School of Photography

The School of Photography at Academy of Art University will help turn your passion for photography into a profession. Study both traditional and digital photography in a creative, real-world environment that expands your technical abilities across a variety of tools and platforms. Create a cohesive body of work that demonstrates your skills, showcases your personal voice, and prepares you for cutting-edge careers in this vibrant and evolving industry at our photography school.

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What We Teach

Create images that command attention and remain memorable. A determination to create work that speaks to the viewer is at the heart of the Academy's photographic education. Technical excellence is coupled with an advancement of the conceptual idea. Visual storytelling is the goal.

Alumni Stories

Academy alumni Greg Beams, Scott Borrero, and Daryn LaBier each have their own inspiring stories to tell about their passion for photography. The one element they share in their narratives, however, is how the Academy has helped them down their chosen paths towards a successful career.

Learn Online

Our revolutionary online courses provide the same rigorous education that we offer on campus with greater flexibility. Our online programs are purpose-built to deliver art and design courses. Study on your own time, at your own pace. Combine online and on-site classes.

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School of Photography Overview

Within one of the most renowned photography schools in the country, watch how Academy of Art University students master their craft through both traditional and innovative courses and build a long and fulfilling photography career from behind the lens. If you are an aspiring fine art photographer, commercial and fashion photographer, documentary photographer, or retoucher/compositor, see how you can learn from some of today’s most accomplished professionals in the photography industry.

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Your dream is within reach. Follow your heart and get started on the career of your dreams.

Facilities & Technology

The latest in software and equipment is essential to preparing you to enter the work force, which is why our photography school keeps up with current advancements in the latest photographic technology and industry practices. Whatever the pros are doing and whatever the pros are using is what you will find in our classrooms and studios.


Get to know our world-class photography instructors and see why we’re one of the top arts universities in the country.

Student Stories

Having inherent talent is one thing, but being able to properly nourish it through an environment that is both supportive and challenging is another. This series of videos from Photography students Braden Summers, Santosh Korthiwada, and Elena Zhukova highlights the importance of finding a program that gives you the tools to create and develop a cohesive body of work, faithfully representative of yourself as an artist, and one that you can proudly show off to the real world as a professional.

Alumni Success

Featured Alumni


Industry Partnership

The Young & Hungry

During his last two semesters before graduating, Photography BFA student Chad Jenkins decided to take classes in the School of Advertising. "This initial experience prepared me for what it's like for a commercial photographer to get hired and eventually work with an advertising agency."

Careers in Photography

As one of the top art and design schools in the country, Academy of Art University photography graduates have a range of opportunities to choose from. Our photography school facilities, faculty, and hands-on learning approach are designed to provide you with the tools you need to succeed as a professional photographer.


Your career starts here.
Take the first step.
Or call 415-274-2222 to request more information about this program.
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