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Digital Photography Diploma and Degree Programs in Florida

There are roughly 14 schools within Florida that have digital photography programs. Read an overview of 10 of the largest schools' programs, requirements and tuition info and find out which school is the right one for you.

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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.


Barry University

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.

  • Programs Offered: Bachelor of Arts in Photography,
    Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $28,160*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year; private, not-for-profit; suburban

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.

  • Programs Offered: Bachelor of Science in Graphic Communication with a concentration in photography
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $5,785 in-state; $17,726 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year; public; midsize city

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.

  • Programs Offered: Associate in Arts in Photography,
    Associate in Science in Photographic Technology
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $3,366 in-state; $11,895 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year; public; large city

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.

  • Programs Offered: Associate of Science in Photographic Technology,
    Associate of Applied Science in Photographic Technology
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $2,704 in-state; $10,875 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year; public; small city

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.

  • Programs Offered: Certificate in Commercial Photography Technology 1,
    Certificate in Commercial Photography Technology 2
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $7,995 (full 2013 program cost)**
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year; public; midsize city

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.

  • Programs Offered: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography & Digital Imaging
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $36,640*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year; private, not-for-profit; small city

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.

  • Programs Offered: Bachelor of Science in Photography
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $6,247 in-state; $22,345 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year; public; suburban

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.

  • Programs Offered: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Photography
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $6,143 in-state; $28,420 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year; public; midsize city

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.

  • Programs Offered: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography/Digital Imaging,
    Master of Fine Arts in Photography/Digital Imaging
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $41,220*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year; private, not-for-profit; suburban

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.

  • Programs Offered: Certificate in Commercial Photography Technology
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $4,863 (full program cost in 2013)***
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year; public; suburban

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type & Setting Digital Photography Programs Offered Tuition & Fees (2012-2013)
Barry University 4-year; private, not-for-profit; suburban Bachelor of Arts in Photography,
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography
$28,160*
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,
$17,726 out-of-state*
Miami Dade College 4-year; public; large city Associate in Arts in Photography,
Associate in Science in Photographic Technology
$3,366 in-state,
$11,895 out-of-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,
$10,875 out-of-state*
Pinellas Technical Education Center - St. Petersburg 2-year; public; midsize city Certificate in Commercial Photography Technology 1,
Certificate in Commercial Photography Technology 2
$7,995 (full 2013 program cost)**
Ringling College of Art and Design 4-year; private, not-for-profit; small city Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography & Digital Imaging $36,640*
University of Central Florida 4-year; public; suburban Bachelor of Science in Photography $6,247 in-state,
$22,345 out-of-state*
University of Florida 4-year; public; midsize city Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Photography $6,143 in-state,
$28,420 out-of-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
$41,220*
William T. McFatter Technical Center 2-year; public; suburban Certificate in Commercial Photography Technology $4,863 (full program cost in 2013)***

Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Pinellas Technical Education Center - St. Petersburg, ***William T. McFatter Technical Center

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