B.F.A. in Photography

The 129-credit Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography offers exciting study in the history, aesthetics and technical evolution of photography. In small classes taught by award-winning photographers and visiting guest artists, you will learn all aspects of documentary and commercial photography; gain a deep understanding and appreciation of the field’s history, aesthetics and technical evolution; and develop critical, analytical and professional skills.

Course topics range from newspaper photojournalism to the mechanics and aesthetics of lighting, techniques of photo illustration, survey of world art, and experimental approaches in a computer-driven, digital environment. The curriculum allows the student to take up to five computer graphic classes as part of the photography major.

The school’s photographic studios, digital labs and darkrooms provide an exciting atmosphere in which to create master prints and professional imagery. LIU Post features a black and white photo lab, photography studios and digital labs for gaining hands-on experience with a variety of media and technologies to build your portfolio.

The program teaches you how to see and conceptualize your world and develop technical expertise for a rewarding career as a photographer, photojournalist, photo historian, art educator, gallery director, magazine art director, or to pursue further study at the graduate level.

Facilities for Photography Majors

The traditional black & white darkroom is a state-of-the-art facility for photography majors. In addition, students have access to a digital lab containing Mac computers with the latest versions of all standard digital editing software, flatbed and negative scanners and archival Epson printers using Ultrachrome inks. Our shooting studio is fully equipped with strobes, soft boxes and other lighting equipment, as well as view cameras. Please visit the Facilities & Venues link on the left side of this page for a complete listing of resources and facilities in the School of Visual and Performing Arts.

Admission Requirements
  • Admission Requirements for incoming freshmen is solid B average (3.0 grade point average or 82 to 85) and an average SAT of 1000 (Math & Critical Reading combined) or ACT 19 or above. Although incoming freshmen are not required to submit a portfolio for admission into the photography program, they are strongly encouraged to make an appointment to visit the campus with a collection of their work. This is an excellent opportunity to see the photography studios and have a faculty member see your talents. Portfolios are required for students applying for Department of Art scholarships. Freshman can sign up to have their work reviewed at Art Portfolio Scholarship Review Days in the fall or spring.

  • Transfer students must have completed more than 24 college credits. A minimum college GPA of 2.0 is required for application review. If you have completed fewer than 24 credits, you must also submit high school transcripts and SAT/ACT scores. Students wishing to transfer into an Department of Art program are required to submit a portfolio for evaluation by the director of the relevant program. More information on portfolio reviews may be found on the Art Portfolio Scholarship Review Days website or by calling the Department of Art at 516-299-2464.

    To apply for departmental scholarships, click on the Department of Art Scholarships on the website:

Core Requirements
In addition to all major requirements, students pursuing the B.F.A. in Photography must satisfy all core curriculum requirements as follows:
POST 101 1 credit
First-Year Composition 6 credits
Economics/Political Science 6 credits
Fine Arts 3 credits (excluding all ART courses)
History/Philosophy 6 credits (in one area)
Laboratory Science 4 credits
Language/Literature 6 credits
Mathematics 3 - 4 credits
Social Sciences 6 credits
Competencies Computer, Library, Oral
For a more detailed listing of these requirements, see the core curriculum section of this bulletin.

Major Requirements
Required Photography Courses
PHOJ 1 Photojournalism 3.00
PHOJ 4 Color Photography 3.00
PHOJ 5 Photo Studio 3.00
PHOJ 6 Basic Lighting Techniques and Aesthetics 3.00
PHOJ 7 Photo Workshop 3.00
PHOJ 8 Experimental and Advanced Techniques 3.00
PHOJ 9 Apprenticeship 3.00
PHOJ 10 Studio Lighting Techniques and Aesthetics 3.00
PHOJ 11 Intermediate Course in Techniques and Aesthetics 3.00
PHOJ 12 Advanced Techniques and Aesthetics 3.00
PHOJ 30 Digital Large Format Printing 3.00
PHOJ 101 B&W Silver Gelatin Printing 3.00
Required Fine Art Courses
ART 2 Studio Foundation 1 9.00
ART 3 Studio Foundation 2 6.00
One of the following:
ART 4 Introduction to Computer Graphics 3.00
CGPH 16 Digital Imaging 3.00
Required Art History Courses
ART 59 Survey of World Art I 3.00
ART 60 Survey of World Art II 3.00
ART 72 Contemporary Art 3.00
ART 79 History of Photography 3.00
ART 80 Concepts & Issues in Contemporary Photography 3.00
Required Senior Capstone Courses
ATUT 1 Senior Fine Arts Tutorial 3.00
PROJ 3 Fine Art Senior Project II 3.00
Elective Directed Art Courses
Choose three of the following: 9 credits
CGPH 5 Computer Layout 1 3.00
CGPH 7 Digital Illustration 1 3.00
CGPH 18 Digital Imaging Synthesis 3.00
PHOJ 2 Photojournalism 2 3.00
PHOT 13 Advanced Photography 3.00
PHOT 24 Digital Imaging Synthesis 3.00
Any PHOT or CGPH electives course - 3 credits
Electives (4 credits): Courses that are not being used to satisfy major or core requirements.
Credit and GPA Requirements
Minimum Total Credits: 129 (128 for transfer students)
Minimum Liberal Arts Credits: 36
Minimum Major Credits: 78
Minimum Overall GPA: 2.25
Minimum Major GPA: 2.25


College of Arts, Communications & Design
Christine Kerr, Ph.D.
Acting Dean and Professor

Moreen Mitchell, J.D.
Assistant Dean