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The BFA degree builds on the core curriculum of fundamental principles by emphasizing the aesthetic and conceptual skills necessary for a professional portfolio. After completing the core curriculum, students choose to focus on commercial or editorial, fine art, or documentary courses. Upon graduation, students will be required to demonstrate an individual style and a unique approach to their chosen area of study.
BFA Photography Unit Requirements:
BFA Photography Degree Requirements:
After above general education requirements are met, take Liberal Arts electives as needed to fulfill the Liberal Arts unit requirement.
Undergraduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:
Conceptual and Problem-Solving Skills
Camera Capture Skills
Academy of Art University Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Academy of Art University will demonstrate the ability to:
The AA degree provides students with an education in the fundamental skills of photography. Coursework ensures technical competence for digital capture, lighting, post-production, and a solid understanding of photography as a visual language.
AA Photography Unit Requirements
AA Photography Degree Requirements
The four year certificate program provides students with a disciplined approach to the study of Photography. Student portfolios will demonstrate the variety of skills and creativity developed. Graduates enter the field prepared for professional opportunities in Photography. Students take electives and art history courses to round out their experience. Unlike the BFA program, students pursuing the Certificate program do not take liberal arts coursework.
Photography Certificate Requirements:
Explore our course catalog and take classes based on your interests, either online or in our world-class facilities in San Francisco.
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Rooted in practical skills and professional knowledge, the BFA degree provides students with a disciplined approach to the study of Photography. The general education program (Liberal Arts) supports major coursework by promoting the breadth of knowledge, critical thinking and communications skills necessary to analyze issues from multiple perspectives. Student portfolios will demonstrate the variety of conceptual skills and creativity developed. Graduates enter the field prepared for professional opportunities in Photography.
The Associate of Arts degree provides students with an introduction to a particular field of study in art and design with a firm foundation in the concepts and problem-solving skills of that field. Once earned, the Associate's degree can also be used as a stepping stone to the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. The Academy of Art University Associate of Arts Degree is specifically designed for seamless transition into the Academy of Art University Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree and to apply for entry level positions in the industry.
Associate Director of Undergraduate Photography