The photography program in the ASU Herberger Institute School of Art is considered one of the finest institutions in the country. Our graduate photography program has ranked in the top ten in the country by U.S. News and World Report since 2002.

#6 in the U.S. for photographyU.S. News & World Report

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A degree in Photography

The photography program in the ASU Herberger Institute School of Art is an environment that fosters new knowledge, exploration and a thorough understanding of this rapidly expanding field. Distinguished faculty use diverse creative interests to encourage students to cultivate ideas and technical expertise in ways that parallel the critical, cultural and historical analysis of the medium. Students have access to the widest range of photographic possibilities, including silver gelatin, digital imaging, video, alternative and historic processes and mixed media. Opportunities are available for students to explore interdisciplinary options in their art through other disciplines, including 2D, printmaking, intermedia and sculpture. As a result, students develop fluency in interpreting and discussing their work as well as the work of other artists and image-makers.


The photography program is committed to a nonhierarchical approach to tools, providing access to the greatest diversity of materials and methods in the service of expression. Students have access to the latest imaging software as well as processes used by the inventors of the medium. The program maintains traditional black-and-white darkrooms and integrates the newest technology in digital photography. Graduate students in photography enjoy individual studio space at Grant Street Studios in downtown Phoenix.

BFA digital photography at ASU
Student looking through a camera lens
Student painting
Studio Art Minor Students Painting



Valley Outreach

Our location in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area offers countless opportunities as we maintain a dedication to community engagement. Many faculty and students are active participants in the nonprofit and cooperative gallery scene in downtown Phoenix, the heart of a grassroots urban revitalization. Faculty often participate in local school and community arts events as guest artists, jurors, panelists and workshop instructors.  Faculty, students and alumni are leaders in the strong photographic arts community in the Southwest. 

Additional resources and opportunities

Many students join the ASU Photographers’ Association, also known as the Photo Club, for the camaraderie and feedback of their highly motivated peers. This robust club organizes exhibitions, demos and portfolio reviews with invited jurors supported by their annual fundraiser.

Northlight Gallery is a vital part of the School of Art's photography program, where the community, as well as students, can see a broad spectrum of photo-based work by emerging, underrepresented and internationally recognized artists. Northlight Gallery houses a permanent collection and extended loan of more than 4,000 prints that span the medium's history and offers students the opportunity to work directly with master works. This hands-on experience creates a professional environment in which students apply skills and knowledge as they learn.

Our graduate photography program has been ranked in the top 10 in the country by U.S. News & World Report since 2002. Students in the MFA program have the opportunity to work from state-of-the-art studios and facilities at the ASU Grant Street Studios, located just southeast of the bustling art and cultural activities in downtown Phoenix.

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