For more information about the Photography and Media Arts major:

For more information about the Photography and Media Arts major:

Contact Hollis Hammonds, Chair of Visual Studies

Capture your world

In the Bachelor of Arts in Photography and Media Arts program at St. Edward's University, students take on an intensive study of photography and related media.

Students engage in experiential learning with hands-on projects and lab work. Professional training and visual literacy are important for students who pursue careers in the field. In order to best prepare students to work in a professional capacity, the Photography and Media Arts program begins students with traditional imaging in order to help them master film-based photography in a wet darkroom. When competency in this area is achieved, then students can learn digital imaging. Students will learn the conceptual and technical skills needed to succeed. In this major you will develop core competencies in...

  • Still black and white and color photography
  • Video
  • Digital imaging
  • Understand visual images and the many different messages they encode
  • Studio applications 
  • Photography history
  • The role of photography, video and computer-generated images in today's society

This major is part of the Department of Visual Studies.

Degree Requirements

Major Requirements: The BA in Photography and Media Arts requires 52 hours of major courses, which include a combination of visual studies and photography coursework.

Electives: Students complete 12 hours of elective courses in photography, focusing on a variety of different topics. Past electives have included: Installation Strategies, Documentary Photography, Digital Darkroom, Alternative Processes, and Photographic Book Design.

General Education Requirements: The degree requires 42-57 hours of general education courses that students complete over four years in addition to their major courses and electives.

See the full degree plan for the Photography and Media Arts major.

A few examples of courses students in this major take:          

  • Large Camera – This course in black-and-white photography focuses on the use of the view camera, view camera optics, metering techniques and basic Zone System techniques.
  • Studio and Location Projects – This course will introduce students to the professional use of the studio, studio lighting and studio production techniques.
  • Video – An introduction to theory and technical aspects of video production with emphasis on the aesthetic and communicative potential of the medium.

Meet the Faculty


Professor Miller brings to her photographic work and her teaching a broad background in research-driven creative work and a love of interdisciplinary practice. She is also committed to animal welfare issues, especially those affecting thoroughbred ex-racehorses, of which she owns two.

– Sybil Miller, Professor of Photography and Media Arts


Joe Vitone is a documentary fine art photographer and educator living in Austin, Texas. 

– Joseph Vitone, Professor of Photography and Media Arts

Along with personal attention and mentorship from their professors, our students have access to offices and programs outside of the classroom that support their success. We encourage students to take advantage these resources that help them thrive and excel: Learn more about these services.

Outside the Classroom

Photo Lab

The Photography and Media Arts department is located in the new state-of-the-art photo lab facility. Small, medium and large format cameras, plus flashes, tripods and other equipment are available for students to check-out throughout the semester.

Art Gallery

There is also an art gallery in the facility where photography and art exhibits are held throughout the academic year. Senior Photography and Media Arts majors hang the annual Senior Exhibit in this space, and faculty exhibit their work in the biennial Faculty Exhibition.

Alumni Outcomes

The goal of the Photography and Media Arts program is to prepare students for a successful transition to careers working as photographers and to position students as competitive candidates for admission to top tier graduate programs. The school-to-work transition is supported through the required Senior Studio and Internship courses.

Our graduates are working in:

  • Studio management
  • Production and direction of films
  • Photo editing
  • Wedding photography
  • Freelance photography
  • Museum collections departments
  • Photography and fine arts galleries

Read about our successful alumni and see what they have to say about life after St. Edward’s.

About the Minor

Courses can support any other academic program, and students majoring in other fields are welcome to minor in Photocommunications courses. In addition, several courses may be taken as electives by non-majors.

Requirements for a Minor in Photography and Media Arts Required Courses:
  • Visual Studies I
  • Analog Photography I
  • Analog Photography II
  • Intermediate Digital Imaging
  • History of Photography​

Three elective courses are also selected.

Elective courses students can choose from include:
  • Styles and Themes
  • Digital Color
  • Video Production
  • Large Camera
  • Studio
  • Digital Projects
  • Digital Darkroom
  • Internship
  • Senior Topics ​

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