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Photography degrees abroad

Studying for a photography degree is ideal for students who already have a passion for the subject but want to work on their technique, experience and career prospects. Universities are well connected, so it can also be a useful way to make contacts in the industry.

In a photography program you will have the opportunity to showcase your artistic talent and create a portfolio of work. As well as the practical element of photography you can also study the theoretical elements of many styles: portraiture, documentary, fashion, fine art, sports - whichever suits your particular interests and expertise.

Another benefit of studying photography abroad includes the facilities and equipment you will have access to.

Photography program structure

Studying abroad for a bachelor’s in photography will take between three and four years, with a master’s taking between one and two years of study.

You can study photography as a standalone degree in some countries such as the UK, however in the US it is likely that you will major in photography as part of a liberal arts bachelor’s; this becomes the main focus of your degree alongside a general education in the arts and humanities.

PhD degrees for photography are also available and will take between three and four years. These types of degree can focus on a research thesis, a body of peer-reviewed practical work, or a mixture of both.

As a photography student you will spend a lot of your hours on campus in lectures, group study, and practical sessions. It’s important that in your spare time you visit exhibitions as part of your personal research and study.

The exact structure and content of a photography program will vary depending on the university you are studying in and the exact program you enroll in. Some of the modules or electives of a photography degree will surround topics such as:

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Photography study abroad programs

What are the top photography undergraduate programs abroad?

  • Arts University PlymouthPhotography - BA (Hons)

    • 3 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Sep
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Photography
    Location
    Plymouth, UK
    Next start date
    September 2025
    Annual tuition fee
    16,500GBP
  • McNeese State UniversityArt: Photography - BA

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, Jun, Aug
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Photography, General Arts
    Location
    Lake Charles, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +2 more
    Annual tuition fee
    11,075USD
  • Buckinghamshire New UniversityPhotography - BA (Hons)

    • 3 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Sep
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Photography
    Location
    High Wycombe, UK
    Next start date
    September 2025
    Annual tuition fee
    15,150GBP
  • DePaul UniversityArt: Media: and Design: Photography and Media Art - BA

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, Mar, Sep
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Media, Photography, General Arts
    Location
    Chicago, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +2 more
    Annual tuition fee
    43,665USD
  • Middle Tennessee State UniversityPhotography - BSc

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Photography
    Location
    Murfreesboro, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025
    Annual tuition fee
    29,144USD

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What are the top photography postgraduate programs abroad?

  • SRH Berlin University of Applied SciencesPhotography - MA

    • 2 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Oct, Apr
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Photography
    Location
    Berlin, Germany
    Next start date
    October 2024 +2 more
    Annual tuition fee
    11,400EUR
  • Cardiff Metropolitan UniversityPhotography - MA

    • 1 year
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Sep
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Photography
    Location
    Cardiff, UK
    Next start date
    September 2025
    Annual tuition fee
    17,600GBP
  • Arts University BournemouthPhotography - MA

    • 1 year
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Feb, Oct
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Photography
    Location
    Poole, UK
    Next start date
    February 2025 +1 more
    Annual tuition fee
    19,950GBP
  • University of Europe for Applied SciencesPhotography - MA

    • 1 year
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Mar, Sep
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Photography
    Location
    Berlin, Germany
    Next start date
    March 2025 +1 more
    Annual tuition fee
    12,600EUR
  • Falmouth UniversityPhotography - MA

    • 1 year
    • Online
    • Part-time
    • Jan, May, Sep
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Photography
    Location
    Falmouth, UK
    Next start date
    January 2025 +2 more
    Annual tuition fee
    17,950GBP

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Future photography careers

When you graduate from a photography degree abroad, you should have a portfolio ready to show potential employers or clients. Many photography graduates will spend time gaining valuable work experience or placements. Some of the roles photography graduates have include:

  • Visual specialist
  • Freelance photographer
  • Commercial photographer
  • Fashion photographer
  • Wedding photographer
  • Photojournalist
  • Editor

It’s easy for photography students to become involved in extracurricular groups and organizations to boost their CV. Sports teams, theater productions, student media and events all need photography to promote their work.

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