Online Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art – Digital Photography

Student creation and peer critique are at the core of our online photography degree concentration. As you share images with your classmates remotely, you’ll learn to deliver and accept feedback to facilitate creative and artistic growth. Classes will introduce concepts and techniques, and students will learn by doing.

To fully participate in this distance-based studio program, you’ll need to invest in the appropriate technology. A digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera is recommended but any high-quality digital camera with fully manual options and video capacity is accepted.

Is this a Bachelor of Fine Arts?


Yes, the bachelor’s degree in art with a concentration in digital photography is a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA). Compared to a Bachelor of Arts (BA), a BFA focuses more heavily on creative and artistic expression than on a liberal arts education. After graduating, students may still leverage their education to pursue a wide variety of fields and careers around photography. The primary emphasis of this program is on developing creative sensibilities, visual literacy and the ability to participate thoughtfully in critical exchanges. These competencies may be relevant to many different career paths.

Do you need a degree in photography to be a photographer?


While a photography degree concentration is not required to work in the field, it can prove indispensable for several reasons. For example, the curriculum teaches you how to use photography as a form of creative expression and exposes you to useful digital photography techniques. You’ll also learn to participate in a large community of peers and mentors.

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A photography degree can facilitate your growth as an artist, enabling you to pursue multiple career paths. Apply to earn your online photography degree.
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Arizona State University’s Bachelor of Fine Arts in art with a concentration in digital photography degree online emphasizes contemporary, creative and expressive forms of digital photography. In this program, you’ll learn how to improve your technique while growing your understanding of aesthetics and conceptual thinking. A community of peers, professors and mentors will encourage your artistic development.

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You’ll engage with creative prompts, study examples and participate in critiques to realize your unique vision. Core classes are based on a studio model, which prioritizes creative work and feedback.

To complete the bachelor of fine arts in art with a concentration in digital photography degree online, you’ll create a final portfolio and a cohesive artist statement. Both are useful when applying to jobs and submitting work to exhibitions. 

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Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts - Undergraduate Programs
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Learn from engaged and experienced instructors

ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is home to world-class scholars, artists and designers who inspire students to shape the future. Our faculty’s research is grounded in the transformative power of art and its ability to change the world. Faculty research areas include:

  • Arts and design for social justice.
  • Arts, education and arts-integrated education.
  • Arts, entrepreneurship and cultural policy.
  • Community engagement and public policy.
  • Creative health collaborations.
  • Design, arts, science and engineering.
  • The study of creative work.
Learn what you can accomplish with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in art – digital photography.
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The nation’s largest comprehensive design and arts school
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ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts has a tradition of top-ranked undergraduate and graduate programs from a combination of disciplines. These range from the arts, media and engineering to film, dance and theatre. The institute trains artists and designers to leverage their creativity and problem solving to advance culture, build community and transform society.

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internationally recognized faculty members.

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in arts, media and engineering, design, film, dance and theatre, and music.

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Top 20
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among fine arts schools in the nation, ahead of Cornell University, Parsons School of Design and the University of California.

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Will my art degree with a concentration in digital photography say 'online'?

No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.” That’s because ASU Online students learn from the same faculty and receive the same course content as in-person students receive.

Please note your diploma will state the degree you earn: Bachelor of Arts in art. Your concentration in digital photography will not appear on your diploma, but it will be noted on your transcripts.

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