Photography & Imaging

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Share stories in a flash with a Photography degree.
BFA Program

Photography is everywhere and is in a period of unprecedented change, with constantly evolving technological advancements and multimedia possibilities that are redefining what it means to be a professional photographer. Our Photography and Imaging students immerse themselves in a curriculum that enables them to explore the unlimited creative possibilities that exist today for capturing, producing, and sharing innovative and meaningful work.

We build on the photographic tradition and thoroughly investigate the future possibilities of both the still and moving image while encouraging our students to develop an individual voice and perspective with their work that will set them apart from the casual observers of life. Our graduates are fully prepared to be young professionals, ready to participate in and help define this exciting new era of photography.


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Miles Goscha

Athena Torri


International Center of Photography

Every year our students compete to spend one year studying at ICP, the world’s leading institution dedicated to the practice and understanding of photography. The selected students have a unique opportunity to participate in the General Studies Program there that exposes them to world-renowned faculty, challenging ideas and a diverse group of international students. Currently Ringling College is one of only three undergraduate programs in the country to have this unique affiliation.







Where are they now?

Photography and Imaging graduates bolster hundreds of industries around the world - see where our graduates have landed!



Ethan Berger ’15
Photographer | CHAMPS Sports

Mariana Greif 14
Freelance | Photographer

Alyxandra Llano 14
Home Shopping Network | Photography Retoucher  

Margaret McCoy 14
Freelance | Photographer  

Alexis Schultz 14
Sarasota Film Festival; Alexis Schultz Photography | Media Manager; Freelance Photographer  

Karen Arango 13
Photographer/ Videographer /Owner | Karen Arango Photography

Dylan Johnston 13
Freelance | Photographer  

Jessica Selmser 13
Aramark Columbus State University  
Marketing Manager  

Ari Gabel ’12
Freelance | Digital Retoucher & Photographer  

Bianca Morra ’12
​Stitch Fix | Jr. Photographer  

Beyhan Siedow 12
Freelance | Documentary Photographer  

Athena Torri 11
Freelance | Photographer  

Jay Van Dam 11
Van Dam Photography | Photographer  

Samantha Miller 10
Peace Love World  
Photographer & Marketing Designer  

Sarah Peters '09
Herman Hill and Herman Hill Weddings  
Marketing Manager  

Hadar Pitchon 09
Freelance | Photographer  

Erin Williams 08
Erin Williams Photography | Commercial Photographer  

Rachel Gamberg 07
LexJet | Digital Photography Sales Representative  

Noelle McCleaf 06
Ringling College of Art and Design | Photography & Imaging Faculty; Fine Art Photographer  

Julie Dye 04
Blossom and Shine | Owner  

Haley Jane Samuelson 04
Colorado Photographic Arts Center; The Coleman Company | Chair of Exhibitions; Lead Staff Photographer

Mike Amico ’99
Olympus America | National Account Executive-Central Region 

Christine B. Austin 99
Christine Austin Photography | Principal Photographer and Producer  

Omarr Otero 99
Palm View Elementary, Florida Enrichment Academy and Ringling College Continuing Ed  
Art Educator and Fine Artist  




See more career opportunities on our career support page.



Turning Passion Into Profession



Opportunities for Photography & Imaging students



Work with our Career Services Center to prepare and guide you to finding an internship focused on your area of interest – we are here to help!  With networks around the region and the country, we help you gain exposure to professional best practices and practical application of your technical skills. We are constantly connecting with industry professionals to find new, exciting opportunities to put your skills to work and get a taste of real-world work demands. 




World class visiting artists
Every year we invite some of the best artists and industry professionals to Ringling to interact with our students. This includes renowned artists Platon, John Paul Caponigro, Emmet Gowin, Julie Blackmon and Canon Explorer of Light Photographers Vincent Laforet, Clint Clemens and Greg Gorman among many others.
International Collaboration 
Photography maps the world from many perspectives and we feel it is important to create as many opportunities and experiences as possible for our students to experience diversity outside of the classroom. In the past few years Ringling PI students have participated in international student collaborative projects and exhibitions with students and faculty from Finland, Belgium, England, and Costa Rica.


The Collaboratory
We are proud to say that every Ringling student, regardless of major, is guaranteed the opportunity to gain professional work experience. Our Collaboratory Commitment pairs teams of Ringling students with local businesses to give students a taste of real-world projects, expectations, and deadlines. Facilitated by Collaboratory staff, students will meet with clients looking for creative, unconventional solutions to their branding and design challenges and execute the entire creative process of concepting, presenting, and building campaigns that meet their demands.


Check out our minors, learn more about our faculty or download the curriculum.



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