The photography program in the ASU Herberger Institute School of Art is considered one of the finest institutions in the country. Our graduate photography program has ranked in the top ten in the country by U.S. News and World Report since 2002.
Students learn from faculty with diverse creative concerns and who cultivate technique in the service of ideas, parallel to the critical and cultural analysis of the medium. Students have access to the widest range of photographic possibilities, including silver gelatin, chromogenic color, digital imaging, video, alternative processes and mixed media. Students explore interdisciplinary options in their art through other disciplines, including printmaking, intermedia and sculpture.
The Northlight Gallery is a vital part of the School of Artís photography program. Students have the opportunity to exhibit. The community as well as students also can see the work of outstanding photographic artists from across the country. Northlight Gallery houses a permanent collection and extended loan of more than 4,000 prints that span the medium's history dating back to 1840.
In the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography program at SUVA, students learn to use the natural patterns and elements in the universe to capture, present, and preserve images that communicate ideas and express creativity. Photography students at SUVA develop their creative vision by learning traditional methods as well as exploring contemporary and commercial applications. Students begin with a foundation in traditional skills including composition, design and black and white film developing. Coursework expands to hands-on experience with digital imaging, computer editing software and alternative processes as students continue developing skills and defining their individual style. Graduates of SUVAís Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography have the skills to acquire employment as portrait or studio photographers, commercial/advertising photographers, news photographers or photojournalists, and fine arts photographers.
The University of Arizona offers the BA, BFA and MFA in Studio Art. Students may also pursue K-12 Teacher Certification and the graduate certificate program in Museum Studies.
The Photography division faculty and students conduct a rigorous investigation into the nature and meaning of photographic representation and its role in contemporary culture. Students are expected to demonstrate commitment to expressive inquiry, maturity of vision and take responsibility for their professional development as artists. The division takes a broad and progressive approach to the practice and definition of photography, encouraging you to question and expand the boundaries of the medium. The curriculum offers courses in traditional black and white darkroom techniques, digital and other image-forming technologies, color processes, large-scale photography, video, and performance. Facilities include group and semi-private black and white darkrooms and film processing areas, color enlargers and a 20Ē processor, professional lighting studio and large format digital output facilities.
At any given time, there are between six and ten students in the MFA program. The Center for Creative Photography plays an important role in the education of photography and art history students by offering access to all of the Centerís resources, including semester-long internships and lectures by distinguished photographers, historians, and critics. Studio photography and art history students studying the history of photography take advantage of photographic exhibitions, lectures, print viewings, gallery talks, an extensive photographic library, an artistsí book collection, and a world class archive of photographs and related material.