How long does it take to get through photography school?

im a 17 year ancient mom with a G.E.D. and was thinking about going to school to be a photographer can someone tell me a small more?

such as how long do i have to go to school?
what are the prerequisites (if there are any)?
and any thing else you reckon i should know

It’s best to take business/marketing classes mixed with photo classes, because most of the work for many photographers is marketing themselves (especially at the beginning).

Not only that, but you need to consider how many courses will be appropriate for you to take. Some people take 18 credit hours (more than full time) while others can only take maybe 6-8 credit hours. It all depends on work, kids, social life, etc.

Next is money. My suggestion would be to go to a community college. Many people I’ve talked to spent twice the amount of money (or more) to go to a university when they could’ve taken the same classes at a community college, plus the classes at universities (from what I know and have heard from others) tend to be huge while comm. college have honestly small class sizes, allowing professors to help you more personally.

Know that it’s going to be expensive, even if you go to community college. Camera gear is expensive itself, then there’s software (photoshop), textbooks, etc.

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  1. I'm back says:

    a two year course will take you four years
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  2. Bruce M says:

    First things first..
    for "photo school" most want a portfolio of images
    for college with some photo classes no portfolio.. and in my OP a better thing anyway.. so 4 years or 6 depending on working, kid time and school.

    The best photographers I know do not have a degree in photography. They have them in other things and have business classes more then darkroom classes.

    Yes, there are photo schools where you get an applied photo degree in two years of working 65 hours a week just doing photo stuff.. but I did that.. and now wish I had a 4 year degree with other classes and photo classes as just part of it.

    Hope that helps.
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  3. RaSheaJ says:

    It’s best to take business/marketing classes mixed with photo classes, because most of the work for many photographers is marketing themselves (especially at the beginning).

    Not only that, but you need to consider how many courses will be appropriate for you to take. Some people take 18 credit hours (more than full time) while others can only take maybe 6-8 credit hours. It all depends on work, kids, social life, etc.

    Next is money. My suggestion would be to go to a community college. Many people I’ve talked to spent twice the amount of money (or more) to go to a university when they could’ve taken the same classes at a community college, plus the classes at universities (from what I know and have heard from others) tend to be huge while comm. college have honestly small class sizes, allowing professors to help you more personally.

    Know that it’s going to be expensive, even if you go to community college. Camera gear is expensive itself, then there’s software (photoshop), textbooks, etc.
    References :

  4. katiebelle411 says:

    It took me two and a half years to get my associates degree and develop a portfolio, then I applied to a university, got into the photography program, and am now about to be in my third (and hopefully final) year of school. It is taking me so long because I also work full time, and in the summer work another part time job as well, but it is really rewarding to have a show in a gallery, and a Bachelor of Fine Art!
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