Photography Fundamentals

The photography program in the Mary Schiller Myers School of Art provides in-depth experience in black and white, fine art photography as well as in color printing, commercial photography, digital imaging and alternative approaches to the medium. Technical mastery and advanced conceptual thinking are emphasized, along with a solid grounding in historical and contemporary issues.

State-of-the-art facilities include:

  • separate darkrooms for introductory and advanced students
  • color darkroom with a 26" automated roller transport print processor
  • two commercial studios with 4" x 5" view cameras and studio strobe units
  • digital imaging computer labs

Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees, providing comprehensive preparation for professional practice, also are offered in the following areas:

  • Ceramics
  • Graphic design
  • Jewelry and Metalsmithing
  • Painting/Drawing
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture

Students in the Mary Schiller Myers School of Art at UA also may earn a Bachelor of Arts in:

  • Art Education
  • Art History
  • Studio Art

Our Faculty

  • are practicing artists, designers and scholars
  • place a premium on personal attention and excellent advising
  • work side-by-side with students to help turn aspirations into accomplishments

Akron Advantage

Hands-on Experience

The Mary Schiller Myers School of Art, located in Folk Hall, offers 70,000 square feet of learning space — enabling students to explore new areas of creative research and ensuring that their professional skills are cutting edge. Well-equipped studios are devoted to:

  • ceramics
  • commercial photography
  • computer imaging
  • drawing
  • illustration
  • jewelry and metalsmithing
  • painting
  • photography
  • sculpture
  • two-dimensional design
  • three-dimensional design

Folk Hall also is home to the Emily Davis Art Gallery, which showcases art and design of regional, national and international significance as well as student, juried student and scholarship exhibitions.

In addition, art majors benefit from the visiting artists and lecture series sponsored by the Mary Schiller Myers School of Art.

Real World Experience

Students are encouraged to participate in co-op programs and internships. In recent years, students have participated in co-op and internship programs at such diverse sites as:

  • Disney World
  • Central Intelligence Agency
  • New York Stock Exchange
  • advertising agencies
  • design studios

Art Student Organizations

  • Student Art League
  • Design x Nine

Sample Curriculum

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School of Art

Contact: Sofia Calderwood

Career Opportunities

Degrees and Preparation

The B.F.A. in Photography paves the way to careers — as a photojournalist, commercial, fashion, wedding or wildlife photographer, and photography instructor.

Career Outlook

Opportunities will continue to grow for experienced photographers who have strong graphic design and computer skills.

    Career Services

    Career Services is located in Student Union 211, with another office in College of Arts and Sciences Building 126. Career Services provides career coaching and programming, and develops valuable relationships with employers and campus partners to provide students with many opportunities for experiential learning and career development.