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Delve into traditional silver-based darkroom techniques, alternative processes and digital technologies to build a career in photojournalism, art direction or photography.

Photography – B.A. in Film & Photography, Photography Emphasis

Students within the Photography option at Montana State focus on fine art and commercial approaches to the medium. As students master both analog and digital photography techniques in the studio, they also explore photography as a medium of expression under the close guidance of award-winning faculty mentors with a breadth of experience in the gallery and publication worlds. Coursework ranges from traditional silver-based darkroom techniques to alternative analog processes, as well as an emphasis on digital photographic processes.

The Film and Photography major at Montana State offers two other Options Within the Major: Film and Integrated Lens-Based Media.






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Expansive Exploration
Montana State is one of the only photography programs to teach both analog (wet darkroom) and digital processes.

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Unique Opportunities
At Montana State, undergraduates are offered hands-on experiences in labs, studios, teaching farms and in the surrounding wilderness.

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Legacy Of Excellence
Montana State photography graduates have published work in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, National Geographic, Powder magazine and more.




Career Resources

Within their first year of graduation, more than 96% of Montana State graduates are employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment, and career guidance website Zippia consistently ranks MSU as the #1 school in the state where alumni are most likely to land jobs.

Career Coaching & Professional Skills Studio

Professional career coaches help students with their career exploration, employer networking opportunities and job or internship searches. They also critique resumes and help students practice job interviews. Additionally, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success offers free workshops for students to develop the professional communication and collaboration skills that are highly sought after by employers.


Photography students at Montana State University go into careers such as:

  • Fine Art Photographer
  • Portrait Photography
  • Photojournalist
  • Travel Photographer
  • Nature Photographer

To explore more career possibilities, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success has a variety of tools available,including self-assessment and working with career coaches.