Photography, BFA

for the Bachelor of Fine Arts Major in Photography

school office: 143 Art and Design Building, Champaign, IL 61820

contact: Mark Avery, Coordinator of Undergraduate Academic Affairs

phone: (217) 333-6632

department website: School of Art & Design

department faculty: Art & Design Faculty

overview of college admissions & requirements: Fine & Applied Arts

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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.

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

for the Bachelor of Fine Arts Major in Photography

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

General education: Students must complete the Campus General Education requirements including the campus general education language requirement. Some Art and Design courses will also apply toward the General Education requirements.

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
Foundation Requirements16
Art, Design, and Society
Contemporary Issues in Art
Choose one Drawing Course (3 hours):
Observational Drawing
Expressive Drawing
Visualization Drawing
Choose one course in 2D Category (3 hours):
Introduction to Graphic Design
The Image World
Introduction to Printmaking
Beginning Painting
Choose one course in 3D Category (3 hours):
Introduction to Industrial Design
Crafts Design
Beginning Sculpture
Choose one course in 4D Category (3 hours):
Image Practice
Time Arts I
Interaction I
Art History Requirements12
Introduction to the History of Art and Visual Culture
Advanced art history (200-level or above)


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