As a Photography and Media Arts major, you’ll go beyond creating images to understanding the messages they encode in our highly visual culture.

Learn traditional film-based photography in a wet darkroom, then build on the basics by moving to digital imaging. You’ll become well versed in both black-and-white and color photography, still and video. You’ll learn how to work in a professional studio and take elective courses like documentary photography and photographic book design. And you’ll understand, well, the big picture: how the medium and uses of photography have changed over time, and how you can help shape photography’s future.

What do our graduates do?

Photography and Media Arts majors go on to a variety of careers and graduate schools from St. Edward’s. Here’s a sample.

  • Fashion designer and Project Runway judge
  • Owner and founder of New York City­­–based retouching studio
  • Associate producer at VICE Media
  • Publicity director of Brooklyn-based powerHouse Books, which specializes in fine art, documentary, pop culture, fashion and celebrity books
  • Art gallery manager at Texas Christian University

For more information on the Photography and Media Arts major, please contact Hollis Hammond, chair of the Visual Studies Department.

Meet Our Alumni

Meet Our Alumni

A group of Photography alumni stayed in touch as they chased their dreams in New York City. Throughout this journey, they were roommates, co-workers and friends. Together, they coordinated an exhibit at St. Edward’s called “Now or Never,” which showcased their artistic growth since graduating. Read their advice.

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.

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 ​