The Art Institutes

Request Brochure


Request Brochure


Digital Photography Bachelor of Fine Arts

The Illinois Institute of Art — Chicago can help you prepare for it.

Program Overview

The Digital Photography program teaches you composition, lighting, and equipment use, utilizing a digital camera and software. Darkroom techniques, color, and design are explored both on location and in a studio. You’ll develop business skills as you fine-tune your eye for detail. Graduates are prepared to seek entry-level employment such as a digital photographer, industrial photographer, photo lab technician, or photojournalist.
Digital Photography

Program Description

Program Mission
The Bachelor of Fine Arts Digital Photography program is designed to prepare graduates who possess the technical skills and a mature design vision needed to produce compelling imagery. Through rigorous study of the principles of photography and hands-on production techniques, students work to develop the technical skills and aesthetic sensibilities needed to become professional photographers and business people.

Desired Student Outcomes
1. Communication: Graduates will use written, oral, and visual communication skills to communicate ideas effectively to employers, colleagues, and clients. They will be able to communicate complex concepts to non-professionals.
2. Design: Graduates will articulate and apply the principles of design to create effective images.
3. Production Processes: Graduates will apply technical skills and use appropriate terminology with respect to photographic tools, lighting techniques, color management, and the storage and electronic presentation of images.
4. Problem-Solving: Graduates will use problem-solving processes to produce visually compelling imagery reflective of their personal styles and visions.
5. Context: Graduates will articulate how they place themselves and their work within a historical and cultural context.
6. Professionalism. Graduates will demonstrate the ability to conceptualize, plan and implement marketing strategies and
a business model reflective of industry standards, while demonstrating personal motivation and ethical practices. They will present and conduct themselves professionally.

Program Description
The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program in Digital Photography reflects the continued impact of technology in the photography industry and the breadth of skills needed by graduates to maintain and increase marketability upon completion of their degree. Specifically, this program includes areas such as digital color management, digital asset management, lighting, composition, and image manipulation; related skills in web and video; business fundamentals; and an internship in the field.

Graduation Requirements
To receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Digital Photography, students must complete a minimum of 180 quarter-credits with 60 quarter-credits in general education courses and 120 in the specialty area with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. The entire program includes 2684 clock hours, comprised of 1320 lecture hours, 1232 lab hours, and 132 internship or practicum hours. Also a student must receive a passing grade or credit for all required course work, meet portfolio requirements including participation in the Senior Portfolio Show. Graduating students must pass a required course in which a portfolio is produced and satisfy all financial obligations to The Illinois Institute of Art.
Digital Photography

Gainful Employment Information for this program

Your next steps

Interested in Digital Photography at The Illinois Institute of Art — Chicago?