Develop your love of imagery into a career full of possibilities with a bachelor’s degree in Photography from the University of Central Missouri. This Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program will prepare you for the constantly changing field of creative arts by training you in traditional craft and theory, as well as in cutting-edge digital skills.
A Photography degree from UCM will enable you to build your visual language with a variety of different tools and skills. Work closely with experienced faculty in our well-equipped photography studio to master the devices and technology essential to succeed in the field, advancing your understanding and practice of the craft while exploring your creative expression.
Why earn your bachelor’s degree in Photography from UCM?
The University of Central Missouri offers a diverse, student-centered learning environment. You’ll work one-on-one with faculty who truly care about your success while you receive personalized training in small studio classes and build a technical, conceptual and professional foundation for a successful career in the creative arts.
NASAD-accredited since 1986
Well-stocked lab and equipment library
Learn transferable, high-value skills
Affordable tuition, respected degree
Small classes for individual attention
Build and exhibit a diverse portfolio
Today’s Fine Arts degrees for Photography train you in the technical processes of digital photography, videography and traditional craft-based skills while refining your artistic vision. Coursework for UCM’s bachelor’s degree in Photography covers the full life cycle of an image, from conceptualization to exhibition.
Acquire transferable, widely sought-after skills, including analysis, creative problem-solving and clear communication, in undergraduate courses such as:
Students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Photography at UCM have access to a variety of facilities, equipment and industry-standard software. Practice shooting in our portrait and commercial studios and hone your techniques in the darkroom or printing lab. You can also borrow items from our library of over 500 pieces of photography equipment at any time.
Degrees for photography should always include an external review component. At UCM, we bring in outside professionals to participate in your portfolio review. Kansas City’s vibrant arts scene, only a short drive from the Warrensburg campus, draws artists and industry professionals of the highest caliber.
Studio Art majors spend a lot of time in individual practice — so what can you do with a photography degree that feels community-oriented and inclusive?
University of Central Missouri graduates with Photography degrees often go on to become creative solo entrepreneurs, small business owners or professionals in creative fields. With a solid liberal arts education supporting your mastery of photography skills, you can succeed in a number of career paths.
Your Bachelor of Fine Arts, with a concentration in Photography, from UCM will also prepare you to pursue an advanced degree. Some students choose to continue with their academic career before entering the job market, while others prefer to gain professional experience between earning their bachelor’s degree in Photography and returning to school for graduate studies.
Learn more about jobs for Photography majors
Bachelor’s degrees for Photography prepare you for more than pursuit of the art form. Use our interactive tool below to explore salary, employment and other trends for college graduates with photography degrees. UCM’s Career Services Center, as well as your faculty mentors, can also help you navigate job opportunities.
Photography degrees can lead to an exciting, fulfilling career centered around your art. You deserve to enter that career set up for financial success, able to fully focus on what you can do with a Photography degree.
At the University of Central Missouri, we’ve been committed to offering affordable, high-value education since our founding more than 150 years ago. While UCM’s tuition fees are competitive thanks to our commitment to low student debt, we also offer a wide range of options for financing your college education.
The cost of undergraduate degrees for Photography students may be offset by program-specific funds and university-wide resources. Scholarships specifically for Photography majors include:
Learn more about the funds available for Photography majors by using the UCM Scholarship Finder.
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