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Digital Photography Diploma Programs in Nashville with School Info

The Nashville area has at least three schools, none more than 10 miles of downtown, that offer digital photography programs. Learn about the programs, admission info and program requirements for these schools to make an informed education decision.

Nashville Schools That Offer Digital Photography Programs

Since there aren't any diploma programs in the Nashville area, students can instead explore certificate, minor and degree programs at the following three schools, all within 15 minutes of downtown. These public and private schools offer instruction in digital photography at the undergraduate level. The article also includes a table that features important information about the schools, such as school type, enrollment numbers and tuition.

  • Belmont University, a 4-year private institution, provides classrooms built for photography-specific training. It offers a minor in photography. Belmont is about three miles from downtown Nashville.
  • Nashville State Community College, a 2-year school about six miles from downtown, is the area's most inexpensive option. It offers an associate's degree in visual communications with a photography concentration as well as a certificate program.
  • Located around three miles from downtown, Watkins College of Art, Design and Film is a 4-year college enrolling the smallest student population. Watkins students can earn a bachelor's degree in photography.

Comparison of Schools

Students should consider many aspects when choosing a college. The following table provides important facts in a convenient format, making it simple to compare schools.

Belmont University Nashville State Community College Watkins College of Art, Design and Film
School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit 2-year, public 4-year, private not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2014) 7,244* 10,044* 304*
Campus Setting Large city Large city Large city
Tuition and Fees (2015-2016) $30,000* $3,873 in-state; $15,273 out-of-state* $20,790*
% of First-Year, Full-Time Undergraduates Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014) 88%* 98%* 87%*
Acceptance Rate (2014) 83%* N/A - Open admissions* 26%*
Retention Rate (2014) 83% for full-time students* 53% for full-time students; 41% for part-time students* 57% for full-time students*
Graduation Rate (2014) 70% (24% transfer-out rate)* 12% (12% transfer-out rate)* 40%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

Belmont University

Students enrolled in the photography minor can take advantage of graphics labs, galleries and studio spaces available in the school's Leu Center for the Visual Arts. All photography students are required to attend workshops and to display their work at exhibitions.

Photography Minor

The photography minor requires completion of 18 credit hours. Students encounter courses in digital photography, basic and advanced photography techniques, digital imaging and the history of photography. The latter course can only be completed on even years in the spring semester.

Nashville State Community College

This school's photography programs provide hands-on training in camera operation and laboratory use. Associate's degree program students participate in a practicum dedicated to portfolio development.

Photography Technical Certificate

This program includes 30 credit hours of courses in such topics as digital imaging, black and white photography, lab techniques and lighting. Students can gain a basic understanding of camera and darkroom techniques. This program also covers studio and digital photography skills.

Associate of Applied Science in Visual Communications with a Concentration in Photography

This photography concentration in the visual communications program provides instruction in traditional and digital photography. Students can acquire the skills needed to work effectively in studio and darkroom environments. In addition to general education requirements, the curriculum includes classes in the history of photography, the photography business, portrait techniques, digital imaging and color lab techniques. Students can also learn to use 35mm SLR, digital SLR and large format cameras.

Watkins College of Art, Design and Film

Students can develop professional skills through in-class training and internship opportunities. The photography program requires students to develop and submit a junior project and a senior thesis. Photography students also need to prepare a thesis exhibition for review before graduation.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography

Although this 120-credit hour program doesn't focus purely on digital photography, it provides training in both digital photography techniques and traditional film photography. Students are required to complete courses in lighting, digital imaging and photographic history. Additional courses cover topics in experimental video, alternative processes, color photography, multimedia art, historical techniques and critical writing.

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