Digital Photography Degrees in Troy, MI with School Options

Nov 08, 2018

The Troy, MI, area has a few public and private not-for-profit schools that offer digital photography programs. Learn about the degree programs, admission info and program requirements for three of these schools, none more than 50 miles from Troy, and make an informed education decision.

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Troy, MI, Digital Photography School Options

Individuals in Troy, MI, who want to obtain digital photography degrees can find a handful of public and private not-for-profit colleges nearby. This article examines three schools that are no more than 50 minutes from downtown Troy and showcases the degree programs they offer. Prospective students can learn more about the schools through a table spotlighting useful information, such as enrollment, tuition and graduation rates. There are also a few facts at the end of the article about another school near Troy with a photography program.

  • Oakland Community College, about six miles from Troy in Bloomfield Hills, offers an associate's degree in photographic technology.
  • Detroit's College for Creative Studies, a private not-for-profit school, offers a bachelor's degree in photography. This school is 13 miles from downtown Troy.
  • Students can find an associate's degree program in photography at Mott Community College, a public school about 43 miles from Troy.

Comparison of Schools

The following table offers pertinent information about these schools. Prospective students can use it to learn about their options.

Oakland Community College College for Creative Studies Mott Community College
School Type 2-year; public 4-year; private not-for-profit 2-year; public
Total Enrollment (2017) 17,116* 1,453* 7,689*
Campus Setting Large suburb Large city Midsize city
Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2017-2018) $2,360 in-district; $4,376 in-state; $4,376 out-of-state* $42,460* $3,996 in-district; $5,098 in-state; $6,968 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 50%* 98%* 77%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) N/A - open admissions policy 49%* N/A - open admissions policy
Retention Rate (2016-2017) 56% for full-time students; 46% for part-time students* 80% for full-time students; 54% for part-time students* 58% for full-time students; 43% for part-time students*
Graduation Rate 11% (40% transfer-out rate) for students who began Fall 2014* 60% for students who began Fall 2011* 15% (29% transfer-out rate) for students who began Fall 2014*

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

Oakland Community College

Oakland Community College offers an associate's degree program in photographic technology that prepares students for entry-level employment as photographers or photographic assistants.

Associate in Applied Science in Photographic Technology

Students in this program receive technical training in black and white, digital and color photography. Major courses include studio photography, advanced digital photography and the history of photography. Students learn to use scanners, film recorders, printers, digital cameras and photo-imaging software during their studies.

College for Creative Studies

The College for Creative Studies offers a bachelor's degree program in photography that covers both the technical and scientific aspects of the field. Students learn how to use photography as an art form, while developing aesthetic judgment in this craft.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography

This 126-127-credit program combines fine arts and commercial studio training, as well as traditional and digital photography. Common course topics explore 2D/3D design, studio lighting, color theory and drawing. Students also complete two photo thesis projects in their senior year.

Mott Community College

Mott Community College offers 110 certificate and degree programs in disciplines such as culinary arts, business, technology and health sciences. The associate's degree program in photography is available through Mott's Fine Arts and Social Sciences Division.

Associate in Applied Science in Photography

This 66-credit program covers introductory digital imaging, light and color, commercial studio photography, 2D design, drawing, photojournalism, studio lighting techniques and creative digital video. In the portfolio course, students can use the school's photography studios to assemble their best photographic images. Graduates are prepared for entry-level jobs as photographers, photographic assistants or sales representatives.

Other School Options

Another option for students is Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, which offers an associate's degree program in photographic technology and a certificate program in photography imaging. The college is about 35 miles away from downtown Troy.

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