Art: Photography

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Program Overview

Would you like to develop your skills, deepen your ideas, and sharpen your creative edge?

We offer a full 79 credit hour BFA program in Art with a concentration in Photography, that also includes introductory design courses that will enable young photographers to better showcase their work. The program culminates in the development of a personal body of work that develops from initial research to final exhibition over two semesters.

We offer the same professional, comprehensive studio art program you would expect to find in a large public university in a small, Christian environment.

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Why Photography at Judson?


Our scenic riverside campus makes a beautiful home, and the museums, galleries, and design studios of Chicago are within easy reach.

Tools & Resources

You will benefit from access to:

  • Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Studios for drawing, painting and ceramics
  • Photography studio with a green screen and dark room
  • Digital labs with laser, large-format, and risograph printers
  • Use of laser cutters and 3D printers
  • Printmaking and Letterpress studios
  • Individual studio spaces for upper-level students

Alumni Network

Art & Design alumni stay connected to mentor current students.

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Art & Design Department

Learn more about the other programs offered in the Art & Design Department.

World Class Facilities

All Art & Design courses are taught in the 88,000 square foot, LEED Gold Certified Harm A. Weber Academic Center. You will have access to drawing, painting, and ceramics studios, individual studio spaces and much more. As one of the most energy-efficient buildings of its kind in North America, the Weber Center sets a lofty bar for environmental stewardship.

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Jeffery Carl
Art & Design Department Chair and Professor

Student Work

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Get Real World Experience

The Photography program requires an internship during your senior year. Judson students have interned at places like:

  • Essence Photo & Video | Chicago, IL
  • Quad Graphics Studio26 | Monroe, WI
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What Can You Do with a Photography Degree?

Judson graduates from the Studio Art program have gone on to become:

  • Freelance photographers
  • Design agency creatives
  • Photo studio owners
  • Videographers

The Draewell Gallery

Our on campus not-for-profit gallery exhibits local and national artists with the goals of fostering an appreciation for the arts on campus through visual engagement and the creation of public dialogue regarding issues important to Judson’s core mission.

Each spring, seniors in our art, design, and architecture programs present their final projects in a professional gallery setting.

Find Success at Judson

Judson’s photography program pushed me beyond what I thought I knew, growing my perception of what was possible with my camera. I was able to explore the intersection between fine art and photography in ways I would not have been able to do on my own. I am forever grateful for my time at Judson and how it has shaped the work I produce.”
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LAURA DREW2014 BFA in Photography Graduate, Owner: Brittania Drew, Event Photography and Videography | Chicago, IL