BA Photography


Program Description

Take the flexibility you need to become a master photographer and combine it with skills and talents from another major, or focus on community arts. Imagine what you can do with a minor in film, or creative writing (journalism) or studio art. This degree allows you to custom-design your own photographic experience: when you combine outside passions with a photographic background, you’ll know all the rules and the best ways to break them. Don’t stop at the darkroom or the digital lab, see how far your photographic experience can take you.

The BA in Photography requires 120 credits consisting of 36 credits in the liberal arts core, 4 credits in foundation requirements, 20 credits in major requirements, 24 credits in designated electives, and 36 credits in either a designated minor or unrestricted electives.


Liberal Arts Core Requirements (16 credits)

  • FRYE 1025 Liberal Arts Seminar (4 credits)
  • ENGL 1050 Writing Roundtable I (4 credits)
  • ENGL 1051 Writing Roundtable II (4 credits)
  • SOYE 2050 Sophomore Roundtable Seminar (4 credits)

Liberal Arts Distributive Core Requirements (12 credits)

Cultural Diversity Course (4 credits)

Ethical Responsibility Course (4 credits)

Options for all courses change on a semester basis.

Foundation Requirements: 4 credits

PHOT 1001 Freshman Studio I (2 credits)

PHOT 1002 Freshman Studio II (2 credits)

ARTH 1002 History of World Art II (4 credits)


Our internship network is growing all the time, thanks to the help of our Career Services center and the fact that Santa Fe is the third-largest art market in the US. The Career Services staff spends their time developing new connections to make sure that you get hands-on experience before you leave campus. Basically, we want to make sure that you’re hot stuff before you graduate – and that means working in the industry.

The Photography department has connections all over the world to make sure you have a chance to experience professional opportunities as early as possible – from museums to galleries, from newspapers to magazines, from New Mexico to Italy – you can be creating professional work for your portfolio during your whole time here. Just tell us what your passion is, and we can help you make it a reality. The best part is that because our internship is a graduation requirement for Photography majors, it’s not a chance – it’s a promise.


  • Fine Art Photographer
  • Photojournalist
  • Commercial / Industrial Photographer
  • Fashion / Food Photographer
  • Sports Photographer
  • Portraiture
  • Nature / Science Photographer
  • Photographer’s Assistant
  • Aerial Photographer / Videographer
  • Cinematographer
  • Corporate Events Photographer
  • Digital Asset Manager
  • Gallery / Museum Curator
  • Imaging Technician
  • Media Production Specialist
  • Photo Editor
  • Photo Restoration Specialist
  • Color Corrector
  • Continuity Photographer, Film
  • Creative Services Coordinator
  • Studio Lighting Assistant
  • Stock Photo Archivist / Provider
  • Photo Stylist
  • Surveillance


  • Museums
  • Galleries
  • Studios
  • Newspaper / Magazines
  • Sports Teams
  • Agencies [Advertising, Marketing, Public relations]
  • In-House Photographer, Corporations
  • Media Outlets
  • Motion Picture Industry
  • Television Industry
  • Government [Local, State, Federal]
  • Performance Venues
  • Higher Education
  • Web publishers [online Newspaper / Magazine]
  • Technology development firms
  • Events coordinators
  • Fashion Designers / Design Houses


Every year, the Photography department brings in professionals and artists from across the industry. Here’s a sampling of individuals who have visited in the past few years, and worked directly with photography students:

  • Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb (photographers and teachers, published authors of several photography and poetry books)
  • An-My Lê (photographer and professor at Bard College, 2012 MacArthur Fellowship recipient)
  • Antone Dolezal (photographer, featured on National Public Radio, Oxford American, Photo District News and Mossless Magazine)
  • Duane Michals (widely exhibited photographer, known for innovative use of photo-sequences)
  • Jamey Stillings (landscape and portrait photographer)
  • John Cohen (photographer, notable for images of artists during the Beat Generation)
  • John Willis (landscape and portrait photographer)
  • Martin Stupich (renowned photographer of industrial landscapes)
  • Michael Berman (Southwestern US landscape photographer)
  • Olivia Parker (widely exhibited photographer)
  • Robert and Shana Parke Harrison (photographers known for dreamlike, surrealist images)
  • Sebastião Salgado (Brazilian social documentary photographer and photojournalist)
  • Stephen Strom (landscape photographer)
  • Thomas Joshua Cooper (award-winning landscape photographer)
  • Cristina Kahlo (photographer, great-niece of Frida Kahlo)
  • Enrique Martinez Celaya (conceptual artist whose works include: paintings, sculpture, photography, poetry, and prose)
  • Kevin O’Connell (landscape photographer)

Cost & Fees

  • Tuition and fees: $122,728
  • Books and supplies: $5,750
  • On-campus room & board: $38,040
Last updated Nov 2018

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