Student taking a photo of a model in a studio

Photography Concentration

Our photo concentration integrates film, digital, alternative, and historical photographic processes. Introductory courses provide foundation in camera operations, analog film and print development, and use of image editing software Lightroom and Photoshop. Advanced courses explore hybrid approaches beyond the screen or printed images to include collage, mixed media, artist books, sculptural, and installation techniques.

We offer a vibrant photo community that extends beyond the classroom to Rochester’s rich photographic resources including the George Eastman Museum, Visual Studies Workshop, and Flower City Arts Center through gallery visits, tours, research projects, and internship possibilities.


Our facilities include a very spacious darkroom, Mac Lab, Lighting studio, additional workspace, printers, and scanners.

Our Programs

Our BA/BS Art-Studio Major, Photography concentration, is a 42-credit major program that provides a well-rounded education in fine art and visual communication with a course sequence focused on photography. There is no portfolio review and admission is open to anyone.

Our BFA Art-Studio Major, Photography concentration, is an intensive 78-credit major program that provides a rigorous fine art education with an in-depth focus on photography. Admission to the program requires an application process and portfolio review.

Our Art-Studio Minor is an 18-credit minor program that provides a complimentary fine-art experience with students able to select electives focused on photography. Any undergraduate student may declare this minor.

Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography. George Eastman