Photography major

Capture moments that move people.

We approach photography as ever-evolving technical, aesthetic, and conceptual frameworks within the cultural marketplace. As a Photography major at CCAD, you’ll dive into shooting, research, and presenting to refine your unique vision as you learn the craft and language of image-making. Working with faculty who practice professionally—along with the support of your peers in the Photography Collective—you’ll expand meaning-making to create effective, original works. Our multifaceted approaches provide you with access to professional gear and cutting-edge digital tools, as well as traditional techniques and historical processes, making our photography offerings uncommonly diverse. You’ll leave CCAD confident in your ideas and your chosen path, and with many options available to you.

Our photography graduates lead the field as commercial photographers, fine artists, educators, business owners, and more. CCAD photo alumni succeed in competitive MFA programs, including those at Yale University, University of New Mexico, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Rochester Institute of Technology, and many others.

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Launch Experience



You'll have access to:

  • A 2,000-square-foot commercial photo studio with dedicated Canon 5D cameras and a large-format digital capture camera 

  • A wide array of analog and digital cameras and lighting equipment 

  • A black-and-white darkroom, a large-format darkroom, and an individual photosensitive process lab 

  • Canon 17-, 24-, and 44-inch printers, calibrated computers, and Adobe Creative Cloud 



CCAD’s all-encompassing photography instruction teaches grads how to develop their individual aesthetic and market themselves with confidence. Whether they ultimately start their own studio or work for somebody else, our grads have applied the skills they built at CCAD to a variety of positions and fields.

Architectural photographer
Corporate and public relations photographer
Editorial illustration photographer

Fine artist
Internet/interactive producer
Image processor
Photography teacher

Photo editor
Portrait photographer
Product and food photographer



Our grads generate interest from employers in diverse industries, from big-time publishers to prestigious arts institutions to retail brands. Some employers who have benefited from their skills are:

ArcLight Cinemas 
Best Buy 
Culinary Institute of America 
The Ellen DeGeneres Show 

The Gap 
Gene Siskel Film Center 
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams 
Jo-Ann Stores 

Paramount Pictures 
Rocky Brands 
Tate Galleries 
Wall Street Journal 


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Credit hours

Program Requirements60
CORE Studio Requirements18
CORE Liberal Arts Requirements42

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Course information

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Chair of Photography
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History of Art & Visual Culture, Photography


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