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"A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know."
~ Diane Arbus

Great photographers combine vision, style and technical proficiency to creatively illustrate ideas. The School of Photography takes a hands-on approach to teaching students the technique, aesthetics and conceptualization skills needed to create a cohesive body of work that demonstrates their personal signature in every image.

Academy of Art University photography courses are taught by working photographers. This gives students a real world perspective as they are guided in their investigations and development of Art for Commerce, Fine Art and Photojournalism/Documentary tracks of study. Access to working professionals coupled with the emphasis on strong conceptual skills and technical knowledge supports students in becoming leaders in their area of specialization with a portfolio of powerful and conceptually driven imagery.


The School of Photography course offerings include Fashion, Art for Commerce, Fine Art, Photojournalism/Documentary and many others. See more.

Schedule of Classes

View Photography course offerings, read course descriptions and plan your schedule. See All Classes »


Academy of Art University offers accredited AA, BFA and MFA Photography degrees. Learn More.


Study Photography through our undergraduate programs, graduate programs, accredited online program, continuing art education and pre-college scholarship programs.

Featured Faculty

Learn from top industry professionals who work to inspire you and develop your unique talents. Your exposure to these talented photographers is a unique experience that is not often found at any digital photography school. Learn More.


Get hands-on experience at a cutting-edge photography school with the latest tools that enable you to create a dynamic body of work that stands out above the rest. Learn More.

News & Success Stories

Find your motivation in the successes of Academy alumni and faculty members. See how they went to the top of the industry and earned the acclaim of their peers. Learn More.

Spring Show Portfolio

Our Photography degree program is like no other. See the student work that can truly be called the best of the best from this year's Spring Show. Learn More.

Professional Opportunities

As a Photography student, you will begin your professional career day one. Learn more.

Firms & Clients Hiring Our Graduates:

Graduates of the School of Photography have gone on to establish their own businesses and work for clients such as Apple, Nike, Porsche, Sony, Universal Studios and many others. See more.

Program Learning Outcomes

To learn more about the skills you will acquire in this program, view BFA Program Learning Outcomes and MFA Program Learning Outcomes.

Contact us at 800.544.2787 (U.S. Only) or 415.274.2200.

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