School of Photography

The School of Photography at Academy of Art University will change the way you see the world. From day one, you will be immersed in the history, art, and science of photography. You’ll learn everything from how to tell a compelling story through images to the technical requirements for shooting in both natural and studio lighting environments.

Our faculty of professional educators are also working artists who will teach you the skills you need to pursue your passions in commercial, fine art, and documentary photography. Beginning with your first class, you’ll be creating a professional-level portfolio of work to help you pursue an exciting and fulfilling career.

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Areas of Emphasis

Allied Skills

The School of Jewelry & Metal Arts teaches students techniques that range from traditional jewelry skills to the latest in laser, kinetics, mixed media, electronics, and 3D modeling. Photography plays a key role in documenting, assembling, and presenting final portfolios.
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Online Learning

Academy of Art University has been a bold leader in online art education for over two decades, blazing a path with innovative teaching methodologies and expertise in online delivery systems. Online classes in the School of Photography are particularly suited to the adventurous photographer.

Most asynchronistic online classes have a weekly “office hours” open session on Zoom for students to gather virtually in real time with their professor and classmates from around the world. This is a time to share work, exchange ideas, and learn new things.

Online has its advantages for working photographers and others on assignment. You can shoot on location and then log in to your class (on your schedule) and share what you have just shot. You can be in school while creating beautiful location images anywhere in the world.


Student Work

Photography Careers

  • Commercial Photographer
  • Documentary Photographer
  • Fine Art Photographer
  • Retoucher/Compositor
  • Portrait Photographer
  • Still Life Photographer
  • Photo Illustrator


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What makes this internship so unique is that it’s a practical application of everything I’ve learned while pursuing my degree at AAU. The opportunity to work alongside industry professionals and further build off those skills and knowledge base in such a dynamic and demanding professional environment has been an invaluable experience.
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Parker Mosby

Class of 2023

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