• Design Management and Strategy
  • Illustration & Animation
  • Industrial Design
  • Interaction and User Experience Design
  • Photography
  • Visual Communication Design

Minor in Photography

The Minor in Photography emphasizes visual literacy, critical thinking, and creative and professional practice. Successful candidates will cultivate an advanced visual language in support of their major studies and exit the program with a working technical and conceptual grasp of photography as an expressive and communicative medium. Admission to the Photography Minor is selective and competitive, with applications due in the Spring.


The Minor in Photography requires 18 credit hours of coursework, at least 12 of which should be 300+ credit hours.

  • PHTO 200 (3 cr)  – Foundations in Photography  (Required as a pre-review course.)
  • PHTO 210 (3 cr)  – Understanding Photographs  (PHTO 101 can substitute PHTO 210; in this case PHTO 101 should be taken before PHTO 200, not after.)
  • PHTO 303 (4 cr) – Photography I: View Camera
  • PHTO 304 (4 cr) – Photography II: Color Digital  
  • HA 380 (3 cr) – History of Photography
  • ADS 320 (1 cr) – Hallmark Symposium Series


  • Students interested in the Photography Minor must have successfully completed or be currently enrolled in PHTO 200 when applying for admission to the Minor. Students may also enroll in PHTO 210, HA 380 and ADS 320 regardless of the status of their admission to the Minor.
  • Admission to the Photography Minor is prerequisite to enrollment in PHTO 303 and above. Admission to the Photography Minor is competitive, and is subject to availability of space in required coursework. 
  • Additional studio course options may be available to Photography Minors. Students admitted to the Photography Minor will work with the academic advisor for Design students and the Area Coordinator of the Photography program regarding their specific enrollment plan.

Application & Admission Requirements

Applications to the Photography Minor are reviewed in the spring semester each year and are due by midnight on the night of April 1. Applications should include the following:

  • A short essay (200-400 words) responding to the following questions:
    • Why do you want to pursue the Photography Minor?
    • How do you see the Photography Minor complementing your area of study?
  • A portfolio of your 10 strongest images
  • A PDF of your advising report (available at > Academics > My Progress in the lower right-hand corner)