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Photography Classes in Dallas with School and Program Overviews

The Dallas area has a few schools that offer photography classes. To make an informed education decision, learn about the degree options and program requirements at three universities located within about 20 miles of the city's center.

Dallas Schools with Photography Programs

Prospective photography students in the Dallas area only have a few program options within the city itself, but there are additional schools offering classes in the field in surrounding cities. Take a look at a table of facts on each school for comparison, and then read about the available courses and hands-on experiences at three universities. A few details on additional area institutions are provided as well.

  • Southern Methodist University has a photography concentration for the studio art bachelor's program as well as a photography minor option. The campus is about four miles from the downtown Dallas area.
  • The next nearest school with a photography bachelor's degree program is Dallas Baptist University, which is located around seven miles from the central part of the city.
  • About 20 miles out from Dallas' downtown is the University of Texas at Arlington, which offers a bachelor's program in art with a photography concentration.

Comparison of Schools

Two of the profiled schools are private institutions, which, as seen below, generally correlates with higher tuition rates in comparison to public universities. Explore the costs and many other statistics in the table below to assist you in your quest to find the right college.

Southern Methodist University Dallas Baptist University University of Texas at Arlington
School Type 4-year; private not-for-profit 4-year; private not-for-profit 4-year; public
Total Enrollment (2017) 11,789* 5,067* 46,497*
Campus Setting Large suburb Large city Large city
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $52,498* $27,480* $9,952 for in-state; $25,152 for out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receive Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 79%* 95%* 85%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 49%* 39%* 71%*
Retention Rate (2016-2017) 91% for full-time students* 70% for full-time students* 71% for full-time students*
Graduation Rate (beginning in Fall 2011) 81%* 58%* 50%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

Southern Methodist University

Digitally based studios along with traditional studios for photography are available for student access on campus. The university's bachelor's degree program and minor in photography are offered through the Meadows School of the Arts.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art with a Photography Concentration

A total of 122 credits must be earned in order to graduate with this bachelor's degree. Early courses within the program cover black and white photography, color photography, digital tools and the basics of photography. From there, students can advance to issues like fashion photography, experimental camera, altered and alternative photographic images and the photographic book. There are also directed studies options.

Minor in Photography

The photography minor at this university requires 18 credit hours. Students will take photography classes that cover such topics as the history of photography, digital tools and color photography. The minor is designed for students interested in commercial photography, fine arts or other related careers.

Dallas Baptist University

Photography students here can acquire field experience through an art internship. Common internships include working at a studio, school, museum, gallery or an art agency.

Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in Art with a Photography Concentration

A photography concentration is available as part of the art major at this university. Students can pursue a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts. The introductory photography class covers the basic use of the camera along with development, printing and exposure fundamentals. Another photography course focuses on digital imaging techniques and software. Finally, students complete a capstone project and participate in art shows that are held on campus.

University of Texas at Arlington

Photography students on campus have access to a school gallery, a visiting artist archive and digital galleries.

Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Arts in Art with a 2D Studio Concentration

While this program does not focus solely on photography, students can take classes in the history of photography digital media and film as art. The coursework associated with this bachelor's degree program also covers contemporary art, film study and art from various cultures. A senior exhibition allows students to display work completed in the program.

Other Schools

Texas Christian University is 33 miles away from Dallas and has a photography concentration in its undergraduate studio art program, and about 35 miles out from Dallas is the University of North Texas, which has a photography bachelor's degree program.


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