Photography and Digital Art - Program Features

Project-Based Learning

This intensive BFA program consists of 132 credit hours. The emphasis is on concept development, artistic expression, and mastering market-ready skill sets. The program includes a strong foundation in formalism, traditional media, design, theory and art history; advanced study in digital media; access to cutting-edge technology and equipment; expert instruction and mentoring; and professional experience. This combination of the traditional and the new maintains a firm footing in the values of studio art, while embracing the new spectrum of contemporary and commercial art.


  • Uniquely fuses studies in Commercial Photography, Photojournalism and Conceptual Photography
  • Focused on critical thinking, creativity, artistic expression and developing a professional and marketable skill-set
  • Access to, and instruction in, cutting-edge technology and equipment
  • Built-in opportunities for professional experience
  • Expert mentoring and instruction
  • Targets versatile and fulfilling career opportunities
  • Curiculum includes required and optional courses in emerging meda including Video, 3D Digital Modeling, Web Design and Motion Graphics Production
  • Current Maryville Design & Visual Art graduates have interned and gained employment in fields such as photography production for advertising, wedding and event, product marketing, portraiture studios, magazines and more.
  • Students have gained acceptance to competitive graduate schools in diverse areas.
  • Students graduate with an academic thesis, and both a commercial and a conceptual portfolio.

Professional Partnerships

Maryville is proud to work with numerous corporate and civic organizations in St. Louis and beyond through partnerships created in support of our academic programs and student opportunities. The list of the University's partners is long, impressive, and ever expanding: Rawlings, Mercy, St. Louis Public Schools, Parkway School District, Edward Jones, Northwestern Mutual, RGA, St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Blues, and Maritz, just to name a few. Our partners provide students with opportunities to experience hands-on involvement in real-world projects, requiring them to hone market-ready skills even before they graduate. Students also experience a variety of work environments and develop a network of industry contacts through these partnerships, so Maryville graduates often have a competitive edge in the job market. In fact, many of our partners provide valuable internships—which can lead to full-time jobs with the firm or agency.

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Photography and Digital Art, B.F.A.