Digital Photography Degree Programs in San Antonio, Texas

Jan 08, 2019

The San Antonio, TX, area has two schools that offer digital photography programs within a little more than 50 miles of downtown. Learn about degree programs, admission info and program requirements for these schools to make an informed education decision.

San Antonio Digital Photography Programs

At least two schools in the San Antonio area cover digital photography as part of their general photography degree programs. Both are less than an hour's drive from the city center. This article also includes a table that compares school types, tuition, graduation rates and percentage of applicants who are accepted.

  • The University of Texas - San Antonio is a large university with four campuses in San Antonio, including a campus right downtown. Students can earn degrees at the bachelor's and master's levels.
  • Texas State University - San Marcos is about 45 miles from San Antonio. It offers a bachelor's degree program that acquaints students with alternative and traditional photograph processing. Students can participate in this school's photography exhibitions.

Comparison of Schools

The two schools offering photography programs in San Antonio are similar in some regards, such as size, and different in others. This table offers a side-by-side comparison of various aspects to help prospective students make a decision.

University of Texas - San Antonio Texas State University - San Marcos
School Type 4-year, public 4-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017) 30,768* 38,666*
Campus Setting Large city Small suburb
Tuition and Fees (2017-2018) $7,969 in-state; $19,168 out-of-state* $9,985 in-state; $21,605 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 83%* 81%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 79%* 73%*
Retention Rate (2016-2017) 74% for full-time students; 49% for part-time students* 78% for full-time students; 56% for part-time students*
Graduation Rate 37%; 33% transfer-out rate (Students who began in fall 2011)* 54% (Students who began in fall 2011)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

University of Texas - San Antonio

This school offers both undergraduate and graduate programs in photography that include coursework in digital photography. All photography students participate in a major exhibition prior to graduation.

Bachelor of Fine Arts with a Concentration in Photography

This 120-credit hour program requires students to complete core courses covering topics in modern art, 2- and 3-dimensional foundations, drawing and digital arts, as well as basic courses in photography, drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking and new media. Photography courses cover information about digital photography, darkroom techniques, lighting, black-and-white photography, and traditional photography. Students can also complete individual studio projects and an exhibition.

Master of Fine Arts with a Concentration in Photography

Master of Fine Arts students are required to take classes in studio art and art history. The photography concentration offers courses that cover topics in related art forms, digital processes, digital media integration, black-and-white techniques, color techniques and non-silver processes. Before the end of this 60-credit hour program, students take a graduate photography studio seminar course, complete several progress and candidacy reviews and take an oral examination.

Texas State University - San Marcos

This school offers an undergraduate program in photography that teaches techniques for both film and digital photography. Photography students must also complete two senior thesis courses and show their best work at this school's senior art show.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography

All Bachelor of Fine Arts students take courses in art history, 2-D and 3-D art, art foundations, digital art and drawing. Concentration courses cover introductory and advanced topics in digital and film photography, digital imaging, color photography and studio photography. A minimum of 120 credit hours are required for students to graduate from this program.

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