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Bachelor of Arts in Photography

Major in Photography

Bachelor of Arts in Photography Program Overview

Embark on a major in Photography at FHU for an enriching educational journey. Cultivate your artistic skills, delve into the depths of visual storytelling, and explore various genres and techniques. Our esteemed faculty and nurturing atmosphere equip you with the knowledge and expertise needed for a fulfilling career in the field of photography.


Department of Creative and Communication Arts

Department chair name:

Margaret Payne
B.A., M.A., Ph.D.

Program Coordinator:

Mr. Jud Davis

Learning at FHU

Why Major in Photography at FHU?

Majoring in Photography at FHU sets you on a path of artistic growth, technical proficiency, and professional success, providing a solid foundation for a rewarding and fulfilling career in the world of photography.
Aspiring to become a photography specialist? Immerse yourself in FHU's Photography program, where students master visual storytelling, technical proficiency, historical influences, leadership skills, artistic composition, and advanced photographic techniques. Empower yourself with our program to excel in the world of captivating images and creative narratives.

Program Highlights:

  • Learning technical and artistic concept aspects of the craft.
  • Experienced faculty who have a passion and industry knowledge
  • Practical, Hands-on experience
  • Portfolio Development
  • Diverse Course Offerings to cater to different interests
  • Well-rounded liberal arts core as well as major requirements

Bachelor of Arts in Photography Degree Four-Year Plans

Embark on your journey in photography with a comprehensive four-year blueprint carefully customized to lead you forward. FHU’s Photography program is strategically crafted to empower students with the indispensable tools and skills required to thrive in the dynamic and fiercely competitive realm of the photography industry.

2023-2024 4-Year Plan(s)
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Careers for Photography Majors

A degree in Photography from Freed-Hardeman University opens up a range of exciting career opportunities in the dynamic field of visual arts and media. Some potential career paths for Photography majors include:

  • Commercial Photographer
  • Wedding Photographer
  • Photojournalist
  • Fashion Photographer
  • Fine Art Photographer
  • Commercial Studio Photographer
  • Freelance Photographer
  • Photography Educator
  • Social Media Content Creator

Photography Degree Requirements

Explore the captivating Photography program at Freed-Hardeman University! Hone your skills behind the lens, delve into photographic theory, history, and technique. Ignite your creative passion and embark on an exciting photography journey. Unleash your visual potential with us!

I. Liberal Arts Core Requirements

Listed in this catalog under Academics: Liberal Arts Core

II. Major Requirements - 36 hours
ART 201 Introduction to Photography 
ART 260 Black and White Photography 
ART 285 Alternative Processes
ART 304  History of Photography (W)
ART 360 Photography as a Profession 3
ART 370  Photo Arts (W) 
ART 405  Digital Craft 
ART 407  Studio Craft 
ART 470  Senior Photography Project/Portfolio 
ART 397/497  Internship 
Choose three (3) hours from the following courses: 3 hours 
ART 120 Drawing I  (3) 
ART 130  2-D Design  (3) 
ART 240  Painting I  (3) 
ART 332  3-D Design and Sculptural Techniques  (3) 
Choose three (3) hours from the following courses:  3 hours
COM 358 Social Media (3)
MKT 363 Personal and Professional Branding (W) (3)
MKT 466 Small Business Marketing (3)
III. Electives (including additional Bible) - 56 hours

Frequently Asked Questions About Our Bachelor of Arts in Photography Program

Below are answers to questions prospective students often have when considering a major in Photography. If you have additional questions or need more information, please contact admissions@fhu.edu and they will happily answer questions and provide additional details about our program

What makes a Bachelor's Degree in Photography at FHU unique?

The Bachelor’s Degree in Photography at FHU stands out for several distinctive qualities that set it apart:

  1. Holistic Curriculum: Our program offers a comprehensive curriculum that balances technical proficiency with artistic expression. You’ll not only develop strong technical skills but also explore the creative and conceptual aspects of photography.
  2. Experienced Faculty: Our faculty members are seasoned professionals in the field of photography, bringing real-world insights and industry expertise to the classroom.
  3. Diverse Course Offerings: From traditional black and white photography to cutting-edge digital craft and alternative processes, our program offers a wide range of courses that cater to various interests and techniques in photography.
  4. Professional Development: The inclusion of courses like “Photography as a Profession” equips you with the business acumen and marketing strategies needed to succeed in the competitive photography industry.
  5. Internship Opportunities: Our program values practical experience, and the “Internship” course provides you with opportunities to apply your skills in real-world settings, building a strong foundation for your future career.
  6. Portfolio Emphasis: The culmination of your studies includes a “Senior Photography Project/Portfolio,” allowing you to showcase your growth and creativity through a curated collection of your best work.
  7. Personalized Education: With the guidance of our faculty and advisors, you can tailor your educational experience to align with your unique interests and career aspirations within the realm of photography.
  8. Artistic Expression: Our program encourages you to develop a unique visual voice, empowering you to tell stories and communicate emotions through your photographs.

In essence, the Bachelor’s Degree in Photography at FHU offers a well-rounded education that combines technical expertise, creative exploration, and professional development, setting you on a path to thrive as a skilled and innovative photographer in a competitive industry.

What is the job outlook for students who graduate with a degree in photography?

