Years of experience behind the lens

Photography faculty at SCAD are masters of their trade, with decades of experience in the professional world. From fine-art photographers to photojournalists to advertisers, every hue of the spectrum is represented in these halls. Professors have global publication credits, gallery shows and countless industry awards to their names — and they want to share their insight with you.

Program leadership

Steve Bliss

Dean, School of Fine Arts

Kent Knowles

Associate dean, School of Fine Arts; Associate dean, School of Foundation Studies

Rebecca Nolan

Rebecca Nolan

Chair, photography

Michael James O'Brien

Associate chair, photography

"My goal as a professor is to extend an appreciation for the fine arts and instill academic and professional qualities that will help students succeed in their careers as photographers."

Nathaniel (Lee) Bareford | Photography professor

Find your long-term career mentor

SCAD faculty combine professional prowess with real-world know-how. A majority of our professors are full-time, which, combined with small classes sizes that average less than 20 students, yields plenty of opportunity for one-on-one interaction. In fact, SCAD has more full-time photography faculty members than any other art and design school.

Our photography faculty have shown their work in the following publications and galleries:

  • Time
  • The New York Times
  • Museum of Contemporary Photography
  • USA Today
  • People

See the big picture

Our superb faculty is only one aspect of the SCAD culture of excellence, which extends to all areas of student life. From world-class facilities and equipment to unforgettable signature events to visits from the biggest names in the industry, you'll love being a student at SCAD.

Learn more about the SCAD student experience