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“The BFA Photography and Video program at the School of Visual Arts grounds students in the creative, conceptual, and technological skills of the mediums as well as in the job opportunities available in the field.”
Joseph Maida
Student Work
Four painted humans on a red back wall. Some have wings and all have circles on their faces.
A man painted completely white against a turquoise and blue background.
Can you tell which stripes are real, and which are fake?
Beard white man
Human Canvas
The man's makeup is like an ancientman
asian marketplace
bow and arrow
picture of the back of a woman sitting on the corner of the bed with her shadow on the wall
A woman with her eyes closed and butterflies on her eyes and neck.
A picture of a couple and three dogs
Luminescent seashell surround by coral in the dark
A photo of a naked woman with tattoos on her body. There is a pink back drop.
A woman holding a man's head. The back drop is yellow with black.
Shape of person with no distinguishable physical features as they are covered in white.
Expression art
Three people in the wilderness.
A girl in a blue and green jersey hugging a girl in a white and black jersey from behind.
About The Department
  • Cultivate your signature photographic style that will set you apart
  • Medium and large-format cameras available for use
  • Mentor program for seniors with renowned photographers, critics, photo editors and other professionals and artists
  • 427 students, 80 faculty, 108 courses
  • Curriculum at a glance
    • 72 credits in studio
    • 30 credits in humanities & sciences
    • 15 credits in art history
    • 3 credits in elective courses
  • 108 courses offered, including:
    • Choosy Artists Choose GIF
    • Commercial Careers
    • Digital Photography: Branding Yourself
    • Digital Photography: Imaging and the Internet
    • Digital Video and Photography
    • Explorations in Abstract Photography
    • Experimental Digital Darkroom
    • Fashion: Concept Narrative
    • For Memory's Sake
    • How to Make It as a Working Photographer
    • Humor in Photography
    • Introduction to Alternative Process
    • Location Photography
    • Photographic Narrative
    • Photography on Assignment
    • Photography Seminar
    • Photography Thesis
    • Photography Video
    • Photography Workshop
    • Shoot, Shout, Change
    • Studio Photography
    • The Critical Eye
    • The Dark Stuff
    • The Eloquent Photographer
    • The Professional Community
    • The Viral Image
    • Vision and Technique
    • Visual Literacy Survey
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