The photography program in the Department of Art and Art History at CSU, Chico is committed to nurturing an artistic community that is contemporary, critical, and professional. While treating photography as an artistic medium, this program encourages forms of critical thinking that can be applied to all art media and university disciplines.
In addition to making images and integrating photography with other areas, our educational goal includes developing an outstanding ability to articulate ideas, interpret and criticize images, and communicate with audiences. Photography students are required to establish correspondences between their experiences and the larger world, and to place their work in social and cultural contexts. Our mission is to train students to become exceptional practitioners and thinkers for our communities, our nations, and the world.
Photography facilities include both traditional chemical-based darkrooms and a digital lab.