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Photography Schools in Milwaukee with Degree Options

The Milwaukee area has a few schools that offer photography programs. Learn about the degree programs, admission information and program requirements for two of these schools, none more than 16 miles from downtown, and make an informed education decision.

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Milwaukee Schools with Photography Degree Programs

Several schools in the Milwaukee area offer photography degree programs. This article looks at two that are within 16 miles of downtown and the programs they provide. Information about important factors, such as enrollment, tuition, the graduation rate and the percentage of first-year students who receive financial aid, is included in a table format that makes it easy to compare the schools. There's also a brief section at the end of the article about one other Milwaukee-area school that offers relevant programs.

  • Carroll University is about 16 miles away from downtown Milwaukee and offers a bachelor's degree program in photography,
  • Students who're looking for an associate's degree in photography can find it at Milwaukee Area Technical College. This school is less than two miles from Milwaukee's downtown area.

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Comparison of Schools

Individuals need to consider many factors when deciding on a college. The following table showcases statistics that can help them decide which school is their best option.

Carroll University Milwaukee Area Technical College
School Type 4-year; private not-for-profit 2-year; public
Total Enrollment (2017) 3,452* 14,012*
Campus Setting Small city Large city
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $31,144* $4,491 in-state; $6,174 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receive Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 100%* 73%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 71%* N/A - Open admissions*
Retention Rate (2016-2017) 79% (full-time students)* 51% (full-time students)*
Graduation Rate 66% (students began fall 2011)* 11% (students began fall 2014)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

Carroll University

Photography is a separate major within the art program. Students seeking an in-depth study of photography as a fine art might choose this major. The photography program offers a unique opportunity to major in photography at a small university that's affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Bachelor of Arts in Photography

Students in this major learn to use digital and video cameras. They will develop skills to create images, develop film, edit images using specialized software, and print completed images. Courses also address the history of photography and require that students write about art. Creation of a portfolio and taking part in a senior show are necessary for program completion.

Milwaukee Area Technical College

Milwaukee Area Technical College's photography program requires an internship for hands-on experience.

Associate of Applied Science in Photography

This two-year associate's degree program in photography can prepare students for transfer options with four-year universities. A total of 69 credits must be earned to graduate with the degree. For the program's elective requirements, it is recommended that students take classes on advanced studio lighting, digital photography and digital color management. The curriculum for the program consists of some of the following courses: photojournalism, industrial photography, photographic portfolio, photographic management, portraiture, photographic trends and measurement techniques. Some of the courses in this program also count towards the digital imaging technical diploma.

Other School Options

Just over 16 miles from Milwaukee's downtown region is Concordia University - Wisconsin, which offers a bachelor's degree in photography.

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