utilizing photography as a tool for compassionate citizenship, meaningful storytelling, and impactful social change

At USU Photo, we are guided in our belief in photography’s critical role in contemporary culture. Through the making, learning, and sharing of images, we encourage students to utilize photography as a tool for compassionate citizenship, meaningful storytelling, and impactful social change.

Supported by distinguished faculty mentors and sustained by a close-knit culture of artistic curiosity and academic rigor, students learn through a dynamic curriculum combining hands-on fieldwork, interdisciplinary research, and collaborative, community-engaged coursework. Classes are rooted in the history and theory of photography and incorporate a range of techniques and approaches––from 19th-century historical and traditional darkroom processes to state-of-the-art digital technologies.

Intimate class sizes and mentorship-based teaching provide individually-focused, one-on-one attention, while our visiting artist, international travel, and professional development programs connect students to contemporary practitioners around the world.

By analyzing and applying creative knowledge, developing effective communication skills, and cultivating critical reasoning and cultural empathy, students develop highly valued and adaptable social and vocational abilities to thoughtfully meet our moment and poetically articulate their individual voice and vision.

With principles of compassion, commonality, and community at the fore, USU Photo facilitates transformational educational experiences for our students so they may enjoy enriched creative lives and make their mark as engaged citizens.

USU Photo welcomes all, and we are committed to supporting each individual student across all identities, backgrounds, and abilities. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion extends to challenging the established art historical canon while celebrating female, LGBTQIA+, BIPOC, and AAPI artists throughout our curriculum and programming.

We recognize that Utah State University in Logan resides on the ancestral, traditional, and contemporary lands in the Sihivigoi (Willow Valley) of the Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation. The university resides on land ceded in the 1863 Treaty at Fort Bridger and other lands within our state. We recognize Utah’s eight federally recognized Native nations, historic Indigenous communities in Utah, and Indigenous individuals and communities past and present. We affirm Indigenous sovereignty, history, and experiences.

The Utah State University Caine College of the Arts’ Department of Art + Design is a NASAD accredited program offering BS, BFA, and MFA degrees.

For admissions, scholarship, and degree information, visit art.usu.edu. 

To schedule a tour or portfolio review, email professor Jared Ragland at photo@usu.edu.

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