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Photography

Major/Minor

Capture Exceptional Images

The Photography major engages students in a thorough, immersive program covering the scope of the medium and its relationship to business, ministry and fine art. Courses on portraiture, commercial photography, film and darkroom, and experimental photography allow you to hone your technical skills and creative eye, as well explore potential career paths. You can also develop your digital design and editing skills through digital tools and art history classes.

Photography is a constantly evolving field, and students are encouraged to create imagery and materials in combination with traditional and alternative photographic processes and tools. With the integration of Taylor’s Christian liberal arts core, you'll develop critical thinking and adaptability, learning to articulate their motives and intentions, to be aware of historical and contemporary photographic practice and to consider the social, political, and cultural implications of images and image making. 

Why a Photography BFA?

The heart of this Photography Bachelor of Fine Arts degree focuses on the practical, rather than primarily on lecture or discussion classes. With no language requirement (unlike a BA), you’ll take about 14 additional hours of photography, design, and other art classes instead. A BFA offers a competitive edge in the job market, and it’s seen as a gateway degree to a Master of Fine Arts. According to the Wall Street Journal, students who earn a BFA degree have relatively high income levels, job prospects, and levels of job satisfaction. 

Modelle Metcalf Visual Arts Center

Taylor’s Art Program is housed in the 38,000-square-foot Modelle Metcalf Visual Arts Center, with specialized classrooms and workspaces for drawing, painting, printmaking, graphic design, photography, sculpture, ceramics, and jewelry making. It also contains a state-of-the-art Mac lab and audio-visual classrooms, two gallery spaces for both professional and student art shows, a photography studio, a lecture hall, and ample space for critiquing works displayed in the hallways. Naturally lit classrooms have storage spaces for student artwork with the option of directed spot lighting.

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Ross Kimbrell
Class of 2021
"I love that Taylor requires some type of internship or practicum from practically all of its students. The real world will have new ideas that you need to cross reference with God's Word and find for yourself whether you agree with them or not."

Photography Curriculum & Degree Options

Students interested in course descriptions and academic policies can check out our Undergraduate Catalog.

Foundational Core

The Foundational Core classes will give you a big-picture view of how your calling connects with God's purpose for your life, engaging with ideas that will demonstrate how God has given you certain talents and skills to bring healing to the world. You’ll become a well-versed individual, equipped with critical thinking skills, a lifelong love of learning, and an appreciation for God's creation.

View Foundational Core Curriculum.

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Practicums, Internships, and Residencies

Taylor's Photography degree program will prepare you for a successful, fulfilling career, but practical work experience doesn't need wait until after graduation. Here's a partial list of places where our students have completed practicums, internships, or residencies:

  • Wired Magazine
  • Samaritan's Purse
  • The Salvation Army
  • Fort Wayne Museum of Art
  • Zondervan Publishing House
  • Esquire Magazine

Careers in Photography

What can you do with a Photography degree? We're here to tell you - the possibilities are endless! Here's a sample of places our students have worked post graduation:

  • Amazon
  • MailChimp
  • Sotheby's
  • Youth for Christ
  • The New Yorker Magazine
  • Marketing and Branding Agencies
  • Freelance Illustration

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