Photography


Your future in photography

Want a major that fosters artistic thinking and inspires creativity? Want to develop strong technical, image-making and professional skills? Then the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art with a concentration in Photography may be for you.

The Photography program at the University of North Texas emphasizes intellectual, technical and creative growth. Mastering these areas has helped our graduates find careers as:

  • Artists
  • Freelance and commercial photographers
  • Gallery and museum professionals

What we offer

Our Photography program empowers you through the development of self-discipline, cultural awareness, personal voice and professional practice. The B.F.A. degree focuses on a wide variety of photographic practices including:

  • Digital photography
  • Film photography
  • Historical printmaking processes
  • Studio lighting
  • Video and web technology

Our faculty members are professional artists and scholars whose works are displayed at the National Library of France (Bibliothèque nationale de France) in Paris, the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

The university’s proximity to Dallas and Fort Worth provides you a wealth of resources such as renowned art museums and galleries. Internships with area galleries and photographers are available if you want to earn academic credit through work experience. Frequently, our students find employment as a result of these internships.

Scholarships are available to help you pursue your education.

A Residents Engaged in Academic Living Community (REAL Community) brings together art and design majors who live on campus to enhance academic and social experiences.

The College of Visual Arts and Design is one of the nation’s most comprehensive visual arts schools and one of the best in the Southwest. It is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21; Reston, Va. 20190-5248; telephone 703-437-0700). This means our college meets or exceeds high standards of academic excellence.

Our college’s resources include large format digital printers, state-of-the-art computer labs, a lighting studio and black-and-white, color and alternative processes wet labs.

Opportunities to exhibit your work in on-campus galleries exist through a juried application process. To provide additional insights and knowledge, we invite numerous renowned artists, designers and scholars to campus for special lectures and events.

What to expect

You’ll need to meet the College of Visual Arts and Design’s admission requirements to be qualified as a pre-major. These requirements are in addition to the ones administered by the university.

As a Photography major, your course work gives you the conceptual and technical skills necessary to excel as an artist. The course work focuses on:

  • Art history
  • Digital and traditional techniques in photography
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture

You’ll also participate in several portfolio reviews that help monitor your progress through the degree program.

Our Career Center, Learning Center and professional academic advisors are among the many valuable resources available to you at UNT. The Career Center can provide advice about internships, future employment opportunities and getting hands-on experience in your major. The Learning Center offers workshops on speed reading, study skills and time management. Academic advisors will help you plan your class schedule each semester.

How to enroll at UNT

High school students

We encourage you to fulfill the graduation requirements for the distinguished level of achievement under the Texas Foundation, Recommended or Distinguished Achievement high school program or the equivalent.

In your junior year, take the SAT or ACT and have your scores sent to UNT.

In your senior year, apply for admission at ApplyTexas.org by March 1 and request that your high school transcript be sent to the UNT admissions office.

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses can count toward college credit at UNT.

Transfer students

If you're attending a Texas community college, you should consult our online transfer guides, the UNT Undergraduate Catalog and an academic counselor or advisor to review your degree plan. Proper planning will allow you to receive the maximum amount of transfer credits.

Our Transfer Center will help you make a successful transition to college life at UNT by connecting you with a peer mentor and other campus resources. Each year, 3,900 students transfer to UNT. More information about the center is at transition.unt.edu.