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Focus on the future
The Art Institutes can help you prepare for it.

Develop your skills.

Working with instructors who are photography professionals, you’ll start by covering the fundamentals of composition, lighting, darkroom techniques, color and design.

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What you can learn

You’ll sharpen your creative edge and grow technically as your education helps you grow your set of skills, from using digital-imaging software programs to scouting locations for photo shoots to understanding the business side of the industry. It’s about exploring the possibilities as you work your way through areas including:

  • Digital photography
  • Color management
  • Studio photography
  • Location photography
  • Portraiture
  • Digital darkroom
  • Natural & artificial light
  • Digital image management
  • Digital image illustration
  • Editorial photography
  • Advertising photography
  • Documentary photography
  • Business of photography
  • Studio techniques
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See the work of our photography students.

Michelle Wood’s senior project

Michelle Wood’s senior project is a great example of everything working together to create a memorable image. Get her perspective, along with her instructor’s insights, at

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See the work of alum John E. McDonald

Also take a minute to learn about the inspiration behind John E. McDonald's amazing work.

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Follow our alumni’s path to success.

Alumni success stories

From print to web to social media, Photography grads from The Art Institutes system of schools are working in the full spectrum of today’s imaging professions, including everything from photojournalism to digital processing to photography studio work. With our education programs, you can join our nationwide community of alumni who are helping shape the future.

Explore our alumni from all programs

Notable alumni

Learn more from some of our grads who’ve made a name for themselves as they talk about their education, their careers, what Create Tomorrow means to them, and their advice for aspiring creative professionals.

Calvin Tran

Calvin Tran

Fashion Designer

Hear Calvin's story

Karey Uhler

Karey Uhler

Graphic Designer

Hear Karey's story

Stig Asmussen

Stig Asmussen

Creative Director, Sony Computer Entertainment

Hear Stig's story

Tiffany Derry

Tiffany Derry

Executive Chef and Owner, Private Social

Hear Tiffany's story

Nathan Shriver

Nathan Shriver

Creative Director, Under Armour, Inc.

Hear Nathan's story

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