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Professional Opportunities

As a Photography student, you will begin your professional career on day one. Starting with first semester class assignments, you will create imagery based on concept and hone the techniques necessary to showcase your personal vision.

Today's photography industry demands highly educated professionals who combine technical proficiency with visual creativity. In hands-on, concept-driven courses taught by award-winning photographers, students develop their personal style. Instructors are chosen for their expertise and achievements, as well as their knowledge of contemporary trends in the industry, which offers students valuable insight.

In addition to a faculty of working photographers, Academy of Art University’s School of Photography offers a number of ways for students to meet and interact with other professionals in the industry:

Annual Spring Show – Every year, the top student work on display at Academy of Art University's Spring Show attracts creative professionals from around the country. The Annual Spring Show is a unique opportunity for photography school students to meet one-on-one with top photographers and professionals in the industry and have their portfolios reviewed.

Career & Entrepreneurial Services – Students prepare for entry into the professional workforce by taking advantage of the Career & Entrepreneurial Development department's onsite and online workshops. See more.

Industry Relationships & Events – Throughout each semester, the School of Photography participates in industry events and brings respected professionals in the photography industry to campus. Students benefit from lectures and artist presentations by top photographers.

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Through the School of Photography's innovative programs, you will develop an individual style and create powerful portfolios demonstrating your unique artistic vision. As you develop the technical and conceptual skills needed in the field, you will have the chance to network with industry professionals and gain practical experience.

Career Opportunities

As you earn your Photography degree, you will develop a portfolio and get the well-rounded set of skills that will prepare you for professional opportunities such as:

  • Catalog Photographer
  • Photo Editor
  • Location Scout
  • Stylist
  • Studio Manager
  • Photography Assistant
  • Photography Gallery Manager
  • Commission Photographer
  • Self-Published Photographer
  • Photography Instructor
  • High-End Photo Retoucher
  • Lab Technician
  • Scientific Photographer
  • Gallery Curator
  • Production Manager
  • Digital Tech
  • Music Photographer
  • And More!


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