What is Photography?

This major focuses on creating works of art that use photographic imagery. As a Photography student, you’ll learn how to expand the bounds of creative expression and illuminate and challenge the way we visually perceive the world. Through a balance of practice and theory, our curriculum emphasizes the ability to understand photography’s unique narrative potential and employ this potential through technical considerations. You’ll have access to darkrooms, professional scanners, editing facilities, video and digital cameras, shooting studios, and Epson large format printers. You must submit a portfolio before being accepted into this program.

Career Options

  • Commercial photography
  • Fine art photography
  • Gallery work
  • Museum work
  • Photo archiving

Post-Graduation Success1

79% employed or continuing education

72% employed after graduation

7% attending graduate school

$37,737 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Archdiocese Of Chicago, Casting House, Caterpillar

Sample grad school destinations: Northwestern University, University of Illinois at Chicago, Depaul University

Academic Profile Middle 50% 2

21 - 29 ACT Score

1070 - 1330 SAT Score

3.01 - 3.57 High School GPA

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $13,640
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,180
  • Total: $32,994


  • Tuition: $30,782
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $50,476


  • Tuition: $31,656
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $51,350