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Studio Art: Photography Emphasis

Bachelor of Fine Arts

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The major in studio art is for students planning professional careers as creative artists. The BA major is for students planning to pursue art-related careers. Portfolio review is required to enter both the BFA and BA programs. Students take a common core of basic art courses that provide the foundation for more specialized study. Students entering the BFA program then take advanced courses in two- and three-dimensional media before taking courses in their area of emphasis. Emphasis areas are: 2-D studio (drawing, painting, printmaking); 3-D studio (sculpture, ceramics, fibers); photography (digital and black and white); and visual communication (graphic design, illustration).

Major Details

College: College of Fine Arts
Admissions Requirements:

No Additional Requirements

Math Required:


    This strand involves the general understanding and appreciation of how mathematics is used to solve problems in everyday life. The G-strand does not prepare a student for any further work grounded in mathematics and assumes the student will not proceed beyond the basic Foundations level noted above. Thus only those students whose major requires the most general knowledge of mathematics should take this strand.
Second Language Required:

2 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of second-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion with a C or better of a second semester course at the post-secondary level.
  • An AP (Advanced Placement), IB (International Baccalaureate) or CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) language score determined by the individual language department.
  • In the College of Engineering by a method determined within the College; however, all students in the college must also take a language placement examination on entrance to the University.
2 Semesters
Fees: Yes
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • Main Campus

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
ART 100A, 100B, or 100E 2
ART 100C, 100D, 100F, 100G, or 100J 2
ART 119 Contemporary Art & Theory 3
ARH 201 Survey of Western Art I 3
ENGL 101 First Year Composition 3
Tier I General Education 3
2nd Semester
ART 100A, 100B, or 100E 2
ART 100A, 100B, or 100E 2
ART 100C, 100D, 100F, 100G, or 100J 2
ART 100C, 100D, 100F, 100G, or 100J 2
ARH 202 Survey of Western Art II 3
ENGL 102 First Year Composition 3
Math 3
3rd Semester
First Semester Second Language 4
ART 241 Beginning B&W Darkroom Photography 3
200-level 3-D Studio Art3-D Studies 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
4th Semester
Second Semester Second Language 4
ART 244 Beginning Digital Photography 3
3-D Studies 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
5th Semester
200-level 2-D Studio Art 3
Upper Division Photography 3
300-level ARH Course 3
Tier I General Education 3
Upper Division Photography 3
6th Semester
Upper Division Photography 3
Upper Division Photography 3
200-level 2D or 3D Studio Art 3
Tier II General Education 3
Art Elective 2
Elective 1
7th Semester
Upper Division Photography 3
Upper Division Photography 3
300/400-level ARH Course 3
300/400-level Art Elective 3
Tier II General Education 3
8th Semester
400 level Photography 3
ART 441 Advanced Photography 3
400-level ARH or Photography 3
300/400-level Art Elective 3
Tier II General Education 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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Career Planning

A Studio Art major in the Photography concentration provides students with training in art history, traditional black and white darkroom techniques, digital and other image-forming technologies, color processes, large-scale photography, and video skills. Graduates may seek work as freelance photographers or staff photographers with newspapers, event planning companies, or advertising agencies, or they may promote photography appreciation through teaching or museum work. Studio Art, like many majors, teaches content and skills that can be applied to a wide variety of career fields. This major does not restrict you to a specific field. The career fields most closely related to this major are competitive. Many individuals who graduate with bachelor’s degrees in this major establish paying careers in other fields.

Potential Career Areas

  • Fine arts photography
  • Teaching
  • Technical writing
  • Journalism
  • Advertising
  • Portrait photography
  • Event photography
  • Curating/archiving
  • Editing

Sample Employers

  • Community centers
  • Schools
  • Colleges and universities
  • Galleries
  • Museums
  • Newspapers
  • Self-employment
  • Equipment manufacturers
  • Magazines and websites
  • Event planning organizations

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Fine Arts Photographer $17,300 - $29,100
Photographic Technical Writer $30,270 - $51,730
Photo Editor $25,000 - $90,000
Photography Instructor, Postsecondary $23,080 - $92,430
Photographic Equipment Technician $16,480 - $50,000
Digital Photography Consultant $15,000 - $40,000
Portrait Photographer $45,047 - $63,121
Photography Curator, Museum $30,000 - $70,100
Self-Enrichment Teacher, Photography $18,800 - $36,300
Newspaper Photographer $14,560 - $43,418
Advertising Photographer $50,000 - $150,000
Photographic Administrator $25,000 - $50,000