Jun 17, 2024  
2023-2024 University Catalog 
2023-2024 University Catalog

Photography, BFA

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Jennifer Greenburg, Program Director
(215) 717-6300



Learn more and apply to the Photography program.


The Photography program at the University of the Arts is designed to provide professional training balanced with contemporary fine art creativity. Cutting-edge technology is combined with critical thinking to create students who have the ability to adapt in a constantly changing field. A full range of media tools and technologies enable students to develop their own artistic vision and to hone the skills necessary for a career in a creative industry. An understanding and application of visual analysis combined with a mastery of technique enables the UArts Photography student to develop confidence and a unique artistic voice. Students learn to communicate their ideas visually, verbally, and in writing and are therefore prepared and confident makers. Our diverse faculty are active contemporary artists who are engaged in both commercial and fine art practices and bring real world knowledge into the classroom. The yearly lecture series, gallery exhibitions, and visiting artists create a rich and distinct educational experience.  

Program Objectives

At the end of our program, students will have the ability to:

  • lead a successful practice as an artist, creative, or entrepreneur using industry relevant skills
  • develop a distinct and personal approach to art making
  • analyze visual messages 
  • examine contemporary issues and historical precedents in photography
  • experiment and innovate
  • understand the ethics involved in the creation of photographs
  • engage in creative problem solving
  • communicate visually, verbally and in writing with critical insight
  • embrace new technologies
  • adapt to an evolving discipline

Program Requirements (120 credits)

Critical Studies (33 credits)

Writing (6-12 credits)

Students are placed into one of the following writing sequences after the completion of a writing placement exam. Students who do not complete the exam may be placed based on standardized tests scores (if available) or high school GPA.


Increased Support

CRIT Choice (9 credits)

  • Select 3 courses from subject CRIT

Critical Studies Electives (15-18 credits)

Students who complete the increased support or ESL writing sequence complete 12-15 credits of CS electives; all other students complete 18 credits.

  • Though not representative of all options, students can select from the following subjects:
    • ​AHST (Art History), HIST (History)
    • AMSL (American Sign Language), FRCH (French), LITT (Literature)
    • PHIL (Philosophy), RELI (Religion)
    • SCIE (Science)
    • ANTH (Anthropology), PSYC (Psychology), SOCI (Sociology)
    •  : Critical Studies Elective.

General Electives (9 credits)

  • Complete 9 credits. This requirement is satisfied by any undergraduate course that isn’t required by the program.

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