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Photography Courses in Miami with Program and College Options

Nov 13, 2018

There are a few schools in the Miami area that have photography programs. To find out which one has the training you're looking for, read overviews of the program requirements for three schools located within 10 miles of downtown.

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Miami Schools with Photography Programs

Within a 20-minute drive of downtown, students wanting to build or expand their photography skills can find training options. This article focuses on the coursework requirements for programs at three institutions and provides a table of facts and figures about those schools. Also included is some information about a couple of other colleges in the area.

  • Just three miles from the city's center, Miami Dade College is a school close to the heart of Miami that offers an associate's degree in photography.
  • Barry University, a private, not-for-profit school about eight miles from Miami's downtown area, provides photography bachelor's- and master's-level programs.
  • Another nearby school with bachelor's and master's degrees in the field is the University of Miami. The campus is about five miles away from central Miami.

Comparison of Schools

Learn more about the three schools by reviewing the table below. It contains information on tuition, acceptance rates and other factors that might influence your education decision.

University of Miami Barry University Miami Dade College
School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit 4-year, private not-for-profit 4-year, primarily associate's, public
Total Enrollment (2017) 17,003* 7,358* 56,001*
Campus Setting Large suburb Large suburb Large city
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $48,484* $29,850* $2,838 (in-state)*
$9,661 (out-of-state)*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 76%* 99%* 82%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 36%* 85%* N/A - open admissions policy*
Retention Rate for Full-Time Beginning Undergraduates (2016-2017) 91%* 61%* N/A*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (for students who began Fall 2011) 84%* 35%* 31%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Miami Dade College

Leica enlargers are available to photography students on campus who are interested in black and white photography. The color photography laboratories on campus use a Kreonite RA4 processor.

Associate of Science in Photographic Technology

A minimum of 64 credit hours must be earned to receive this associate's degree. Digital and analog techniques are covered in the photography courses on campus. In the first year, students take introductory and intermediate photography classes. From there, the curriculum advances on to color photography, portfolio preparation and advanced photography.

Barry University

Several darkrooms for color photography, as well as black and white photography, are available to students on this school's campus. Barry University also provides computer labs and lighting studios to its photography students.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography

The photography electives at this school cover topics that include photojournalism, pinhole photography, underwater photography and manipulative photography. The fine arts program requires 24 credits in photography electives, in addition to the photography core requirements. Undergraduate students must take classes like 2-D design, art history, a senior seminar, photography history, studio lighting or lighting techniques, digital photography, computer imaging, film photography and basic photography.

Bachelor of Arts in Photography

The Bachelor of Arts in Photography program requires fewer elective classes than the more intensive BFA program--three credits compared to 24. This allows students to explore topics outside of photography while still completing the core photography courses. Students can choose a double major or pursue a minor while taking this program.

Master of Fine Arts in Photography

It normally takes at least three years to earn a Master of Fine Arts in Photography at Barry University due to the program's 66-credit requirement. In addition to a solo thesis exhibition, students must complete a written thesis. The independent study courses are designed to resemble real-life employment scenarios, since students must work closely with faculty members to produce an independent piece of art. The graduate program can also prepare students for postsecondary teaching careers.

Master of Arts in Photography

Only 36 credit hours must be earned to graduate with a Master of Arts in Photography at Barry University. At the end of the program, an exhibition features students' graduate work. Students must also take classes in art history, independent study and advanced photography.

University of Miami

Art exhibitions are held for students in the undergraduate and graduate photography programs at this school. Students can also visit a variety of art galleries located both on campus and in the nearby Wynwood Arts District.

Bachelor of Arts in Studio Arts with a concentration in Photography/Digital Imaging

Both traditional and alternative photography processes can be studied at the University of Miami's undergraduate photography program. The coursework emphasizes digital imaging. Digital technology and studio techniques are covered, along with darkroom and camera techniques.

Master of Fine Arts in Photography/Digital Imaging

Individual creativity is encouraged during the Master of Fine Arts program. Faculty members meet with students to help plan out their graduate coursework. Students often choose to complement their photography work with another discipline like philosophy, architecture, film or music. At the end of the program, all of the students' graduate work comes together in a written thesis and a solo exhibition.

Other Schools

Florida International University offers courses in photography and is located about 12 miles from the downtown Miami area, while Nova Southeastern University is about 24 miles from downtown Miami and offers photography undergraduate classes.

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