Photography and Digital Art - Careers

What Can I Do with a Degree in Photography and Digital Art?

Maryville has students and graduates working and interning as photographers and photo editors in broad fields such as event, sports, private studio, medical, photo-journalism, product, commercial and exhibition for organizations such as Alive Magazine, AA Importing, the Missouri Botanical Gardens and the St. Louis Blues. Additionally, many graduates have gone on to start their own professional photography studios and earned acceptance into reputable MFA programs.

Related career fields

  • Photography (Sports, Private Studio, Medical, Journalism, Product, Commercial, Corporate, Fashion, Advertising)li>
  • Post Production/Digital Media Editing and Touch Up
  • Videography
  • Studio Management
  • Lighting and Installation
  • Gallery, Exhibition, and Curation
  • Visual Marketing

Career-Focused Curriculum

Photography and Digital Art students have access to rigorous career-focused curriculum and an extensive alumni and professional network. All BFA programs include a capstone experience, senior exhibit and senior/portfolio seminar. These advanced experiences target professional development skills and high caliber work that are sought by employers, galleries and graduate schools.


BFA students in the Photography and Digital Art program are required to complete a professional internship prior to graduation. We continually cultivate and maintain relationships throughout the St. Louis design community and beyond to ensure that internship experiences are tailored to meet our students’ interests, and assist them in building valuable experience. Our internship program gives graduates a competitive edge and often leads to full-time job placements.

Our students have been hosted as interns at businesses, galleries, publications and studios including:

  • AAA Importing (furniture design and wholesale firm)
  • The International Hall of Fame of Photography
  • Alive Magazine
  • The Missouri Botanical Gardens
  • Saint Louis Blues NHL Team
  • Mending Faces (NGO)
  • St. Louis Cardinal Care and Kids Rock Cancer


Office of Career and Professional Development

We are here to help students navigate their way through the process of seeking meaningful and valuable career experiences, including on-campus employment, internships, service opportunities, and part-time and full-timework. Our team helps you develop a resume and cover letters, conduct mock interviews and contemplate your future career choices. We also offer ongoing professional development workshops and events.

Our partnership begins right away. When you arrive on campus, you’ll work in tandem with a life coach to ensure a smooth and successful transition to Maryville.

Learn More About The Office of Career and Professional Development