Courses in Photography have been designed to increase an understanding of the most universal language in the world today - that of photographic images. Courses are designed to provide experiences in the fundamentals of photographic imaging that lead to an understanding of traditional photographic techniques as well as experimental, non-traditional digital imaging.

Photographic image-making goals fall into three inter-related categories.

  1. Aesthetic: Preparation of artistic images for exhibition. (Art Photography)
  2. Informational: Preparation of images that communicate. (Photojournalism)
  3. Commercial: Preparation of images that sell. (Advertising/Public Relations, Studio, and Illustration)

The Photographic Imaging Program is taught in the Arts Annex. Program facilities include black and white and color darkrooms on two floors, and a Smart Classroom digital photography lab.

Classes in Photographic Imaging are required for state accreditation of all students planning to teach Art or Photography (Art Education). Students in Journalism and Mass Communications (JMC), who want to specialize in photojournalism, are required to take all photographic imaging courses in the School of Art & Design.

Quick Guide: Photography

The College of Performing and Visual Arts offers undergraduate and graduate degrees for students studying Photography.
Learn more about Undergraduate and Graduate Art Degrees at UNC

Classes in the Photography program may include:

  • Black and White Photography
  • Digital Photography Manipulation
  • Photographic Illustration and Lighting Techniques
  • Alternative Photographic Expression

Career options for graduates of the Photography program include:

  • Photographer
  • Studio Artist
  • Art Educator

Learn about the application process to UNC and the School of Art & Design.

How to Apply

To learn more about the Photography program or to schedule a visit to the School of Art and Design, contact Melanie Poston at (970) 351-1921 or

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"Getting my hands dirty in several different medias really helped me grow as an artist by allowing me to explore my own interests freely. With support from the knowledgeable professors, I feel very confident about my future endeavors, inside the classroom and out."

Caitlyn Urhammer

Faculty & Staff

John Tonai

Assistant Professor

The Study of Photography