BFA in Design with concentration in Photography

Illuminate, challenge, and innovate with advanced photographic practice.

The Photography program at KU offers in-depth instruction in a range of analog, digital, still, and moving lens-based techniques within a rigorous intellectual and creative environment. In today's constantly-evolving media landscape, photography is still the most essential and universal visual medium for documenting the world and conveying ideas. KU Photography students learn to apply and decipher photography and video in a world where image is everything and images are everywhere. With a focus on both visual literacy and the development of a diverse technical skillset, the program develops creative students into confident, versatile practitioners who can evaluate and innovate visual culture in a variety of fields. Graduates of the KU Photography program possess the personal vision and conceptual, technical, and critical thinking skills vital to success as practitioners working in film, video, digital media, publishing, and more.  

The BFA in Design, Photography degree consist of a carefully-arranged sequence of courses that follow a four-year track from the fall semester of a student's year of admission to the program. Studios are typically only available in either fall or spring semesters and cannot be compressed into an accelerated time frame.

Year 1
BDS 101 (Studio)4PHTO 200 or 205 (Studio)4
BDS 103 (Studio)4VISC 301 (Studio)4
PHTO 2103ADS 3403
HA 100 (Core 34: Arts and Humanities (SGE))060**3Core 34: English (SGE)0103
ADS 3201Core 34: Math and Statistics (SGE)0303
 15 17
Year 2
PHTO 303 (Studio)4PHTO 304 (Studio)4
HA 3803HA 5673
Core 34: English (SGE)0103Core 34: Natural and Physical Sciences (SGE)0404
Core 34: Social and Behavior Science (SGE)0503Core 34: Communications (SGE)0203
ADS 3201ADS 3201
 14 15
Year 3
PHTO 400 (Studio)4PHTO 314 (Studio)4
PHTO 313 (Studio)4PHTO 316 (Studio; May be taken in spring of the Third or Fourth Year.)4
ADS 4503Major Studio Electives4
Major Studio Elective4ADS 402 or 3453
 15 15
Year 4
PHTO 450 (Studio)4PHTO 500 (Capstone Studio)4
Major Studio Elective4Major Studio Elective4
Core 34: Social and Behavior Science (SGE)0503ADS 4551
Core 34: Arts and Humanities (SGE)0603Core 34: US Culture (SGE)0703
 Core 34: Global Culture (SGE)0703
 14 15
Total Hours 120

ADS 320: KU Design Professional Lecture Series: Three credit hours of ADS 320 are required.
Major Studio Electives (16 credits) 
ADS 560Topics in Design: _____4
PHTO 313Lighting Studio (Can be repeated for credit)4
PHTO 315Experimental Processes (Can be repeated for credit)4
PHTO 360The Photobook4
PHTO 560Special Topics in Photography: _____4
ADS 531Internship Credit1-6
ADS 532Study Abroad: _____3
ADS 533Study Abroad Documentation3
VISC 310Letterpress4
VISC 410Digital Letterpress4
VISC 440Bookmaking4


*  - This course is a Required major course and is also part of Core 34: Systemwide General Education.  If this course is not taken to fulfill the Core 34:SGE requirement, it must be taken in place of elective hours.

**  - This course is a Recommended Core 34: Systemwide General Education course.  This specific course is not required but is recommended by the program’s faculty.

***  - This course is a Required Core 34: Systemwide General Education course.  This program is approved by the Kansas Board of Regents to require this specific Core 34:Systemwide General Education course.  If a student did not take this course it must be taken in addition to other degree requirements.