Photography Schools & Degrees

Learn photographic technology and work with industry standard equipment while pursing a career as a professional photographer.

General and digital photography programs are ideal for highly creative individuals who are passionate about photography and enjoy capturing images. Though some individuals can make a professional living without a degree, the technical skills and experience required means individuals with at least an associates degree have a better career outlook.

Introductory photography programs teach the basics of art and photography history, and help graduates to develop technical skills and individual photography styles.

Photographers learn about focus and exposure, working with lighting, and dealing with models. Business skills are also taught to aid students in creating resumes and building a professional portfolio.

Future photographers learn to work with industry standard cameras, scanners and software programs, such as Photoshop, to manipulate images. A bachelors degree in digital photography emphasizes digital techniques that enhance images including special effects, color composition and computer printing. General photography programs allow individuals to develop photography skills and learn lab techniques before deciding on a particular niche in commercial, industrial or digital photography.

Those interested in general and digital photography programs should consider their eventual career track. Photographers have the option to work for companies, freelance for newspapers and magazines or start their own businesses. Popular career tracks include wedding, fashion, commercial, advertising, still life and portrait photography.