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The BFA Photomedia major emphasizes a wide range of conceptual and technical practices in photography, video, and related media within the context of contemporary art.

Course work promotes awareness of the historical and contemporary artistic, social, and cultural roles of photography/video and a variety of related installation and material practices. The program offers basic instruction in lighting, darkroom use, large format digital and analog imaging, a strong technical grounding in contemporary digital imaging, and a depth of hands-on exhibition experiences within the program’s two exhibition spaces in addition to school-wide exhibition facilities.

A combination of studio, lecture, and seminar format classes are offered chronologically. The final year Senior Thesis Project is a three quarter sequence that culminates in the BFA Thesis Exhibition in the school’s Jacob Lawrence Gallery.

The Photomedia Program also offers a highly competitive departmental Honors Program with additional challenges and requirements, which include participation in graduate seminars and a one-person / small group exhibition.

Please note: with the exception of ART 140 (Basic Photography), ART 339 (Photography for Art Majors), and ART 361 (Critical Issues in Contemporary Art), Photomedia courses are reserved for BFA Photomedia majors during the regular school year. Non-majors and non-matriculated students are welcome to enroll in all Photomedia courses during the summer quarter.

“I'm excited to be part of a program where I have the tools and guidance to be fully creative. The University of Washington School of Art will challenge me in new ways and it will offer me an atmosphere where I can still continue learning about myself. I will gain the knowledge I need to become the artist I've always wanted to be.”

Brit, Photomedia BFA