Photography Schools in Fort Wayne, IN with Degree Program Info

Nov 05, 2018

There are three schools in the Fort Wayne, IN, area that offer training in photography. To find out which one is right for you, read an overview of the degree options and program requirements at three universities located within about 25 miles of downtown.

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Fort Wayne Photography Programs

The photography classes and degrees in the Fort Wayne-area are available at the undergraduate level. Two of the schools highlighted in this article are within 15 minutes of the city center, while the other is around 40 minutes away. Get an idea of the required coursework and learning opportunities at these institutions, then review school stats at the beginning of the article. A bit of info on a third area school is provided as well.

  • While Huntington University does not have a program fully devoted to photography, this university's graphic design bachelor's degree program allows students to take several photography classes. A minor in graphic design is also available. The school is located about 22 miles from central Fort Wayne.
  • Indiana University - Purdue University - Fort Wayne offers a bachelor's degree in fine arts with an imaging and photography emphasis.
  • The University of Saint Francis - Fort Wayne, located about three miles from downtown Fort Wayne, offers a bachelor's degree in studio art with a photography concentration. Students have the opportunity to work with state-of-the-art photographic equipment.

Comparison of Schools

Discover the varying student enrollment figures, campus settings, tuition rates and graduation numbers for the profiled universities by reviewing this table. It contains these and other stats that might help you narrow down your choice on where to study photography.

Huntington University Indiana University-Purdue University - Fort Wayne University of Saint Francis - Fort Wayne
School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit university 4-year, public 4-year, private not-for-profit university
Total Enrollment (2017) 1,321* 10,414* 2,322*
Campus Setting Distant town Large city Large city
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $25,540* $8,330 (in-state); $20,005 (out-of-state)* $29,430*
% of Full-Time First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2017) 99%* 87%* 100%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 81%* 94%* 99%*
Retention Rate (2017) 80% for full-time students* 58% for full-time students* 72% for full-time students*
Graduation Rate (for those who began their studies in 2011) 60%* 32%* 58%*

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

Huntington University

Huntington University's Department of Art and Design offers bachelor's degree programs in the fine and graphic arts, studio arts and art education, as well as a variety of minors. Although the department doesn't specifically offer a degree program in photography, graphic design students have the option to complete studio classes in photography, drawing, sculpture, ceramics or painting.

Minor in Graphic Design

Students can minor in graphic design, which requires completion of basic courses such as 2-D design, intro to art, computer graphics and photography. Those who are primarily interested in photography can take electives and learn about digital and advanced photography techniques.

Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design

Students in the visual arts program must complete core studio courses in drawing, design, painting and art history. In the graphics design program, foundational courses include drawing, computer graphics (layout/raster/vector) and Web design. Specialized class options include basic, digital and advanced photography. Students can learn about darkroom processes, black and white photography, camera handling and digital software for enhancing pictures. Students also develop a portfolio and have the option to present an art exhibit.

Indiana University - Purdue University - Fort Wayne

This school's College of Visual and Performing Arts houses programs in the fine and performing arts. Within the college, the Department of Visual Communication and Design offers three Bachelor of Fine Arts degree programs, including one in imaging and photography.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communication and Design - Imaging and Photography Emphasis

Students must complete general education and major courses. Through coursework, students can learn both basic and advanced photographic techniques. Foundational classes include typography, digital imaging, graphic design and Web design. Students also must complete applied, conceptual and editorial imaging photography courses. They also take thesis seminars, create exhibitions and design portfolios. A photography special projects and portfolio class is required.

University of Saint Francis - Fort Wayne

Both the studio art and the communication arts/graphic design departments support this university's photography program. The program gives students opportunities to practice photography through the creation of commercial, portrait and individual projects.

Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art - Photography Concentration

In this degree program, students can obtain hands-on experience in photography, develop networking contacts and create a resume for job hunting. Students complete foundational coursework in the arts. Concentration courses include basic and advanced photography, photographic lighting, printmaking, digital imaging, special topics in photography and alternative photography.

Other Schools

Individuals willing to travel about 46 miles from Fort Wayne can pursue a Bachelor of Science in Photography at Indiana Wesleyan University.

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