Photography Degrees


While innate talent is generally important when mastering an art medium such as photography, understanding the technical and stylistic aspects may also be necessary. Educational programs that teach individuals the basic and advanced concepts of photography have generally been around for a long time. These programs are typically available through both art schools and traditional universities.  Two-year, four-year and post-graduate degrees are offered for several photography programs.

An Associate’s Degree in Photography is typically available at community colleges and art schools. Courses may cover the basic principles of photography and prepare students for careers as freelance, wedding and studio photographers. Completion of the program generally requires students to meet a certain amount of hours when practicing photography; these hours may vary among different programs.

Bachelor’s degrees are also awarded by universities and art schools.  These are traditional four-year college degrees that offer more advanced courses in photography, as well as the opportunity for students to pursue a specialized focus within the photography field. Specialties such as photojournalism, industrial photography, and more may be covered over the course of the program. Typically, these degrees require 120 or more credit hours to finish. Because students may also have to take additional general education classes, students may have the opportunity to take a wide variety of photography coursework to explore the field and discover their interests.*

Several schools also offer a Master’s of Fine Arts in Photography.  Typically, these are excellent choices for students wishing to pursue photography in more detail than what is offered with a Bachelor’s degree. It may also prepare students to become photography instructors themselves, as they’re generally taught all of the basic and advanced concepts applicable to the field.  Once finished, students are typically proficient in understanding all details related to the field of photography.**

While several people can take nice photographs with a camera on their own, learning how to produce professional quality images may require intensive study. In general, it is more beneficial to study in a structured environment where there is more emphasis on a particular interest/area of focus. Furthermore, those who earn degrees in the field are typically more likely to secure employment once they’re competing in the workforce. In an environment where there is generally a large amount of competition for salaried positions, having a degree may give you an advantage.***


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