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Photography: Studio Art, B.F.A.

College of Arts and Sciences

From black-and-white film to modern digital photography, we will help you develop creative vision for powerful, concept-driven photography projects.

This close-knit program provides a supportive community while you build technical excellence in photographic concepts. You will learn not only how to compose and capture pictures but also about presenting them, preparing you for a career in photography or other creative fields.

Program Highlights

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    Creative Support

    Access darkrooms, digital printing labs, shooting studios, student exhibitions and critiques to inspire creativity and build your network.

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    Learn New (and Old!) Techniques

    In addition to the latest technology in digital photography, you can experiment with film and get experience developing in the darkroom.

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    Gear Provided

    Check out a wide selection of cameras and other photography equipment to use for class projects and personal practice.

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    Pursue Your Interests

    Pursue individual projects and create cohesive portfolios, books and exhibitions in our upper-level courses.

What You’ll Study

Courses cover digital and film photography, theoretical discourse and the development of photography in multiple cultures. In addition to taking photos, you will learn about photo installations, printing and book publishing. You will also complete a solo exhibition.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Problem Solving

    Identifying, analyzing and resolving problems or challenges using creative and effective strategies


    Gathering and analyzing information to increase knowledge or solve problems

    Critical Thinking

    Analyzing and evaluating information to make informed decisions or judgments

  • Innovation

    Introducing new ideas, methods or products to improve performance or achieve a specific goal

    Planning and Strategy

    Developing and implementing a comprehensive and effective approach to achieve specific goals


    Understanding and sharing the feelings of others, and demonstrating compassion and support

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Learn how alumni use degrees with outcome data from Gamecock GradStats, a service of the University of South Carolina Career Center.

Potential Careers

  • Photographer
  • Photojournalist
  • Digital Imaging Specialist
  • Art Director
  • Educator
  • Museum Curator/Gallery Owner

Job Titles of Alumni

  • Photographer
  • Art Director
  • Creative Director
  • Fine Artist
  • Videographer / Editor

Average Alumni Salary

Five to 10 years after graduation without additional education $66,398

Workplace Settings

  • Photography
  • Museums
  • Galleries
  • Education
  • Marketing/Social Media

Employers of Alumni

  • Google
  • Nike
  • Richland Library
  • Hubbell Incorporated
  • University of South Carolina
  • Gupta Media

Advanced Degrees

Advance your career or options with post-graduate education.

As I entered into the photo program, my knowledge and understanding of my chosen craft grew much more vast and my style started to come out thanks to the artistic inspiration I was always surrounded with via my professors and peers.

Sarah Kobos
Portrait of Sarah Kobos

Is USC Right For You?

There are many reasons we could be your ideal university. There's the award-winning academics, the globally modeled student life, and abundance of study abroad and experiential learning options. Take a closer look at what USC could mean for you.

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