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Photographic images define our culture and provide the foundation for visual communication. Within the School of Art, photography is approached as an art form that can convey an array of concepts and ideas. Students are taught to critically examine how they communicate through their images. The School of Art’s BA and BFA degree programs provide broad, comprehensive instruction across artistic media, and the photography area recognizes a strength in mixing media, materials and interdisciplinary work.

The program embraces digital, analog and historic alternative processes. The photography division is committed to traditional film and wet labs as a core learning experience for photography students. This inclusive approach distinguishes this program as one dedicated to creative opportunity and craftsmanship. Students learn intention, process, materials and outcome. Visiting artists and lecturers expand the context of contemporary photography, and these visitors share their professional and commercial experiences to further prepare our students for their career goals.

The University of Montana School of Art offers a BFA and MFA with a specialization in photography. The University of Montana is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.


  • Black and white darkroom with enlargers accommodating negatives up to 4” x 5”
  • Non-silver darkroom
  • Single station, special-projects darkroom
  • Archival print washers
  • Macintosh digital lab
  • Large format Epson inkjet printer
  • Portable flash kits
  • Convenient scanning stations with specialized hardware and software for scanning film
  • Clean room for mounting and matting prints
  • Photographic lighting studio with professional equipment including a Profoto 4-head power pack, monoheads, variety of Profoto softboxes and lighting modifiers, an overhead track system, a curved cyc wall, and various backdrops
  • Access to an array of cameras and accessories including: Holgas, Lensbabies, medium format Mamiya,  4x5 view cameras, and pinhole
  • Heat mounting presses and 25" Dry-Tac Jetmounter cold press
  • Rototrim print cutters
  • 24" vinyl cutter for exhibition signage
  • Precision panoramic camera gimbals and two Gigapan robotic panorama heads
  • A lab monitor is employed and always available during darkroom hours
  • Graduate spaces are provided


Matt Hamon, Associate Professor 
Elizabeth Dove,  Professor


  • Photography I
  • Photography II
  • Photography III
  • Alternative Processes
  • The Art of Digital Photography
  • Advanced Research in Photography
  • Graduate Studio in Photography