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Film, Media and Communication

Undergraduate Bachelor Programs

BFA Professional Photography


The BFA Professional Photography Program at MSMU gives the student a hands-on experience from the first day of the first course. The curriculum will provide the student with both the technical foundation skills and critical thinking tools that will help in shaping the students own unique vision. The Professional Photography faculty is made up of industry recognized photographers who have also been recognized for their ability to inspire students in the classroom.  We are proud to offer our courses in the heart of Hollywood at our Mount Saint Mary's Hollywood studio.

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Program Mission

The program integrates liberal arts, ethics, and professional business practices with a core photography and media production curriculum that prepares students for the creative business, and technical challenges of a professional photography career. 

Technical Skillset Courses

Technical Skillset Courses
PHO101 Foundations of Photography PHO139 Video Production
PHO108 The Art of Lighting PHO130 Studio Product Photography
PHO134 Photoshop and Digital Printing PHO102 Digital Image Editing I
PHO104 Lighting for People PHO107 Applied Photography
PHO182 Imaging Time PHO110 Alternative Photography Media


Aesthetic & Conceptual Skillset Courses

Aesthetic & Conceptual Skillset Courses
PHO109 Photography as Fine Art PHO110 Alternative Photography Media
PHO111 The Art Director PHO112 Food and Beverage Photography
PHO113 Advanced Tabletop Photography PHO174 Advanced Advertising Photography
PHO175 Fashion Photography PHO181 Sports Photography
PHO188 Wedding Photography PHO187 Creative Techniques in Digital Imaging
PHO190 Architectural Photography PHO191 Advanced Portrait Techniques
PHO192 Advanced Retouching PHO194 Personality Photography


Business Skillset Courses

Business Skillset Courses
PHO197 Internship PHO198 Senior Capstone
BUS4 Business Foundation and Analysis BUS4 Business Law
BUS15 Accounting Principals PHO140 Business of Photography


Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities
Studio Manager Digital Tech
Advertising Photographer Video Production
Travel Photographer Commercial Photographer
Lifestyle Photographer Fashion Photographer
Food Photographer Studio Product Photographer
Sports Photographer Scientific Photographer
Portrait & Wedding Photographer Digital Retouching
Art Director Artist Representation


The BFA Professional Photography degree curriculum is made up of 33 credit hours of required core classes and 33 credit hours of additional photography elective courses including 12 credit hours of business courses.

Students may also enroll in the Photography Minor which requires a total of 18 credit hours.

For further information, contact Charles Bunce at, or Bill Robbins at


Core Courses (33 units)

Core Courses
FLM 2/PHO 2 Foundations of Photography 3
PHO 4 Digital Asset Management & Workflow 3
PHO/FLM 6 History of Photography 3
PHO/FLM 8 Lighting Principles 3
PHO/FLM 30 Studio Product Photography 3
PHO 34 Photoshop & Digital Printing 3
PHO/FLM 104 Lighting for People 3
PHO/FLM 107 Applied Photography 3
PHO/FLM 109 Photography as Fine Art 3
FLM 139A/FLM 205 Introduction to Digital Video Production 3
PHO 198 Senior Capstone 3


Business Courses (12 units)

Complete all of the following:

Business Courses
BUS 4 Business Foundation & Analysis 3
BUS 5 Business Law 1 3
BUS 15A Accounting Principles 1 3
PHO 140 Business of the Photography Studio 3


Electives (21 units)

Complete any seven elective classes offered by the Film, Media & Communication department (FLM, JRN, PHO, etc.) and/or other classes by advisement, such as:

ART 10 Photography I 3
ART 108 Digital Deluge 3
ART 150A Photography II: Portraiture 3
ART 152A Color Digital Photography 3