Degrees offered through the Photography program include:



The Department offers Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees with an emphasis in Photography. The MFA is a three-year program, headed by Charles Mason, Professor of Photography in Art and Journalism Departments. The degree draws from the rich field of contemporary art photography as a lens-based medium open to various expressive modes of image-making. Classes are structured around the production of cohesive photographic projects and exhibitions, editing, and final presentation. Darkroom, studio, and computer facilities are provided. Students receive technical instruction in digital and analog image production as well as non-silver and alternative photographic processes.

Photography professor and Journalism Department Chair Charles Mason as seen through the ground glass of a large format camera


Selected Student Work



UAF's Photography Program boasts 1100 square feet of darkroom spaces across campus, including an advanced large format and alternative/historical photographic process lab and learning space in the Rasmuson Library and a newly-renovated classroom darkroom space for our beginning and intermediate courses in the Bunnell Building. Our digital photography lab is one of the most up-to-date graphics-focused computer labs on campus, featuring 16 iMac workstations, high-end Epson scanners and archival printers, as well as the entire Adobe Creative Suite. Additionally, adjacent to our Bunnell computer lab and darkroom spaces is our spacious portrait studio, featuring Godox lighting, various vinyl, paper and fabric backgrounds and drapes, and a large assortment of lighting modifiers. Students in our analog and digital photography courses are granted 24/7 access to these spaces to facilitate their creative requirements when they strike and have access to a wide array of camera bodies, lenses, flashes, lighting modifiers, filters and accessories through our equipment checkout.


One of four Rasmuson Library darkroom facilities accessible to intermediate and advanced students in our analog and alternative / historical process courses.


Our shared analog and alternative/ historical process learning and lecture space in the Rasmuson Library, conveniently located adjacent to the darkrooms and photo faculty.




Student Clubs




Charles Mason

Charles Mason

Professor of Photography

Bunnell 105B

J. Jason Lazarus

J. Jason Lazarus

Term Instructor of Photography