School of Photography Programs

Shape the future of the industry with any of our flexible learning programs.

The Film Darkroom

One of our many facilities open to our students.

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James B. Wood

Executive Director of Photography

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Photography Areas of Focus

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A documentary photographer captures newsworthy moments on film for newspapers, websites and more. Documentary photographers possess in-depth knowledge of photographic techniques as well as the ability to work within a variety of environments.


Fine Art

Fine Art

Fine art photographers produce high quality, original photographs that convey moods, emotions, ideas and themes that distinguish them as works of fine art. They make bold statements with color and lighting.


Advertising/Photo Illustration

Advertising/Photo Illustration

Advertising/photo illustration photographers draw the viewer into the advertisement and excite their curiosity and interest. One must learn about the target audience in order to effectively communicate the core benefits of the product or service advertised. The photos should entice the consumer through each advertisement and campaign.


Who's Hiring Our Graduates?

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Careers in Photography

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Spring Show

See the best work of the year from Photography.

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Featured Class Demo

Quality of Light: Lighting Patterns

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Student Portfolios

Course Catalog

We encourage you to explore the limits of your creativity and create your own path to creative fulfillment. Many of our classes can be taken without any prior experience or knowledge; all that's required is a desire to learn and explore. If you’d like to take a class that has a prerequisite, please contact an admissions representative. Once you’ve demonstrated equivalent knowledge or completion of a similar course a representative will assist you with registration.

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Erik Butler

Full Time Faculty–Photography

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