The Photography/Video program prepares students for careers ranging from fine art to commercial photography. A central premise of the program is that ideas and techniques are inextricably intertwined, and must be explored together. Courses emphasize the importance of grasping the principles and concepts behind both new and traditional imaging media, recognizing that students must acquire a firm grounding in basic ideas and techniques to be able to respond effectively to future change. Students produce work on a regular basis for group and individual critiques, as well as produce a senior project for exhibition during the spring semester of their final year. At every level, students are expected to spend substantial amounts of time outside of class perfecting their skills.

Photography/Video facilities include digital and wet darkrooms, which cover everything from basic to advanced needs, providing students with a wide range of experiences from traditional black and white film to state of the art color prints using archival pigment ink sets, with opportunities to work in digital from cellphone to DSLR and medium format, and in film from roll to sheet. DASL (Digital Art Services Lab) provides a real world digital service bureau experience allowing students to produce prints of all sizes. It is available for students from all concentrations. Cameras in various formats, tripods, lighting equipment, and other accessories are available for student use. Our lighting studio is available for individual student sessions. Other facilities throughout the department are available for individual projects, such as wood and metal labs, print shop and bookbinding, laser cutting, and 3D printing.

Video provides students with a chance to explore the use of time-based images in an art context. A diverse range of approaches is encouraged from single- to multi-channel narratives, displayed in all forms from projections to web and installations, dealing with personally and socially meaningful subjects. In addition, the rich history of the medium is explored through screenings of important videos and discussions based on contemporary critical ideas about the medium. A range of digital cameras and editing stations is available for students to use.

BFA Degree Requirements

A minimum of 120 total degree credits are required for a BFA degree. Within the 120 total credits a minimum of 66 must be studio art credits, with 30 of the 66 credits at the 3000/4000 level.


Studio Art Credits



Art History Credits



General Education Requirements & Electives

Suggested Sequence of Study

Suggested Sequences of Study for BFA concentrations are only samples/suggested course schedules. Requirements are subject to change and may vary based on catalog year, curriculum changes and course availability.

First Year

Semester 1
ART1010/Studio Concepts /3cr.
ART1020/Criticism & Interpretation /3cr.
ART1030/Drawing 1 /3cr.
Art History 1000/Content Area 1 /3cr.
English 1010/1011 /4cr.
Total Credits /16

Semester 2
ART1040/Drawing 2 /3cr.
ART2410/Basic Studio Photography /3cr.
ART2310, 2510, or 2610 /3cr.
Content Area 2 /3cr.
Content Area 3 /3–4cr.
Total Credits /15–16

Second Year

Semester 3
ART2310, 2410, or 2510 /3cr.
ART2420 Intermediate Photo /3cr.
Studio Art Elective /3cr.
Content Area 3 (Lab) /3cr.
Content Area 4 /4cr.
Total Credits /16cr.

Semester 4
ART2310, 2510, or 2610 /3cr.
ART3420 Digital Imaging /3cr.
Studio Art Elective/3cr.
Content Area 1 /3cr.
Content Area 4 /3cr.
Total Credits /15cr.

Third Year

Semester 5
ART 3000L Photo Video* /3cr.
ART 3000L Photo Video* /3cr.
Studio Art Elective /3cr.
Content Area 2 /3cr.
Math/Stats Q /3cr.
Total Credits /15cr.

Semester 6
ART 3000L Photo Video* /3cr.
ART 3000L Photo Video* /3cr.
Studio Art 3000/4000L Elective /3cr.
Art History 3560 History of Photo 2 /3cr.
Math/Stats Q /3cr.
Total Credits /15cr.

Fourth Year

Semester 7
ART4410 Advance Photo /3cr.
Studio Art 3000/4000L Elective /3cr.
Art History 3460 History of Photo 1 /3cr.
Elective /3cr.
Elective /3cr.
Total Credits /15cr.

