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Courses for a Degree in Photography

A college degree in photography focuses on using cameras and film to create art and communicate through photographs.

For this major you’ll take lots of photography classes. But you’ll also need to take classes in the arts, science, math, and social sciences to earn your bachelor’s degree. These extra courses help make sure that you graduate from college with all of the skills you’ll need to prepare for a successful career as a photographer.

Here are some of the courses you might take to earn a degree in photography:

Photography Courses:

  • Fundamentals of Photography
  • Photography I
  • Photography II
  • Understanding Photographs
  • Visual Communication
  • Drawing for Design
  • Design, Think, and Make
  • Photo Seminar
  • Portfolio
  • Lighting Studio
  • The Moving Image 

General Curriculum Requirements

  • Arts Courses: Art, History, Languages, Literature, Music
  • Math Courses: Algebra, Calculus, Computer Science, Logic, Statistics
  • Natural Sciences Courses: Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics
  • Social Sciences Courses: Anthropology, Economics, Government, Psychology, Sociology