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Photography Education: Top Rated Photography School - Atlanta, GA

Students interested in studying photography in Atlanta, GA, have only a few schools to choose from. Read about a top local school's degree programs and tuition info to find the right one for you.

School and Ranking Information

Students seeking a public school for photography degrees need to travel almost 30 miles outside of the city, as the majority of the schools in Atlanta, GA, that have photography programs are for-profit institutions. Based on school type, student population and number of photography credentials awarded, the following college is considered a top school in the Atlanta area for photography:

  • Winner: Gwinnett Technical College is the largest school in terms of student enrollment in the Atlanta area that provides studies in photography, and it also awarded the most degrees and certificates in photography. Students here can earn a digital imaging specialist certificate as well as an associate's degree or a diploma in photography.

School Info Chart

Category Gwinnett Technical College
Distinction One of the largest technical colleges in Georgia*
Location Lawrenceville, Georgia
School Type 2-year, public
Tuition & Fees (2013-2014) Undergrad: $2,700 (in-state); $4,740 (out-of-state)**
Photography Programs Offered Certificate, diploma and associate's degree
Photography Credentials Awarded in 2012-2013 53**
Most Popular Photography Award in 2012-2013 Certificate (27 awarded)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class 18%**
Noteworthy Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Sources: *Gwinnett Technical College; **NCES College Navigator

Gwinnett Technical College

  • 76% job placement rate for commercial photography program graduates
  • Studies combine classroom instruction with hands-on photo lab sessions
  • Credits earned in the 2-year photography program are transferable to a bachelor's degree program in photography

Gwinnett Technical College is a 2-year, public school located about 30 miles from Atlanta. Including all students enrolled in its academic programs and continuing education seminars and workshops, Gwinnett Technical College services more than 22,000 students. Within the technical college's Visual Arts and Design Department, students can enroll in three different photography programs.

The Certificate in Digital Imaging Specialist program provides students with a strong foundation of multimedia practice and research. Students must complete 17 credit hours. Courses include digital imaging, camera techniques and multimedia. The 58-credit-hour diploma program in photography provides studies in camera techniques, photojournalism, commercial photography, portraiture and digital imaging. Students enrolled in the 69-credit-hour Associate of Applied Science in Photography program can earn their degree in eight semesters. In addition to taking general education requirements, students complete courses in digital imaging, visual theory, photojournalism and camera techniques. Students must also complete an internship to showcase their skills and industry orientation.


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