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

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In this innovative online studio art program, you work with practicing artist-educators to explore critical issues in digital photography and develop tools and skills to express your personal vision through photo-based art.


The BFA in digital photography teaches students to master the technical, aesthetic and conceptual aspects of photography in the information age.

Through assignments, readings, lectures, critiques, discussion and projects, students work with classmates, artists and faculty to develop and refine their own creative vision and comprehensive knowledge of the theory, practice and history of photography. Not bound by traditional schedules or the limitations of location, this program's flexibility creates a unique community of instructors and students and provides studio-practice art education to a wide and diverse student population.

The program culminates in a capstone course dedicated to producing a self-defined final portfolio of accomplished work.

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Art (Digital Photography), BFA

Plan of study

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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
Multimedia Artists and Animators8.4%$70,530
Art Directors5.4%$92,500
Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary 12%$66,930
Camera and Photographic Equipment Repairers2.3%$40,770
Film and Video Editors 17%$61,180
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators6.6%$49,520
Commercial and Industrial Designers 4.4%$65,970
Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators-18.1%$27,480
Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes4.7%$64,940

* 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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