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Earn a B.F.A. in Photography in Downtown Pittsburgh

The B.F.A. in photography program is dedicated to photographers and artists, students and scholars, creating and interpreting the world of the visual image. Photography students have the opportunity to pursue fine art, fashion, landscape, still life, portraiture, photojournalism and other specialized topics. 

At Point Park University, class sizes are small, which allows students to actively engage with their instructors and classmates. Courses revolve around student-centered learning, encouraging students to:

  • develop bodies of work;
  • build technical skills; and 
  • engage in conversations that help them understand their work in relation to the images that shape our contemporary culture.

Photography students are grounded in the creative and technological skills of the medium and will gain an understanding of the professional world through classes, internships and networking opportunities.

Students will learn how to process in black and white and color darkrooms, light a studio, and create, edit and print using digital materials. Processes and techniques covered include:

  • Business and marketing
  • Alternative processes
  • Interpretive writing
  • Historical and theoretical issues
  • 35mm, medium format and 4x5 film camera
  • Digital capture and post-production
  • Web design
  • Gallery and portfolio presentation

The B.F.A. program is constantly redefining the medium of photography. Focusing on both practice and theory, students will gain a broad definition of photography as a lens-based medium open to an endless variety of expressive means. 

Photography Facilities

Facilities available to students include:

  • Photofinishing room 
  • 19th Century alternative processes room
  • Comprehensive equipment rental service
  • Traditional black and white and color darkrooms 
  • Digital editing labs
  • Commercial studios 


Photography Course Offerings

You will receive a well-rounded education through Point Park's core curriculum and classes in your major, including:

  • Digital Photography
  • Digital Photo Editing
  • Experimental Photography & Video
  • Contemporary Issues In Photography
  • Advanced Photography
  • View Camera Techniques
  • Senior Thesis
  • Black and White Darkroom Photography
  • Color Darkroom Photography
  • History of Photography 
  • Alternative Processes
  • Business of Photography
  • Photographic Art Marketing
  • Studio Photography

For a comprehensive list of program requirements, see the degree requirements and the course descriptions.

Photography as a Career

The B.F.A. in photography prepares students to:

  • Launch careers as professional artists
  • Work creatively in commercial advertising and portrait studios
  • Produce compelling work as photojournalists, commercial, editorial and/or fine art photographers
  • Apply expertise in museums and galleries and create artwork for public exhibition
  • Combine knowledge of image-making with another field
  • Write as a professional interpreter and critic
  • Engage in graduate studies in fine art programs

Graduates are well-positioned to join a network of alumni who are actively working with local and national media outlets, businesses and organizations, as well as pursuing post-graduate study.

Photos by Point Park students and faculty