Photography Schools

Have you ever wondered, “Which Photography School is right for me?” There are several Photography Schools out there; both online photography schools, and traditional brick and mortar schools. The problem is figuring out which will fit your needs, and career goals.Here are some things to think about when choosing a school:

  1. Cost:  How much is school going to cost? Are you able to get financial aid?
  2. Location:  How far do you want to travel to go to school?  Do you want to move?
  3. Credentials:  Which school will give you the credentials you’re looking for? How will those credentials affect your career aspirations?

Here are some online schools to consider:

Academy of Art University

Accredited online program with live chat. You can obtain an Associates in Arts, a Bachelors, and Masters Degree in Fine Arts in Photography. Videos are created by 30 videographers and editors to make sure that you get the most out of each tutorial. There is an open admissions policy and an online application process available. The tuition is the same as in school but without lab fees. The Academy of Art University not only provides their students with the pertinent information but also helps them evaluate and figure out what you can and want to do with their degree.

Location: San Francisco, CA
Undergrad Degrees: Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Associate of Arts (AA)
Graduate Degrees: Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Degree
Online Degrees: Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Degree, Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Degree, Online Award of Completion

New York Institute of Photography

A very well organized school for all levels of photographers. This is a great site to make strides towards a professional career in photography. If you are only interested in learning helpful photography tips and facts, the price may be a little steep. You have up to three years to complete whichever course you choose but it typically takes half that time to complete. You will receive a certificate upon completion.

Location: Online. As of the time of writing, the Complete Course in Professional Photography and the Fundamentals of Digital Photography are both offered 100% online. The other courses are mailed to you on thumb drives containing all of your course materials.

Online Certificates: Each course offers certificates

Accreditation: New York State Education Department, DETC


  1. Professional Photography Course (now offered 100% online)
  2. Photoshop Course
  3. Video Making Course
  4. Wedding Photography Course
  5. Portrait Photography Course
  6. Marketing for Photographers
  7. Beginner Photography Course (now offered 100% online)

The Photography Institute

This course consists of 12 modules and 12 corresponding interactive assignments. The average amount of time that it takes to complete the entire course is 24 weeks. It is not required to complete the course in this amount of time. Throughout the time it takes for you to complete the course George Seper, a freelance photographer, will be available as a tutor. It seems well organized and designed to help you learn what you want to know about photography.

New England School of Photography

Boston based. Focused specifically on photography. Small class sizes for optimized learning. The professional photography program takes a total of 60 weeks. The first year is dedicated to learning and understanding basics while the second year allows you to focus in on specifics applicable to your area of interest in photography. The New England School of Photography provides a broad expanse of majors and minors to pursue within the professional photography program.

The Los Angeles Photography School

Location based photography school for those who can get to the studios found in the assignments. This site isn’t organized as a typical school with an order of lessons to go to in order to improve. You get to choose. Great for photographers who don’t want to commit to more than a class or two. Continual updates to classes offered and their costs. You can pick and choose which classes you want to take and pay for. No official completion or certificate.

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh

There are 45 locations around the United States as well as an online option. The Art Institute of Pittsburgh offers a Bachelor of Science in Photography. Three faculty dedicated to photography program with experience in photography world. The faculty has also ensured that they are able to provide online help for their student’s education.

Harrington College of Design

With 80 years experience in creative design the Harrington College of Design brings experience and tested methods to their photography program. Their classes allow the students to apply what they learn instead of just teaching theories and expecting it to be translated into skill automatically. They practice the skills of modern photography to help build each students portfolio for future use. The photography students who graduate are ready and prepared to work on a professional level. The photography program is taught by professional in their area of study. Located in Chicago.

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