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Studio Art BFA - Area 6: Photography


The Photography Emphasis in Studio Art provides a diverse learning environment to prepare graduates with a technical, conceptual and professional foundation that will serve them in the creative arts. Students explore photography and videography as both a language and a craft, learning from experienced teachers who have worked professionally in the field. Skills in digital technology are taught alongside traditional craft-based skills, developing multi-skilled and multi-taskers who are versatile and furnished with a contemporary toolset for the ever-changing field. 

Career Opportunities

The curriculum and faculty is focused on empowering students to adapt to the ever-changing creative environment. Students not only develop skills to become photographers but also build a wealth of transferable skills which often relate to further career pathways in the creative arts.


Students have access to a wide range of specialized facilities, professional equipment and the latest imaging software necessary for the mastery of the materials, equipment, and processes of the discipline. Photography facilities include both a commercial studio and a portrait studio furnished with specialized lighting equipment, a traditional darkroom, a digital printing lab equipped for scanning, editing, output and print finishing, and an equipment checkout available for students to borrow a diverse range of professional photographic equipment including cameras, lenses, lighting and video equipment.


The University of Central Missouri’s art programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). UCM has been continuously accredited since 1986.

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Meet the Faculty

Mr. Underwood teaches photography at all levels. He has a background in both commercial and fine art photography. His work embodies our complicated relationship with the environment and the contemporary landscape, focusing on the tension between nature and culture shaping these physical spaces. Jeremy has been published in Photo District News and named an emerging talent by Lens Culture magazine. He has received a number of grants and fellowships from such institutions as the Society for Photographic Education, the University of Houston and the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally, including such institutions as the Houston Center for Photography, Fotofest and Critical Mass.


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