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B.F.A. in Photography

Student with CameraThe 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 Resources & Facilities link on the left side of this page for a complete listing of resources and facilities in the School of Visual and Performing Arts.