Orlando Photography Classes with Degree Program Information

Sep 28, 2018

The Orlando area has a few schools that offer classes in photography. To make an informed education decision, explore admission and program requirements for three colleges located within around 45 miles of downtown.

Photography Schools in Orlando

Opportunities to study photography can be reached within a 50-minute drive of central Orlando. Read about the coursework requirements for the programs at three institutions, and look over a table of facts and figures to learn more about each school. A couple of additional college options are discussed as well.

  • Located about 5 miles away, Mid Florida Tech is one of the closest schools to Orlando's downtown that offers photography classes. This school gives students the option to pursue a digital photography career certificate.
  • Students who're seeking a bachelor's degree in photography might want to consider the University of Central Florida. This school is only about 11 miles away from the downtown Orlando area.
  • Although it's about 40 miles away from central Orlando, Eastern Florida State College, formerly Brevard Community College, offers a certificate program in photography.

Comparison of Schools

Use this table to compare the profiled schools. There are details on student enrollment numbers, tuition costs, acceptance rates and more.

Mid Florida Tech University of Central Florida Eastern Florida State College
School Type 2-year technical school; public 4-year; public 4-year; public
Total Enrollment (2017) 2,334* 66,059* 15,769*
Campus Setting Large suburb Large suburb Large suburb
Tuition & Fees $4,095.90 in-state, entire program; $13,325.40 out-of-state, entire program (2018-2019)** $6,368 for in-state; $22,467 for out-of-state (2017-2018)* $2,496 for in-state; $9,739 for out-of-state (2017-2018)*
% of First-Year, Full-Time Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2017) 58%* 87%* 68%*
Acceptance Rate (2016-2017) N/A - Open admissions* 50%* N/A - Open admissions*
Retention Rate (2016-2017) 81% for full-time students* 90% for full-time students* N/A*
Graduation Rate 31% (for those who began their studies 2014-2015)* 70% (for those who began their studies 2011)* 42% (for those who began their studies 2011)*

Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Mid Florida Tech.

Mid Florida Tech

The training provided in this school's photography program is geared towards the following jobs: photography assistant, photographer and videographer.

Career Certificate in Digital Photography Technology

This program is designed to help students prepare for professional careers in the field of digital photography. The career certificate requires 1,050 hours of coursework. Topics include digital photography, studio photography and photographic specialist. Certification in Adobe will also be covered.

University of Central Florida

The photography program at the University of Central Florida is part of a joint operation with Daytona State College. Together, the two schools offer a 2+2 program.

Bachelor of Science in Photography

To enroll in this bachelor's degree program, students need to have completed the associate degree program in photographic technology at Daytona State College or to possess similar coursework. Students in the program take classes on the fundamentals of photography, the professional environment, photographic lighting techniques, videography, narrative editorial photography and contemporary photography. They can also select from the following courses in photography: alternative processes, photography and art, museum and gallery practices and an internship.

Eastern Florida State College

The certificate program here is designed to prepare students for a career in photography.

College Credit Certificate in Photography

This 22-hour certificate program is broken up among seven courses. The program includes introductory classes in digital imaging and photography. From there, students can learn about digital photography, advanced digital photography, portraiture and photojournalism. Finally, in a portfolio development course, students can create a work portfolio to show prospective employers or admissions departments at 4-year universities.

Other Schools

Other schools in the Orlando area that offer photography classes include Rollins College, which is about 6 miles away, and Seminole State College of Florida, which is about 18 miles away.

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