“Photography helps people to see,” Berenice Abbott once said. Study Photography at CUW and help people see ideas, emotions, and stories through the images you create.

Why Study Photography at CUW?

A CUW degree offers you:

  • An on-campus darkroom
  • Advanced photography courses at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD)
  • Internship opportunities that build real-world skills
  • An exhibit of your work in the CUW Art Gallery
  • Professional portfolio assistance

Program Facts

  • Years to complete:      4

Program Overview

CUW’s Photography major is a cooperative program with the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD). You’ll complete all studio foundation courses, a minor and the liberal arts core at CUW and advanced photography courses at MIAD.

What You'll Learn in the Photography Program

Our program will teach you about:

  • Photographic composition and lighting
  • Digital and darkroom photography
  • Photo-editing software
  • Printmaking processes like monotype, relief, reduction, intaglio, aquatint, and silkscreen
  • Printmaking media such as water-based ink, linocut, Easycufo, acid bath, zinc plates, stencil film and block out
  • The zone system, depth of field, advanced lighting techniques, studio photography, and portfolio production

Career Choices in Photography

  • Photojournalism
  • Sports photographer
  • Portrait photographer
  • Advertising

Complementary Majors/Minors

  • Graphic Design
  • Marketing
  • Business
  • Multimedia Communications
  • Computer Science

All Photography majors must complete a minor. A Multimedia, Marketing, or Business minor would be an excellent choice to help you build vital skills for a successful career in photography.


CUW’s Photography curriculum includes printmaking, graphic design, composition, and the history of art and photography. MIAD’s curriculum includes courses in lighting, printing, and issues in contemporary photography. See our course catalog for our full curriculum.


  • The American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) student chapter
  • CUW Art Guild

High School Prep Courses

  • Visual arts
  • Lab science
  • Math
  • Computer applications


Prof. Sandy Buehler
Prof. Paul Calhoun