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Bachelor of Fine Arts

Lights, Camera… Action!

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Photography is not all about cameras, lights, and tripods. Photography is about people. It documents life, captures history, and evokes emotions by telling stories through a photographer’s lens. A RMCAD bachelor’s degree in photography can help you capture the dream of doing what you love for a living.

Program Overview

As a Photography student at RMCAD, you’ll be immersed in the conceptual, practical, and aesthetic aspects of commercial photography while learning the important technical, ethical, and professional skills necessary to succeed as a working photographer. The Photography Program allows students to thrive by encouraging ingenuity; innovation and resourcefulness, ultimately helping each student develop a unique and independent style.

Throughout the program, Photography students explore the relationship between photographers and the agencies and industries that rely upon the skills of professional photographers. You’ll perform in-depth research about industry leading professional photographers to gain inspiration and critical problem-solving skills that shape your overall artistic vision.

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Program Highlights

Visual Storytelling

Students will develop a personal aesthetic that they apply to visual communication and storytelling.

Cinematography + Video

Students demonstrate cinematic processes through video narratives.

Post Production

Students critically evaluate photographic images to identify opportunities for enhancement.


Students demonstrate the ability to intentionally apply the characteristics of light to images.

Commercial Photography

Students apply ethical standards and professional practices in the planning and creation of photographic assignments and business operations.

Marketing + Business Operations

Students demonstrate business, communication and marketing skills while meeting real world-expectations.

Credits pie chart for the Photography Bachelor of Fine Arts program. 54 credits in photography, 45 credits in liberal arts, 18 credits in foundations, and 6 credits in studio electives for a total of 123 credits.

Degree Requirements

A camera all by itself doesn’t make a great picture any more than a typewriter can make a great novel. RMCAD’s photography classes are designed to not only help students develop the important technical photography skills they need, but our curriculum also covers the business aspects of photography. More importantly, it helps students develop the knowledge on how to create compelling portfolios that are a direct reflection of their unique vision!

* RMCAD offers classes year-round in both on-campus and online delivery formats. At RMCAD, we believe that online learning is an important part of the overall college learning experience. To provide students multiple scheduling options, diverse learning modalities, and experience in the virtual environment, all on-campus students are required to take part in online education.

Tech + Tools

A photographer must be equipped with the right tools. This doesn’t necessarily mean equipment. RMCAD’s photography program prepares students by teaching photography fundamentals such as:

  • Lighting
  • Digital imaging
  • Portraiture
  • Post-production editing

To make sure your photography education is more than just technical, RMCAD’s curriculum spans a broad range of courses that allow students to explore the more conceptual side of photography.

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Photography Careers

In today’s very visual world there are so many opportunities for talented photographers. Graduates with a RMCAD Bachelor’s Degree in Photography are launching exciting careers that include: 

Potential Career Paths

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Photography Faculty

RMCAD’s faculty understands that the future of the world is sitting in their classrooms and shaping the next generation of photographers is not only a passion, it is a mission they take very seriously. You’ll experience the world of photography on many levels!

Photography Events

Photography has the ability to stop time for just a moment… take a moment and see what’s happening at our next event

Ready to Get Your Creativity in Focus?

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