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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.
Art (Photography) (BFA)
Design & the Arts, Herberger Institute for
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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:
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:
|Multimedia Artists and Animators||8.4%||$70,530|
|Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary||12%||$66,930|
|Audio and Video Equipment Technicians||12.9%||$42,190|
|Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture||7%||$53,550|
|Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators||6.6%||$49,520|
|Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education||7.5%||$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 Athletes||4.7%||$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).