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The Photography Program at UNC provides students with the necessary tools to grow as an artist in the 21st century. Along the way, students will learn how to capture widely varying subjects, express internal ideas, and will encounter experiences that will inform their journey to becoming a mature artist.
  • Degree Overview

    Undergraduate Studies

    Courses in Photography have been designed to increase an understanding of the most universal language in the world today—that of photographic images. These courses are also 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.

    Meet the Faculty

  • Beyond the Classroom

    UNC Galleries

    The Galleries are a teaching program of the School of Art and Design that supports UNC’s mission to promote student-centered, effective learning. Our exhibition program embraces curatorial risk-taking and highlights thought provoking and socially relevant context from regional and nationally recognized artists. The Galleries involve the participation of faculty and students as the advisors, co-curators, and collaborators that enable the program to often realize new work.

    Visit UNC Galleries

    Southard Art Awards

    The Southard Award is the School of Art and Design’s most prestigious competition. Students submit a written proposal selected for a public presentation of creative work. The objective for the competitive process is provide students with an opportunity to develop the materials, documentation and conceptual sophistication, needed in order to pursue advanced academic or professional opportunities upon graduation from UNC.

    Learn More about the Southard Art Awards

  • Curriculum

    Bachelor of Arts, Studio Art Concentration

    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 the Photography program may include Black and White Photography, Digital Photography Manipulation, Photographic Illustration and Lighting Techniques, and Alternative Photographic Expression.

    Learn more about the Bachelor of Arts, Studio Art Concentration

    Arts Entrepreneurship Certificate

    The Arts Entrepreneurship Certificate can be incorporated into undergraduate studies and consists of twelve credits for completion including students' areas of interest. 

    Learn more about the Arts Entrepreneurship Certificate

  • Applications and Scholarships


    Admission to the School of Art & Design does not require any additional steps beyond the UNC application. When you apply for admission to UNC, simply indicate that you would like to declare a major in Art & Design. 

    Photography Admission Requirements


    The College of Performing and Visual Arts awards over $1.8 million in scholarships annually to undergraduate and graduate students in the arts. There are multiple scholarship types offered to students, including talent scholarships and foundation scholarships. To learn more, visit the PVA Scholarship page.

    PVA Scholarships

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  • Fall semesterAugust 1*
  • Spring semesterJanuary 1*
  • Summer semesterMay 1*
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