Aspiring photographers in Florida can find roughly 14 photography programs in the state. Associate's degree, bachelor's degree, and certificate programs are widely available, which include coursework in digital photography applied to a variety of photographic media. Students will have the use of studios and computer labs, though may be asked to provide their own camera equipment. The development of a portfolio is common in most undergraduate photography programs.
Below are overviews of 10 of the largest schools in Florida offering digital photography programs.
Miami's Barry University offers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts programs in photography. Students can focus on traditional film photography, digital photography or both. Core courses include digital imaging, 2-dimensional design, color photography, lighting techniques and the history of photography. Candidates for the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree must also complete extensive photography electives in areas such as photojournalism, large format photography, studio lighting, manipulative photography and underwater photography. The school's photography facilities are open every day and house several darkrooms, a lighting studio and 2 computer labs.
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee has a bachelor's degree program in graphic communication that focuses on photography. Students learn about architectural photography, special effects, documentary photography and computer graphics. Additional training is provided in areas such as graphic design, visual concepts and Internet publishing. Seniors are required to complete a capstone project and present a portfolio of work. This program is offered through the Division of Graphic Communication, which has 10 faculty members.
Miami Dade College
Located in downtown Miami, the Wolfson campus of the 8-campus Miami Dade College offers a 68-credit Associate in Arts degree program in photography through the Department of Arts & Philosophy. Designed for transfer to a 4-year school, the program includes courses in introductory, intermediate and advanced photography, art history, color photography and portfolio preparation. Students have access to both black and white and color facilities with darkrooms, enlargers and rentable cameras.
Miami Dade College's School of Entertainment & Design Technology is located on the North campus, about 7 miles from downtown Miami. The school offers a program leading to an Associate in Science in Photographic Technology, which is designed for students who wish to seek employment in commercial photography on graduation. Core courses include drawing, color photography, still photography and illustrative photography. Students in this program must also develop a portfolio.
Pensacola State College
Pensacola State College in Pensacola offers Associate of Science and Associate of Applied Science programs in photographic technology within its Visual Arts Department. Both programs contain courses in computer graphics, photo history, color and materials, commercial photography, digital photography and creative design. The Associate of Applied Science program also offers a photojournalism class. All students must create a professional portfolio.
Pinellas Technical Education Center - St. Petersburg
Pinellas Technical Education Center in St. Petersburg has 2 certificate programs in commercial photography technology that take roughly 18 months to complete. The 700-hour first-level certificate covers camera operation, composition, lighting, marketing, editing software and digital imaging. The second certificate, which is approximately 950 hours long, is designed to train students in portraiture, lens effects, posing, product photography and business planning. Courses can be taken on campus or online.
Ringling College of Art and Design
Undergraduates at Sarasota's Ringling College of Art and Design may complete a Bachelor of Fine Arts program in photography and digital imaging. Students can choose concentrations in areas such as fashion and portraiture, advertising, large format and staged photography. Required and elective courses include lens-based communication, 3- and 4-dimensional design, color science, location lighting and idea development. Degree candidates can take advantage of the Cooley Photography Center, which offers lighting equipment, large-format cameras and other tools. The program culminates in solo and group exhibitions.
University of Central Florida
The University of Central Florida's campus in Daytona Beach offers a bachelor's degree program in photography. The joint program builds on Daytona State College's associate degree program in photographic technology, although students with similar coursework from another school may be admitted. Students take courses in digital photography, image and culture, photo visualization, editorial photography, alternative processes and gallery practices. Program participants create a collection during their final year to show at a thesis exhibition.
University of Florida
Gainesville's University of Florida offers a bachelor's degree program in creative photography with courses in composition, visual literacy, photo ideas and figure photography. Undergraduates also participate in digital boot camp and interdisciplinary studio courses. Sophomores must submit a portfolio to continue in the program, and seniors complete a final project before graduation. The school has several facilities for photography students, including a wet lab, computer center, art library and museum.
University of Miami
The University of Miami, based in Coral Gables, has 19 faculty members in its Department of Art and Art History. Students can pursue bachelor's or master's degrees in photography and digital imaging. Undergraduates receive training in traditional and digital photography as well as alternative processes. Darkroom techniques, studio work and photo technology are discussed.
Graduate students design a program that delves into specific areas of interest. The master's program ends in a written thesis and solo exhibition. All undergraduate and graduate students have access to a darkroom and professional computers, scanners and printers.
William T. McFatter Technical Center
The William T. McFatter Technical Center in Davie offers a 16-month certificate in commercial photography technology. This program covers topics such as portrait and commercial photography, digital imaging, composition, equipment maintenance and work safety. Students are required to complete a portfolio by the end of the program.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Digital Photography Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Barry University||4-year; private, not-for-profit; suburban|| Bachelor of Arts in Photography,
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography
|Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University||4-year; public; midsize city||Bachelor of Science in Graphic Communication with a concentration in photography|| $5,785 in-state,
|Miami Dade College||4-year; public; large city|| Associate in Arts in Photography,
Associate in Science in Photographic Technology
| $2,838 in-state,
|Pensacola State College||4-year; public; small city|| Associate of Science in Photographic Technology,
Associate of Applied Science in Photographic Technology
| $2,704 in-state,
|Pinellas Technical Education Center - St. Petersburg||2-year; public; midsize city|| Certificate in Commercial Photography Technology 1,
Certificate in Commercial Photography Technology 2
|Ringling College of Art and Design||4-year; private, not-for-profit; small city||Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography & Digital Imaging||$46,420*|
|University of Central Florida||4-year; public; suburban||Bachelor of Science in Photography|| $6,368 in-state,
|University of Florida||4-year; public; midsize city||Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Photography|| $6,381 in-state,
|University of Miami||4-year; private, not-for-profit; suburban|| Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography/Digital Imaging,
Master of Fine Arts in Photography/Digital Imaging
|William T. McFatter Technical Center||2-year; public; suburban||Certificate in Commercial Photography Technology||$2,174*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.