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Fine Art Photography

The Fine Art Photography program at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design focuses on the roles that lens-based media play in contemporary life. Students receive an intensive grounding in the current concerns of photo-based art while refining their technical skills in digital photography and video, traditional darkroom work or a combination of both. Through a rigorous conceptual and studio-based curriculum, students develop their own individual styles and subject matter. 

What can I expect to learn in the Fine Art Photography program at GW?

 In the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fine Art Photography program, students receive an intensive grounding in the current concerns of photo-based art while refining their technical skills and developing their own individual styles and subject matter.

What is the Fine Art Photography community like at GW?

Taught by faculty mentors who are practicing artists, the program requires a core of studio courses but allows plenty of flexibility for electives so that students can tailor their studies to their interests. The curriculum encourages students to develop artistic and technical skills in cutting-edge digital photography and video, traditional darkroom work or a combination of both.

What is the Fine Art Photography learning community like at GW?

The photography program's approach to photography recognizes the critical importance of the photographic image in contemporary society while establishing its historical context within the history of art. In addition, visiting artists, along with exhibitions in Washington, D.C.’s museums, enrich students' experiences of how photography becomes a vehicle for creative expression as well as an agent for change.

What can I do in the Fine Art Photography field?

Graduates of the program may continue practicing as independent artists. Some go on to earn their MFA degrees in order to open up teaching opportunities, while others have secured positions at National Geographic Books, Adamson Editions Studio, Aperture, Ai Weiwei’s Berlin Studio and the International Center of Photography. Additionally, there are many graduates who have started independent businesses in the professional photography field.