Online Bachelor’s Degrees in Photography

An online bachelor’s degree in photography may teach students how to use photography equipment to capture memorable images. In these four-year programs, students may gain a strong foundation in the visual, technical, and conceptual aspects of photography. Program coursework may include some general education courses in addition to core specific ones, such as color management, digital image illustration, and studio techniques.

Graduates may either seek entry-level employment in their chosen industry or enroll in graduate-level programs in photography. Baccalaureate-level graduates may gain employment in broadcasting, printing, and general photography.

Program Overview

  • Prerequisite: High School Diploma or GED
  • Program Length: Four years to complete
  • Post-Grad Options: Entry-Level Employment or Master’s / Doctoral Program
  • Projected Employment Growth: 13% (2010-2020)*

Program Coursework

The curriculum within an online bachelor’s-level program in photography typically includes general education requirements alongside major-specific courses. These courses may teach students how to capture photographic elements, enhance lighting, and gain technical skills. Core photography courses may include the following:

  • Digital Darkroom
  • Photography Business
  • Digital Image Illustration
  • Design Fundamentals
  • Color Management
  • Studio Techniques
  • Portraiture

Career Options

Graduates of baccalaureate programs in photography may find employment options in publishing, broadcasting, academia, and photography. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment opportunities are expected to increase by 13% from 2010-2020*.

Possible careers include:

  • Commercial Photographer
  • Camera Operator
  • Graphic Designer
  • Photographic Editor
  • Newspaper Photojournalist

Continuing Education

Students who graduate from a bachelor’s degree program in photography may decide to further their education and enroll in a graduate-level program. A master’s degree program in photography may provide students with enhanced photography skills and may allow them concentrate in a specific area of photography. For those individuals who wish to become photojournalists or science-based photographers, post-secondary education may be required for employment.

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

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