Individuals interested in obtaining photography training in Mississippi have about 15 colleges and universities from which to choose. Most of these schools offer associate's or bachelor's degree programs in photography, but one school has standalone photography courses. Students will likely be required to provide their own camera, although school resources such as studio space or darkrooms will vary by school. Many photography programs facilitate the development of a portfolio and students may be given the chance to show their work in on-campus exhibitions.
Below is a list of public and private not-for-profit schools in Mississippi with photography programs.
Delta State University
Delta State University in Cleveland offers a bachelor's degree in fine arts program with a concentration in photography. This concentration prepares students to work as artists and emphasizes technique and mastery of craft. The program covers subjects such as darkroom, silver-based and color photography, digital video, digital photography, motion graphics and animation. Facilities include a fully equipped traditional darkroom and digital lab. Courses cover documentary photography, experimental cameras, alternative photographic processes, studio lighting and large format photography. All art students must pass a portfolio review before they can take upper-level courses.
Jackson's Millsap College has various classes as part of its community enrichment program. Classes offered include a beginning photography class. The class is a 4-week, once a week, course that covers camera control, equipment, composition, exposure and digital photography. Digital editing is also discussed.
Mississippi State University
Located near Starkville, Mississippi State University offers a bachelor's degree in art program with a concentration in photography. This 123-credit hour program emphasizes the development of a personal style of photography. Students explore a variety of techniques, materials and ways of self-expression. They learn about topics such as alternative photography, digital photography labs, daylight processes and color. This concentration is also available for Bachelor of Fine Arts students. Art majors are required to undergo faculty evaluation of their work as part of a portfolio review.
Mississippi University for Women
Mississippi University for Women in Columbus offers a photography emphasis in its bachelor's degree program in studio art. This program provides a solid art foundation and allows students to concentrate in photography, drawing and painting, crafts, printmaking, graphic design or ceramics. Students interested in this professional Bachelor of Fine Arts program must present a portfolio of original work, as well as a written statement about their interest in the program. Concentration courses include digital photography, graphic design, illustration, digital photography, art history and advanced photography.
Northeast Mississippi Community College
An associate's degree in photography can be earned at Northeast Mississippi Community College in Booneville. The 66-semester-hour program includes courses in photography, art exhibition, design, computers in art and public speaking. Some classes can be taken online.
University of Mississippi
The University of Mississippi in Oxford has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art program with a concentration in photography/imaging arts. Students are taught basic technical skills in photography, such as F-stops, exposure and depth of field. They learn to print and shoot black and white photography, as well as digital video and photography. Program facilities include imaging arts labs with computers, printers and projectors and a darkroom.
University of Southern Mississippi
This Hattiesburg-based university offers a photojournalism concentration as part of its bachelor's degree program in journalism. This emphasis includes courses such as introduction to photography, photo essay, digital media production, multimedia storytelling and history of photography. Photojournalism majors are expected to work on the university's student newspaper. The journalism program emphasizes photography, writing, editing, reporting and multimedia.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Photography Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-16)|
|Delta State University||4-year, public; remote town||Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography||$6,112*|
|Millsap College||4-year, private not-for-profit; midsize city||Beginning Photography Class||Beginner: $175 (per class)**|
|Mississippi State University||4-year, public; remote town||Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography|| $7,502 (in-state)*
|Mississippi University for Women||4-year, public; remote town||Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art with emphasis in photography|| $5,781 (in-state)*
|Northeast Mississippi Community College||2-year, public; remote town||Associate of Arts in Photography|| $2,310 (in-state)*
|University of Mississippi||4-year, public; remote town||Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Arts with a concentration in photography/imaging arts|| $7,444 (in-state)*
|University of Southern Mississippi||4-year, public; small city||Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with an emphasis in photojournalism|| $7,334 (in-state)*
Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **School's Website