Art (Digital Photography), BFA

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Online Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art (Digital Photography)

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art in Digital Photography at ASU is the first online program from a research 1 university or fine art college in the nation to offer a studio practice-based degree. Working with a faculty of professional artists, students have the opportunity to master technical, aesthetic and conceptual aspects of digital photography. Visit ASU Online to learn more

Develop a deep understanding of the photographic image as an artform and personal creative process through engaged online platforms and dynamic learning communities while being mentored by award-winning faculty.


Arizona State University's online BFA program in digital photography emphasizes contemporary, creative and expressive forms of photography.

In this program, students learn about the relationships between technique, concept and aesthetics and how each element contributes to meaning in the photographic image. Through learning the tools of photography; reflecting on contemporary practitioners; and studying the history and theories of photography along with extensive critique with peers, professors and mentors, students are encouraged to rigorously probe their interests and passions as they develop a deep understanding of their own creative process and potential. The program culminates with a capstone class where students are able to apply what they have learned to create a self-designed final project and portfolio.

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Art (Digital Photography), BFA

Plan of study

The Plan of study is the required curriculum to complete the program.

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Application requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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Career outlook

Career possibilities for students with a degree in this concentration include:

  • client-based and editorial photography
  • documentary photography
  • fine art photography
  • journalism
  • photo book publishing
  • photo criticism
  • photo editing for web
  • photo web design
  • photographic post-production (retouching)
  • video and photo production.
  • visual literacy education

Example careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career*growth*median salary
Special Effects Artists and Animators4.1%$77,700
Art Directors-1.8%$97,270
Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary 5.6%$69,690
Camera and Photographic Equipment Repairers2.6%$40,330
Film and Video Editors 21.6%$67,250
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators1%$52,340
Commercial and Industrial Designers -3.5%$71,640
Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators-19.4%$34,720
Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes 11.8%$75,420

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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What are ASU's Online Programs?

ASU Online offers programs like Art (Digital Photography) in an entirely online format with multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year.

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