The Photography Program is a fluid investigation into visual literacy focusing on the creative possibilities of lens-based imaging.

Beginning with the introductory course, students create work that combines concept and technique with an awareness of contemporary art theory. Emphasis is placed on the student’s personal growth through aesthetic and intellectual development. This rigorous education in contemporary artistic and cultural practices, accompanied by classes in photographic history, enables students to develop a critical understanding of how photographic practices form and reflect our world.

The University of New Mexico’s photography program was one of the first MFA programs in photography in the country, awarding its first degrees in 1968.

Photography Facilities

The photography area’s facilities serve several hundred students every semester as they explore the art of photography in all its manifestations. Recognizing the need for contemporary, yet diverse workspaces we offer state-of-the-art digital labs, fully functional darkrooms and non-silver labs, a well-equipped lighting studio, and an in-depth installation and performance space.

We have two digital labs, one for undergraduates and one for graduate students. Students have access to a range of digital cameras, lighting kits, large format cameras, and medium format cameras, as well as many other items available for checkout to enrolled students. 

Please see the link below to reserve workstations:
Photo Area Bookings

Photography Faculty

Current MFA Photo Student Work