NH Photography Classes with College and School Overviews

Jul 31, 2019

Research photography courses in New Hampshire, which currently has eight schools offering programs. Read an overview of degree programs, tuition info and program options for these schools and decide which program is right for you.

Essential Information

Aspiring photographers in New Hampshire can find opportunities for undergraduate and graduate study at more than a few schools in the state. Certificate, associate's degree, bachelor's degree, and master's degree programs in photography are all available and prepare students to enter the profession or advance to further study in the field. Though students will likely be required to provide their own camera for most uses, other resources are provided by the insitutitions, such as studio space, lighting equipment, and editing software in computer labs.

Below are short summaries of these eight schools, along with a table comparing programs, school settings and tuition costs.


Colby-Sawyer College

This 4-year college is located in New London and offers a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in studio art. Both programs offer concentrations in photography. The BA program provides a broad foundation in studio art, while the BFA allows for intensive study in the field. Students in these programs explore digital imaging, printing and developing techniques and color photography. The school's photography facilities include a studio, film-changing room, darkroom and computer laboratory.

Dartmouth College

Hanover's Dartmouth College offers a bachelor's degree program in studio art through its Department of Studio Art. Students in this program investigate aesthetic and technical issues through coursework in drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking and photography. The program culminates in a senior seminar, which is evaluated by Dartmouth faculty and outside art experts. Students in the program can take advantage of Dartmouth's photography facilities, which include processing labs and a photography studio with professional lighting. A select number of graduates are chosen to stay an additional year as post-graduate interns; these interns assist with classes and act as mentors to undergraduates.

Keene State College

This public college, located in Keene, was founded in 1909 and offers 40 major areas of study. Aspiring photographers can pursue the school's BFA in Studio Art, which features coursework in photography. The program provides a comprehensive education in studio art with a minimum of 72 credits of visual arts coursework. Students admitted into this selective program work in their own studio spaces under the close guidance of faculty mentors. Subjects covered include photography, art history, sculpture, drawing, painting and printmaking. Students may also select a dual option program in studio art and graphic design or a 24-credit minor program in studio art.

Lakes Region Community College

Laconia-based Lakes Region Community College does not offer a degree focused specifically on photography; however, the media arts and technology program has coursework in photography. The associate's degree program is designed to provide technical training to students who wish to become filmmakers while developing their creative potential. Students must complete a minimum of 66 credits of coursework including cinematography, creative writing, movie making, postproduction and digital photography. The school recommends that students purchase a personal digital camera for this program.

New England College

Located in Henniker, New England College offers photography as a concentration within its Media Arts focus. This program can be found as part of its art bachelor's degree program. Students gain a foundation in art and art history, in addition to receiving instruction in the broad spectrum of photography. Graduates can find work as photographers, teachers or museum professionals. Students in this bachelor's degree program must first take foundational art courses, including introductory art, art history, 20th century art, drawing and design. The Media Arts focus includes classes in basic and professional photography, photography history and graphic design.

At the end of the second year, all candidates must undergo portfolio reviews by the art department faculty to evaluate progress and achievement. Each student is given the opportunity to talk to faculty members in other art disciplines to explore ways to strengthen his or her portfolio. Portfolio reviews must be approved before candidates may continue in the program. Students may also have opportunities to display creative work in the school's student presentations.

New Hampshire Institute of Art

Manchester's New Hampshire Institute of Art offers a variety of photography programs to students interested in the field. The school also features its own camera shop where students can purchase cameras, developing chemicals, paper and film. The photography certificate program provides training in the methods and materials of photography, as well as the creative aspects. Students are required to take eight 15-week studio courses and 45 hours of elective courses. Coursework includes visual studies, digital photography, history of photography and lighting.

The BFA program allows students to select a concentration area from several options, including one in photography. Students sharpen photographic production and presentation skills through coursework in graphic design, lighting, color, digital photography, printmaking and art history. The school also offers a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Photography. The MFA program is a low-residency program and begins with a formal critique of the student's work that was submitted in his or her application to the program. The program requires additional critiques during each residency period, as well as three graduate seminars and a final exhibition.

Plymouth State University

Plymouth State University is based in Plymouth and features a minor in photography for students interested in learning about the subject while pursuing other major areas of study. The 15-credit minor program provides a comprehensive foundation of skills and knowledge in photography with small class sizes and experienced faculty. Students learn about digital imaging, media, film and video production, photo documentary, cultural anthropology and video art production.

University of New Hampshire

Located in Durham, the University of New Hampshire offers a BA and a BFA program with options to select photography concentrations. The BA in Art program provides a strong fine arts background and equips students with the skills necessary to work in a museum or gallery or to advance to graduate study. Students in the program study drawing, painting, photography and printmaking.

Students interesting in the school's BFA program must first enroll in the BA program and complete introductory studio art courses before applying for the BFA program. This program is meant for students who wish to work as professional artists or move on to graduate study in art.

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type & Setting Photography Programs Offered Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)
Colby-Sawyer College 4-year, private not-for-profit; distant rural Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art, concentration in photography,
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art, concentration in photography
$42,398 (undergraduate)*
Dartmouth College 4-year, private not-for-profit; remote town Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art $55,453 (undergraduate)*
Keene State College 4-year, public; distant town Bachelor of Fine Arts, Studio Art Option,
Minor in Studio Art
$14,212 (undergraduate in-state);*
$23,176 (undergraduate out-of-state)*
Lakes Region Community College 2-year, public; distant town Associate in Science in Media Arts and Technology $7,168 (undergraduate in-state);*
$15,968 (undergraduate out-of-state)*
New England College 4-year, private not-for-profit; distant rural Bachelor of Arts in Art with Media Arts Focus $37,914 (undergraduate)*
New Hampshire Institute of Art 4-year, private not-for-profit; midsize city Photography Certificate,
Bachelor of Fine Arts, concentration in photography,
Master of Fine Arts in Photography
$28,080 (undergraduate);*
$15,860 (graduate)*
Plymouth State University 4-year, public; remote town Minor in Photography $14,099 (undergraduate in-state);*
$22,769 (out-of-state)*
University of New Hampshire 4-year, public; small suburb Bachelor of Arts in Art, Studio Art Option,
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fine Arts
$18,499 (undergraduate in-state);*
$33,879 (undergraduate out-of-state)*

Sources: *NCES College Navigator

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