University of South Dakota

24 months
627 USD/credit
627 USD/credit
326 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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The Photography program will help you develop your skills in traditional film, digital and experimental forms of photography. 


We are proud to have the only full-time fine arts photographic professor in South Dakota’s higher education system with more than 35 years of experience. Students explore techniques in photography development, printing and creative process and participate in critiques, lectures and demonstrations on critical issues in photography.

Our photography facilities include:

  • Fully equipped Camera studio: Nikon 3200 Digital SLRs, 8’x 10’ cameras, 4’x5’ cameras, medium format cameras, 35mm single lens reflexPhotography stuido cameras
  • A large selection of lenses, accessories, LED and hot light kits, analog and digital lab equipment
  • Shooting and lighting studio with a high-end strobe system, and backdrops
  • Black-and-white darkroom with 22 enlargers
  • Alternative processes and film developing facility for palladium, wet plate collodion, other historic processes and black and white film processing
  • Fully equipped printing shop: Epson 9800 printer, 44” wide Epson 4900 professional printer, 17” wide professional printer

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Photography Materials & Methods
  • Advanced Photography Materials & Methods
  • Creative Research Photography
  • Photography Issues
  • Photography Concepts & Theories
  • Advanced Photography Concepts & Theories
  • Photography Master’s Portfolio
  • Photography Master’s Thesis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Application Fee: An application fee of $35.00 U.S. dollars must accompany each Graduate Application
  • One Official Transcript: One official transcript verifying receipt of an undergraduate degree and previous graduate credit must accompany an application
  • Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of recommendation are required of applicants to most graduate degree program
  • Admission Test Scores: If test scores are required by a graduate degree program, the test score reports must be sent to the Graduate School from the testing center.
  • Statement of Purpose: Applicants are encouraged to provide information about their reason for pursuing graduate studies

Tuition Fee

  • International

    627 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 627 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    627 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 627 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    326 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 326 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.


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Due for update

Updated over a year ago

Check the official programme website for potential updates.

University of South Dakota