Photography Classes in Houston, TX with Degree Program Overviews

Sep 05, 2018

There are at least three schools within 25 miles of Houston that offer photography programs. Learn about the schools' programs, requirements and admission information to find out which school is the right one for you.

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Houston Photography Programs

Students who wish to study photography near Houston have options at several 2- and 4-year area public schools. This article will discuss programs at three schools situated either in Houston itself or less than a 30-minute drive from the city. The table near this article's end offers additional school information to aid students in decision-making.

  • The closest school to downtown Houston with a photography program is Houston Community College. Several photography certificates and an associate's degree can be pursued here.
  • The University of Houston is the only 4-year university out of the schools listed here. It has a bachelor's degree and a master's degree program available in photography.
  • San Jacinto Community College is the farthest school away out of the three presented here. Located in Pasadena, it's about 20 miles away from downtown Houston, but it offers a photography certificate.

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Houston Community College University of Houston San Jacinto Community College
School Type 2-year; public 4-year; public 2-year; public
Total Enrollment (2017) 57,120* 45,364* 30,509*
Campus Setting Large city Large city Large suburb
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $1,632 for in-district; $3,360 for in-state; $3,756 for out-of-state* $9,706 for in-state; $22,066 for out-of-state* $1,500 for in-district; $2,580 for in-state; $4,140 for out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 62%* 85%* 50%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) N/A - Open admissions 61%* N/A - Open admissions
Retention Rate (2017) 65% for full-time students* 85% for full-time students* 72% for full-time students*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (2014) 18% (for studies who began their studies in 2014)* 54% (for studies who began their studies in 2011)* 28% (for studies who began their studies in 2014)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Houston Community College

The digital photography specializations at Houston Community College are a part of the digital communication programs, which are offered through the school's Digital Communication Department.

Level I Certificate in Digital Communication with a Digital Photography Specialization

The first certificate program here can be completed in a single semester. Students are required to take classes on workforce development with critical thinking, basic graphic design and an introduction to computer graphics. From there, students also enroll in courses on web design, photography fundamentals and digital imaging.

Level II Certificate in Digital Communication with a Digital Photography Specialization

This advanced certificate program has all the same courses as the Level I, but delves into more specific areas related to digital photography. The entire program generally takes about four semesters to complete. Courses include digital video, portraiture and advanced Photoshop. The program's curriculum also goes over computer illustration, illustrative photography, photojournalism, studio management and portfolio development.

Associate in Applied Science in Digital Communication with a Digital Photography Specialization

In the associate's degree program, many of the same photography courses from the two certificate programs are included. However, students also need to complete general education classes. Along with other courses, the second semester culminates in a portfolio development course and an internship.

University of Houston

At the University of Houston, lectures and exhibits often feature guest artists for students to hear and see. Admittance into the photography degree programs may be competitive, so applicants need to present their best portfolio work.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography and Digital Media

The core requirements of the undergraduate degree program consist of 42 credit hours, while the major requirements take up 81 credit hours. The major courses consist of several advanced studios in photography. Other topics like graphic communication, computer imaging, traditional photography and printmaking are studied as well. There's also a class on developing photography portfolios to help students find a career after school or pursue a graduate degree.

Master of Fine Arts in Photography and Digital Media

To earn this graduate degree in photography, students must earn a total of 60 credits. This is generally accomplished over a 3-year period. Individual studio spaces are provided to graduate students. To graduate from the program, an oral examination, thesis exhibition and written thesis must be completed.

San Jacinto Community College

In addition to its central campus, San Jacinto Community College has north, maritime and south campuses available to students. The certificate program is available on the south campus.

Professional Photography Certificate

The purpose of the program is to provide students with the basic skills used by entry-level photographers. The entire certificate program takes 144 hours to complete. This is done across five workshop courses. The classes focus on an introduction to photography, portrait photography, Photoshop and intermediate photography.

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