Photography | Minneapolis College of Art and Design


Photography students experiment with traditional tools, modern technologies, and up-and-coming trends to advance their distinctive storytelling abilities. With access to state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, students explore the history, contemporary practices, and cultural impact of the medium.  


Student seen from behind looking into a camera viewfinder.

As a Photography major, you will:

  • Learn the basics of using a DSLR camera
  • Experiment with traditional (darkroom) nontraditional (large format) photographic methods
  • Develop your own personal photographic style


Do I need to bring my own equipment? 

No, all equipment will be provided. However, a student may bring their own equipment if they prefer. Students using MCAD equipment will be required to pay a refundable damage deposit fee of $150.

What types of projects will I be working on?

Students will work on small assignments towards the beginning of the programs, with the goal of creating a larger project to be completed in time for the final student exhibition.

Will the program teach digital or darkroom photography?

The program will focus on photography using DSLR (digital) photography, but students will also experiment with and learn techniques for darkroom photography, large-format photography, as well as some alternative photography methods, such as cyanotypes.

Will I learn any editing software?

Students will learn the basics of Adobe Photoshop with the goal of editing and printing their work for the final exhibition.

Student Work: 

Color photograph

Color photograph

Color photograph


black and white photograph

Square pillow with cyanotype of male bust