The study of photography can be applied in a range of professions, including commercial studio work, photo editing in publications, working with photography collections in museums, and teaching at the high school or college level. The photography program at UTA was established in 1971. The curriculum is carefully designed to prepare students to enter a career or a graduate program with a strong portfolio and the needed technical skills. The rapid shift to digital technologies in the past few years has resulted in profound changes in the methods that we use to capture images and produce prints. The faculty has embraced the digital world while maintaining a strong commitment to traditional methods. We believe that the best photographers are able to produce images to communicate and express ideas. The program offers great diversity of curriculum, approach and technology. We have complete facilities for both ‘wet’ darkroom processing and digital work.
The five full-time faculty in photography represent a wide range of expertise and experience in the field. All faculty are exhibiting artists, have vast professional experience and come from a national base of graduate study. Students are encouraged to work with all faculty throughout their studies. The intermediate photo course is our ‘gateway’ upper level course, providing the foundation for all advanced classes. The advanced classes are devoted to specific technical skills and the development of personal expression into a visual statement. We schedule a portfolio review for each student at least twice during their studies, attended by the photography faculty and any other faculty in the Department invited by the student.
Our darkroom facilities include a large digital printing facility, large beginning and advanced black and white labs, a separate area dedicated to alternative processes and a spacious area for print finishing. The area maintains a working studio with strobe lighting and digital input capabilities as well as large format cameras. Our digital facilities include a lab with new iMac computers and multiple scanners. Our digital print lab has a range of Epson printers (including two 2400's, three 4800's, one 7800 and two 9800's) and enable students to print from 8 x 10 to 44" wide on either gloss or matte paper. We also provide 35mm, medium, large format, Holga and several mid range and high end digital cameras for checkout.
Kenda North, Professor & Area Coordinator - Kenda North’s research focus is color photography. She is currently represented by Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas.
Andrew Ortiz, Associate Professor - Andrew Ortiz specializes in digital imaging; his mural size images are exhibited nationally.
Leighton McWilliams, Associate Professor - Leighton McWilliams’s research focus is photo constructions, large format and studio photography; his recent work has been featured in many one person exhibitions.
Bryan Florentin, Senior Lecturer - Bryan Florentin’s research is on installation/mixed media/critical theory. He is currently developing new installation work involving projections, images, objects and short narrative texts.
Scott Hilton, Senior Lecturer - Scott Hilton’s research is on staged images and alternative processes.
Photography Area Scholarship Opportunities:
Wishful Wings is a competition held each semester awarding $500 to four students.  The awards are based on a portfolio representing a body of work. Outside jurors are brought in each semester, one from the academic community and one from the gallery/museum community. 
Past jurors include Missy Finger (Photographs Do Not Bend), Vance Wingate (TWU gallery director), Libby Rowe (UT San Antonio), Luther Smith (TCU). The 2009 spring awards went to Michael Hoefle, Ana Akuri, Megan Bedford, and Katie Nixon, concluding with an exhibit of their work at Gallery West in May.
The Photo Faculty Scholarship is funded by tenured faculty Leighton McWilliams, Kenda North and Andrew Ortiz. It is usually a single $500 award given each semester. The faculty chooses a recipient who has shown growth and promise during the semester.
Study Abroad:
Professor Kenda North has taken students to Florence, Italy every two years for a Maymester or summer session trip. Students base out of the Santa Reparata International School of Art in Florence, live in apartments and make day trips to many sites in the country. An exhibit of their work has been mounted at the Arlington Museum of Art following each trip.
A summer intersession course to Tokyo Japan is being planned for 2011.
Student Groups:
FOCUS is the photography student organization. For more information, visit our student groups page.
Visiting Artists:
The Photography program brings in speakers each semester to broaden student exposure to artists and professionals from all over the country. Past visiting artists have included David Levinthal, Estaban Diaz, Susan kae Grant, Misty Keasler, Carol Golemboski, Keith Johnson, Keith Carter.
Student Accomplishments:
UTA Photography graduates are making their mark on the professional world. Our BFA graduates are currently engaged in the following:
+Justin Bolle starts MFA program at the University of Arkansas this fall.
+Matt Bean starts MFA program at Notre Dame University this fall.
+Ross Faircloth and Ashley Whitt will enter their second year in the MFA program at Texas Woman’s University.
+Betsy Williamson is in her third year at UNT for an MFA in photography and a MA in Art history.
+Suzanne Countryman just completed her MFA at the University of Arkansas. 
+Delaney Allen just completed his MFA at the Pacific College of the Northwest.
+Oscar Gustavo Plascencia has been teaching photography at Lycoming Colllege after finishing his MFA at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
+Hannah Frieseris director of Light Work at Syracuse University. 
+Gerardo Gibbs is an art handler with Nerwin and Martin in Fort Worth. 
