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Art (Concentration in Photography), B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #601 (WUR) Paradise, NV, United States
The Department of Art offers its students an education in the visual arts as an integral part of a comprehensive educational experience. The Art (Concentration in Photography) degree program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, offers intense, professional education in the aesthetics and theories of the visual arts.
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Additionally, students will be trained in the skill and intellectual awareness that are the basis for a future of creative and professional achievement in the visual arts.

At UNLV the BFA is an additional year of study during which time students have an opportunity to focus more intensively on developing their skills and creativity. Admission to the BFA program is by portfolio review.

Photography Concentration

The Art (Concentration in Photography) degree offered by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, provides students with a solid foundation in technical, aesthetic, conceptual, critical and practical skills necessary to thrive in the challenging and diverse world of photography. Students in this area work in traditional and non-­traditional mediums with a pluralistic approach to picture making, learning both film-­based and digital technology with emphasis placed on photography as a Fine Art. Students define their individual photographic style in terms of both content and approach, and once technical and conceptual skills are solidified, students develop a portfolio that shows their unique personal view of image making. After being accepted into the BFA Program students produce an advanced-­level thesis project, demonstrating mastery and synthesis of the skills taught in the program, utilizing visual, oral and written presentations.

Career Possibilities

The options for employment in the field of photography are many and varied. Students who want to work in the field discover that there are a wide variety of options; here are just a few of the job titles that are available in the field of photography today.

  • Fine Art Photographer
  • Photographer’s Assistant
  • Studio Photographer
  • Wedding Photographer
  • Photographic Stylist
  • Freelance Photographer
  • Digital Image Specialist
  • Portrait Photographer
  • Lab Technician
  • Editorial Photographer
  • Industrial/Corporate Photographer
  • Product Photographer
  • Fashion Photographer
  • Photojournalist
  • Studio Owner/Manager
  • Photographic Sales
  • Stock Photographer

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Drawing
  • Design Fundamentals
  • Survey of Art History I
  • Photography
  • Sculpture

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements


  • Nevada Advanced High School Diploma
  • High School Transcript
  • ACT/SAT Test Scores


  • College/University Transcript(s)
  • If you have completed coursework at a non-US high school or college, you must also submit a certified evaluation (course-by-course with GPA calculation) by a NACES member organization. This evaluation and translation converts your non-US coursework to the US equivalency so that UNLV can evaluate your documents for admission.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    23342 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 23342 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    23342 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 23342 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    8291 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8291 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Paradise

  • 1088 - 1680 USD/month
    Living Costs

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