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What will I learn?

The B.F.A in photography is a professional undergraduate degree for students desiring extensive studio experience with an emphasis in photography and associated media. Students in the program develop critical thinking skills, refine their intellectual and creative processes, and learn both traditional and contemporary aspects of the photographer’s craft. The program provides a solid foundation for students pursuing graduate studies or a studio art career and for students wanting to build on their creative training through further professional and/or academic experiences.

As digital technology continues to blur the line between films, periodicals, television, and photographs, students are constantly challenged to define and re-examine the photographer's role in contemporary art practices.

To earn the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography, students begin with historical and traditional forms and progress to color processes with a concentrated examination of contemporary still and moving digital media. Herron students come to understand the roles photography played in culture throughout the past, and its current position as an art form. Technical proficiency, personal growth, and conceptual and aesthetic development get equal emphasis.

At various points in the curriculum students will be required to purchase their own personal equipment to grow their creative and technical capabilities. This includes purchasing a light meter in their sophomore year, a DSLR by fall of junior year, and a laptop by spring of junior year. Students are also required to complete an internship as part of the curriculum as it provides for extremely valuable real world experience that classroom teaching cannot simulate.

Mastering technical processes and developing your own artistic vision prepares you for a choice of multiple careers in photography and related fields. Employment opportunities include working perhaps as a studio artist and exhibiting work in fine art galleries and museums; being employed as a documentarian, publishing work in newspaper and other print venues or working in museum documenting works of art; as a commercial photographer; or as a portraitist. Many of our graduates work in emerging digital media, still, moving, and the worldwide web.

Which department am I in?

Herron School of Art and Design

Study options

Full Time (125 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$33,347.00 per year
Start date

Expected January, August 2022


Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

420 University Blvd,



46202, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have completed or will complete secondary school by the time of enrollment; No grade point average guarantees admission to IUPUI. We look for applicants who have demonstrated a "B" average or above average grades, with strong grades in math and science.

For international students

Students must have earned a diploma from an accredited high school before you enroll at IUPUI.


  • • TOEFL 80+
  • • IELTS 6.5+
  • Students scoring TOEFL 60+ or IELTS 5.5+ are eligible for admission but should anticipate taking additional English for Academic Purposes courses along with their academic program.

    *There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.