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The vision of the University of La Verne’s Undergraduate Photography Program is to be a leading center of excellence in photography education, preparing students for successful careers in the creative arts. We are committed to providing our students with a rigorous and comprehensive education that combines technical mastery, critical thinking, and creative expression.


The student-centered mission of the University of La Verne’s Undergraduate Photography Program is to:

  • Empower students to develop their unique visual voices and creative potential.
  • Provide students with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the rapidly changing field of photography.
  • Foster an inclusive, diverse, equitable, accessible, collaborative and supportive learning environment that encourages students to experiment, innovate, and grow.
  • Promote a deep understanding of the history, theory, and practice of photography.
  • Inspire students to use photography as a tool for communication, storytelling, and social change.

We believe that photography is a powerful medium for self-expression, understanding, and connection. We are committed to educating the next generation of photographers who will use their skills to make a positive impact on the world.

Learning Outcomes:  

  • Visual literacy: Students critically analyze the visual language of photography in historical, social, and cultural contexts, applying the elements and principles of design to their own work.
  • Critical thinking: Students research, describe, and critically analyze works of visual art and photography in relation to historical and contemporary contexts.
  • Communication: Students effectively communicate photographic concepts in writing, verbally, and visually.
  • Creative experimentation: Students experiment with a variety of photographic techniques, genres, and styles to develop their unique vision and voice as photographers, using new technologies to create and share their work.
  • Technical mastery: Students master a range of photographic techniques, including both past and emerging technologies, to execute creative ideas and produce high-quality images.
  • Production: Students use their photographic skills, knowledge, and resources to create, exhibit, and publish original photographic artwork and research projects.
  • Ethics and social responsibility: Students practice ethical and socially responsible photography, aware of the power of photography and using it in a positive way.
  • Professional practice: Students develop and implement a personal aesthetic and marketing strategy to create and market their artistic practice effectively.
  • Community engagement: Students connect with the wider art community by participating in photography exhibitions and events, and volunteering their time to local and regional art organizations.
  • Lifelong learning: Students develop a commitment to lifelong learning in the field of photography, staying up-to-date on the latest trends, technologies, and practices, and continually striving to improve their skills and knowledge.

Get Involved


Your gift to the Photography Program, within the Department of Art & Art History, helps us to expand our program in order to provide further support to our students and local community. Any amount is welcome so donate now to help shape the future of our Photography Program at the University of La Verne.

Donate Your Gear

If you are interested in donating your used (and new) working analog and digital cameras, lenses and accessories to support the growth of our Photography Program, please direct all inquiries to the Department of Art & Art History Chair, Jon Leaver.