The job outlook for students who graduate with a degree in photography can vary based on several factors, including the specific photography niche, industry trends, location, and the individual’s skills and networking efforts. Here’s a general overview of the job outlook:

  1. Competitive Nature: The field of photography is highly competitive due to the accessibility of digital cameras and editing software. This means that while there are opportunities, photographers need to differentiate themselves and continually refine their skills to stand out.
  2. Diverse Opportunities: Graduates with a photography degree can find opportunities in a wide range of industries, including commercial photography, fine art photography, photojournalism, portrait photography, fashion photography, wedding photography, and more.
  3. Freelance vs. Employment: Many photographers work as freelancers or run their own photography businesses, while others may find employment with media outlets, advertising agencies, studios, galleries, and event companies. Freelancing offers flexibility but requires self-promotion and business management skills.
  4. Technology Impact: The shift to digital photography and the growth of online platforms have changed the landscape. Photographers need to be adept at using digital tools, editing software, and social media for self-promotion and exposure.
  5. Specialization: Those who specialize in a specific genre or have a unique artistic vision may find it easier to carve out a niche and attract a specific clientele.
  6. Location Matters: Job opportunities can vary based on location. Urban areas with a vibrant arts and media scene may offer more prospects, while rural areas might have fewer options.
  7. Networking: Building a strong network is crucial in the photography industry. Connecting with fellow photographers, clients, and professionals can lead to collaborations, referrals, and potential job opportunities.
  8. Adaptability: Successful photographers are often adaptable and open to evolving trends and technologies. The ability to learn new techniques and embrace changing industry standards is essential.
  9. Artistic Expression: The artistic nature of photography allows for personal expression, but it’s important to find a balance between creativity and meeting client expectations.

In summary, while the photography field is competitive, graduates with a degree in photography can find success by combining technical skills, creativity, business acumen, and a strong professional network. Staying updated with industry trends, continuously improving skills, and finding a unique angle can help graduates navigate the job market and build a rewarding career in photography.

What skills can I learn while majoring in Photography at FHU?

Majoring in Photography at FHU can equip you with a diverse range of skills that are essential for success in the field. Here are some key skills you can expect to learn:

  • Technical Proficiency: Master the technical aspects of photography, including using cameras, lenses, lighting equipment, and post-processing software to capture and enhance images effectively.
  • Visual Storytelling: Learn how to convey narratives, emotions, and messages through your photographs, using composition, lighting, and subject matter to create compelling stories.
  • Creative Composition: Develop an eye for composition, framing, and visual aesthetics to create visually engaging and impactful images.
  • Conceptual Thinking: Explore the conceptual aspects of photography, understanding how to convey ideas, themes, and concepts through imagery.
  • Image Editing: Gain proficiency in post-processing software like Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom to retouch, enhance, and manipulate images.
  • Portfolio Development: Learn how to curate and present your work in a professional portfolio, showcasing your skills, growth, and unique style.
  • Time Management: Balance multiple projects, deadlines, and assignments, honing your time management skills to meet client expectations and academic requirements.
  • Communication Skills: Learn to effectively communicate with clients, models, collaborators, and peers, ensuring a smooth workflow and successful projects.
  • Collaboration: Collaborate with models, stylists, and other professionals in the industry to produce cohesive and visually appealing photographs.

By the time you graduate from FHU’s Photography program, you’ll have a well-rounded skill set that encompasses technical expertise, artistic creativity, business acumen, and a strong foundation for a successful career in photography.


What is the Photography degree at FHU?

The Photography degree at Freed-Hardeman University (FHU) is a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) program designed to provide students with a comprehensive education in the field of photography. This program aims to equip students with the technical skills, artistic vision, and business acumen needed to succeed as professional photographers in various industries. Here are some key features of the Photography degree at FHU:


  • The Photography degree program at FHU consists of a well-rounded curriculum that encompasses various aspects of photography. The curriculum includes courses in areas such as:
    • Introduction to Photography
    • Black and White Photography
    • Alternative Processes
    • History of Photography
    • Photography as a Profession
    • Photo Arts
    • Digital Craft
    • Studio Craft
    • Senior Photography Project/Portfolio
    • Internship opportunities
    • Elective courses in related fields such as drawing, design, social media, and marketing.

Skills Developed:

  • Throughout the program, students will develop a range of skills, including:
    • Technical proficiency in operating cameras, lighting equipment, and post-processing software.
    • Creative composition and visual storytelling.
    • Conceptual thinking and thematic exploration in photography.
    • Business and marketing skills for professional success.
    • Ethical considerations in photography and representation.
    • Practical Experience:
    • The program emphasizes practical experience through internships, where students can apply their skills in real-world settings and build their professional portfolios.

Liberal Arts Integration:

  • FHU’s program also incorporates a liberal arts core, enhancing students’ critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving abilities, which are valuable in any career path.

Career Paths:

  • Graduates of the Photography program at FHU can pursue diverse career paths within the photography industry, such as commercial photography, fine art photography, photojournalism, portrait photography, fashion photography, and more.

In summary, the Photography degree at FHU is designed to provide students with a well-rounded education that combines technical expertise, creative expression, business knowledge, and a strong ethical foundation. It prepares students to thrive in the competitive and dynamic field of photography while fostering personal and artistic growth.

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