USD Photography

BFA & MFA in Photography

In the USD Photography program, students develop skills in traditional film, digital and experimental forms of photography. USD is proud to have the only full-time Fine Arts photographic professor in South Dakota’s higher education system with over 35 years of experience. Students explore techniques in photography development, printing and creative process and participate in critiques, lectures and demonstrations on critical issues in photography.

Facilities

  • Fully equipped Camera studio: Nikon 3200 Digital SLRs, 8’x 10’ cameras, 4’x5’ cameras, Medium Format cameras, 35mm single lens reflex cameras
  • A large selection of lenses, accessories, LED and hot light kits, analog and digital lab equipment.
  • Shooting and lighting studio with a high-end strobe system, and backdrops
  • Black-and-white darkroom with 22 enlargers
  • Alternative processes and film developing facility for palladium, wet plate collodion, other historic processes, and black and white film processing.
  • Fully equipped printing shop: Epson 9800 printer, 44” wide Professional Printer Epson 4900 printers, 17” wide Professional Printer
BFA Photography Courses MFA Photography Courses
  • ART 260 -  Digital Photography I
  • ART 261 - Photography I
  • ART 262 - Photo Material & Techniques
  • ART 263 - Digital Photography II
  • ART 361 - Historic Photo Processes
  • ART 362 - Color Photography
  • ART 461 - Photography Special Projects
  • ART 462 - Advanced Photography Projects
  • ART 491 - Photography: Independent Study

Undergraduate Core Requirements

  • ART 561 - Photography Materials & Methods
  • ART 562 - Advanced Photography Materials & Methods
  • ART 713 - Creative Research Photography
  • ART 714 - Photography Issues
  • ART 723 - Photography Concepts & Theories
  • ART 724 - Advanced Photography Concepts & Theories
  • ART 733 - Photography Master’s Portfolio
  • ART 734 - Photography Master’s Thesis

Graduate Core Requirements