+Erica Martinez is working as a photo assistant in Dallas
+Robert Rodriquez is working as a photo assistant in Dallas and Fort Worth. 
+Don Tarvin has worked as first assistant to Rusty Hill Studio for ten years. 
+Alums who are running their own studios include Jaclyn Haley, Alex Ham, Maggie Phillips, Brenda Gail
At the 2010 PIEA Awards, Associate Professor Andrew Ortiz won Grand Prize Faculty Portfolio. Aaron Whittaker won Second Prize in the Digitally Constructed Single Image category.


ART 2359
Introduction to Photography
Basic photographic imaging. Assignments emphasize an artistic approach and include black-and-white materials, darkroom procedure, and color transparencies. Lab fee: $50.
ART 3352
Digital Imaging
Basic course in computer imaging for art majors. Emphasis is on the introduction and use of the computer as a tool for personal expression. Fundamental principles in electronic media are explored with additional emphasis on experimental and innovative techniques. May be repeated for credit. Lab fee: $40. Prerequisite: ART 2304.
ART 3360
Intermediate Photography
Students use the tools of digital technology to enhance their image-making skills. Topics may include digital film and reflective scanning, fine printing, alternative cameras and formats; to the development of a deeper understanding of the student's place in photo history and criticism. Prerequisite: ART 2304, ART 2359 (or equivalent).
ART 4318
Advanced Digital Imaging
Advanced level course in computer imaging for art majors. Conceptual as well as expressive problems are introduced to encourage independent and creative problem solving in digital imaging. Emphasis is placed on both manipulation of photo-based media and creation of two-dimensional animation. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: ART 3352.
ART 4320
Beyond Photography: Working Outside the Image
This course will examine different approaches to art that are not medium-specific but assumes the student has knowledge of photography as art. Projects will be structured as responses to lectures on topics in modern and contemporary art with emphasis on installation and conceptual work. Prerequisite: 3 hours to be selected from ART 4318, 4344, 4359, 4360, 4363, 4372, or permission of instructor.
ART 4344
Alternative Photographic Processes
Methods of manipulating the photographic image. Techniques may include manipulative printing, computer imaging, blueprint, brownprint, platinum/palladium, transfers, silkscreen, intaglio, and lithography. May be repeated for up to six hours credit. Lab fee: $60. Prerequisite: ART 3360 or permission of the instructor.
ART 4359
Advanced Photography
This course encourages students to use a variety of photographic processes (black & white, color, non-silver, computer imaging, etc.) with an emphasis on the development of a personal stance. Students will work on individual projects and present work in an environment of critical discussion. May be repeated for up to 12 hours credit. Lab fee: $60. Prerequisite: three hours to be selected from ART 4344, 4360, 4363, or permission of the instructor.
ART 4360
Color Photography
The development of an aesthetic and critical response toward photographic color. Techniques include exposure and printing of color negatives as well as the use of digital technology. May be repeated for up to six hours credit. Lab fee: $60. Prerequisite: ART 3360 or permission of the instructor.
ART 4363
Studio Photography
The theory and practice of situational photography. Studio lighting, large format and digital camera techniques. May be repeated for up to six hours credit. Lab fee: $60. Prerequisite: ART 3360 or permission from the instructor.
ART 4368
Advanced Silver Photography
This advanced level course explores the use of medium and large format film cameras, film development, gelatin silver printing techniques, and archival presentation. May be repeated for up to 6 hours credit. Prerequisite: ART 3360.
ART 4369
Concept to Exhibition
This course takes the student from the concept for a body of work to installation of the work in a group exhibition. Students choose from a wide range of photographic techniques and demonstrations of selected processes. May be repeated for up to six hours credit. Lab fee: $60. Prerequisite: ART 2359 and 3360 or permission of the instructor.
ART 4370
Staged Environments
This course concentrates on the conceptualization, development and execution of tableaus designed exclusively for the camera. Lectures, readings and presentations will cover view cameras, studio lighting, set design, scouting locations, using props, and working with models. Lab fee: $60. Prerequisite: ART 3360 or permission of the instructor.
ART 4372
Body as Resource
An advanced level course that investigates making imagery using portrait, self portrait, or the figure as subject. The course incorporates contemporary practices in digital imaging, digital studio, and Photoshop. This course requires expertise in digital imaging and studio photography. May be repeated for up to 9 hours of credit. Prerequisites: ART 3352 and ART 4363 or permission of instructor.


  • + Over 7,500 Square Feet
  • + 2 gang darkrooms
  • + 6 Individual color darkrooms
  • + Film processing area
  • + Non-silver darkroom and work area
  • + Large print finishing area
  • + Studio facility with strobe equipment and large format cameras
  • + 2 critique areas
  • + Digital lab with 18 stations and scanners
  • + Printing area for large scale digital printing