Rochester Institute of Technology

Academic Program Overviews

Student Skills & Capabilities, Salary Data, Career Information 

Photographic and Imaging Arts BFA

Program Overview

Immerse yourself in the creativity and innovation of photography and imaging, with options in advertising photography, fine art photography, photojournalism, and visual media.

Degrees Awarded

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts


  • Approximately 400 students are enrolled in this program

Cooperative Education & Experiential Education Component

  • Co-op is optional for this program
  • Minimum co-op requirement: N/A
  • Co-op availability: N/A

Salary Information

Co-op:  $12.58        $10.00 -$15.00
BFA:      $37,600

Student Skills & Capabilities

Photographic and imaging arts majors participate in an educational community that includes required course work in general studies and operates in an environment with both undergraduate and graduate students. It is a community where students have the opportunity to work and study with our highly respected and accomplished faculty in state-of-the-art facilities. Students can choose options within the program: Advertising Photography, Fine Arts Photography, Photojournalism, Visual Media. 

Equipment & Facilities

The School’s facilities are an unparalleled resource for the creation and presentation of photography and moving media. They support all of digital, analog (historical and contemporary), and moving media (video and multimedia) creative practices. The facilities include five computer labs, all with access to scanners, desktop and large-format printers; a computer lab dedicated to video and multimedia; fifteen darkrooms dedicated to silver halide and historical processes; thirty fully equipped studios; and, dedicated labs for color measurement and imaging systems. The School’s “Cage” contains a wide-range of DSLRs, video cameras, medium and large format cameras as well as a large inventory of lenses, accessories, etc.

Job Titles

Freelance Photographer, Photo Editor, Film Critic, Assistant Prop Stylist, Photographer and Stylist, Senior Producer, Graphic Designer, Junior Creative Producer, Creative Strategist, Videographer 

Selected Employer Hiring Partners

Future Reality Designs, Floated Magazine, Forever 21, Wilton Brands, Shine Wedding Invitations, OZY Media, The New York Times, URBN

Contact Us

We appreciate your interest in your career and we will make every effort to help you succeed. Feel free to contact your career services coordinator who works with the Photographic and Imaging Arts program. You can access information about services through our web site at

Nan Burgess-Whitman, Career Services Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 585.475.5469

Rochester Institute of Technology . Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education
Bausch & Lomb Center
57 Lomb Memorial Drive . Rochester NY  14623-5603