Emphasis in Mass Communication Photography; picture of BHSU photography student smiling while taking photos while in a river--hill in the background.

BHSU Photography Minor and Certificate

Discover your creativity

Mass Communication students will explore visual-design, photographic image-making, written, broadcast and web-based multi-media processes using the most advanced computer-software, technologies and equipment in upgraded facilities. Students enjoy a high level of career placement upon graduation due to the high demand for knowledgeable and highly skilled professionals in the viable and growing Mass Communication job market.

  • GAIN REAL-LIFE EXPERIENCES by taking up an internship.
  • JOIN A CAMPUS ORGANIZATION: Campus organizations help majors and minors get extracurricular experience in their fields of study and network with other students.
  • GET A CERTIFICATE in journalism, photography, or social media
  • A MINOR IS REQUIRED: Minor in integrated media, sports media, public relations, science communication, photography, or graphic communication.

BHSU also offers a BFA in Photography!

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BHSU's Photography program offers classes that span all aspects of the profession, from Basic Photography to Advanced Studio and Commercial Photography. Students learn both the artistry and the commercial aspects of this career.

Photography graduates will find opportunities in photojournalism, commercial photography, and fine art photography, with some going to graduate school for a Masters in Fine Arts.

The Photography minor offers:

  • Outstanding faculty who are internationally known for their work
  • Opportunities to display student work at show on and off campus
  • Excellent darkroom and digital imaging facilities
  • The Shutterbuzz Photography Club which offers workshop, exhibitions, and field trips



At BHSU students have the opportunity to study abroad through faculty-led trips such as the photography departments recent trip to Iceland in 2019. BHSU students have also traveled to photograph the Solar Eclipse and have taken trips to Utah to photograph the southwestern landscapes. Studying abroad, or in the field, will expand their world by providing opportunities for students to experience another culture while receiving a globalized education in photography.


A foundational belief of the BHSU photography program is that students must exhibit their work as artists/photographers. For that reason, all students in the BHSU photography program will have the opportunity to participate in exhibitions at various campus galleries, photography competitions, and calls for entries.


BHSU photography club, Shutterbuzz, focuses on promoting the appreciation for the art of photography while connecting with the community around us. Shutterbuzz activities range from photographic excursions to raising money to help feed the hungry in our community. All students at Black Hills State University are welcome and encouraged to join us whether you have a top of the line DSLR camera or a cell phone. For more information, contact: Skott Chandler at Skott.Chandler@BHSU.edu


There are employment opportunities in a variety of sectors:
» Advertisement
» Audio/Video Specialist
» Broadcaster
» Commercial Photographer
» Creative/Art Designer
» Drone Photographer
» Filmmaker
» Fine Art Photographer
» Graphic Designer
» International PR Specialist 
» Journalist
» Logo Designer
» Multimedia Specialist
» News Editor/Writer
» Photojournalist
» Portrait/Wedding Photographer
» PR Agent
» Reporter
» Speech Writer
» Science Outreach Specialist
» Social Media Content Photographer
» Studio Product Photographer
» Radio Announcer
» Web Designer 

Contact Info

Allen Morris
Phone: (605) 642-6769

Black Hills State University
1200 University St.
Spearfish, SD, USA 57799