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Study photography abroad

An in-depth guide to studying photography as an international student.

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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:

  • Equipment choices and technique
  • Digital photography
  • Film photography
  • Editing
  • Moving image
  • Theory of styles
  • Professional practice

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Photography study abroad programs

Photography undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in photography

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    Art (Photography) - BFA Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    30,134 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 30,134 USD

    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Art - Photography - BA/BFA William Paterson University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    21,768 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,768 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Art - Photography - BFA University of Illinois at Chicago, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    29,800 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 29,800 USD

    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Art - Photography - BFA Auburn University at Montgomery, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,336 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,336 USD

    Start date
    January, June, August
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    Art with Photography - BA Monmouth University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    37,438 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 37,438 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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Associate in photography

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    Photography - ASc Mohawk Valley Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    6,892 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,892 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Art: Digital Art and Photography - AFA North Seattle College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,687 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,687 USD

    Start date
    January, April, June, September
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    Art: Photography - ASc San Jose City College, USA
    • Blended learning

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    8,138 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,138 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Digital Art / Photography - AA South Seattle College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,687 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,687 USD

    Start date
    September, January, April, June
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    Fine Art Photography - AA College of the Canyons, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,000 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,000 USD

    Start date
    August, February, June
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Diploma in photography

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    Photography - UGDip Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,288 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,412 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Photography and Photo Imaging - UGDip RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    15,343 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,750 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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Certificate in photography

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    Darkroom Photography - Cert Laney College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    7,950 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,950 USD

    Start date
    August, January, June
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    Digital Imaging: Beginning Digital Photography - Cert Berkeley City College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    7,950 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,950 USD

    Start date
    August, January, June
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    Photography - Cert St. Charles Community College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    5,520 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 5,520 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Photography - Cert College of the Desert, USA
    • Blended learning

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    7,368 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,368 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Professional Photography - Cert North Island College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    10 months
    Annual tuition fee
    13,734 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,225 CAD

    Start date
    September
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Photography graduate programs

Master's in photography

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    Fine Arts: Photography - MFA University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    25,735 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 36,500 NZD

    Start date
    January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
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    Photography - MA University of the West of England - UWE Bristol, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    18,090 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,000 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Photography - MA SRH Berlin University of Applied Sciences, Germany

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,494 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,000 EUR

    Start date
    October, March
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    Photography - MA University of Portsmouth, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    21,568 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,500 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Photography - by coursework - MA RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    22,714 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 30,720 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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Diploma in photography

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    Design: Photography - GradDip Massey University, New Zealand

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    23,712 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 33,630 NZD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Fine Arts: Photography - PGDipFineArts University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    25,735 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 36,500 NZD

    Start date
    January
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    Photography - OCDip Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,180 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,531 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Photography - OCDip Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    14 months
    Annual tuition fee
    15,007 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,822 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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Certificate in photography

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    Photography - Advanced - OCGCert Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    13,572 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,022 CAD

    Start date
    September
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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.