Kentucky students looking to study digital photography can choose from five schools that offer relevant programs and courses. Studies in photography and photojournalism train students in a range of print and digital media techniques, and graduates typically qualify for further study or photographic careers. Programs lead the award of bachelor's degrees, with the exception of one associate's degree program and one individual course. Students may be encouraged to develop a portfolio or show their work in a school exhibit.
Listed below are overviews of the available programs and courses, along with a table outlining key information.
Eastern Kentucky University
Eastern Kentucky University is located in Richmond and has a student population of over 16,000. The school offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) program in photography. Aesthetic and technical knowledge are emphasized, beginning with black and white photography. Students have access to modern photo studios and labs, which they can use to complete projects. They also can learn skills in digital and color photography, editing and printing processes, natural and artificial lighting, and photography editing software. Over the course of the program, students prepare a photography portfolio, assist other students in developing and critiquing work and participate in a gallery showing.
Jefferson Community and Technical College
Jefferson Community and Technical College in Louisville offers an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) program in communication arts technology with an option in commercial photography. The curriculum includes introductory and advanced classes in digital imaging and commercial photography. Visual communication, advertising design, illustration and art history are also a part of the 63- to 66-credit program.
Kentucky State University
Located in Frankfort, Kentucky State University has a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) program in studio art that offers a major specialization or minor in digital photography. The college limits class sizes to 10-15 students to maximize personal attention. Field trips, guest lectures, exhibitions and individual studio workspace are additional features of the program. Student portfolios are reviewed both sophomore and senior year, and a public exhibition is required to graduate.
Northern Kentucky University
The Department of Visual Arts at Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights hosts a B.S. in Photography program and a B.F.A. program in photography. The school offers state-of-the-art equipment in its photography studios and labs. Image making, aesthetics, history and technical skills in digital media are emphasized.
Western Kentucky University
Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green has a major in photojournalism that includes digital photography-related classes. This program incorporates documentary-style photography and can teach students to capture news events, activities and cultural happenings through objective photojournalism. Students use digital photography equipment, including cameras, lighting and editing software, to produce photos and news stories. Course topics include photojournalism fundamentals, lighting technologies, picture editing, news videography and media ethics. Past students have gone on to win Pulitzer Prizes, as well as work for prestigious newspapers like The New York Times and the Rocky Mountain News.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Digital Photography Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|
|Eastern Kentucky University||4-year, public; distant town||Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography|| $8,150 in-state;
|Jefferson Community and Technical College||2-year, public; large city||Associate in Applied Science in Communication Arts Technology with an option in commercial photography|| $3,704 in-state;
|Kentucky State University||4-year, public; distant town||Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art with a major specialization or minor in digital photography|| $7,754 in-state;
|Northern Kentucky University||4-year, public; large suburb|| Bachelor of Science in photography,
Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography
| $9,120 in-state;
|Western Kentucky University||4-year, public; small city||Bachelor of Arts in Photojournalism|| $9,482 in-state;
'Sources: *NCES College Navigator