Online Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art (Digital Photography)

Arizona State University’s online photography degree emphasizes contemporary, creative and expressive forms of digital photography. In this program, you’ll learn how to improve your technique while growing your understanding of aesthetics and conceptual thinking. A community of peers, professors and mentors will encourage your artistic development.

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Quick facts

Next start date: 10/13/2021


Total classes: 40

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 120

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How can I learn photography skills online?

Student creation and peer critique are at the core of our online photography degree. As you share images with your classmates remotely, you’ll learn to deliver and accept feedback to facilitate creative and artistic growth. Classes will introduce concepts and techniques, and students will learn by doing.

To fully participate in this distance-based studio program, you’ll need to invest in the appropriate technology. A digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera is recommended but any high-quality digital camera with fully manual options and video capacity is accepted.

Is this a Bachelor of Fine Arts?

 

Yes, the bachelor’s degree in photography is a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA). Compared to a Bachelor of Arts (BA), a BFA focuses more heavily on creative and artistic expression than on a liberal arts education. After graduating, students may still leverage their education to pursue a wide variety of fields and careers around photography. The primary emphasis of this program is on developing creative sensibilities, visual literacy and the ability to participate thoughtfully in critical exchanges. These competencies may be relevant to many different career paths.

Do you need a degree in photography to be a photographer?

 

While a photography degree is not required to work in the field, it can prove indispensable for several reasons. For example, the curriculum teaches you how to use photography as a form of creative expression and exposes you to useful digital photography techniques. You’ll also learn to participate in a large community of peers and mentors.

Will my photography degree say 'online'?

No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.” That’s because ASU Online students learn from the same faculty and receive the same course content as in-person students receive.

Learn what you can accomplish with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in art – digital photography.

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What can I learn in a photography degree?

You’ll engage with creative prompts, study examples and participate in critiques to realize your unique vision. Core classes are based on a studio model, which prioritizes creative work and feedback.

To complete the online photography degree, you’ll create a final portfolio and a cohesive artist statement. Both which are useful when applying to jobs and submitting work to exhibitions.

Some examples of classes you might take include:


ART 206: Digital Photography I


ART 207: Digital Photography II


ARA 309: Photography Now


ART 317: Advanced Digital Photography


What can I do with an online degree in photography?

The bachelor’s degree in photography focuses on developing an artistic perspective. This can be applied to several career paths, including positions at galleries or arts organizations. You may consider applying for roles in design, journalism, advertising and more. Some possible career options include:

Animator


Growth: 4.1 %
Salary: $77,700

Art Director


Growth: -1.8 %
Salary: $97,270

Art Professor


Growth: 5.6 %
Salary: $69,690

Camera Repair Technician


Growth: 2.6 %
Salary: $40,330

Film Editor


Growth: 21.6 %
Salary: $67,250

Fine Artist


Growth: 1.0 %
Salary: $52,340

Industrial Designer


Growth: -3.5 %
Salary: $71,640

Photo Lab Specialist


Growth: -19.4 %
Salary: $34,720

Photographer


Growth: -3.6 %
Salary: $41,280

Learn from engaged and experienced instructors

ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is home to world-class scholars, artists and designers who inspire students to shape the future. Our faculty’s research is grounded in the transformative power of art and its ability to change the world. Faculty research areas include:

  • Arts and design for social justice.
  • Arts, education and arts-integrated education.
  • Arts, entrepreneurship and cultural policy.
  • Community engagement and public policy.
  • Creative health collaborations.
  • Design, arts, science and engineering.
  • The study of creative work.

Learn from engaged and experienced instructors

ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is home to world-class scholars, artists and designers who inspire students to shape the future. Our faculty’s research is grounded in the transformative power of art and its ability to change the world. Faculty research areas include:

  • Arts and design for social justice.
  • Arts, education and arts-integrated education.
  • Arts, entrepreneurship and cultural policy.
  • Community engagement and public policy.
  • Creative health collaborations.
  • Design, arts, science and engineering.
  • The study of creative work.

Online photography degree admission requirements

I am a future

You are considered a freshman for application purposes if you have not attended college at all, or have fewer than 12 transferable credit hours (with a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA).

1. Review competency requirements

2. Review other admission requirements

3. Complete online application

4. File your FAFSA

5. Request ACT or SAT scores

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain admission to ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if the Earned Admission Pathway is right for you.

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain admission to ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if the Earned Admission Pathway is right for you.

The nation’s largest comprehensive design and arts school

ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts has a tradition of top-ranked undergraduate and graduate programs from a combination of disciplines. These range from the arts, media and engineering to film, dance and theatre. The institute trains artists and designers to leverage their creativity and problem solving to advance culture, build community and transform society.

5,300+


students.

400


internationally recognized faculty members.

125


in arts, media and engineering, design, film, dance and theatre, and music.

Top 20


among fine arts schools in the nation, ahead of Cornell University, Parsons School of Design and the University of California.

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Tuition calculator

Our tuition calculator can help you estimate full-time tuition fees for this program without financial aid. Keep in mind: More than 80% of our students receive financial aid.

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