Photography, BFA

Alan Mette
143 Art and Design Building, 408 East Peabody, Champaign
PH: (217) 333-0855

The curriculum in photography requires 122 credit hours; its purpose is to encourage the study of photographic media for personal expression, to explore the social implications of pictures, and to develop the skills needed for careers in photography. General art requirements and electives provide a broad foundation in the visual arts, and photography courses provide a strong background in the history, theory, and practice of photography as art.

Contact: Mark Avery
Coordinator of Undergraduate Academic Affairs
School Office: 140 Art and Design Building, Champaign, 333-6632,

Students in the School of Art and Design must complete the Campus General Education requirements. Some Art and Design courses will also apply toward the General Education requirements.  

A portfolio review is required for admission to the School of Art and Design.

Photography Requirements

ARTH 257History of Photography3
ARTD 260Basic Photography3
ARTD 261Photography II3
ARTD 360Photography III3
ARTD 460Advanced Photography6
ARTD 393Contemporary Art and Ideas3
Total Hours21

Photography Electives

Select 18 hours from the following:18
Independent Study
View Camera
Digital Photographic Output
Photography Workshop (May be repeated up to 12 hours)
RAW Photography
Total Hours18

Art Foundation

ARTF 101Contemporary Issues in Art2
ARTE 101Art, Design, and Society2
Drawing Course 13
Course in the 2D Category 23
Course in the 3D Category 33
Course in the 4D Category 43
Total Hours16

Art History

ARTH 110Introduction to the History of Art and Visual Culture3
Advanced art history (200-level or above) 9
Total Hours12


Art + Design electives (art + design courses not in photography requirements or used as photography electives) 15
Open electives as needed to total 122 hour degree