Do you see the world through a lens? If you are always capturing life to communicate a unique point of view-your point of view?

What can I do with a photography degree?

There are many careers you can go into with a solid photography background: freelance photographer, photojournalist, digital retoucher, production assistant or manager, or studio manager.

What will I learn as a photography major?

Working with instructors who are photography professionals, you'll start by covering the fundamentals of composition, lighting, darkroom techniques, color and design. You'll sharpen your creative edge and grow technically as your education helps you grow your set of skills, from using digital-imaging software programs to scouting locations for photo shoots to understanding the business side of the industry.

In today's ever-changing world, technical proficiency alone is rarely enough for success. Concentration in photography is offered in collaboration with the Art Institute of Pittsburgh (AIP). They combine the strength of a diverse liberal arts education and a strong art foundation gained at Carlow University with a concentration at the state-of-the-art computer studios of a leading technical arts school. Students in this programs go beyond mere technical proficiency to a well-rounded education.

Bachelor of Arts in Art with a Concentration in Photography

Course Requirements: 33 credits + 30 Carlow credit equivalents at AIP
Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Locations: Main Oakland Campus, AIP



Every two years Pittsburgh hosts one of the most important exhibitions of global contemporary art, The Carnegie International (CI). This course highlights the artists and artwork of the current CI and places these works in an historical context. The first half of the course will be devoted to issues in modern and avant-garde art in Europe and North America and sets the foundation for an in-depth exploration of the CI. The second half of this course will explore the ways in which the modernist tradition has been challenged and re-evaluated by contemporary postmodern and feminist artists from around the world, highlighting the work of artists represented in the CI.


An investigation of the history of art through the lens of feminist critical theory. Students explore the production and status of women artists and patrons as well as the representation of women in art from the Renaissance to the present. Students critically engage with course materials through class dialogue, written assignments, and collaborative projects.

note: this is just a small sample of the variety of classes you'll be taking. for more details about these classes and more, please visit the Course Catalog section of our website.