Phoenix Digital Photography Schools
There are several schools in the Phoenix area that offer digital photography certificate and degree programs or include digital photography training in their general photography programs. This article looks at three schools within 35 minutes of downtown Phoenix and the photography programs they offer. It also includes a table of information about each school, such as tuition and enrollment, in a format that makes it easy for prospective students to compare the schools. At the end of the article is the name of one more Phoenix-area school with a relevant program.
- Phoenix College offers a certificate and an associate's degree in digital photography. This school is just four miles from the heart of Phoenix.
- The bachelor's and master's degree programs in photography at Arizona State University, 11 miles from downtown Phoenix, include training in digital photography.
- Chandler-Gilbert Community College offers individual photography courses. This school is about 17 miles from downtown Phoenix.
Comparison of Schools
The following table showcases information about each school. Prospective students can use this knowledge to help them decide on the right institution for their training.
|Phoenix College||Arizona State University||Chandler-Gilbert Community College|
|School Type||2-year; public||4-year; public||2-year; public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||11,428*||51,164*||14,906*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Midsized city||Large suburb|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)||$2,094 in-state; $7,878 out-of-state*|| $10,792 in-state,
$27,372 out-of-state *
| $2,094 in-state
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2016-2017)||74%*||91%*||51%*|
|Undergraduate Acceptance Rate (2017)||Open admissions*||84%*||Open admissions*|
|Undergraduate Retention Rate (2016-2017)||63% for full-time students; 42% for part-time students*||87% for full-time students; 53% for part-time students*||72% for full-time students; 48% for part-time students*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate||18% (27% transfer-out rate) for students who began Fall 2014*||63% for students who began Fall 2011*||24%* (30% transfer-out rate) for students who began Fall 2014*|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator
Phoenix College is the flagship campus of the Maricopa Community Colleges. Through the school's Fine and Performing Arts Department, students can study media, design and theatre. The department offers a certificate and associate's degree program in digital photography.
Certificate of Completion in Digital Photography
This 25-credit program teaches students to operate and maintain digital photography equipment, to develop an artistic style and to use computer applications to enhance or manipulate photos and graphic designs. The curriculum includes courses in portrait and commercial photographic practices, as well as instruction in computer graphic art and computer photographic imaging.
Associate in Applied Science in Digital Photography
Students in this 61-66-credit degree program can develop advanced skills in graphic design and photographic imaging, commercial and portrait photography, communication, art marketing and intermediate digital photography. A commercial art internship is also included. Additionally, students take general education courses that may provide practical knowledge for careers in business and commercial photography.
Arizona State University
Arizona State University's Herberger Institute School of Art features 14 undergraduate and five graduate programs. In addition to photography, some of the areas students can study include drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, intermedia, fibers and ceramics.
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art - Digital Photography
In this bachelor's degree program, students have the opportunity to study advanced digital photography and to choose upper division electives such as photo editing, art of the 20th century, new genres in digital photography and still and moving images. A capstone must also be completed. Coursework is completed totally online.
Master of Fine Arts in Art - Digital Technology
Students in the MFA program are required to complete 60 credits beyond a bachelor's degree. While not focusing solely on photography, students in this program will take courses in photography as well as digital audio and animation.
Chandler-Gilbert Community College
Chandler-Gilbert Community College is also part of Maricopa Community Colleges and offers career training and transfer preparation programs in several different areas of study. Students can pursue certificates and degrees in business, aviation, communication, health sciences, science, behavioral sciences, humanities and writing. The school offers students the chance to take several different courses in photography.
Students can choose to enroll in photography courses. Although offerings may differ between semesters, selections could include photography I and II, introduction to digital photography and intermediate digital photography. Most of these courses can be found in the school's Media Arts: Digital Imaging certificate program. Lab work is typically part of the curriculum, and students may need to provide their own photo supplies.
Other School Options
Students in the Phoenix area can also pursue photography training at Glendale Community College. Located ten miles from downtown Phoenix, the school offers a Certificate of Completion in Photography that features introductory and intermediate courses in digital photography.