Students who want to learn photography in Connecticut have more than ten schools and programs from which to choose. Associate's, bachelor's and graduate degree programs are available, and some schools offer individual photography classes as part of their art, visual fine arts or communications programs. In rare instances, criminal justice degree programs offer forensic photography classes. A photography degree program could include black and white, as well as digital work, along with art history, computer graphics and advanced photography courses. There's usually a series of studio sessions and a portfolio building class. An overview of ten of the state's largest schools with photography classes is provided below, followed by a table showing tuition and school info.
Eastern Connecticut State University
Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic offers a photography concentration in its Bachelor of Science in Communication program. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 in their communication courses and earn 120 credits to receive the degree. The photography concentration includes courses in publication design, digital photography and media aesthetics and provides the background needed for a photography career.
Housatonic Community College
Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport provides several photography courses through its digital arts program. Students taking the beginning photography course must provide their own film, developing materials and cameras capable of manual adjustments. This course provides instruction in camera operation and darkroom techniques. Students enrolled in the digital photography courses must furnish their own adjustable digital cameras and photo paper. The basic digital camera course teaches students how to use their digital cameras and produce photographs, while the advanced digital photography course teaches them image editing techniques using software like Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom and Aperture.
Manchester Community College
Students enrolled in the visual fine arts associate's degree program at Manchester Community College in Manchester may choose a photography option. This program requires students to complete 63 credits of coursework. The required curriculum includes drawing, two-dimensional and three-dimensional design, digital photography and art history. Photojournalism is offered as an elective. This school also provides a course in forensic photography as part of its criminal justice program.
Sacred Heart University
The Department of Communication and Media Studies at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield offers several undergraduate photography courses. The two digital photography courses require students to provide their own digital cameras, and the photojournalism course gives them the background to create photo essays with strong visual imagery. Sacred Heart University also offers a course that provides a history of documentary still photography. The information in this course spans the period from the 1840s to the present.
Tunxis Community College
Farmington-based Tunxis Community College offers a photography certificate program and an associate's degree program in visual fine arts with a photography option. Students in both programs learn about digital photography, photographic image development, studio photography and design principles. The certificate program requires 30 credits, while the degree requires students to complete 60-62 credits. Students in the photography certificate program have the option of transferring into the associate's degree program.
University of Connecticut
The University of Connecticut offers photography concentrations in its Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) programs at its main campus in Storrs. Undergraduate students take a variety of studio art courses and receive instruction on digital media and basic and advanced studio photography. BFA students are also required to complete a senior project. Students must earn 120 credits with a minimum grade point average of 2.0 to receive the bachelor's degree. The MFA requires 60 credits in graduate coursework, including 21 credits in photography courses. Graduate students are also required to exhibit their work.
University of Hartford
West Hartford's University of Hartford offers a 120-credit BFA and a 60-credit MFA program in photography. Students in the BFA program learn digital technology and how to process color and black and white film. Elective courses cover subjects like commercial photography, experimental photography and how to take photographs for documentaries. The MFA program is geared toward professional photographers and requires students to complete off-campus residencies at various cities in the U.S. and abroad. These graduate students must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and complete the program in four semesters and three summer sessions without taking a break.
University of New Haven
Located in West Haven, the University of New Haven offers a minor in photography. Students must earn 18 credits for the minor. The required courses cover photographic lighting and design, digital photography and imaging, multimedia and digital color photography. A photography course can also be found in the undergraduate art program; all students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts in Art program are required to complete the course in digital photography and imaging.
Western Connecticut State University
Western Connecticut State University in Danbury offers a bachelor's program in art with a photography option. The degree program requires students to complete 122 credits of coursework, including 33 credits in the art core and 27 credits in photography courses. The art core curriculum covers design, drawing, lithography, etching, color and printmaking. Photography students learn about color photography, the history of photography and advanced photographic methods. The school also offers a minor in photography consisting of 18 units. Courses for the minor include introductory photography, color photography, advanced photographic methods and design.
Yale University in New Haven offers a bachelor's program in film studies and an MFA in Photography. Students in the undergraduate film studies program may choose an intensive film studies major by completing a senior project and a senior essay in addition to the other degree requirements. The photography MFA requires students to earn 42 credits, and the program takes two years to complete. Students receive instruction in black and white photography, color photography and digital imaging.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Photography Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)|
|Eastern Connecticut State University||4-year, public; fringe town||Bachelor of Science in Communication with a Photography Concentration||$11,356 in-state; $23,864 out-of-state*|
|Housatonic Community College||2-year, public; midsize city||Digital Photography Courses||$4,404 in-state; $13,172 out-of-state*|
|Manchester Community College||2-year, public; large suburb||Forensic Photography Course,
Associate of Arts in Visual Fine Arts, Photography Option
|$4,464 in-state; $13,232 out-of-state*|
|Sacred Heart University||4-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb||Communication and Media Arts Courses||$41,420*|
|Tunxis Community College||2-year, public; large suburb||Certificate in Photography,
Associate in Science in Visual Fine Arts: Photography Option
|$4,464 in-state; $13,232 out-of-state*|
|University of Connecticut||4-year, public; large suburb||Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art with a Photography Concentration,
Master of Fine Arts in Art with a Photography Concentration
|$15,730 in-state; $38,098 out-of-state (undergraduate),
$17,660 in-state, $39,272 (graduate)*
|University of Hartford||4-year, private not-for-profit; midsize city||Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography,
Master of Fine Arts in Photography
|University of New Haven||4-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb|| Bachelor of Arts in Art,
|Western Connecticut State University||4-year, public; small city|| Bachelor of Arts in Art, Photography Option,
|$10,859 in-state; $23,367 out-of-state*|
|Yale University||4-year, private not-for-profit; midsize city||Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies,
Master of Fine Arts in Photography
Source: *NCES College Navigator.