The photography program provides an in-depth curriculum that is focused specifically on fine art photography through the study of traditional film, nonsilver, and new digital processes. Because our focus expands beyond making photographs into a deep understanding of how photographs function, our graduates are working in all fields of the photographic spectrum.

Students begin with courses in darkroom printing and continue with practical courses selected from an array of technical and conceptual electives. Formats range from 35mm to 8x10, and advanced technical courses are offered in silver, color, view camera, nonsilver, and digital scanning, editing, and printing techniques; and in video. Various thematic courses, offered on a rotating basis, encourage the integration of conceptual thinking with the materials and technical processes.


The facilities include group darkrooms with more than 50 4x5 enlargers, an 8x10 enlarger, 20 private darkrooms, a nonsilver darkroom, and a digital facility capable of high-end scanning and file preparation for inkjet and digital C-printing, and enlarged negative creation for nonsilver print.

Updated 9.9.21


In addition to fulfilling General Education requirements, undergraduate students majoring in photography must complete the following requirements:

Requirements (85 credits-87 credits). 

Note: All students are expected to maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 to remain in good academic standing. All required studio arts classes must be completed with a grade of C or higher in order to advance within the degree. Any required studio arts grade of C- or below must be repeated.

Foundation Courses: 16-17 credits

VIS 1050/ComX: 2 credits
or VIS 2150/Key Class: 1 credit
VIS 1060/Foundation Drawing: 3 credits
VIS 1070/Extended Media: 3 credits
VIS 1080/Visual Language: 3 credits
VIS 1260/3-D Processes: 3 credits
VIS 1330/Lens and Time: 3 credits

Art History Courses: 12 credits

ARH 1020/History of Art Survey II: 3 credits
ARH 1021/History of Art Survey II Discussion: 1 credit
ARH —/One course in the history of art before 1800 (lower-level) 4 credits
PHO 2511/Social History of Photography I: 2 credits
PHO 2512/Social History of Photography II: 2 credits

Photography Studio Courses: 24 credits

PHO 1010/ Darkroom Photography : 3 credits
PHO 2660/Digital Photography I: 3 credits
PHO 3250/View Camera: 3 credits
PHO3440/Advanced Silver Processes: 3 credits
PHO 3660/Digital Photography II: 3 credits
PHO —/Photography electives: 9 credits

Visual Arts Studio Electives: 15-16 credits

Synthesis Courses: 18 credits

PHO 2880/Sophomore Review: 3 credits
PHO 3690/Junior Seminar and Critique: 3 credits
PHO 4401/Senior Seminar I: 2 credits
PHO 4402/Senior Seminar II: 2 credits
PHO 4990/Senior Project I: 4 credits
PHO 4991/Senior Project II: 4 credits


Students are also expected to abide by the policies and procedures laid out in the A+D Student Handbook.


  • Lecturer of Photography
    • MFA, Bard College
  • Associate Professor of Photography
    • BFA, Bard College
    • MFA, Bard College/International Center for Photography
  • Assistant Professor of Photography
    • BFA, School of Visual Arts
    • MFA, Yale University School of Art
  • Lecturer of Photography
    • MFA, Yale University School of Art
  • Associate Professor of Photography
    • BA, Arizona State University
    • MFA, Ohio University