Hours71 - 72 Credit Hours
LEPLimited Enrollment Program of 40 Students.
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Program Requirements

The Photography BFA program is a limited enrollment program requiring department admissions approval. Interested students should declare their pre-major intent, complete DESPH 116 and submit an online portfolio of their work. Pre-major application deadlines are at the end of Fall semester, Winter semester, and Spring term.
Students accepted into the pre-major program complete the foundational courses and then may apply for the BFA professional program through a portfolio review in June.
requirement 1 Complete 1 course
Prerequisite Course:
Apply for pre-BFA status via portfolio review.
requirement 2 Complete 2 courses
Foundational Courses:
Apply to the Photography BFA program via portfolio review.
requirement 4 Complete 2 courses
requirement 7 Complete 2.0 hours from the following course(s)
requirement 9 Complete 6.0 hours from the following course(s)
Studio Courses:
Program Outcomes: 

Professional Development and Career Preparation

Students will be able to understand and apply professional photography business practices, including finding career opportunities, marketing, pricing, ethics, and preparing for graduate school.

Photographic History, Theory and Trends

Students will be able to understand photographic history and contemporary art theory, including trends and movements in both silver and non-silver processes and moving imagery.

Technical Expertise

Students will be able to demonstrate expertise with lighting and other techniques in the still and video imaging areas. Students will be able to problem solve for clients and exhibit personal expression with both traditional, digital, and moving imaging methods with the goal of communicating meaning through two dimensional design, composition, and content.

Commitment to the Church and BYU Aims

Students will be able to produce works consistent to the Church and the AIMS of BYU.


Students will be able to develop and visually communicate poignant ideas, concepts, and independent thought.