Photography Track

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but an education in photography is worth even more.

Virtual Sessions – Department of Art

Interested in learning more about the Department of Art at Youngstown State University? The Department of Art is hosting virtual information sessions to allow students and families to learn more about the outstanding programs offered at YSU.  Current available sessions are below: 

Monday, October 19 at 6:00 PM - Graphic + Interactive Design
Monday, November 16 at 6:00 PM - General Art Session
Tuesday, December 8 at 6:00 PM - Digital Media/Photography

Students and families will have the opportunity to meet with a faculty member and have their questions answered!

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For question, please call Danielle Lorenzi at 330-941-2346 or E-Mail at

What You'll Study

The Studio Art major offers a track in Photography, which allows you to customize your art curriculum around your passion.

Combining historical and contemporary elements in photography, you'll dive into techniques and processes used both in the dark room and in digital facilities. The concentration focuses heavily on giving you a taste of both the craft of photography and the critical thinking and conceptual development behind it.

Putting your education into action is one of the best ways to test your skills. F(10) is a student-run organization that gives you the opportunity to travel to shows, and also showcase your own work.


  • Photography Track within Studio Art Major

    Upon successful completion of the Foundations Portfolio Review, you will then move into photography courses. You'll finish your degree with a senior project and senior seminar. The program can be completed in four years if you average 15 to 16 credit hours each semester.

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  • Photography Minor

    You can add the Photography minor to your Studio Art major by completing six courses. The option will give you a basic and intermediate understanding of both digital and analog photography. It is a creative skill to offer future employers that will only take 18 credit hours to complete.

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  • Photography Minor for Non-Art Majors

    Not majoring in art, but still interested in adding that creative component to your degree?

    Having a basic understanding of digital and analog (film) photography can benefit you as you continue into your career. There are a total of six courses for this minor.

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One More Thing

The Photography and Art department faculty go above and beyond the call of duty. They curate shows for us and invite relevant contemporary artists for studio visits. The professors design the courses to strengthen shortcomings, and individual talents are brought to light. My overall experience has been nothing but positive."

Dani Beaumier, Class of 2016