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Photography Classes in Minneapolis, MN with School Information

Research photography classes in Minneapolis, MN, which currently has several schools offering programs. Read an overview of degree programs, admission information and program requirements for three schools within five miles of downtown Minneapolis and decide which program is right for you.

Minneapolis, MN, Schools with Photography Classes

This article looks at three schools, all within 15 minutes of downtown Minneapolis, and the photography degree programs they offer. There is also a table of information about each school that prospective students need to know, such as school size, tuition, acceptance rate and graduation rate. At the end of the article is information on two other Minneapolis area schools with photography programs.

  • Minneapolis Community and Technical College, just a mile from the city center, offers an associate's degree program in photography and digital imaging.
  • Students can earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art or a Master of Fine Arts in Photography at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, which is three miles from downtown.
  • Approximately four miles from downtown, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design offers bachelor's and master's degrees in photography.

Comparison of Schools

Individuals who are deciding on a school need to be aware of many factors. The following table offers statistics that can help them decide which institution is their best option.

Minneapolis Community and Technical College University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis College of Art and Design
School Type 2-year; public 4-year; public 4-year; private not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2017) 7,486* 51,848* 774*
Campus Setting Large city Large city Large city
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $5,396* $14,417 for in-state students; $26,603 for out-of-state students* $37,812*
% of Beginning Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 81%* 81%* 100%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) N/A - Open admissions* 50%* 59%*
Retention Rate (2016-2017) 56% for full-time students* 93% for full-time students* 80% for full-time students*
Graduation Rate 16% (students who began in Fall 2014)* 80% (students who began in Fall 2011)* 59% (students who began in Fall 2011)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

Minneapolis Community and Technical College

In addition to this college's photography associate's degree program, there are diploma and certificate options that contain similar coursework. Students explore the creative side of photography while gaining technical skills.

Photography and Digital Imaging Certificate

Students of this 27-credit program take introductory courses in photographic software, digital photography and photo assisting in the first semester. In the second semester, more advanced classes are taken in photographic software, lighting and design.

Photography and Digital Imaging Diploma

In this 2-year, 54-credit program, students take the same courses as those found in the certificate program in addition to classes in motion and sound, photography history and media business. The program requires completion of a portfolio and participation in an internship.

Associate of Applied Science in Photography and Digital Imaging

Some of the introductory photography courses at this school cover photographic software, photo composition and digital photography. There are also several photo and studio labs that can give students a chance to work in dark rooms. Students must earn 60 credits, complete an internship and create a work portfolio to finish the program.

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

This school offers a bachelor's degree program in art that includes several photography courses, as well as a master's degree program that specializes in photography. Art exhibitions are available on campus at the Katherine E. Nash Gallery.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art

To enter this program, students must submit a portfolio and two recommendations with their application. The photography curriculum covers digital imaging, darkroom processes, black/white photography or moving images, depending on which of the two courses students take.

Master of Fine Arts in Art

Photography is one of several areas in which students can complete individual creative projects in the studio portion of this master's degree program. Lectures and demonstrations are part of the advanced photography studies. Classes can be taken in animation, 3D modeling and experimental film. An MFA Creative Thesis is also included.

Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Liberal arts-focused bachelor's and master's degree programs in photography are available at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Personal studio spaces are available to students, and these private spaces are accessible at all hours of the day.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography

The required classes for this bachelor's degree program include color photography, large format photography, lighting, digital techniques and the history of photography. An advanced seminar is offered, along with a professional practice course. An internship and a senior project must be completed in order to graduate.

Master of Fine Arts in Visual Studies

This master's program in photography consists of 60 credits. Students choose a subject in which to pursue creative work through seminars and a mentorship in such areas as photography, illustration, graphic design or filmmaking, among others. A total of 36 credits are taken in the mentored portion of the program. Courses are taken in theories of art and design and historical perspectives. A thesis option is available.

Other School Options

North Hennepin Community College is about 10.5 miles away from Minneapolis and offers an associate's degree in studio arts that contains digital photography coursework. Just over 11 miles from the city is Normandale Community College, which has an Associate of Arts with an Emphasis in Photography program.


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