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  • Students are no longer accepted into this program as of June 5, 2024. 

Fredonia’s photography program will nurture your creativity through photographic expression. You will have access to the latest technology available as you study camera vision, equipment and technique; black-and-white, color and alternative processes; the use of natural and artificial light; and the photographic applications of digital technology. Along the way, you learn to develop critical judgment skills through discussion of contemporary and historical photographic practice.

The Fredonia Difference

The BFA photography degree requires intensive work in visual arts studios supported by a program of general education. Students complete rigorous, in‐depth courses in specific photographic technique and work to discover their own artistic voice with a high level of technical, conceptual, creative, and aesthetic development. The program relates to all the other areas in the department by emphasizing inter-media applications through the combination of photographic images or electronic output with the traditional materials associated with drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking and video to encourage communication and understanding across the disciplines. Experimentation and practice in various studio media foster a broad range of artistic knowledge with the intent to conceptualize ideas by using the medium of photography with related practices. Fredonia has a competitive application process that requires the submission of an art portfolio.

Career Opportunities for Photography

  • Arts Educator
  • Art Director
  • Brand Manager
  • Commercial Photographer
  • Studio Owner/Operator
  • Photo Archivist
  • Photojournalist
  • Photo Editor
  • Web Developer


What does a 4-year degree look like?

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What are all the required and elective courses offered to obtain this degree?

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Sample Courses

ARTS 255 Color and Light

Explores aesthetic and technical knowledge necessary to understand the art of color photography including color perception, materials and processes, and aesthetics of color.

ARTS 350 Experimental Photography

Students will study the working methods of early pioneers of photography, as well as examine present-day software development that fabricates and alters these processes. Historical working methods and contemporary mimicking approaches will be discussed.

ARTS 356 The Photographic Narrative

The course will focus on the art of visual storytelling through the medium of photography. All aspects of photographic narrative and image sequencing will be explored, from documentary to tableau vivant.

Student Story

Without the range of photo training Fredonia offered I wouldn't have been prepared for a career photo editing in print and digital publishing or for a spot at an international TV network handling all photo needs.

— Trish Halpin

Why Photography at Fredonia?



Visual Arts and New Media distributes 13 scholarships each year to incoming and upper-level students based on achievement and professional potential.

students in darkroom processing photos

The tools to succeed

The expansive photography facility in Igoe Hall includes a 500-square-foot shooting studio, which enables students to work in a more commercial setting. The 1100-square-foot Macintosh computer lab contains 22 iMac Pros.

“Mis-Allegiance” by Melanie Walker

Visiting Artist Program

Visual Arts and New Media offers exposure to a variety of art and design professionals from around the country and world during special lectures and gallery openings.

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