BFA Photography

Michael Moura, "Touch-up at UIC/Halsted" 2009

Photography is a medium for documentation, communication, and personal expression. Students in the Photography concentration develop skills in each of these areas that allow them go on to careers as artists, documentarians, and educators. The curriculum includes production courses that develop critical skills in both analog and digital photographic processes, interdisciplinary seminars that explore the cultural, theoretical and aesthetic potential of the medium, and advanced critique courses leading to a BFA thesis exhibition.

Degree Requirements

To earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art degree from UIC, students need to complete University, college, and school degree requirements. The Art Degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies. 

A portfolio review is required prior to acceptance as an Art major. 

BFA in Art Requirements  Hours
First Year Program 24
General Education and Foundation Courses 33
Art Major Requirements 61
Electives outside the Department of Art 10–11
CC 120—UIC First Year Dialogue Seminar
(Required of new freshmen only)
1*
Total Hours—BFA in Art 129

*New freshmen are required to complete CC 120—First Year Dialogue Seminar for one hour. These students will complete 10 hours of electives for the BFA in Art. All other students complete 11 hours of electives for the BFA in Art.

A complete sample course schedule for a BFA may be found here