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Elise Haines
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Photography is a cornerstone of cultural production. Our mission is to empower students with the confidence and skills to thrive and be self-sufficient as image makers and responsible, thoughtful, cultural producers in the ever-changing field of photography.

Our Approach

Belmont University’s Photography degrees provide students a creative foundation necessary to succeed as photographers and artists by mastering skills and concepts within photography’s past, present, and future. You will receive opportunities to experiment with image-making that will help you build your unique vision and voice as a photographer. 

Two Degree Options: BA or BFA

In our Bachelor of Arts in Photographic Studies program, you’ll undertake a journey of building connections across disciplines and within culture. This degree is designed for students who are interested in combining a focused study in photographic practices with a minor in another academic area such as Media Studies, Business, Sociology, English Literature, or Art History. For those looking for an even more interdisciplinary experience, students with a Bachelor of Arts degree can more easily add a second major in another academic area.  

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography builds on the foundation of the Photography BA degree. This degree encourages more in-depth research and experimentation in technical and conceptual methods to further hone their skills and sensibilities for high-end photography in multiple media. Students in the BFA degree are also required to take additional courses focused on professional practices. Students with a BFA degree are not required to add a minor.

How it Works

Both degree options include foundation study, intermediate techniques such as studio lighting, alternative printmaking, large format photography and a broad foundation in art history. Students have access to analog and digital cameras (small, medium, and large format), darkrooms, lighting studios, large format printers, and alternative printmaking studios. Students work closely with professors and will complete an ambitious thesis exhibition at the culmination of their degree.

Examples of learning opportunities in the Photography program:

  • Digital imaging and large format printing
  • Darkroom and film photography
  • Experimental video techniques
  • Applied studio lighting
  • Collaborative work with other departments (film, music, architecture, fashion) to learn techniques important for those industries
  • Documentary photographic projects that emphasize social concerns
  • Photo history and theory
  • Exhibition opportunities
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