Students in Alaska interested in earning a degree in digital photography may choose to earn a bachelor's or a master's degree. The bachelor's degree may be earned in four years; the master's degree in three years. Graduate students must hold a baccalaureate degree prior to entrance into the master's degree program, although it does not have to be in photography. Much time is spent developing hands-on skills in both programs and graduate students must participating in exhibitions, including a final photography presentation.
There are only 10 public and private institutions of higher learning in Alaska. Out of these, only two offer programs in digital photography: the University of Alaska Anchorage and the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
University of Alaska Anchorage
The University of Alaska's Anchorage campus is the largest institution of higher learning in the state. This 4-year, public research school offers associate's, bachelor's and master's degree programs to more than 17,000 students each year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Photography classes are offered through the College of Arts & Sciences. The Bachelor of Fine Arts program combines traditional darkroom photography with more modern digital imaging, giving students a strong overview of the skills and techniques used by professional photographers today.
University of Alaska Fairbanks
With student enrollment of nearly 9,000 students, according to NCES, the University of Alaska's Fairbanks campus is the second-largest educational institution in Alaska. The school offers an undergraduate and a graduate program in photography through its College of Liberal Arts. This Master of Fine Arts in Photography program is a 3-year program heavy on studio courses. A joint effort between the school's art and journalism departments, the photography program provides students with a strong understanding of traditional and digital photography through technical instruction, student project exhibitions and a cumulative photography presentation.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Photography Degrees Offered||Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|
|University of Alaska Anchorage||4-year, public; large city||Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art with emphasis in photography|| $5,545 (in-state)*
|University of Alaska Fairbanks||4-year, public; small suburb|| Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography
Master of Fine Arts in Photography
| $5,674 (undergraduate in-state)*
$17,303 (undergraduate out-of-state)
$9,409 (graduate in-state)
$17,788 (graduate out-of-state)*
Source: *NCES College Navigator