Study traditional and modern. Master technical and conceptual. Find your voice and stand out to employers.

 Armand Hayes talks about his experience studying photography at MCAD.


Do you love capturing moments with your camera? Are you the friend in your group who’s always taking photos? Can you play around in Photoshop for hours?

As a Photography Major You Will:

  • Acquire a range of technical photography and photo-enhancing software skills
  • Delve into both the applied and fine art fields
  • Gain foundational skills in a variety of creative media
  • Communicate your ideas visually
  • Prepare for a professional career in photography

Tell Me More about Photography at MCAD

Student Work

Alumni Spotlight

Nadia Alenov Encaustic Photography

Nadia Alenov ’10

Nadia Alenov  explores the beauty of nature and the seasons in Minnesota by applying hot beeswax over photographic images. Every photo she chooses is a memory, an experience, an emotion—and encaustics seals in the nostalgia.

Faculty Spotlight

Rik Sferra

Rik Sferra, Professor

Rik Sferra's photography and video work has been exhibited nationally at institutions including the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Cincinnati Art Museum, and the School of Visual Arts. His many freelance clients have included Rolling Stone, the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games, Aveda, Medtronic, and 3M.