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

For the Degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography

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 262View Camera3
ARTD 360Photography III3
ARTD 460Advanced Photography3
ARTD 393Contemporary Art and Ideas3
Total Hours21

Photography Electives

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

Art Foundation

ARTD 160The Image World3
ARTE 101Art, Design, and Society2
ARTF 101Contemporary Issues in Art2
Drawing Course 13
3D Category Course 23
4D Category Course 33
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

 Drawing Courses include: ARTF 102, Observational Drawing; ARTF 104, Expressive Drawing; and ARTF 106, Visualization Drawing.


 3D Categories include: ARTD 101, Introduction to Industrial Design; ARTS 201, Crafts Design; and ARTS 280, Beginning Sculpture.


 4D Categories include: ARTS 241, Image Practice; ARTS 243, Time Arts I; and ARTS 244, Interaction I.