Students studying photography at Carthage have many opportunities to enrich their education.

January Term

J-Term is a month-long period of study in January in which all academic departments at Carthage offer innovative courses on campus, as well as study tours in other countries. J-Term study tours are also offered closer to home. In 2020, students traveled to Costa Rica to engage in digital photography on the study tour Photographing Nature: Investigating Biodiversity and Conservation.

Learn more about j-term


Internships to enhance skills and knowledge in photography can be developed with Carthage’s Aspire Program™. Students can apply for the Tarble Internship Grant, which is designed to offset the costs of unpaid internships for students in financial need, so they can take full advantage of the learning and experience gained through valuable internship opportunities.

Learn more about the aspire program


Mae Van Beest '21 develops film in Darkroom Photography. The Art Department offers darkroom facilities for black and white photography and alternative processes. A photography studio with basic lighting set-up is available for indoor shoots.

The Communication and Digital Media Department features a Mac lab with Adobe Creative Cloud and other related software, along with several Epson printers and scanners. The Art Department offers Mac laptops with Adobe Creative Cloud for courses and a design station with an Epson printer and scanner.

Adobe Creative Cloud programs and other software are also available in the Hedberg Library’s Saemann Mac Lab. Hedberg Library houses a few video editing stations.

To make our photography classes accessible to all students, we offer a number of DSLR cameras and tripods for students to use for photography courses.

Computer Science Department facilities include a server room, hardware lab, and a networking/advanced computing facility with Linux and Sun/Solaris platforms. Students have access to Carthage’s Computation and Visualization Laboratory for computational research projects.

Student Exhibit Opportunities

Students at Carthage have many opportunities to show their work. The Student Art Gallery in the Campbell Student Union exhibits mainly two-dimensional work, including photographs, drawings, paintings, and illustrations.

In addition, the H. F. Johnson Gallery of Art houses student exhibits during the year, including the Annual Student Art Exhibition. Previous exhibitions have included student work in photographs, video art, short films, animations, and sound art, along with drawings, paintings, sculptures, ceramics, and other art mediums.

Learn more about the H. f. johnson gallery of art

Art Museums and Galleries

Carthage is located one hour from Chicago and Milwaukee, providing excellent access to world-renowned galleries, exhibition opportunities, and internships.