About the Program

UNL's Department of Art & Art History provides a unique and intimate environment for your study of photography. Class enrollment is limited to 18 and is often smaller so you receive individual attention enabling a sustained line of inquiry over several semesters.

We offer beginning courses in both analog and digital technologies so when you reach the intermediate and advanced levels, you are free to choose between them or use a combination to pursue your ideas. You will be actively engaged in viewing and discussing photography exhibitions at museums and galleries as well as exhibiting your work on and off campus. You will also have the chance to work closely with visiting artists in demonstrations, Q&A sessions and portfolio critiques to prepare for life as a professional artist after graduation.


The Photography area offers a range of studio courses in darkroom and digital photography that focus on technical, conceptual and aesthetic aspects of the medium as well as photography theory, history, criticism and contemporary practice. These courses are designed to provide a foundation for independent artists who use photography as a medium of expression. As a studio art major with an emphasis in photography, you can take up to six regular courses in the area as well as special topics courses and independent study hours.


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There are nearly 4,000 square feet of photography facilities, including:

  • 2 private graduate darkrooms with enlargers for printing negatives up to 4x5 inches
  • gang black and white darkroom with 8 Omega enlargers for printing negatives up to 4x5 inches
  • alternative process darkroom
  • film changing closets and film processing area
  • photography-only digital printing facility with new scanners and 17 and 24 inch Epson printers
  • lighting studio with hot and cool continuous lights and strobes
  • student exhibition space
  • classroom and critique space with a digital projector
  • open lab area for finishing/framing work
  • small and medium format cameras and related equipment for student check-out
  • neutral color viewing station
  • graduate studios
  • Department of Art & Art History Digital Lab where students can check out equipment, reserve the studio and use large format scanners and printers

Photography lectures and exhibitions:

  • Sheldon Museum of Art on campus has an extensive photography collection, print viewing and regular exhibitions. 
  • Nearby Workspace Gallery hosts six exhibitions of contemporary photography each year with artist or curator gallery talks for each opening reception.

UNL's graduate program offers:

  • Three-year, 60-credit MFA
  • Private darkrooms and studio space
  • 24-hour access to all Photography facilities
  • Tuition fellowships
  • Graduate Teaching Assistantships
  • Art & Art History Department awards
  • Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts awards, presentation travel grants, study abroad grants and research grants
  • Studio critiques by visiting artists and scholars
  • Opportunities to work with faculty from multiple studio areas
  • Scholarships to summer workshops at Anderson Ranch Arts Center
  • Summer study abroad courses at the graduate level in London and Paris, Florence, Athens and Japan
  • Close proximity and dialog with MFA students in all studio areas and with MA students in Art History
  • Solo MFA thesis exhibitions
  • Opportunities to exhibit work in the many galleries and alternative spaces in Lincoln
  • A Residency Prize for one graduating student from the Bemis Center for Contemporart Arts' internationally renowned artist residency program