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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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    Photography - BFA Long Island University Post, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    35,736 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Art (Photography) - BFA Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    30,134 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Art - Photography - BFA University of Illinois at Chicago, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    29,800 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Art Studio - Photography - BFA University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    27,000 USD
    Start date
    January, June, August
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    Studio Art/ Photography - BFA Louisiana State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    28,700 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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Diploma in photography

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    Photography and Photo Imaging - Dip RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    20,750 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Photography - Dip Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,412 CAD
    Start date
    September
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    Photography - Dip Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    16,531 CAD
    Start date
    September
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    Photography - Dip Durham College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    28 months
    Tuition fees per year
    15,427 CAD
    Start date
    September
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Associate in photography

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    Advertising Photography - AASc Mohawk Valley Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    6,892 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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Photography graduate programs

Master's in photography

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    Photography - by coursework - MA RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    30,720 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Photography - MA University of the West of England - UWE Bristol, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    13,000 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Multimedia Arts & Technology - Photography and Film - MFA Duquesne University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    23,112 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Photography - MA University of Gloucestershire, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    14,250 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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    Commercial Photography - MA Arts University Bournemouth, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    18,500 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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Diploma in photography

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    Photography - OCDip Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    14 months
    Tuition fees per year
    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
    -
    Tuition fees per year
    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.