Skip To Main Content
Penn State College of Arts and Architecture
Penn State College of Arts and Architecture
Select where to search:


B.Des. in Professional Photography

Focus on your future as a photographer!
Do you see the world through your camera? With a B.Des. in Professional Photography from Penn State, you can share your view of the world with others and prepare you for a professional career. Build and apply career-oriented competencies, acquire practical skills, and learn creative techniques relevant to professional photographic image-making. Our faculty pride themselves on technical, traditional, and experimental forms of learning that will help you establish a strong reputation in the field.

Get your camera ready!

We prepare students to explore, critically appraise, and further push the boundaries of how emerging technologies are used in creative contexts within a field of changing visual technologies.

The Professional Photography degree is designed to provide in-depth, formal education that orients students for careers in client-based professional photography or related fields. The degree focuses on building and synthesizing competencies and capabilities essential to photographers’ professional, intellectual, and cultural lives.

  • Photography students infuse their talent and creativity into a world of changing visual technologies.
  • Grow as a photographer through intensive studio time.
  • Gain real world photography experience

Is the B.Des. in Professional Photography right for you?

You are inspired by the power of photography to reach into our lives. Your personal interests and professional aspirations rely on photography to capture the diversity and complexity of the world around you. With this professional degree, you will be prepared to use photography to communicate in visually stimulating ways. Students who earn this degree take up careers in commercial, documentary, fashion, and sports photography.

If you find working with people and going out on assignments as interesting as you do the technical aspects of photography, combine your skillsets to become a professional photographer.

You will learn in small studio settings and spend undivided time with faculty members who specialize in documentary photography, photojournalism, portraiture, and cultural activism. These professors are enthusiastic about the technical aspects of the medium as well as sharing their knowledge and extensive experience with you.

Photography students experimenting with different lighting techniques.

Considering the B.Des. in Professional Photography? Consider this.

Our alumni have established prominent photography businesses around the world.

  • Our faculty publish their photographs and exhibit in international exhibitions.
  • Our students hold photography internships and freelance while earning their degrees.
  • The College of Arts and Architecture provides diverse photography opportunities.
  • In the increasingly visual world, a nuanced sense of image builds sophistication in communication.

Alumni Spotlight

asdasd

Alumni Spotlight

J. Ryan Ulsh

B.Des. in Graphic Design 2012

J. Ryan Ulsh is a New York City-based photographer, art director and entrepreneur. He started his own successful business specializing in art direction, photography, and prop styling for beauty, fashion, and lifestyle clients, including Elle and GQ magazines, Carolina Herrera, and Urban Outfitters.

Punks on a ledge.
Makeup in the window.
Woman on a ledge

News from A&A

Stuckeman School graphic design students win UCDA Vote 2020 design awards

Two graphic design students in the Stuckeman School recently earned awards in the University and College Designers Association Vote 2020 Student Poster Design Initiative.

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Two graphic design students in the Stuckeman School recently earned awards in the University and College Designers Association (UCDA) Vote 2020 Student Poster Design Initiative. Scottie


Read More

SOVA alumna’s artwork featured in virtual exhibition responding to pandemic

Penn State School of Visual Arts alumna and Southwest Philadelphia artist D’nae Harrison, 2014 bachelor of fine arts, has been named as a winner of the 2020 MOZAIK Future Art Award
Read More

New podcast engages research to improve the world’s ecological health

A new E+D podcast series addresses the areas of biodiversity, energy, risk and hazard and water systems in order to bring light to the importance of the world.
Read More