Minnesota has photography programs ranging from a 19-credit certificate to a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree. While certificate and undergraduate degree programs help students develop a portfolio of work during their time of study, graduate degrees in photography require that applicants provide just such a portfolio prior to admission. A range of resources applicable to the discipline are included in such programs, like access to lighting equipment and studio space as well as editing software in computer labs; students will need to provide their own cameras in most cases.
Overviews of the largest schools in the state that offer photography classes are provided below, along with a table that compares tuition and school info.
Anoka-Ramsey Community College
The curriculum offered by the Associate in Fine Arts program at Anoka-Ramsey Community College in Coon Rapids includes courses in photography. Students complete 34 art credits and receive instruction through multiple levels of photography classes. They also have the opportunity to learn photo-editing software, such as Photoshop. In addition, a pinhole photography course is available.
Century College in White Bear Lake provides photography courses through its visual communications technologies program. The school offers a professional photography diploma program and a professional photography associate's program. The degree program consists of 64 credits, and the diploma program requires 48 credits. The photography track in both programs is identical, covering areas like traditional and digital photography, forensic photography, photo editing software and portfolio development.
Dakota County Technical College
Dakota County Technical College offers three photography programs at its Rosemount campus. Students have the choice of a 32-credit Photographic Imaging Technology Diploma and two certificate programs. One certificate program can prepare a student for employment as a digital imaging technician, and the other can prepare an enrollee to become a photographer's assistant. Students earn 24 credits to receive the Digital Imaging Certificate and 19 credits to obtain the Photographer Assistant Certificate.
Inver Hills Community College
Inver Hills Community College in Inver Grove Heights offers digital photography courses in its Associate in Fine Arts program. Students earn 60 credits to receive this degree, and the requirements include 30 credits in art courses and 30 credits in liberal arts classes. Students who want to learn photography can take beginning and advanced digital photography to satisfy a portion of the arts requirement.
Minneapolis Community and Technical College
Minneapolis Community and Technical College offers three photography programs at its main campus in Minneapolis. Students can pursue a photography and digital imaging certificate, which requires 27 credits. The school also provides a 54-credit photography and digital imaging diploma program and a 60-credit associate's program. All programs provide instruction on digital photography, photographic software and lighting. The certificate and degree programs also include instruction on portfolio development and presentation, portrait and product photography and the history of photography. They also require an internship.
Minnesota State University Moorhead
Minnesota State University provides a 120-credit bachelor's program in studio art with photography emphases at its campus in Moorhead. Students can pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts. The program includes courses in basic drawing, foundation design and art history, and requires additional photography studio courses. The university also offers a photojournalism major through its mass communications bachelor's program. Students enrolled in this 120-credit program complete courses in photo editing, news photography, photojournalism and documentary photography.
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
The University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, which is situated in Minneapolis, offers photography courses in its undergraduate art programs. The photography portion of the curriculum covers topics like silver processes, digital photography, digital imaging and advanced photography.
The school also has a 60-credit MFA program with a concentration in photography and moving image. Students who choose this concentration can learn about photography theory and practice, documentary and live performance photography and advanced photographic techniques. Applicants are required to submit a portfolio, and admission is competitive.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Photography Programs Offered||Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)|
|Anoka-Ramsey Community College||2-year, public; large suburb||Associate in Fine Arts in Art||$5,022 (undergraduate)*|
|Century College||2-year, public; large suburb|| Professional Photography Diploma,
Associate in Applied Science in Professional Photography
|Dakota County Technical College||2-year, public; fringe rural|| Digital Imaging Technician Certificate,
Photographer Assistant Certificate,
Photographic Imaging Technology Diploma
|Inver Hills Community College||2-year, public; large suburb||Associate in Fine Arts in Art||$5,288 (undergraduate)*|
|Minneapolis Community and Technical College||2-year, public; large city|| Photography and Digital Imaging Certificate,
Photography and Digital Imaging Diploma,
Associate of Applied Science in Photography and Digital Imaging
|Minnesota State University Moorhead||4-year, public; midsized suburb|| Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art with a photography emphasis,
Bachelor of Science in Photojournalism
|$8,096 in-state (undergraduate); $15,232 out-of-state (undergraduate)*|
|University of Minnesota - Twin Cities||4-year, public; large city|| Bachelor of Arts in Art,
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art,
Master of Fine Arts in Art with a photography and moving image concentration
|$13,790 in-state (undergraduate); $22,210 out-of-state (undergraduate); $17,289 in-state (graduate); $25,953 out-of-state (graduate)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator