photography

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Get a snapshot of life as a professional photographer

Will you become a photojournalist, traveling to exotic locations around the world? Or be the one to capture precious moments in the lives of people close to home? Maybe you’ll join a news service or work for yourself as a freelance photographer in the exciting world of professional photography. Wherever the future takes you, you will be armed with the tools you need to succeed with your Bachelor of Fine Arts from Edinboro University.

The Photography concentration offers you an especially strong background in lighting and other professional skills. You’ll begin with black and white photography and darkroom work, and progress through photographic techniques, color photography, and the use of large and digital-format cameras. Along the way, you’ll build a strong portfolio that highlights your individual field of interest and a skill set that complements it.

There is no portfolio review prior to admission. Just bring your passion for the arts and a desire to work hard in a multidisciplinary, highly supportive environment.

Expert Faculty

expert faculty

Accomplished faculty instruct, guide and inspire Edinboro students to achieve and lead. EU faculty are recognized for their commitment to student success and creating a personal and engaging academic environment.

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Talented Students

talented students

Student competitions, gallery exhibitions and portfolio development help students prepare for life as professional artists. With the knowledge and skills they gained at EU, graduates enjoy success across the U.S. and around the world.

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A Place to Create

a place to create

Edinboro students thrive in an exciting, artistic environment. Visiting artists provide inspiration, student organizations offer support, and exceptional studio facilities enable them to develop their own personal aesthetic.

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Edinboro University’s Art Department is accredited by National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD).

Why choose Edinboro?

Our Photography concentration provides a broad visual arts foundation as well as professional training. While you are a student, you will have the opportunity to:

Work under the guidance of highly accomplished faculty members who have extensive experience in the field.


Participate in group discussions about technical processes and contemporary issues and ideas.

Take advantage of internships at art museums, newspapers, local and regional professional sports teams, professional photographers and major New York City art institutions.

Learn how to accept and provide insightful critiques of photographic work.

Distinguished alumni make their mark.

Graduates from our program work as professional photographers, institutional photographers, magazine picture editors, professors and teachers. Here are a few people to follow:

LaToya Ruby Frazier (BFA ’04) - One of the most recognized photographic artists of her generation. Completed her Master in Fine Arts Photography at Syracuse University, received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2014, a McArthur “Genius” Fellowship in 2015 and The International Center of Photography’s 2015 Infinity Award for best publication. She is currently an associate professor of photography at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Ben Trivett (BFA ’06) - His internship at John Harrington Photography in Washington, D.C. led to his becoming a photo editor for AOL. From AOL, he moved to People Magazine in New York City, then to Los Angeles where he currently works as a photo editor and celebrity photographer.

Tricia Zigmund (BFA ’07) - Academic internships at the Guggenheim and Museum of Modern Art in New York City lead to her becoming a staff photographer at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles soon after graduation. In 2012, she moved into her current position as a staff photographer for the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.

Find yourself in our vibrant community of artists.