Photography & Video
We don't teach you how to make one kind of photograph - we encourage you to make the kinds of pictures you want to make, while we support you and “push” you to do your best work.
Client-driven photography. Documentary and News Photography. Fine Art Photography. Our rigorous photography and video curriculum will expose you to the traditional and modern aspects of the industry. You will immerse yourself in current practices, attitudes and competencies, ultimately developing your own artistic vision.
You’ll learn the history of your craft, then bring that knowledge into the 21st century by documenting social, aesthetic, and critical issues from your unique perspective.
Why Photography & Video at PCA&D?
All our Photography & Video faculty are working professionals. They bring real-world experience into the classroom, helping you to shape your creative path and develop the practical skills needed in the industry. Our Photography & Video department is small — sometimes with as few as 13 students — so you’ll get personal instruction that is impossible at other colleges and universities. You’ll come to think of the faculty and your classmates as family.
You’ll work in our state-of-the-art Photography Labs featuring 3 darkrooms, a photo studio, computer imaging labs, and print lab – with equipment for digital imaging.
As a sophomore, you’ll focus on technical skill development. In your junior year, you’ll focus on idea and concept development. As a junior, you will receive a formal portfolio review, an important tool to help you determine areas or skills that need improvement. Your junior portfolio will contain a specific number of pieces that show proficiency across a number of processes, as well as a command of the formal language of photography and video.
From the day you enter classes, you will have opportunities to exhibit your work at special events – around the corner and around the world. Photography & Video students have exhibited in China and South Korea, and have engaged with students in South Korea and Abu Dhabi! And you’ll learn in the #1 best small city to live in the U.S., in a vibrant arts-rich environment with more than 125 galleries and creative spaces.
Na’Chelle Morris ’22
CHOOSE YOUR CONCENTRATION
During your time at PCA&D, you will work across digital, traditional, and experimental processes with studio electives in both commercial and fine art photography and video. Choose the career emphasis that matches your interests and strengths, as you build an extensive portfolio of professional work. As a student in this major, you will explore multiple aspects of photographic practice.
Client-Driven Photography will help you understand the image needs of business, popular culture, and design.
Documentary and News Photography will put you in the thick of newsworthy stories as they happen. You’ll understand the importance of portraying news stories fairly and accurately in order to preserve the culture.
Fine Art Photography will help you express your vision on contemporary issues or personal interests.
Customize your program
At PCA&D students have the opportunity to explore multiple interests by incorporating a minor or certificate into their major studies. Expanding your skill sets to cross disciplines will make you more appealing to future employers and broaden your potential career path.
Mark Shyshkovskyy ’23
Woodrow Clapper ’22
Kennedy Toomey ’22
Interships & careers
Where could your creative life take you?
Olivia Koziel ’23
Gain real-world experience! Photography & Video students are required to complete an internship the summer before their senior year. An internship gives you the opportunity to explore career possibilities in the photography and videography fields. If you have always admired a particular photographer or been drawn to a particular type of imagery or style, we’ll encourage you to contact that photographer or a professional working in that style and inquire about an internship. You’ll be surprised at how much knowledge you will absorb about the art and business of photography and video from working professionals in a few short months.
At PCA&D, you will learn to think independently, use materials and technology creatively, and stay motivated so that you can realize your dream. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 17% growth in employment for photographers between 2020 to 2030 and a 33% growth for videographers and video editors. Some of the careers available include:
- Advertising Consultants
- Art Directors
- Art Editors
- Creative Directors
- Fashion Photographers
- Industrial Photographers
- Multimedia Designers
- Photo/Video Editors
- Photo/Video Retouchers
- Photo Journalists
- Scientific Photographers
- Social Media Managers
where are Alumni now?
PCA&D students find work in a wide variety of fields and with prestigious companies and organizations nationally and all over the world.
Maggie Rudisill may have graduated from Pennsylvania College of Art & Design in 2015 with her Photography BFA, but her history with the College goes back long before that. The groundbreaking videographer — she’s successfully broken into the male-dominated music video industry — started taking all-ages classes at PCA&D as
A faculty of working photographers
As experienced working professionals with strong ties to resources and opportunities in the field, your faculty assign competitive, real-world projects to enhance your portfolio with professional work well before you graduate.
Eric Weeks, Department Chair
Eric received an MFA from Yale University and a BFA from the School of Visual Arts. Eric has exhibited his photographs and videos internationally and in the United States. His work is in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Maison Européene de la Photographie, Bibliothèque Nationale, Yale University Art Gallery, and the Sir Elton John Collection, among others.
Emily Reifsnyder ’22
Make your creative life, a way of life
While you’re still deciding on a school, go ahead and start an application or submit your portfolio. You can also register for admissions-related events, or how about a personal campus tour.
Our admission counselors are your personal guides to discover if our creative college is right for you. Reach out, share your story, and have your questions answered.