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.
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.
Penn State gave me the opportunity to explore the many career paths available in the film industry.
Caleb YoderB.Des. in Digital Arts and Media Design 2016
A student internship with DreamWorks Animation led Caleb Yoder to a full-time videographer position with the company following his graduation. Caleb spent eight months as a videographer before moving to the DreamWorks TV division, where he worked as a production assistant and production coordinator on Harvey Street Kids. As a Schreyer Scholar, Caleb graduated with highest distinction, serving as college marshal for the College of Arts and Architecture. Caleb now is assistant animatic editor at DreamWorks.
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