Photography student's artwork "BED" A photography student's work, titled BED. See more photography student work.

ribbon Accreditation

Our programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Learn more.

Ball State's art major (BFA) with a focus on photography is centered on the production of adroit, mature, experimental, and idea-driven fine art. The School of Art offers a diverse and collaborative experience focused on the innovative use of digital and analog photography, alternative processes, video, performance, and installation. Our goal is to graduate students with the skills, intellect, drive, maturity, and portfolios necessary for a life of creative production and exhibition.

What You Will Study

Faculty provide students with a variety of methods and strategies for achieving their artistic careers. Formal and technical mastery is emphasized alongside critical inquiry and conceptual approaches. The development of personal voice and vision is central to the curriculum. Students are expected to articulate ideas in writing as they develop them into fully realized and exhibited artworks.

Our facilities include dedicated digital labs, large darkrooms for traditional and alternative photography, a lighting studio, and a complete array of equipment associated with professional photography, video, and lighting.

View Degree Requirements

Get to Know Our Faculty

What Can You Do with a Degree in Photography and Intermedia?

As a graduate of our program, you’ll be prepared for:

  • a career as a studio artist
  • a career as a commercial photographer or videographer
  • excellent graduate programs for continued exploration

Paying for Your Education

School of Art Scholarships

Scholarships are a terrific way to help with costs. On top of the University’s scholarships available to you, the School of Art has several programs of its own. Begin searching.

Ready to Apply?

Have you decided that our program is right for you? Then it’s time to begin the admission process.

Apply Now