NOTICE: COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) DAILY UPDATES AND RESOURCES

Get info about summer courses, online orientation, mandatory telework and more at COVID-19.vcu.edu. Note that students can access CARES Act funding info on the financial aid website. View the latest updates from VCUarts.

Photography BFA

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography and Film with a concentration in photography

  • p
  • af
photo student

About the Program

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography and Film with a concentration in photography will expose you to working photographers, filmmakers and industry trends through seminars, guest lectures, field trips and workshops. Your courses will include both theoretical study and hands-on experience in the fields of fine art, studio and location photography. 

The concentration in photography will give you technical and conceptual skills to begin a career as a professional artist or a commercial photographer. Coursework emphasis is on individual artistic expression and inquiry, and the development of a professional, practice-based toolkit of knowledge. You will graduate with a clearly defined senior thesis capstone photography portfolio, developed and mentored over the course of your senior year, and presented in a public exhibition. You’ll also have access to the largest darkroom in the Mid-Atlantic region, as well as the department’s premium digital cameras and lighting equipment, and you can edit in our digital labs 24/7. 

The Department of Photography and Film also offers a film concentration. 

Some classes you might take in this major:

  • Darkroom
  • Digital Imaging
  • Writing for the Screen
  • Sound and Color
  • Professional Practice

Our alumni are:

  • Commercial and freelance photographers
  • Video and branded content producers
  • Arts educators and administrators
  • Independent artists and filmmakers
  • Film editors and technicians
photo exhibit

art foundation

The Art Foundation program (AFO) is the required first year for all undergraduate programs in the visual art and design departments. It provides you with an intellectually rigorous, studio-based experience in the fundamental issues of art and design. AFO is designed to help you foster an enthusiasm for your work and the means to reflect analytically and critically. Completion of the Art Foundation Program is a prerequisite for entry into all visual arts and design departments: Art Education, Communication Arts, Craft/Material Studies, Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Kinetic Imaging, Painting + Printmaking, Photography + Film, and Sculpture + Extended Media.

More about AFO