Honolulu Schools with Digital Photography Degrees
One school in Honolulu offers a degree with a concentration in digital photography, while another offers studies in digital photography as part of degree programs in relevant fields. This article looks at two schools, neither more than 20 minutes from downtown Honolulu, and the programs they offer. It also includes a table of information that allows prospective students to compare the schools in important aspects such as enrollment, tuition, graduation rate, and acceptance rate.
- Located just four miles from downtown Honolulu, the University of Hawaii at Manoa offers both fine arts bachelor's and master's degrees with specializations in photography.
- Leeward Community College offers an associate's degree in digital media with an emphasis in digital photography. Its campus is about 12 miles from downtown Honolulu in Pearl City.
Comparison of Schools
Individuals who are deciding where to go to school need to consider many factors. This table shows pertinent information about both of these schools.
|University of Hawaii at Manoa||Leeward Community College|
|School Type||4-year university; public||2-year college; public|
|Total Enrollment (Fall 2017)||17,612*||6,805*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large suburb|
|Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)||$11,754 in-state; $33,786 out-of-state*||$3,084 in-state; $8,220 out-of-state*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Aid||77%*||53%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||83%*||N/A - Open admissions|
|Retention Rate (Fall 2017)||79% for full-time students; 57% for part-time students*||65% for full-time students; 43% for part-time students*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (for those who began their studies in Fall 2011/2014)||60%*||20% (16% transfer-out rate)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
University of Hawaii at Manoa
The University of Hawaii at Manoa offers undergraduate and graduate photography programs through its Department of Art and Art History. Coursework and studio requirements for these interdisciplinary programs are designed to build students' photography techniques and help them explore art history and theory.
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography
This program teaches students how photography is interconnected with other contemporary art disciplines. Students learn digital imaging techniques as well as methods for working with film in chemical darkrooms. The program also allows students to experiment with new photography processes. Course requirements include a number of art history classes in addition to core photography studios. Before being admitted to the program's upper-level coursework, students must submit a portfolio and academic paper for review.
Master of Fine Arts in Photography
This 60-credit-hour, terminal degree program takes about three years to complete. To be admitted, students must have a bachelor's degree with significant coursework in art history and studio art. Applicants must also submit a portfolio showcasing their abilities and three letters of recommendation. Program requirements include a series of studio seminars, art history courses, and electives. MFA candidates must also complete thesis research and an exhibition of their work.
Leeward Community College
Leeward Community College offers a digital photography concentration through its digital media program. In addition to teaching students technical skills in photography, the program covers such areas as digital video, storytelling, and digital art.
Associate of Science in Digital Media
This 2-year program is available with an emphasis in digital photography. Core coursework introduces students to film analysis, creating an electronic portfolio, and digital video. The digital photography concentration covers such subjects as introductory and intermediate digital photography, print and web design, and digital imaging and design. A grade of C or better is needed for these courses to apply towards program completion.