Degree Program Overview

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography prepares students to express themselves through photography by gaining a command of fundamental principles and practices. BFA students benefit from close observation and continual feedback from our faculty and are encouraged to find their own path through exploration as they develop their skills.


All students must complete the W.A.S.H. (Workshop in Art Studio and History) upon entering the Art Program and pass a BFA portfolio review in their sophomore year in order to continue in the BFA program.

Students in the Photography BFA program take courses that teach skills in darkroom photography, alternative practices, and digital media. Students learn professional lighting techniques in a professionally equipped studio. Contemporary issues in photography are examined in courses on the human form, narrative photography, advanced studio, the history of photography, and a capstone course in professional practices.

The Art Department requires its students to own a Mac laptop with the current version of Adobe Creative Suite. This policy allows students to be as productive as possible without the confines of class schedules and lab hours. Financial aid and SHSU discounts are available to offset the cost.  Get details about financial aid and discounts for laptops.

Careers in Photography

  • Photographer
  • Freelancer
  • Curatorial Consultant
  • Art Librarian
  • Art K-12 Educator

Alumni Success

Graduates of SHSU's art programs

  • have had their work featured in various galleries and publications
  • work as commercial photographers
  • become public school teachers
  • have received awards for their artwork

Program Breakdown

Brief breakdown of the type, or types, of degree(s) available, their length, available enrollment, and estimated cost.
Category Degree Summary
Degree Type Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.)
Length 120 Credit Hours
Enrollment Fall, Spring, Summer
Tuition/Costs Rates Per Semester

View the Art Photography brochure (.pdf).

Undergraduate Application Deadlines

  • Fall: August 1
  • Spring: December 1
  • Summer I: May 15
  • Summer II: June 15