VA: Photography


Explore the historical and contemporary practice of photography, both in technique and concept. In this program, students use photography as a form of creative expression while expanding their knowledge of the medium as a critical dialog in contemporary culture. From the darkroom to the digital lab, students build the technical and conceptual skills that are necessary to produce meaningful and provocative photographs. Discussions of the theoretical implications of the medium strengthen students’ ability to communicate their ideas both visually and verbally. Students graduate from this program with a strong conceptual framework, an ability to place their images in the context of contemporary fine art photography, and a portfolio that demonstrates a mastery of the medium.

The Degree

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Admission into the BFA Photography emphasis is by portfolio review. In November of the sophomore year, students are required to submit a digital portfolio, a written statement, and unofficial transcripts from CU Denver and any previous post-secondary educational institutions.

While the Visual Arts Department accepts applications for the Spring or Summer semester, Photography students are strongly encouraged to apply for a Fall semester start. The majority of Photography courses are offered in a “fall only” or “spring only” sequence and pre-requisites are strictly enforced. Students who begin in the Spring and Summer semesters may find that their required courses are not offered until the Fall semester.

Admissions & Advising

Program Requirements


The exceptional photography facilities at CU Denver include: four large wet labs, individual color darkrooms, an RA4 color processor, an alternative process darkroom and a fully-outfitted digital lab with large-format Epson printers. Throughout the curriculum, students are introduced to the full spectrum of photographic techniques that range from traditional darkroom photography to the latest technological advances in digital imaging.

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