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Students in Wisconsin can typically find degree and certificate programs in photography that include courses in digital photography; minors in photography are also available. Such programs may result in the award of a certificate, diploma, associate's, bachelor's, or even master's degree. Students often develop a portfolio of work throughout the course of their studies, which can be used to gain employment or admission to a graduate program. Some schools additionally offer the opportunity of exhibition to photography students.
Overviews of nine schools with photography programs are provided below, followed by a table with tuition and school info.
Cardinal Stritch University
Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee offers a Bachelor of Art (BA) in Art with a photography concentration. Offered by the Visual Arts Department in the College of Arts and Sciences, students in this program complete visual arts and art history courses, as well as classes in the photography emphasis. Core courses cover topics like visual design, photographic processes, drawing, painting, and printmaking. In addition to digital photography, the concentration curriculum includes digital imaging, studio photography, and an internship.
Located in Waukesha, Carroll University offers a Bachelor of Science in Photography. This program provides courses in photojournalism and commercial photography that cover digital photography. Additional course topics include photography history, electronic imaging, visual communication, advertising, and art history. Students enrolled in this program have the opportunity to study photography abroad.
Concordia University Wisconsin
Concordia University Wisconsin offers a bachelor's degree program for aspiring photographers at its campus in Mequon. This 126-credit program is offered in conjunction with the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, and each student is required to furnish a Macintosh laptop and digital camera. Required courses offered at Concordia University include history of photography, graphic design, art history, design fundamentals, and printmaking. Students create a portfolio of their work that's exhibited in the university's senior portfolio show.
Madison Area Technical College
The School of Business and Applied Arts at this technical college offers a photography associate's degree program at the Truax campus in Madison. Topics covered include digital photography, studio and color photography, portrait photography, and photojournalism. The curriculum also covers photographic communication, photography on location, and photography as a business. Students are prepared for careers in commercial photography, and they graduate with portfolios they can show to prospective employers and clients.
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
Green Bay's Northeast Wisconsin Technical College offers certificate and diploma programs in digital photography. The basic certificate program requires students to complete 16 credits of coursework in Macintosh image editing, basic and advanced digital photography, digital workflow, and digital editing. An advanced certificate in digital photography is also available that covers wedding photography, business planning, and portrait photography. Credits earned in these certificate programs can be applied toward the 38-credit digital photography diploma program.
The photography diploma can be earned in three semesters. Students receive instruction in sports and event photography; print and color management; business plan writing; night and low light photography, and portrait, commercial, and wedding photography.
University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
Students pursuing the art major with an emphasis in studio art at the University of Wisconsin's Green Bay campus choose a focus from one of six studio areas, including photography. Students must supply their own cameras to complete the photography course requirements. The curriculum provides instruction in digital, black and white, and color photography, as well as printing techniques.
University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
The University of Wisconsin offers a photography minor available to all students at the La Crosse campus. Students must earn 24 credits for this minor. The curriculum includes digital imaging, commercial photojournalism, and other topics. Students have access to the Department of Art's electronic imaging room and studio.
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
The University of Wisconsin offers undergraduate and graduate photography programs through the Peck School of the Arts at the Milwaukee campus. Undergraduate students can earn a BFA in Art and Design with a photography concentration. The curriculum includes digital photography instruction. Graduate students can enroll in the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Studio Art program, which also offers a photography concentration. Individuals who want to learn about digital photography in a non-degree program can take advantage of basic and intermediate digital photography courses through the university's School of Continuing Education.
University of Wisconsin - Stout
The University of Wisconsin - Stout in Menomonie offers a 21-credit minor in photography and video. Required courses include graphic communications, advertising photography, and portfolio development. Through electives, students can study different types of photography, such as nature, fashion, documentary, and product photography.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Photography Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)|
|Cardinal Stritch University||4-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb||Bachelor of Arts in Art with a concentration in Photography||$27,540*|
|Carroll University||4-year, private not-for-profit; small city||Bachelor of Science in Photography||$29,535*|
|Concordia University Wisconsin||4-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb||Bachelor's Degree in Photography||$27,100*|
|Madison Area Technical College||4-year, public; midsize city||Associate Degree in Applied Arts in Photography||$4,217 in-state; $6,143 out-of-state*|
|Northeast Wisconsin Technical College||2-year, public; midsize city|| Digital Photography Certificate,
Advanced Digital Photography Certificate,
Photography Technical Diploma
|$4,280 in-state; $6,206 out-of-state*|
|University of Wisconsin - Green Bay||4-year, public; midsize city||Bachelor of Arts in Art with an emphasis in Studio Art - Photography Focus||$7,824 in-state; $15,397 out-of-state*|
|University of Wisconsin - La Crosse||4-year, public; small city||Minor in Photography||$8,832 in-state; $16,783 out-of-state*|
|University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee||4-year, public; large city|| Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art & Design with a Photography Concentration,
Master of Fine Arts or Master of Arts in Studio Art with a Photography Concentration
|$9,429 in-state; $19,603 out-of-state*|
|University of Wisconsin - Stout||4-year, public; distant town||Minor in Photography and Video||$9,203 in-state; $16,949 out-of-state*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.