The Photography curricula merges new and traditional techniques in the context of the critical concerns of contemporary art practice. Students explore a full array of conventional and experimental processes through course work and independent study in darkrooms and studios available for work in black and white, color, large format, non-silver, studio, and digital photography.

undergraduate studies

Photography students learn to create technically competent dynamic images that explore the cultural implications of the medium. Through a BFA degree with a concentration in Photography, students are prepared to become practicing artists with the aim of exhibiting their work at art venues locally and nationally, professional photographers, or artist who seek to prepare themselves for further study in an MFA program.


As students progress through the program, they form and refine a visual philosophy, which serves as a conceptual backbone for their work in advanced classes. Students learn to utilize a variety of digital and analog photographic techniques as tools to express that philosophy. These techniques include the use of studio and natural lighting, view cameras, 120mm medium format cameras, moving images, projection, and alternative 19th century processes, such as wet collodion, salt printing and experimental cameras.


*The Photography Concentration has a technology Requirement that can be found HERE.

The MFA concentration in Photography is 3-year program comprised of intensive critical investigation of the medium. The emphasis is on experimentation and research in contemporary lens-based art practices that inform individual creative and intellectual objectives.


Graduate students in photography receive private studio spaces and have access to analog, digital, and hybrid means of creating images. In the final year, MFA students present a capstone project in a solo exhibition, along with a well-researched paper that supports the exhibited work. Graduate students work with a four or five person committee comprised of 3-4 multi-disciplinary art faculty, as well as an outside committee representative, who meet for regular critiques, and engaging in as self-directed independent studio work. Formal and informal reviews with area faculty are held as the need arises.


Qualified students may be eligible for Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA), which provide financial support as well as valuable experience for future employment.

graduate studies


The facilities and resources associated with the Photography include approimately 2,000 sq. ft. of lighting studio (Elinchrom light system), traditional wet darkroom w/enlargers, wet collodion and alternative processes equipment and facilities, film loading room, multi-purpose classroom, digital printing labs that include the Adobe Suite; access to medium and large format cameras (120mm, 4 x 5, 8 x 10), wet scanning equipment.


Recent renovations have insured that all workspaces are adequately ventilated to ensure a safe and functional environment for our students.

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Kansas State University Department of Art

(785) 532-6605

111 Willard Hall, Manhattan KS 66506