Photography is both a language and skill. In the Photo program at IWU, we value empathy, innovative solution-making, and joy — we believe these values translate to one-of-a-kind, high-quality work completed with enthusiasm and pride.

Our program teaches students to see — producing images through invaluable studio experience rooted in a wide range of industry-standard professional approaches and traditional photographic processes. With the state-of-the-art equipment available to us: film darkrooms, lighting studios, commercial printing, film processing and alternative process equipment, we are prepared for any job in the commercial and fine art fields.


PHO 110 – Photo I
PHO 220 – Photo Tech I
PHO 270 – Documentary Photo
PHO 310 – Photo II
PHO 320 – Photo Tech II
PHO 360 – Fundamentals of Cinema
PHO 370 – Alternative Photo Processess
PHO 470 – Concept-Based Photo


With the access to fully-furnished lighting studios, two darkrooms for processing and two for printing film, a digital lab for scanning and post-processing images, and experienced photography professors, the ability to excel is before you. We encourage students to use the skills they learn for freelance work even as the finish up their degree. This allows students to leave with experience under their belt and confidence that they can excel.

Lastly, to be fully prepared we recommend and help place our students into both service oriented and professional internships. These typically take place during the Junior and Senior year! Take a look here to learn more!


We want to learn more about you and your desire to become an amazing photographer. Our faculty are here to meet with you and help direct your learning and studio practice to become aligned with your deepest passions and calling. To learn more, reach out to any of our amazing faculty!




Through extensive classes on varying types of photography and the ability to develop off your own styles as well as the ability to use our facilities for both film and digital photography you will be prepared to take on a career as a:

– Freelance Photographer
– Commercial Photographer
– Portrait Photographer
– Fashion Photographer
– Wedding Photographer
– Fine Arts Photographer

– Product Photographer
– Director of Photography
– Videographer
– Producer
– Art Director
– Creative Director

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