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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 when you earn your bachelor’s degree in Photography from PennWest Edinboro.

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A Long History of Art Excellence.

At Edinboro, we pride ourselves on our 100-year history of instruction in the visual arts and art education.
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Join a Dynamic Community of Artists.

As a student, you'll thrive in the exciting, artistic environment of PennWest Edinboro. Our Art Department has the widest array of studio offerings within the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and is a program of distinction at Edinboro.

Why Edinboro Stands Out.

At Edinboro, we pride ourselves on our 100-year history of instruction in the visual arts and art education. In addition, our Art Department is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD), which sets national standards for excellence in the field.

The Photography concentration offers you an especially strong background in lighting and other professional skills. You'll begin with black and white photography and progress through advanced digital techniques in color photography and the manual use of 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.

How Edinboro Supports You.

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.

Your Future

Graduates from our program work as professional photographers, institutional photographers, magazine picture editors, professors and teachers. Here are a few alumni success stories that showcase the professional range of our alumni:

  • 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, DC, 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 led 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.

Questions About This Program?

Fred Scruton
Concentration Head
104 Doucette Hall
Phone: 814-732-2799

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