A digital photography student uses software to edit an image on a computer
A professor, seated at a laptop computer, gestures to a photo held by a student while another student works on a laptop nearby.

Photographic study at Miami University emphasizes fine art practice, including craftsmanship and creativity. Technical proficiency with black and white and color processes is where we begin to understand the language of traditional and alternative photographic practice. The use of this complicated and powerful visual language is the primary focus of the program. There is also growing experimentation with digital imagery and all the technological advances surrounding that technology.We explore photographic history, theory and criticism throughout the sequence of courses in the concentration.

Development of your own approach to photographic imagery and the creation of a body of work begins in earnest at the start of your senior year. The ability to be a creative thinker and problem solver is also an emphasis of the program. Students are encouraged to reach outside the university for photographic experiences. The courage to accept freelance photography jobs and to attend regional and national photographic conferences is highly cultivated.

At Miami, Photography majors can:

  • Learn to photograph using contemporary digital technology.
  • Learn traditional photographic processes and alternative, non-sliver printing processes.
  • Experience an environment where experimentation and multi-media exploration are encouraged.
  • Learn to become a photographic artist by studying creativity, concept, process and photographic history.
  • Experience real world projects through community involvement, special projects and study abroad programs.
  • Enjoy a small, supportive environment (15 students per class).
  • Print to their heart's content in a dedicated digital printing lab and a traditional darkroom.
  • Be inspired by visiting artist lectures and workshops.
  • Thrive in a liberal arts environment, leaving school a well-rounded, skilled and creative individual.
  • Double-concentrate or minor in our studio concentrations or choose between Miami's many other minor and double-major options.