photography student working in the darkroom

In the Photography Program, we take a fine art approach to teaching and inspiring our students. Images are a powerful visual and creative means to communicate. Photography is MAGIC! Concepts blended with good technical skills are key to making images that communicate and express ones artistic vision. The Photography Program encourages exploration and creative possibility to thrive. Traditional photography still serves a role in our strong digital imaging curriculum lending historical insights to contemporary methodologies that yield a diverse range of courses that challenge our student’s visual experience. Students gain excellent photographic technical skills along with solid knowledge of Adobe software programs while exploring their creative ideas.

Degrees Offered

  • BFA, Art (Photography)
  • Classes taken in this area can be applied towards a BA, Art

Photography Faculty

Deb tharp

Associate Professor, Photography
ARTS 309

(907) 786-1983



Student Work

Photo of older woman by Michael Leonard

girl in white dress

man jumping out of book

beat up car in winter

Woman on frozen lake by Simon Mount

green forest

woman in skin coat in urban setting


photo by Patrick Romain

mountain landscape

woman with frost on her eyelashes

black and white of sleeping baby


Paying for Your Education 

Ready to Apply?

Have you decided that an art major is right for you? Then it’s time to begin the admission process. 

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