Hiram College

Photography Minor

Traditional Undergraduate

Passion for Photography

At Hiram College, the study and practice of a craft is paired with an interdisciplinary liberal arts education, providing arts students a variety of career and graduate school options. The photography minor complements many major areas of study and gives students a creative outlet for their passions.

Who are Hiram’s Photography Students?

Students in Hiram’s Photography minor are well-rounded artists. They share a calling to visually explore their interests, and express their ideas and unique take on the world through capturing moments. Students in Photography might also pursue Art & Design, Communication, Marketing, Film StudiesPerforming Arts, or one of the other academic programs that Hiram has to offer. A Photography minor may be right for you if you enjoy:

  • being creative and original
  • critical thinking
  • variety in your work
  • nontraditional work hours
  • examining history and different cultures
  • sharing your work with an audience
  • engaging your senses


Photography students learn the fundamentals of both fine art photography and commercial photography using all methods of production, including: traditional darkrooms, silver-based printing, digital color, large format and pinhole.

The study of visual communications is an important one. Photography helps us visualize complex ideas to better understand what is important to us and communicate in a different format than a written one. Through photography we share express what we find beautiful, interesting, ugly or inspiring with others.

Open to All Students of All Interests

On Hiram’s campus, performing and creating aren’t just reserved for students with a major in the arts. Non-majors also have opportunities to sing in the choir; showcase paintings, drawings, sculptures, and photographs; play instruments in ensembles; and act or design for performing arts productions. Many of the College’s arts programs are designed to allow students of any discipline to double major, and the small class sizes mean that everyone gets an opportunity for one-on-one instruction with our experienced faculty.


    The 1,200 square foot gallery is designed for the display of two and three dimensional artwork, as well as installations and digital video and sound exhibitions, and features professional lighting, security, and archives.


    A re-purposed factory with 26,000 square feet of studio, classroom, lab, and gallery space, the Gelbke Fine Arts Center offers an optimal learning environment, as well as opportunities for students, community members, staff, and faculty to exhibit their work.

  • The Field Stations

    The great outdoors provide ample opportunities for photographers. Hiram College owns two preserved Field Stations with acres and acres of land for you to capture in your lens. Some of our courses are even offered at the stations to help you develop your talents "en plein air."

Christopher Ryan Headshot

Christopher Ryan, M.F.A.

Professor of Art
Gelbke Fine Arts Center Director

Learn more about all of the majors, minors, and opportunities that await you within the School of Arts, Humanities & Culture.