Photographers

Education

Although postsecondary education is not required for most photographers, many take classes or earn a bachelor's degree in a related field, which can improve their skills and employment prospects.

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Art/Art Studies, General - More About This Major

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Average Tuition (excluding room and board) for Schools with this major: $15,158.00 per year

Visual and Performing Arts, General - More About This Major

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Average Tuition (excluding room and board) for Schools with this major: $14,187.00 per year

Photography - More About This Major

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Average Tuition (excluding room and board) for Schools with this major: $18,433.00 per year

Commercial Photography - More About This Major

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Average Tuition (excluding room and board) for Schools with this major: $11,108.00 per year

Digital Arts - More About This Major

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Average Tuition (excluding room and board) for Schools with this major: $19,276.00 per year

Photojournalism - More About This Major

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Average Tuition (excluding room and board) for Schools with this major: $21,173.00 per year

Military Training

Job training consists of classroom instruction, including practice in taking and developing photographs. Length of training varies depending on the specialty. Further training occurs on the job and through advanced courses. Course content typically includes:

  • Photographic processing and reproduction
  • Principles of photojournalism
  • Operation and maintenance of photographic equipment

General Qualifications

Artistic ability. Photographers capture their subjects in images, and they must be able to evaluate the artistic quality of a photograph. Photographers need "a good eye" the ability to use colors...

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Knowledge

  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Fine Arts
  • English Language

Most Common Education Levels

The level of education attained by people currently working in this career.

Most Common Education

Schools with the Highest Enrollment for Featured Major

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School
Number of Students
University of Central Florida
70,248
Austin Community College District
69,534
University of Minnesota-Twin C...
64,202
Florida International University
62,837
Ohio State University-Main Campus
62,681
The University of Texas at Austin
56,344
Michigan State University
54,338
Arizona State University-Tempe
53,901
College of Southern Nevada
53,482
University of South Florida-Ma...
49,451
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