Seattle Photography Class Descriptions with School Information

The Seattle area has at least three schools that offer photography programs. Learn about the programs, admission info and program requirements at these schools, none more than five miles from downtown, and make an informed education decision.

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Photography Programs at Seattle Schools

Several schools in Seattle, WA, offer classes and degree programs in photography, and this article looks at three that are no more than 10 minutes from downtown. Following information about the schools and their photography-related degree programs is a table of facts about each institution, such as tuition, enrollment and graduation rate. Prospective students can use this knowledge to help them select their best option.

  • Students can earn an associate's degree in photography at Seattle Central Community College, less than four miles from the city center.
  • Also less than four miles from downtown, Seattle University has two bachelor's degree programs in photography.
  • The University of Washington - Seattle offers bachelor's degree and master's degree programs in photomedia. This school is located at the heart of the city.

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Comparison of Schools

The following table offers information about each school in a way that makes it easy to compare them.

Seattle Central College Seattle University University of Washington - Seattle
School Type 4-year; public 4-year; private not-for-profit 4-year; public
Total Enrollment (2014) 6,773* 7,273* 44,784*
Campus Setting Large city Large city Large city
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016) $3,891 in-state; $9,083 out-of-state* $39,690* $11,839 in-state; $34,143 out-of-state*
% of Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014) 80%* 94%* 56%*
Acceptance Rate (2014) N/A - Open admissions* 73%* 55%*
Retention Rate (2014) N/A 87% for full-time students; 40% for part-time students* 94% for full-time students; 73% for part-time students*
Graduation Rate (2014) 25% (31% transfer-out rate)* 78%* 84%*

Sources: *NCES College Navigator

Seattle Central Community College

Associate of Applied Science in Commercial Photography

New students begin this 2-year program only in the fall. They assemble their portfolios while they learn about color photography, black/white photography, lighting, studio illustration, electronic imaging and digital photography. In addition to photography techniques, students who complete this program gain experience in photo processing and digital enhancements.

Seattle University

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography

Aspiring photographers complete 87 credits in this photography major. They take classes such as black/white photography, light control, color photography, digital imaging, portfolio seminar, business of art, documentary photography, art history, design/color, history of photography and chosen electives. Those learners who are especially interested in documentary photography may choose to complete an emphasis in that area by completing 9 electives pertinent to that specialization. The faculty reviews all portfolios after the second year, to establish student eligibility for continuation in the major.

Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Arts with Photography Emphasis

Learners interested in exploring other art forms, in addition to photography, may complete a 60-credit major that allows students to choose additional art electives. Students still complete classes pertaining to black/white photography, light control, color photography, design/color and history of photography.

University of Washington - Seattle

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photomedia

This 80-credit major is comprised of introductory art classes, intermediate photography, digital imaging, photography theory/criticism, advanced photomedia, art electives and additional recommended art classes, including art history. Faculty members review student portfolios and written work 2 times during the second year of classes, reducing the number of students remaining in the program.

Master of Fine Arts in Photomedia

In addition to the graduate school application, candidates for this program make online submissions of current resumes, statements of purpose and work samples. The program spans two years and is comprised of individual consultations, classes, seminars and research. Students investigate digital and analog photography, in addition to video/installation. Graduate students have studio space and round-the-clock access to the photographic facilities. For degree completion, these aspiring artists take part in a thesis exhibition in a university gallery.

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