The photographer Garry Winogrand famously said, “The problem of the artist is to state the problem.” In other words, the artist wants you to speculate and examine problems, not solve them. At AUM, we want you to learn how to think like a fine art photographer. It’s not simply a matter of receiving instruction in how to take a technically proficient image, but rather how to communicate a concept to the viewer in a compelling manner. The Department of Fine Arts offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a Photography concentration. Photography students will receive a foundation in film that will serve as the basis of all future photo and video courses. Why film? Will Fenn, Chair and Associate Professor in Photography at AUM, believes the limited number of frames available to a photographer with film encourages a person to learn how to carefully construct and compose an image. This results in a photographer being able to capture what he or she wants more economically. In the Photography program at AUM, you’ll receive practical, hands-on experience in both film and digital photography. Class sizes tend to be small which promotes student and faculty interaction.


The visual arts training this program provides–combined with specific photography training and the other liberal arts components of the curriculum–is a solid foundation for jobs in advertising, marketing, journalism, social media, entrepreneurship and other career endeavors.

In photography, you will have the opportunity to build a professional portfolio, learn from professors who are successful practitioners in their field and express yourself creatively within a supportive and collaborative environment.

Points of Pride

  • BFA candidates have the opportunity to exhibit their works in a solo exhibition at the Cason McDermott Art Gallery on the AUM campus. 
  • A recent BFA graduate with a concentration in photography was accepted into the MFA program at Louisiana State University.
  •  The Department of Fine Arts at AUM offers Visual Arts Tuition Scholarships to assist students in achieving their career goals.

Put Your Degree to Work

Note: While salaries vary depending on several factors including your level of experience, education and training, and geography and industry, here is a sampling of the future job growth and salaries in this area.

Employment of media and communication occupations is projected to grow 4 percent from 2018 to 2028, about as fast as the average for all occupations, which will result in about 27,600 new jobs. Demand for media and communication occupations is expected to arise from the need to create, edit, translate, and disseminate information through a variety of different platforms. The median annual wage for media and communication occupations was $57,530 in May 2018, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $38,640.

U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics sample
Jobs Median PayJob Growth through 2024
Producers and Directors$69,100 per year9% (11,100 more jobs)
Film and Video Editors and Camera Operators$52,470 per year11% (6,400 more jobs)
Photographers$30,490 per year3% (3,900 more jobs)

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Soaring Warhawks

  • Trevette Brown was accepted into Atlanta Celebrates Photography’s 2016 Portfolio Review, a juried show that provides the opportunity for emerging photographers to have their work reviewed by everyone from a senior photo editor at CNN to the assistant curator of photography at the High Museum to the curator of photography at the Norton Museum of Art.
  • Kaylee Hobbs works as the internet photographer on the marketing team for a luxury and import auto dealer.

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail, please see our official online catalog AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the core curriculum courses required for all majors and may not include some program-specific information, such as admissions, retention and termination standards.

Course sampling specific to the Photography degree option includes:

Course #Course NameCourse Description
VISU 4010History of PhotographyA survey of the history of photography from its invention in 1839 to the present day.
VISU 2712PhotographyExploration of conventional 35mm film photography covering both technical and conceptual aspects of the medium as a fine art. Digital techniques associated with negative enlargement will be discussed.
VISU 2812Digital PhotographyExploration of photographic digital medium involving use of a DSLR and computer based editing. Covers lighting practices associated with portrait and product photography.
VISU 3822Advanced Digital PhotographyCourse expands upon topics discussed in Digital Photography VISU 2812. Students learn advanced digital capture techniques and gain experience with flash equipment both in and out of studio, as well as learn how to work with a model.
VISU 3912Alternative ProcessesExploration of non-silver photographic processes utilizing digital negatives and hand coated emulsions. While many of the processes to be discussed were invented in the 19th century, they will be conceptually approached from a contemporary perspective.
VISU 4982Senior Project A senior project culminating the emphasis under the direction of the student’s concentration advisor. The student will make a presentation of their art work for review by the Fine Arts Faculty.

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