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Bachelor's in Photography

If you dream of a career in the creative field of photography, consider the BFA Photography program at Indiana Wesleyan University. With this Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program, you can pursue a professional path that fuels your passion and aligns with your Christ-centered worldview and ethics. Courses teach students the latest digital imaging skills, along with traditional darkroom and film development techniques. Find out how IWU helps photography majors develop their own personal vision in a faith-based learning environment.

Why Pursue My Bachelor’s in Photography at IWU?

There are several benefits to pursuing your BFA photography education at IWU. Courses are taught by faculty with experience working as professional photographers in a variety of contexts. Students learn from these expert faculty who will become mentors in the faith, integrating classroom learning with biblical truths for a Christ-centered environment that encourages spiritual growth.

What Will I Learn in this BFA in Photography Program?

This BFA photography program is designed to help students gain the hands-on skills and critical thinking abilities to thrive in photography professions. The culmination of the program is a public exhibition that takes place at the end of the senior year. Course topics include concept-based photography, alternative processes, ideation, product photography, and more.

What Makes IWU Different?

Education Pioneer

IWU has provided on-campus education for more than 100 years.

Rooted in Christ

Faith-integrated curriculum and a commitment to changing the world.

Superior Support

Center for Student Success for counseling, tutoring, and more!

What You Will Study in This Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography

Coursework for this BFA photography program covers how to:

  • Learn traditional and digital photographic techniques
  • Understand how to use graphic design tools to enhance imagery
  • Develop plan for your professional trajectory in photography
  • Apply your Christian faith to your professional decision-making

After Graduation
Potential Careers

  • Photographer
  • Photographic Process Worker
  • Photographic Process Worker
  • Camera, Photographic Equipment Repairer
  • Mapping Technician
  • Career/Education Teacher

Work in Various Industries

  • Industry

Program Requirements
Completion Requirements
  • Completion of 124 semester hours; however, some majors may result in the student earning greater than 124 credit hours by graduation.
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Completion of the designated semester hours in the major area with a GPA of 2.25 or higher as required by the major. Additional requirements as prescribed by each department must also be met.
  • Completion of all general education requirements
6 Hours of Foreign Language

Foreign Language requirement - all students will be required to take 6 hours of a foreign language at the college level. The following exceptions and guidelines will be used to implement the 6-hour foreign language requirement:

  • Students for whom English is a second language will be exempt from the 6-hour foreign language requirement.
  • Students who have completed four years of a high school foreign language with no grade below a "C" will be exempt from the 6-hour foreign language requirement.
  • Students who pass a foreign language competency test at a level equivalent to four semesters of a single language (Intermediate 2) will be exempt from the 6-hour foreign language requirement.
  • Students who pass a foreign language competency test at a level equivalent to three semesters of a single language (Intermediate 1) will be exempt from 3 hours of the 6-hour foreign language requirement and will satisfy the other 3 hours by completing the Intermediate 2 course.
  • Students will be allowed to transfer college credit hours to satisfy the foreign language requirement.
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Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC),, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at

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