Digital Photography School Options Near Greensboro, N.C.
Individuals interested in studying digital photography in the Greensboro area may choose from public colleges and not-for-profit schools in neighboring cities. This article looks at three schools, all no more than 50 minutes from downtown, and the photography-related programs they offer. It also includes a table of information that prospective students should know, such as enrollment, tuition and graduation rates for each school. At the end of the article are a few facts about one other Greensboro-area school that offers a relevant program.
- Randolph Community College, about 29 miles from downtown Greensboro in nearby Asheboro, offers an associate's degree in photographic technology with concentrations in commercial photography, photojournalism and portrait studio management.
- About 45 miles away, Danville Community College in Danville, VA, offers a certificate in digital imaging and photography.
- Students who are interested in earning a bachelor's degree may also consider High Point University, just 17 miles from Greensboro's city center in High Point, NC. The school offers several photography courses as part of its bachelor's degree in studio art.
Comparison of Schools
Individuals who are deciding on a school need to be aware of many factors. This table compiles information about each of these three institutions in a format that makes it easy to compare them.
|Randolph Community College||Danville Community College||High Point University|
|School Type||2-year; public||2-year; public||4-year; private not-for-profit|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||2,747*||3,101*||4,951*|
|Campus Setting||Fringe town||Distant town||Midsize city|
|Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2017-18)|| $2,373 for in-state;
$8,133 for out-of-state*
| $4,598 for in-state;
$10,526 for out-of-state*
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Financial Aid (2017)||76%*||86%*||85%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||N/A - open admission policy*||N/A - open admission policy*||81%*|
|Retention Rate (2017)||70% for full-time students; 64% for part-time students*||63% for full-time students; 37% for part-time students*||79% for full-time students*|
|Graduation Rate (for students who began studies in 2014, 2014 and 2011, respectively)||30%*||33%*||63%*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Randolph Community College
Randolph Community College's Business and Commercial Arts Division offers an associate's degree in photographic technology program with concentrations in three different areas. Graduates of this two-year program are expected to know how to control photographic exposure, utilize lighting equipment and design elements to produce photographs, perform photographic imaging and be proficient in digital photography.
Associate in Applied Science in Photographic Technology
This program allows students to concentrate in one of three areas of studies: commercial photography, photojournalism and portrait studio management. The commercial photography focus covers professional commercial photography operations, including business practices, production illustration, advertising photography, art direction, stock photography and digital imaging applications.
The concentration in photojournalism teaches students about the techniques and logistics of using photography in news, features and sports. Students also learn about computer-based layout and design, ethics and legal issues. Newspaper internships are offered. Individuals seeking the portrait studio management concentration learn about studio photographic techniques and equipment. Courses include wedding photography, studio management, business practices, retouches, posing and presentation.
Danville Community College
Danville Community College offers a certificate program in digital imaging and photography. The certificate is offered under the college's umbrella of career studies programs.
Certificate in Digital Imaging and Photography
This certificate program teaches students how to work as a professional photographer. The 14-credit program covers subjects such as introduction to photography, Photoshop and website design; students also take one elective. During the program, students learn how to take better pictures, edit and improve photos, and print them or publish them on the web.
High Point University
High Point University offers a bachelor's degree program in studio art that includes several courses in photography and digital art. The program is offered through the School of Art and Design and also provides courses in art history, painting, drawing and ceramics.
Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art
The university's Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art is a 128-credit program that allows students to explore their creativity and artistic interests utilizing state-of-the-art computer labs, galleries and studios. Photography-related courses include digital photography, introduction to photography, history of photography, documentation-style photography and advanced photography.
Other School Options
Students may also consider the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, which offers a bachelor's degree in fine arts in filmmaking with a concentration in picture editing and sound design.