For students in Connecticut who are looking to study digital photography, four schools present several options. Programs range from certificate programs to a Master of Fine Arts program. While some programs, such as graduate programs, may ask to see a portfolio of work prior to admission, most undergraduate programs assist students in developing such a portfolio throughout their education. Exhibition opportunities may also be available.
Below are short summaries of these four schools, as well as a table comparing program types, school settings, and tuition costs.
Northwestern Connecticut Community College
The certificate program at Winsted's Northwestern Connecticut Community College helps to give students a solid foundation in the fine arts, as well as photography. This 21-credit program emphasizes graphic design principles and a strong understanding of the visual arts. Students learn about digital imaging and how to use professional studio equipment. The school's 32,000 square foot Art and Science Center houses the program; students have access to digital cameras, industry-standard lighting, and computers. A gallery on campus provides a venue for student exhibitions. While earning this certificate, students develop a portfolio of work; graduates can pursue employment as photographer's assistants, freelance photographers and more.
Quinebaug Valley Community College
Quinebaug Valley Community College is located in Danielson and enrolls more than 2,000 students. The school offers a certificate program and an associate's degree program in photography.
The certificate program in photography provides a way for working photographers to sharpen their skills, as well as an entry into the field for students new to the art form. Students gain insight into the field through courses in drawing, two-dimensional design, photography, digital imaging, and computer graphics. The program is 27 credits in length.
A student who wishes to earn an associate's degree can also find an option at Quinebaug Valley Community College. The visual arts department offers a number of courses, including photography, in which students can build a solid understanding of visual arts. The 60-credit art degree program requires individuals to complete general education coursework in history, mathematics, science, and composition; students also take photography courses in digital photography, advanced computer graphics and digital imaging. Additionally, students must demonstrate proficiency in Adobe Photoshop.
Tunxis Community College
Farmington-based Tunxis Community College was established in 1969 and offers certificate and associate's degree programs to students who wish to learn about digital photography. The school's 30-credit certificate program can act as a stepping-stone to an associate's degree in the subject, as well as entry into a photography profession. Students in the associate's degree program must complete a minimum of 60 credits and have the option to transfer into 4-year programs. Coursework for these programs includes drawing, photography, design, art history, digital photography and photographic image development.
University of Hartford
The Hartford Art School at West Hartford's University of Hartford offers several degree options that include the study of digital photography; students can pursue both undergraduate and graduate study of the subject.
The 4-year cross-disciplinary program in media arts explores the arts in relationship to growing trends in digital photographic technologies within studio art practice. The study includes traditional art courses in photography, printmaking, visual communication design and painting alongside coursework in interactive media, digital photography and visual culture. Graduates benefit from technical proficiency in several media disciplines and are qualified for graduate study in fields related to the media arts.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts program in Photography covers a wide spectrum of the photographic arts and includes coursework in digital photography, visual communication, design, media arts, illustration, commercial photography, art history, and experimental photography. Students are required to complete 120 total credits and display their work in a senior exhibition.
Aimed to suit the needs of practicing photographers, the limited residency master's degree program includes intensive 2-week summer sessions at the university and weeklong semester sessions in select cities throughout the United States and abroad. Between sessions, students maintain contact with thesis advisors and send work to mentors for editorial commentary. Session coursework covers advanced photographic and darkroom techniques, digital photography workshops, the history of photography and digital impacts on photographic work.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Digital Photography Programs Available||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Northwestern Connecticut Community College||2-year, public; fringe town||Certificate in Photography||$4,414 in-state; $13,182 out-of-state *|
|Quinebaug Valley Community College||2-year, public; large suburb|| Certificate in Photography,
Associate in Arts in Visual Arts
|$4,414 in-state; $13,152 out-of-state*|
|Tunxis Community College||2-year, public; large suburb|| Certificate in Photography,
Associate in Visual Arts, Photography Option
|$4,464 in-state; $13,232 out-of-state*|
|University of Hartford||4-year, private not-for-profit; midsize city|| Bachelor of Fine Arts in Media Arts,
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography,
Master of Fine Arts in Photography
Source: *NCES College Navigator