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

college website:

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

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.

First Year Curriculum

FAA 101Arts at Illinois1
ARTF 101Contemporary Issues in Art2
ARTE 101Art, Design, and Society2
ARTH 110Introduction to the History of Art and Visual Culture3
Select one Drawing course:3
Observational Drawing
Expressive Drawing
Visualization Drawing
Select one course in 2D Category:3
Introduction to Graphic Design
Introduction to Printmaking (required for Studio Art: Printmaking)
Fashion Illustration (required for Studio Art: Fashion)
Beginning Painting (required for Studio Art: Painting)
Basic Photography (required for Studio Art: Photography)
Select one course in 3D Category:3
Introduction to Industrial Design
Ceramics Sculpture I
Jewelry/Metals I
Beginning Sculpture (required for Studio Art: Sculpture)
Select one course in 4D Category:3
Image Practice
Time Arts I
Interaction I
Total Hours20

Photography Requirements

ARTH 257History of Photography3
ARTD 2603
or ARTS 264 Basic Photography
ARTD 2613
or ARTS 265 Photography II
ARTD 3603
or ARTS 364 Photography III
ARTD 460 (repeat twice in senior year)3 (6)
or ARTS 461 Advanced Photography
ARTD 3933
or ARTS 394 Special Topics in Photography
Total Hours21

Photography Electives

Select 18 hours from the following:18
Independent Study
ARTD 262
View Camera
ARTD 263
Digital Photographic Output
ARTD 362
(May be repeated up to 12 hours)
Photography Workshop
ARTD 363
RAW Photography
Total Hours18
Art History Requirements9
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