Semester 8
ART4901 Senior Project /3cr.
Studio Art 3000/4000L Elective /3cr.
Art History 3000/4000W /3cr.
Elective /3cr.
Elective /3cr.
Total Credits /15cr.

Minimum 12 credits of 3000L
Photo/Video Requirements may include:
Art 3410# Intro to Video
Art 3430# Alternative Processes
Art 3440# Color Photography
Art 3450 Documentary Photography
Art 3455 Portrait Photography
Art 3460 Large Format Photography
Art 3465 Landscape Photography
Art 3470 Studio Photography

Studio Art 3000/4000L Electives may include:
Art 4410# / Advanced Photography
Art 3993 / Art Foreign Study (ISI Florence)

#May be repeated once

BA Degree

Students pursuing a BA in Studio Art are not required to declare a concentration, and therefore follow a more general Plan of Study.

BFA & BA Student Work in Photography/Video

Digital Arts Services Lab (DASL)

The Digital Arts Services Lab is an essential resource and tool for Art & Art History, but especially for Photography. As a photographic output service bureau DASL provides high-quality, professional and archival prints as well as other services.

More about DASL


Photography/Video Instagram

One more from last semester’s ART 2410 Basic Studio: Photo—in this Hockney-inspired exercise, students photographed their world in pieces, turned them upside down, stretched them apart…

This collage is by Alexa Malazzi.

Tomorrow at the Benton Museum—Photo/Video Professor Janet L. Pritchard will introduce her book "More than Scenery: Yellowstone, an American Love Story", with a reception to follow. Through captivating photographs and insightful text, the artist surveys how generations of visitors have invested Yellowstone—the world’s first national park—with ideas, beliefs, and values reflecting their historical moment.

Janet L. Pritchard is a landscape photographer and Professor of Photography at the University of Connecticut. Her photographs have appeared in FlakPhoto Projects, Fine Art Photography Daily, Fraction Magazine, LensCulture, Lenscratch, The Photo Review, and View Camera Magazine, among others. Her awards and fellowships include a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in Photography, a Jay and Deborah Last Fellowships at the American Antiquarian Society, and a National Endowment for the Arts Summer Institute Fellowship at the Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography at the Newberry Library in Chicago. Her Artist-in-Residence awards include the Institute for Electronic Arts, Jentel Foundation, Millay Colony for the Arts, Ucross Foundation, and Vindolanda Trust, UK. Her artist Website is

Held in conjunction with the exhibition, "Seeing Truth: Art, Science, Museums, and Making Knowledge", which features work by Janet L. Pritchard. The exhibition and related public programs are generously supported by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation. @jppegasus @bentonmuseumuconn @uconnart

Tomorrow night! Join us for the opening reception of Raid the Archive at the Benton Museum: Thursday, January 26, 4 - 6:30 pm

Raid the Archive is an exhibition of selections from the Edwin Way Teale Papers and new works by participants in Art 5383, Special Topics in Studio Art. Teale was an American naturalist, writer, and photographer awarded the inaugural Pulitzer Prize for nature writing in 1966; Teale’s papers are preserved by Archives and Special Collections, University of Connecticut Library. During the fall of 2022, graduate students, guided by Professor of Art Janet Pritchard, undertook a semester-long project to curate an exhibition from this collection augmented by visits to his home, Trail Wood, in Hampton, Connecticut, now a Connecticut Audubon Sanctuary. Each artist created new work responding to curiosity, research, and discoveries. The course reimagines the Raid the Icebox exhibition from the RISD Museum in 1969–70, in which RISD staff invited Andy Warhol to curate a show from their collection and make new work in response. Raid the Archive begins the 25th-anniversary celebration of the Teale Lecture series at UConn.

Student Curators: Mahsa Attaran ’25, Amira Brown ’25, Monica Hamilton ’25, Hanieh Kashani ’25, Anna Schwartz ’25, and Noah Thompson ’24.

Install image reposted from @jppegasus

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