Digital Photo Courses in Atlanta with School Options

Jan 11, 2019

There are several schools near Atlanta that have digital photography courses. Read an overview of programs, courses and requirements at three schools within 25 miles of downtown and find out which is the right one for you.

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Atlanta, GA, Digital Photography Courses

Several schools within 25 miles of downtown Atlanta offer digital photography courses. This article looks at three public and private institutions that teach digital photography for all skill levels. The article also includes a table of information about each school that will help prospective students make a decision.

  • Kennesaw State University, about 22 miles from downtown Atlanta, offers courses in photography and a bachelor's degree program.
  • At Emory University, about five miles from the city center, students can take courses or earn a certificate in digital photography through the school's continuing education program.
  • About two miles from downtown, Spelman College offers a photography major and minor that cover many topics in regards to photography equipment and techniques.

Comparison of Schools

Students seeking a school at which to study photography will need to compare several factors, such as size, school types and costs. This table makes it easy to look at each institution.

Kennesaw State University Emory University Spelman College
School Type 4-year, public 4-year, private not-for-profit 4-year, private not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2017) 35,846* 14,263* 2,137*
Campus Setting Large suburb Large suburb Large city
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $6,347 in-state; $17,329 out of state* $49,392* $28,181*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 91%* 58%* 98%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 61%* 22%* 40%*
Retention Rate (2016-2017) 78% for full time students* 93% for full time students* 89% for full time students*
Graduation Rate 42% (students who began Fall 2011)* 91% (students who began Fall 2011)* 74% (students who began Fall 2011)*

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics' College Navigator

Kennesaw State University

Kennesaw State University offers a variety of digital photography classes through its College of Continuing and Professional Education. Several photography courses are held on campus, and others are offered online through Ed2Go. For the online courses, students need Internet access and basic computer skills. Some courses require access to a photo editing program; Photoshop Elements is recommended.

Students interested in college credit can enroll in a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) program in art with a concentration in photography. The BFA is a traditional, on-campus program.

Photo I (Continuing Education)

An introductory, on-campus course is offered in how to use a camera. Students can bring a digital or film camera to class. The curriculum covers composition, exposure, shutter speeds and f/stops, along with camera care. The course is six sessions in length.

Other continuing education photography courses are offered online through Ed2Go. Topics range from introductory digital photography to specific interest areas, such as digital scrapbooking, photographing nature and people, travel photography and Photoshop for the digital photographer.

Photo II (Continuing Education)

Also six sessions in length, the Photo II program covers more advanced topics. Students explore the development of an artistic eye in photography, as well as lighting, camera habits and more.

BFA in Art - Photography Concentration

The BFA program is a professional art training program. Students can choose from one of eight concentrations, including photography. Students must take lower division drawing, design and color theory courses, after which they submit a portfolio for review for acceptance into the photography concentration area. Upper division photography courses cover both traditional and digital photography. An advanced study course in photography may be repeated for up to 12 units. General education courses and a senior exhibition are also required.

Emory University

Emory Continuing Education has been offering non-credit courses and programs for over 60 years. Through this school affiliated with the United Methodist Church, students may take certificate programs and/or courses for either personal enrichment or professional development. Classes are offered on campus.

Digital Photography Courses (Continuing Education)

Emory Continuing Education offers three courses specific to digital photography. Students can start with a basic course to learn their way around a digital camera and a digital darkroom. Digital Photography I and II courses cover more advanced topics, such as photo editing and legal issues in photography.

Certificate in Digital Photography (Continuing Education)

This is an on-campus certificate program that consists of six core courses that may take up to 18 months of study. Core courses cover digital photography, using a digital darkroom, photography and legal issues, composition, color theory and portable strobes. The program includes a capstone project. Students are required to have a digital SLR camera with interchangeable lenses and a tripod, as well as access to Photoshop.

Spelman College

Previously known as the Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary, Spelman College is a leader in the education of African-American women. For students interested in photography courses, the school offers the option of completing a major or a minor in photography.

Photography Major

In this program, students not only learn techniques for creating photographic images, they also examine the history and ethics of photography as well as the impact of photography on contemporary culture. Opportunities for interdisciplinary projects in such subject areas as creative writing, psychology, social justice, sculpture and film are available. Some of the courses students take as part of this program include lighting techniques, history of photography, installation art and contemporary photography strategies. The program culminates with a critique of the student's portfolio of work. An internship is also required.

Photography Minor

The aim of the photography minor is to create students who are proficient in visual storytelling. The minor requires 18 credits and includes courses such as studio lighting, history of photography, photography visions and documentary photography.

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