About the Photography Program

Photography students learn to create dynamic images and to consider the cultural implications of the medium. Students are expected to form and refine a visual philosophy, utilizing photographic technique as an expressive tool.

The School of Art offers concentrations in photography for both the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Studio Art and the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Studio Art. An undergraduate minor is also available. The photography area merges new and traditional techniques with the critical concerns of contemporary art. 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 lighting, and digital photography.

The undergraduate photography program begins with an introduction to traditional black-and-white photographic techniques. Emphasis is placed on technical concerns as students explore the fundamentals of the medium. Students are exposed to the critical concerns and history of photography while gaining an understanding of what it means to “see” photographically. In the senior year, students transition from assigned work to self-directed projects. Students are expected to contextualize their work within a broad art historical context, combining the visual language of art with written and spoken communication skills as increasing emphasis is placed on professional practices. Each student produces a cohesive portfolio of thesis work that includes an artist statement. The fourth year culminates with a gallery exhibition and artist talk to undergraduate photography majors, graduate students, and faculty.

Visit the admissions area of this site to view more information about the curriculum and to review the selective admissions process. View photography student work in the School of Art Portfolios.

Photography Faculty

Jeremiah Ariaz, Associate Professor & Area Coordinator
Kristine Thompson, Assistant Professor
Johanna Warwick, Assistant Professor

Beyond the Studio

Students receive guidance and exposure to a broad range of critical issues and aesthetic perspectives by studying with faculty who represent diverse artistic concerns. Complementing the teaching of faculty, visiting artists offer students an opportunity to meet leaders in the field. The student-run organization, SNAP (Society of Notoriously Artistic Photographers), promotes artistic development and a sense of community with other students within the School of Art and the College of Art & Design.


The generously equipped facilities of the photography area at the School of Art are located on the second floor of the Art Building on the LSU campus. As students explore a full array of traditional and experimental processes through coursework and independent study, darkrooms and studios are available for work in black and white, color, large format, non-silver, studio lighting, and digital photography. In addition to ample classroom and critique spaces, Gallery 229 exists as dedicated exhibition space for photography students and guest photographers.

Available labs/equipment:

  • Dedicated graduate darkroom
  • Undergraduate darkroom
  • Alternative processes darkroom with UV exposure unit
  • Digital labs equipped with Epson Stylus Pro 3880 and 2880 printers
  • Imacon Flextight X5 film scanner
  • Epson Stylus Pro 9900 printer
  • Epson Perfection V750 scanners
  • Lighting studio with backdrops, Alien Bee strobe lights, Cowboy Studio continuous lights, various modifiers, reflectors, and colored gels

The Communication across the Curriculum (CxC) Art & Design Studio also maintains significant equipment for students to check out, including tripods, lenses, digital cameras, video cameras, audio equipment, lighting, and more.