University of Arizona College of Fine Arts

School of Art

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art, Photography Emphasis
  • Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art, Photography Emphasis

The University of Arizona offers the BFA and MFA in Studio Art with a Photography emphasis. Students may also pursue K-12 Teacher Certification and the graduate certificate program in Museum Studies. See also the BA in Studio Art section for a non-emphasis program.

The Photography division faculty and students conduct a rigorous investigation into the nature and meaning of photographic representation and its role in contemporary culture. Students are expected to demonstrate commitment to expressive inquiry, maturity of vision and take responsibility for their professional development as artists. The division takes a broad and progressive approach to the practice and definition of photography, encouraging you to question and expand the boundaries of the medium. The curriculum offers courses in traditional black and white darkroom techniques, digital and other image-forming technologies, color processes, large-scale photography, video, and performance. Facilities include group and semi-private black and white darkrooms and film processing areas, color enlargers and a 20” processor, professional lighting studio and large format digital output facilities. See more in the Photography Facilities section.

The Center for Creative Photography plays an important role in the education of photography and art history students by offering access to all of the Center’s resources, including semester-long internships and lectures by distinguished photographers, historians, and critics. Studio photography and art history students studying the history of photography take advantage of photographic exhibitions, lectures, print viewings, gallery talks, an extensive photographic library, an artists’ book collection, and a world class archive of photographs and related material.

Photography Faculty Members

If you would like to learn more about this program and its options or have questions not answered in these pages, please contact a Photography division faculty member:

Sama Raena Alshaibi

Frank Gohlke

Joseph Labate

Martina Shenal

David Taylor


► See the links at the top of the page to explore the degree options offered in Photography.

► Contact an academic advisor or set up an advising appointment to learn more about School of Art programs and admissions.