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Photography, B.A., B.S.
Studies in photography at Grand Valley State University encompass the history, critical and aesthetic theory, and varied practice of photography as a medium of visual communication and expression in culture and society.
The photography program offers high-quality, student-centered, production and theory courses aimed at developing liberally educated professionals able to thoughtfully adapt and thrive in a variety of professional and creative environments.
Students can select a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) program of study. A minor is also available.
Why Study Photography at Grand Valley?
A dedication to the education of intelligent image-makers that is neither constrained in a vocational training program, nor a narrow studio art emphasis alone, is what makes the photography program at Grand Valley distinct and valued in the state and region.
- The school has many ties with business, community, and cultural organizations, and has contacts with experts in a variety of areas in communications, which serve as outstanding resources both within the classroom and for internships.
- The diversity of courses offered allows students the opportunity to explore a variety of photographic methods and applications as they develop their personal expertise and interests.
- The program prepares students to engage graduate studies in fine art programs.
- Faculty in photography have a broad range of professional experience and a dedication to teaching.
For More InformationDepartment of Visual and Media Arts
1105 Alexander Calder Art Center
Location & Format
Undergraduate students in this major study at Grand Valley's Allendale Campus.
Coursework includes the following:
- Black and white photography
- Color photography
- Digital photography
- Studio photography
- Documentary photography
- History, theory, and criticism
- Digital media production
The B.A. and B.S. degrees prepare students to:
- Apply their expertise in museums and galleries.
- Work creatively in commercial advertising and portrait studios.
- Produce compelling work as photojournalists and editorial photographers.
- Begin careers as professional artists.
- Combine a knowledge of digital media with another field for a variety of interests and functions.
“I really liked the photography program because it was so personal. I liked that the professors worked closely with students and knew them by name.”