Art (Photography) (BFA)

Students in the BFA program in art with a concentration in photography are offered a solid education in the creation and analysis of photographs as a form of creative expression. Students work in a wide range of photographic media including specialized 19th-century processes, traditional black-and-white and state-of-the-art digital output.

The internationally recognized photography faculty at ASU are diverse, representing and encouraging a wide range of approaches to the creation of photo-based art. Students learn to be self-disciplined and self-directed to understand complex ideas around how images function in their work and to develop a strong sense and control of the craft of photography. The Northlight Gallery engages students and provides opportunity to learn about gallery and museum practice through mounting exhibitions and working with artists and the collection.

Students must submit a BFA declaration form after successful completion of the art foundational coursework to be admitted to the major. Students applying to study photography must also submit a portfolio. Students should see the photography admissions page for details.

Degree Offered

Art (Photography) (BFA)
Design & the Arts, Herberger Institute for


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Application Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

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Information about this program

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Career Outlook

A degree in the arts offers students a pathway to a rich and varied choice of careers. Students with a photography degree may work as independent studio photographers or contract for commercial work for firms, museums, galleries, individuals and other artists. The bachelor's degree program is essential for advanced study leading to the terminal MFA. This advanced degree offers opportunities in:

  • curatorial work in galleries, museums and historical collections
  • history or studio areas
  • nonprofit arts organization management
  • university teaching

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
Multimedia Artists and Animators8.4%$70,530
Art Directors5.4%$92,500
Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary 12%$66,930
Audio and Video Equipment Technicians 12.9%$42,190
Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture7%$53,550
Craft Artists4.3%$34,940
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators6.6%$49,520
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education7.5%$59,170
Commercial and Industrial Designers 4.4%$65,970
Directors- Stage, Motion Pictures, Television, and Radio 12.2%$71,620
Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes4.7%$64,940
Producers 12.2%$71,620

* 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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