Studio Art: Photography

Explore new ways of seeing and interpreting our world

Through our photography program, students will work with everything from the newest digital innovations to nineteenth century hand-made processes.

Students are encouraged to experiment with content, medium, and method of presentation – using image making as a basis for producing anything from traditional print media to sculptural installation. 

Students in photography learn skills that can be applied in other classes as well as in other commercial and creative contexts. Photography and video are often integrated into their design, printmaking, fashion, sculpture, and performance work.

Instructor showing students an old camera.

Student to
Faculty Ratio

With small class sizes, our students get individualized attention from their professors, who are dedicated to helping them reach their artistic and professional goals.

grad cap icon


There is scholarship funding that is available and widely dispersed across our department, all to help you graduate with less debt. 


Your Work

Whether it's displays in the hallways of Kamerick Art Building, or around campus and the community, our students have ample opportunities to showcase their artwork.


Find out More About Photography 

Fill out your information here and we'll be in touch!

Contact us directly at:

Department of Art
104 Kamerick Art Building
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0362

Phone: 319-273-2077

Google Analytics


Graduates of the photography program have gone on to a wide range of careers including art educators, professional photographers, archivists, and arts administrators. Many graduates of the program have gone on to create successful photography studios and other businesses of their own.


In Creative Photography I, students learn technical proficiency with a manual digital camera and how to edit photos in Adobe Lightroom. They explore the basic language of photography and learn how to make images with creative intention. In advanced photography, students learn an even wider range of tools and processes. They work with artificial lighting, such as strobe and flash, as well as early photographic processes like cyanotype. They also learn the language of video and sound editing using Adobe Premiere.

The UNI photography program broadened my ideas about what photography can be and why it's important. Everyone in the department encouraged curiosity, artistic risk taking, and conceptual thinking.

UNI Photography graduate
Three students examining a digital camera.

Creative Projects

In past years students have created collaborative self-published books and animated gifs, they have printed on fabric, created video installations, and laser cut large-scale photographs. Photography as a discipline is constantly being expanded, challenged, and redefined by artists using technologies new and old. The UNI Photo department aims to embrace the possibilities of this ever-expanding medium.