Studio Art


a woman pinning photographs to a wallOverview

The primary emphasis in the photography area is on the development of personal vision and ideas. The program embraces a broad definition of photography within the wider context of contemporary practices in the field. Adventurous exploration, experimentation, and personal expression are encouraged. Instruction is individualized and tailored to each student’s interest and needs.


Our facilities are comprehensive and include the latest in digital processing and wide-format printing, traditional darkroom, non-silver and alternative process, lighting studio and graduate studio space.

Graduate Program

Graduate students are encouraged to actively participate in teaching activities on the undergraduate level and to increase their knowledge of the history of photography and the contemporary art world. Striking a balance between practice, criticism and teaching, the goal is to develop well-rounded graduate students who are prepared for a variety of directions, not limited to professional art practice and higher education.

Contact Us

For information about applying, visit our Prospective Students page, or call us for more information: (205) 348-5967. Thinking of a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) major in Photography? Here is a sample four-year plan for the BFA in Photography.

UA Photography News

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Meet our graduate students.

Photography Faculty

Photography News

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Photography Alumni

Celestia Morgan Named Assistant Professor of Photography at UA

Celestia Morgan has been appointed assistant professor of art in The University of Alabama’s Department of Art and Art History. She will begin the new position on August 16, 2022, teaching courses in digital and film photography. Morgan has served as a postdoctoral research associate in the College of Arts and Sciences since the fall

Alumna Interviews Former Photo Professor for Online Publication

Photographer and UA alumna Alayna N. Pernell interviewed her former teacher and mentor, UA assistant professor Allison Grant, for Lenscratch‘s ongoing “Photographers on Photographers” series. Lenscratch is an online publication that explores and celebrates contemporary fine art photography and photographic artists. Pernell, who was named to Lenscratch’s 2021 Top 26 to Watch, was asked by

UA Alumna Photographs for New York Times’ T Magazine

UA studio art alumna Arielle Gray will begin her third year in the MFA photography program at Yale University soon and was buried in her graduate studies in New Haven, Connecticut, this summer when she was contacted by an editor at T – The New York Times Style Magazine. The editor wanted to know if Gray