Art (Photography) (BFA)

Students in the BFA program 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 is diverse, representing and encouraging a wide range of approaches to the creation of photo-based art. Students learn to be self-disciplined, 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, 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.

Degree Offered

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


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Application Requirements

Students must submit a BFA declaration form after successful completion of the art foundational courses. See full requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

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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 Animators6%$63,630
Art Directors2.4%$85,610
Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary10.8%$64,300
Audio and Video Equipment Technicians11.9%$41,780
Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture2%$48,080
Craft Artists0.6%$31,080
Film and Video Editors 17.6%$57,210
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators3.1%$43,890
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 5.8%$56,310
Commercial and Industrial Designers 2%$64,620
Directors- Stage, Motion Pictures, Television, and Radio9.1%$69,100
Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes2.5%$64,200

* 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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