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Students who want to study photography in Indiana have several bachelor's degree programs to choose from, and they also have the option of continuing their photography studies in one of the graduate programs available in the state. While the development of a portfolio is included in undergraduate degree programs, applicants to master's degree programs will need to show such an array of work for admission. Resources and facilities offered to photography students vary by school.
Overviews of the photography degree programs at six schools in Indiana are provided below, followed by a table that shows school info and undergraduate tuition costs.
Indiana University - Bloomington
Indiana University in Bloomington provides a Master of Fine Arts in Photography. Students typically complete the 60-credit program in three years. Graduate students enrolled in the photography program at Indiana University are provided with fully furnished individual darkrooms. They also have the opportunity to work with visiting artists.
Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis
Indiana University - Purdue University is a partnership between the two schools that offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography and a Master of Fine Arts in Photography and Intermedia at the Indianapolis campus. These programs are provided by the Herron School of Art and Design. This school provides photography students with outstanding facilities, including a computer lab, individual color darkrooms, black and white labs, a gallery and a shooting studio. Students in the bachelor's program begin their course of study with black and white photography before moving on to color and digital media. The master's program can be completed in two years and requires 60 credits for graduation. The curriculum includes courses in art theory and criticism, art history, urban art context and program management.
Indiana Wesleyan University
Located in Marion, Indiana Wesleyan University offers a bachelor's degree in photography. The curriculum includes design, drawing, printmaking and documentary photography, and students can choose another type of art like ceramics or sculpture as an elective. Students exhibit their work to the public near the end of their senior year.
Purdue University - Main Campus
Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Integrated Studio Arts program at Purdue University's main campus in West Lafayette can choose a concentration in photography and related media. This program is provided by the university's College of Liberal Arts. Required courses include black and white processes, color imaging, photography lighting fundamentals, history of photography and digital imaging. Students must complete 45 credits in this concentration and earn a total of 126 credits to obtain the degree.
University of Saint Francis - Fort Wayne
The University of Saint Francis offers an Associate of Arts and a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art with a photography concentration at its campus in Fort Wayne. Courses in this concentration cover topics like digital imaging, photographic lighting, printmaking and alternative photography. These programs gives students the background for a number of career possibilities, such as photo researcher, commercial photographer, curator, forensic photographer and archivist. The facilities at this college include a black and white darkroom, a color darkroom and a lighting studio.
University of Southern Indiana
Evansville's University of Southern Indiana offers bachelor's degree programs in art with a photography emphasis. These programs are offered through the school's College of Liberal Arts, which gives students the option to obtain a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science. Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts program must either complete 12 hours of coursework in a foreign language or demonstrate foreign language competency on an exam. The photography emphasis requires students to complete 33 hours in courses like digital imaging, art history and senior seminars in art and design in addition to 12 hours of electives. The slate of electives includes courses in printmaking, motion graphics, narrative illustration and web design.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Degrees Offered||Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)|
|Indiana University - Bloomington||4-year, public; small city||Master of Fine Arts in Photography||$9,743 in-state (graduate); $28,113 out-of-state (graduate)*|
|Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis||4-year, public; large city|| Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography,
Master of Fine Arts in Photography and Intermedia
|$9,056 in-state (undergraduate); $29,774 out-of-state (undergraduate); $9,183 in-state (graduate); $24,032 out-of-state (graduate)*|
|Indiana Wesleyan University||4-year, private not-for-profit; distant town||Bachelor of Science in Photography||$24,728 (undergraduate)*|
|Purdue University - Main Campus||4-year, public; midsize suburb||Bachelor of Fine Arts in Integrated Studio Arts||$10,002 in-state (undergraduate); $28,804 out-of-state (undergraduate)*|
|University of Saint Francis - Fort Wayne||4-year, private not-for-profit; large city||Associate of Arts in Studio Art with Photography Concentration,
Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art with Photography Concentration
|University of Southern Indiana||4-year, public; midsize suburb||Bachelor of Arts in Art with Photography Emphasis,
Bachelor of Science in Art with Photography Emphasis
|$7,178 in-state (undergraduate); $16,959 out-of-state (undergraduate)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.