What will I learn?

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Photography is a 120 credit hour limited access program that provides an intensive background in theoretical knowledge and professional skills. BFA students will develop a personal vision, a high level of competence in technique, and harness the ability to make sound artistic decisions.

As one of the few stand-alone photography degrees in the state of Texas, the BFA in Photography prepares students for the challenges of a rapidly evolving profession alongside expanding technologies and applications in digital imaging, video, multimedia, and motion graphics. Photography majors build upon a common sequence of foundational art and photography courses to pursue a focus on the business of commercial photography. Students graduating with the BFA in Photography leave A&M-Commerce with a well-rounded background in professional practices and a versatile set of practical skills. Our long history of commercial photography education and strong relationship with successful alumni give students a distinct advantage when advancing into a professional career.

To receive a degree in BFA Photography, students must successfully complete a minimum of one hundred-twenty (120) credit hours. Students must also remain in the program for a minimum of three long semesters. Students must enroll into “Photography Seminar” their year of graduating, culminating in an advancement review and graduation exhibition. Students must also complete their internships before graduating. Students admitted to the BFA program are exempt from any foreign language requirement. Students in the BFA major are not required to select a minor. The BFA Advisor can provide additional guidance with regard to entrance and degree requirements.

Which department am I in?

College of Humanities, Social Sciences and Arts

Study options

Full Time (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$21,634.00 per year
Start date

Expected January, August 2022


College of Humanities, Social Sciences and Arts

Texas A&M University-Commerce,



75429, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have completed a high school. Other English Language Requirements: TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Required scores: 80 (Internet-based TOEFL), 550 (paper-based TOEFL) or 6.5 IELTS.

For international students

International applicant must have a completion of a course of study equivalent to that required of a U. S. citizen. For Freshman Admission, high school transcripts need only be evaluated to determine U.S. high school equivalency.

The applicant must be adequately proficient in English to pursue a course of study at the University.

  • A score of at least 550 paper based on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • A score of at least 213 computer based on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • A score of at least 79 Internet based on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • IELTS: Overall band 6.0 or Higher

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