Photography | Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Photography

Experimentation through Many Lenses

In an ever-changing field, MCAD Photography majors experiment with traditional tools, modern technologies, and up-and-coming trends to advance their unique storytelling abilities. With 24/7 access to state-of-the-art facilities and equipment and Minneapolis as a backdrop, students explore the history, contemporary practices, and cultural impact of this relevant medium. Working individually or in groups, students produce books, prints, installations, and images for social media, all in preparation for a professional career in photography.

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Hear about the student experience

As a Photography major, you will:

  • Acquire a range of technical photography and photo-enhancing software skills.
  • Become well-versed in both analog and digital mediums.
  • Delve into both the applied and fine arts fields.
  • Gain foundational skills in a variety of creative media.
  • Communicate your ideas visually.
  • Prepare for a professional career in photography.

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Class Highlights

This Bachelor of Fine Arts program emphasizes a collaborative process of working on teams with students from all MCAD majors. Required classes include: 

  • Digital Photography Studio
  • Documentary Style
  • Professional Practice
  • Studio and Set
  • Introduction to Art and Design History

After MCAD

There are many paths to explore with a degree in Photography. Potential careers include:

  • Fine Art Photographer
  • Photojournalist
  • Forensic Photographer
  • Studio Owner

“MCAD encourages you to be a weirdo, try things, fail, try again . . . you can't get that everywhere and I miss it.” –Joseph Cramm ’07, Co-Founder of JAR Studios; Professional Photographer