Columbia College Chicago

Photography

The Photography Department offers four academic programs. The Bachelor of Arts in Photography is a liberal arts degree that allows you to focus on photography within a program of general studies at the College. The second Bachelor of Arts in Photography is a liberal arts degree that is intended for students who have previously attained a bachelor’s degree. The minor in Photography is a formal course of study that can complement any major program. Our stylistically diverse Master of Fine Arts program emphasizes aesthetic and conceptual development alongside advanced photographic technique.

Majors & Programs

For requirements and more information about these programs, visit the course catalog.


Photography, BA

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Looking for an exploratory degree with a core photography curriculum? Columbia’s Photography BA is a 42-hour program that offers special concentrations in fashion, fine art, photojournalism and commercial photography. You can also earn a general photography degree. If you are a student with photography experience, the photography department will work with you to explore the possibility of advanced placement in the program.

Concentrations:
Commercial

As a Photography student with a Commercial Concentration, you'll study digital imaging, studio lighting and the history of photography while practicing the roles of photographer, stylist, digital technician and studio assistant. Advanced courses in this concentration will ask you to develop a personalized vision and approach to commercial photography as you build your portfolio and produce a large body of work.

Fine Art

The Fashion Photography Concentration offers a unique partnership between the Photography and Fashion Studies Departments. As a Fashion Photography student, you'll collaborate with your Fashion Studies peers to refine your understanding of trends and best practices in the fashion industry. You'll deploy artistic principals learned in your study of photography as you document the presentation of dress in both live and studio settings.

Photojournalism

If you have a love of spot news, sports, documentary or editorial photography, then the Photojournalism Concentration is for you. As a photojournalism student, you'll collaborate with students in the Communication and Media Innovation Department to strengthen your grasp of the multimedia technology used to document, archive and report newsworthy events. You'll apply principals learned in your study of photography to the presentation of images in the news as you develop your portfolio, complete an internship and hone your stylistic vision.

Fashion Photography

The Fashion Photography Concentration offers a unique partnership between the Photography and Fashion Studies Departments. As a Fashion Photography student, you'll collaborate with your Fashion Studies peers to refine your understanding of trends and best practices in the fashion industry. You'll deploy artistic principals learned in your study of photography as you document the presentation of dress in both live and studio settings.


Photography Minor

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If you’re looking for a solid foundation in photography or want to broaden your skills as an Art + Design, Cinema Art + Science or other major, this minor provides the fundamentals you’ll need.


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