Photography Schools in Washington State with Degree Overviews

Jul 30, 2019

Washington has four public or private not-for-profit schools that offer photography programs. Learn about the degree programs, tuition info and program options for these schools to make an informed education decision.

Essential Information

The schools listed below are private not-for-profit or public colleges that offer photography degrees in the state of Washington. Degree levels range from undergraduate to graduate level, and both digital and traditional photographic processes are covered in these programs. Students may be required to provide their own camera equipment and the development of a portfolio is often incorporated into photography classes. Higher-level programs may offer the chance of an assistantship or an exhibition to photography students.

School tuition costs and settings are also mentioned below in a comparative table following the detailed profiles of each of the Washington schools that offer photography programs.

Seattle Central College

Located in Seattle, this community college offers an Associate of Applied Science in Commercial Photography program. Students learn about various photography techniques, like lighting and digital editing. Courses cover black and white photography, color photography and portraiture. Students must also prepare a portfolio and complete projects. As noted on the school's website, this program is not currently admitting students for Fall 2016.

Seattle University

This university in Seattle provides a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography program. Students complete 87 credits of major coursework in areas like design, black and white photography, photography history and light control. Students are also required to construct a portfolio. The program has a documentary specialization for interested students, and electives include topics like documentary still images.

Spokane Falls Community College

Located in Spokane, this community college provides an associate's degree in photography. Students take courses in color lab, photography design and digital photography. They may also choose electives in topics like nature photography, photographic arts and Photoshop. The college provides facilities such as a portrait studio and digital labs.

University of Washington - Seattle

At its campus in Seattle, this university offers photomedia bachelor's and master's degree programs. Undergraduate students take courses like advanced photography, digital imaging and photography theory. They must also participate in a thesis project that takes 3 quarters to complete. Exceptional students may participate in an honors class. Graduate students complete 90 credits of seminars and photography studios. A thesis project is required. The university provides teaching assistantships, photography facilities and studio spaces to students.

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type and Setting Photography Degrees Offered Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)
Seattle Central College 4-year, public; large city Associate of Applied Science in Commercial Photography $3,669*
Seattle University 4-year, private not-for-profit; large city Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography $44,610*
Spokane Falls Community College 2-year, public; midsize city Associate of Applied Science in Photography $3,547 (in-state); $8,914 (out-of-state)*
University of Washington - Seattle 4-year, public; large city Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photomedia,
Master of Fine Arts in Photomedia
Undergraduate: $11,207 (in-state); $36,588 (out-of-state)*,
Graduate: $16,590 (in-state); $28,881 (out-of-state)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

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