yourself in every area ... I learned how to further myself technically and conceptually, and [to] master each one simultaneously.

Dana Kalachnik (B.F.A. Photography '17)

Student work

Clockwise from top: Kyle Englert, Connectivity, 2020. Polaroid 600 and Polaroid i-Type, 10 x 14 in. Christopher Newell, Will (detail), 2019. Digital photograph, 11 x 14 in. Harrison Higgs, Isolation 1 (detail), 2020. Digital photograph, 20 x 13.3 in. Courtesy of the artists

A student cuts pieces of denim fabric.

Foundation studies

Your first year at Herron focuses on skills that are crucial to your success in art and design school. You will explore basic principles and techniques, as well as your own historical, cultural, and personal influences as an artist or designer.

Learn more about foundation studies


With 15,000 square feet of space, Herron’s photography program has one of the largest footprints of the school. You’ll have access any time of the day or night to our specialized labs, darkrooms, computer labs, finishing areas, exhibition space, and a professional lighting studio.

  • Black-and-white darkrooms for silver gelatin prints
  • Non-silver and historical print processes
  • Medium- and large-format color film developing
  • 35mm, DV, DSLR, and medium- and large-format cameras
  • Hasselblad digital backs
  • Lighting studio with professional kits and equipment
  • Chromogenic lab
  • Mac computer labs with advanced editing software
  • Large-format Canon and Epson digital printers
  • Mikrotek and Flextight scanners
  • Finishing room with a Coda Cold-Mount press
  • Installation space with gallery lighting

Professional opportunities

The careers of our photography graduates encompass diverse roles and environments. Students have opened their own professional studios, become exhibiting visual artists, or gone onto graduate school to pursue teaching positions at colleges and universities. The path you take is determined by your interests and the limits of your imagination.

Pursue your calling as a professional:

  • Visual artist
  • Commercial and freelance photographer
  • Videographer
  • Visual arts educator
  • Photo and visual content editor for online and print media
  • Image archivist
  • Art director
  • Gallery or museum curator