As a Photography and Media Arts major, you’ll go beyond creating images to understanding the messages they encode in our highly visual culture.

Learn traditional analog film-based photography darkroom printing as you build on the basics with digital imaging. You’ll become well-versed in both black-and-white and color still photography as well as and video/film narratives. You’ll learn how to work in a professional studio setting and take elective courses like documentary photography, creative exploration, and alternative processes.  And you’ll understand, well, the big picture: how the technology and uses of photography have changed over time, and how you can help shape photography’s future.

What do our graduates do? Here’s just a sample:

  • Fashion designer and Project Runway judge
  • Owner and founder of New York City­­–based retouching studio
  • Associate producer at VICE Media
  • Publicity director of Brooklyn-based powerHouse Books, which specializes in fine art, documentary, pop culture, fashion and celebrity books
  • Art gallery manager at Texas Christian University
  • Fulbright Scholars
  • Masters of Fine Arts graduates 
  • Freelance wildlife photography

For more information on the Photography and Media Arts major, please contact Hollis Hammond, chair of the Visual Studies Department.

Major Roadmap

Explore your options — classes, internships, research and study abroad. Find what interests you, discover what you love, and create a major experience that jumpstarts your future. 

Photography and Media Arts Major Guide

Meet Our Alumni

A group of Photography alumni stayed in touch as they chased their dreams in New York City. Throughout this journey, they were roommates, co-workers and friends. Together, they coordinated an exhibit at St. Edward’s called “Now or Never,” which showcased their artistic growth since graduating. Read their advice.