Our Photography courses offer a wide range of photographic media featuring traditional film and darkroom techniques and state of the art digital technologies. A strong emphasis is placed on acquiring professional skills to establish a successful creative art practice.

Our curriculum encourages students to investigate contemporary trends while being informed by the inextricable historic links of the medium to modernity. Explore topics such as the photograph as evidence, document, memorial, snapshot, and advertisement. Students develop work through critical inquiry and explorations of the constantly evolving lens-based field.

Beginning courses build foundational skills, while advanced students engage in proposal-based creative projects that establish concept development, research methodology, and exhibition approaches.

MSU Denver’s strong ties to the professional art community and close proximity to galleries, museums, and other art institutions cultivate students’ experience in the field. Students are encouraged to participate in internships through the Applied Learning Center, which matches students’ skills and training to employers within the community.

Career possibilities for students include:

  • Client-based and editorial photography
  • Documentary photography
  • Fine art photography
  • Photo editing for web
  • Photographic post-production
A student developing photographs.
Students in the Photography facility standing behind a table of color photographs.
Students using specialized photography equipment. Interestingly, the subject of the photo they are taking is wearing an old fashioned gasmask.
Showing a finished portrait.

Download Degree Requirements:

Art Major, BFA


Our 6500 square foot Photography facilities are located within the main Arts Building.

We have several large traditional wet process labs, individual color darkrooms, alternative process labs, and a state-of-the-art digital photography facility. Our digital facility features 14 iMac workstations, 14 Canon large format printers, Epson scanners and, an Imacon large format film scanner. All traditional labs are well ventilated and are equipped with medium and large format Saunders enlargers. A Hope 32″ color processor serves traditional color printing.

Photography Lab

Located in AR 175:

  • Monday 8am – 6pm
  • Tuesday 8am – 6pm
  • Wednesday 8am – 6pm
  • Thursday 8am – 6pm
  • Friday 9am – 1pm

Equipment for check out includes:

  • Canon digital cameras
  • Large and Medium Format cameras
  • Alien Bee lighting kits
  • Nikon 35mm Film Cameras
Wide shot of students developing photographs.
Close up of a student developing photographs.
The photograph enlarger.
Viewing the photographs.
A student crops a print in the Photography Lab.
Closeup of a student's print.
Micro photography gear for student use.
Photography chemical including developer, stop bath, rapid fixer, perma wash displayed.


Natascha Seideneck

Natascha Seideneck

Associate Professor - Photography Area Coordinator

[email protected] 303-615-1149

Students waiting for images to print.