A degree in Photography
"Mt. Ajo, Friday, March 8, 2019," Matthew Jessie, MFA 2020.
One of the finest photography programs in the country
Students earning a degree in photography participate in critical discourse and production as they gain knowledge of a rapidly expanding field and its evolving critical issues. Distinguished faculty with expertise in a variety of genres encourage students to cultivate ideas and technical expertise in ways that honor the history of the medium and contemporary practice and encourages exploration across media. A wide range of facilities and equipment enable learning and production through analog and digital cameras, historical wet processes, a lighting studio and the latest digital printing and imaging tools, as well as the Northlight Gallery, a photographic gallery and archive directed by internationally renowned curator Cecilia Fajardo-Hill. Photography courses incorporate contemporary research topics, including representation and identity, the social image, material studies, as well as ecology, sustainability and science. The curriculum includes Representation Lab, a series of courses where students produce, examine and disseminate works that interrupt popular narratives in American culture. Under the mentorship of faculty, students create a unique body of work and gain professional skills necessary for pursuing a career in the arts.