As a student in photography, you will learn technical and creative skills that allow you to develop a portfolio. These skills will also prepare you to take advantage of careers in commercial photography, fine art photography, and small business ownership.

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The Bachelor of Arts degree is designed to provide students with experiences in a range of visual arts, as well as to provide knowledge of contemporary and historical artists. It will also prepare students for success in one of several disciplines within the visual arts including: Photography, Two-dimensional Art, and Three-dimensional Art.

The photography emphasis at BYU-Idaho offers courses and experiences in several areas, including digital photography, film photography, studio lighting, documentary photography, and location lighting. Students work closely with faculty mentors to learn the finer aspects of photographic craft, practice, and theory. These educational opportunities help prepare students to take advantage of various photographic careers.

Career Path

Graduates with a degree in Art have a wide array of rewarding careers before them. Check out some of the top careers students get with this degree or explore more career options in I-Plan.

Highlighted Career Paths

Commercial/studio photographer

Commercial and Studio Photographers take photographs of people, products, and/or places for clients. Studio photographers work for a company, or more often, they own their own studio and work for a variety of clients.

Art photographer

Art Photographers produce fine photographic prints to sell through galleries, personal websites, art shows, etc. Fine art photographers also complete artist residencies, apply for grants and may choose to go to graduate school, which qualifies them to teach at the university level.

Small business owner

A photographer who owns a small photography business will complete a variety of photographic tasks for a variety of clients. Some of these tasks may include weddings, family portraits, products, fine prints for sale, etc. A photographer may own a storefront studio or may work out of their home.

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Getting started in this degree

Students will complete 46 credits of major-specific courses which can be found in the course catalog for this degree. To find out if Art Three Dimensional Studies is right for you, take the following classes first:

  • ART106 - Freshman Art Orientation Seminar (.5)
  • ART107 - Design and Color (3)
  • ART125 - Adobe CC Basics (3)
  • ART160 - Photography I (3)


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