Online Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art – Digital Photography

Explore your creative potential by earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in art with a concentration in digital photography. Ideal for visual and intuitive thinkers, this program emphasizes contemporary, creative and expressive forms of digital photography. With a photography degree from Arizona State University, you’ll improve your technique and grow your understanding of aesthetics and conceptual thinking.

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Quick facts

Next start date:

Next start date: 07/01/2024


Total classes:

Total classes: 40

Weeks per class:

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours:

Total credit hours: 120

Degree questions, answered

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How will I learn in this online digital photography degree concentration?

Student creation of images and peer critique are at the core of this ASU Online photography degree concentration. In your courses, you’ll learn about concepts and techniques, and put them into practice in your own work. As you share images with your peers, you’ll grow as an artist by delivering and receiving thoughtful critiques.

Compared to a Bachelor of Arts (BA), a BFA focuses more heavily on creative and artistic expression. Through a combination of conceptual framework and hands-on projects, you’ll develop a variety of transferable skills, including:

  • Enhanced visual literacy.
  • Improved creative sensibility.
  • Practiced critical engagement.
  • Refined self-direction.

Technology requirements for the online photography degree concentration

To immerse yourself in your digital photography degree concentration courses, you must invest in the appropriate technology. We recommend you use a digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera, but any high-quality digital camera with fully manual options and video capacity is acceptable. You’ll also need a portable hard drive and an external disk hard drive to store your images.

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

While a photography degree concentration is not required to work in the field, it can give you a leg up. You’ll develop a trained approach to not only capture images, but also direct an experience for viewers. An immersive online studio experience, completing this concentration also allows you to grow alongside a community of peers, faculty and mentors.

Upon graduating, you can leverage your creative abilities to pursue a wide variety of positions in photography or adjacent fields, such as journalism, web design, advertising, teaching and more. Because this program focuses on using photography as artistic expression, the possibilities of where your talents can take you are endless.

Will my art degree with a concentration in digital photography 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.

Your concentration in digital photography will appear on both your diploma and transcripts.

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

Digital photography courses

In your concentration courses, you’ll engage with creative prompts, study existing work and participate in critiques to realize your artistic vision. Core courses are designed based on a studio model, which prioritizes creative work and personalized critiques. You’ll also create a final portfolio and artist statement, useful tools for applying to jobs and submitting your work to exhibitions. Courses may include:


What can I do with an online digital photography concentration?

You’ll graduate with a realized artistic perspective of digital photography that complements a variety of career settings from businesses and education to art galleries and museums. Roles you can pursue include, but aren’t limited to:

Animator


Growth: 8.2 %
Salary: $98,950

Art Director


Growth: 6.1 %
Salary: $105,180

Art Professor


Growth: 3.2 %
Salary: $77,280

Camera Repair Technician


Growth: 1.1 %
Salary: $44,060

Film Editor


Growth: 9.4 %
Salary: $63,520

Fine Artist


Growth: 5.2 %
Salary: $57,560

Industrial Designer


Growth: 2.0 %
Salary: $75,910

Photo Lab Specialist


Growth: -12.5 %
Salary: $36,280

Photographer


Growth: 4.1 %
Salary: $40,170

Learn from world-class art photographers and scholars

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 world-class art photographers and scholars

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 digital photography degree concentration admission requirements

I am a future

You’re considered a first-year student for application purposes if you’ve never attended college or have fewer than 12 transferable credit hours.

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Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain general admission to most online programs at 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 Earned Admission is right for you.

*Some programs may have higher admission requirements. You must meet all program requirements to be admitted.

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain general admission to most online programs at 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 Earned Admission is right for you.

*Some programs may have higher admission requirements. You must meet all program requirements to be admitted.

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 theater. 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


programs in arts, media and engineering, design, dance and theater, film and music.

Top 20


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

Tuition calculator

Use our calculator to estimate your full-time or part-time tuition fees for this program prior to any financial aid. Keep in mind that most of our students receive financial aid, which can reduce out-of-pocket costs. Learn more.

Tuition calculator

Use our calculator to estimate your full-time or part-time tuition fees for this program prior to any financial aid. Keep in mind that most of our students receive financial aid, which can reduce out-of-pocket costs. Learn more.

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