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School of Communication



Photography students work in the alternative process lab at Point Park University.

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

The School of Communication's B.F.A. in photography program aims to develop liberally educated individuals who are prepared for a professional and creative working environment. Focusing on both practice and theory, students engage with a vibrant community and become thoughtful image-makers by employing creative problem-solving and critical-thinking skills.

Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of electives within the curriculum in order to develop an understanding of contemporary global social and cultural issues. Emphasis is placed on bringing these studies to their photographic process as a cohesive body of work that speaks to specific ideas and concepts.

Processes and techniques covered include: 35mm, medium format, and 4x5 film camera, digital capture and post-production, web design, gallery and portfolio presentation, business and marketing, alternative processes, interpretive writing, and historical and theoretical issues, among other emerging methodologies in photographic practice.

School of Communication Facilities

Facilities available to School of Communication photography students include a traditional darkroom for black and white and color negative photography, a state-of-the-art digital editing and print lab, a working studio for commercial and artificial lighting needs, a photofinishing room for gallery and portfolio production, a 19th century alternative processes room, and a comprehensive equipment rental service.

Photography Course Offerings

You will receive a well-rounded education through Point Park's core curriculum and classes in your major. Some of the courses in the photography program include:

  • Alternative Processes
  • Black and White Photography
  • Business of Photography
  • Color Photography
  • History of Photography
  • Studio Photography
  • View Camera Techniques
  • Digital Photography

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

Photography as a Career

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

  • engage in graduate studies in fine art programs.
  • begin 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.