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MAJOR: 120 credit, four-year program of study

As a photography major at UMass Dartmouth, you will master both traditional and digital techniques and explore photographic imagery in all contexts. You will develop your own photographic vision and deepen your expressive communication.

Your studies will include black and white darkroom photography, color digital imaging and printing, large format photography, studio lighting, video, the history of photography and contemporary practice. Your work will culminate in a gallery exhibition and a portfolio that demonstrates your individual style, technical proficiency, and aesthetic sophistication. 

A degree in photography will prepare you for careers such as fine art and commercial photographer, photojournalist, videographer, photo editor, gallery or museum director, curator, image consultant, multimedia designer, photo educator, photo archivist, studio manager, filmmaker, web designer, lab technician, and professional printer.

Photography curriculum guide 2016-17 (PDF)

Admission Requirements

As outlined in the University General Catalogue, the submission of a portfolio is required, in addition to all other UMass Dartmouth admissions procedures.

MINOR: 18 credit

Qualified students may complete a minor in Photography within the Visual Design Department. The minor consists of 18 credits. To declare a Photography Minor, students must be a degree candidate who has earned at least 54 credits, with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.000 and a minimum 2.500 grade point average in their major. 

Photography Minor curriculum guide 2016-17 (PDF) 


  • Internships: enhance your studies while gaining first-hand photography experience
  • Studio facilities: our photo lab includes a 19 station black and white darkroom, film developing facilities for all formats, fully equipped lighting studio, digital printing and scanning lab, and large format cameras available for student use.
  • Campus Gallery: opportunities to experience exhibit your work on campus
  • University Studies: gain the benefit of a university education to broaden your options for success in the arts