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									Guide to
Choosing a
Photography
           School
Your Guide to Choosing a Photography School
Are you interested in pursuing opportunities in photography, but are unsure of how to find the right school for you?

With hundreds of photography schools to choose from,
it’s helpful to identify the criteria most important to you as
you narrow your selection. Part of the process is deciding
what is most valuable to you, but you should also take
into consideration what is important in the industry. Your
individual goals are going to impact your search, but it is
essential to consider factors such as location, financial
aid opportunities, course options, class size, networking
opportunities, and more.

The photography school you choose needs to do more
than prepare you for your future. It should provide you
with quality academic resources, as well as plenty of
opportunities for you to grow outside of the classroom.


What to Look for in Photography Schools
As you try to determine which photography school is best for you, it’s important not to become overwhelmed.
There is a lot to consider, but once you look closely at the information, the pieces should start to fall in to place.
To help you get on the right track, we have compiled a list of factors to analyze when examining prospective schools:

    • Location and Related Opportunity: Where a photography school is located plays a big role in what
      resources, inspiration and opportunities are available for students. Quality photography training inside the
      classroom needs to be supplemented with outside enrichment and stimulation. It is beneficial if you can
      attend a photography school that is surrounded by studios, galleries, museums, restaurants and green
      space. Students need to be inspired by their surroundings and to have great examples of quality work
      within their reach.

             - The opportunity part of the equation comes into play when you look at the amount and quality of
               photography studios, newspapers, magazines and advertising agencies in the area.

    • Financial aid availability: Photography schools should have helpful and knowledgeable financial aid staffers
      who can help you determine what aid you may qualify for. Many photography schools also offer scholarships
      to help offset your costs.

    • Industry-current technology: In order for students to become skilled in the use of industry-relevant
      photographic techniques, tools and technology, it’s essential for the photography school of your choice to have
      the appropriate resources. Up-to-date resources also help ensure that course material remains current.

    • Course selection: Photography schools need to have a broad selection of courses that adequately prepare
      students for success in this dynamic and competitive industry. Courses should offer instruction in
      contemporary photographic tools and techniques, visual design, lighting, digital manipulation and much more.

             - It is also beneficial to check if a photography school offers concentrations in specific types of
                photography, such as advertising, commercial, portraiture, photo media and more. Specialization
                can help you gain unique skill sets that set you apart in the industry.
• Industry-experienced faculty: It is a bonus to students if the faculty members instructing them have
 professional experience in the photography industry. Industry-experienced faculty can pass on real-world
 knowledge, inside tips and an array of other helpful information.

• Size of classes: Small class sizes help to create an environment that fosters focused instruction. Likewise,
 this often ensures that outside help is available when needed. In large classrooms students often lose their
 individuality and become just faces in a crowd.

• A solid history and good reputation: The photography schools you are researching should
 project a history that demonstrates success in helping students achieve success both in and out of the
 classroom. These schools should have established reputations in the photography field and should be
 recognized as quality institutions.


                                                        How to Prepare for Photography
                                                        School…
                                                        While You’re Still in High School:
                                                        It’s never too early to begin learning the skills and
                                                        knowledge necessary to pursue success in the field
                                                        of photography. You can build a strong foundation
                                                        in industry practices if you start preparing for
                                                        photography school during high school.




• Take relevant preparatory classes. If your high school offers photography classes of any kind, be sure
 to sign up for them. Also, classes that teach Photoshop and other similar digital editing programs are
 a great way to get experience manipulating images. Spend as much time using your school’s darkroom
 and industry technology as you can.

• Take as many pictures as possible. This one seems obvious, but you should take pictures in your free
 time as often as you can. Use a wide variety of subjects, experiment with different lighting and settings,
 and really let your creativity soar. By the time you get to photography school you want to have a firm
 grasp on photography methods and practices.

• Get involved. Being involved in multiple extracurricular activities, clubs and organizations, whether
 related to photography or not, is vitally important. They teach you important skills and help make you a
 well-rounded, diverse individual.

• Learn about the photography industry. Absorb information about the photography industry however
 you can. Read blogs, participate in forums, subscribe to newsletters, and research industry develop-
 ments. The more you know, the more prepared you’ll be to find the best photography school for you.

• Network in your area. Set up informational meetings with employees at some of the photography
 studios there are in your city. These people work in the industry, so they can be extremely valuable
 resources. Don’t forget that many photographers also work for newspapers, magazines and advertising
 agencies, so network with professionals in these capacities as well.
Select a Photography School That Can Help Prepare You for Career Opportunities
In addition to providing you with a dynamic and fundamentally sound educational experience, your photography
school of choice needs to equip you with resources that can help prepare you to pursue opportunities in the industry.
A quality photography school should provide you with:

    • An Experienced Career Services Department: A career services department should help students create
     resumes and portfolios, find employment opportunities in the photography field, and practice their interviewing
     skills. Its staff should have the resources available to link students with the school’s alumni network and other
     industry networks.

    • Networking connections: Credible photography schools need to have solid relationships with the studios,
     galleries, newspapers, magazines and advertising agencies in the area. These connections are often beneficial
     as students pursue possible internships and entry-level positions. A quality photography school also needs
     to keep students informed of the industry-relevant events in the area, because these make excellent
     networking opportunities.

            - Keep in mind: Location can influence the amount and quality of networking opportunities available for
              students. The size of a city and a school’s location within it are both important factors to consider.

    • Hands-on learning and on-location assignments: Learning in the classroom provides the building blocks of
     your education; however, having the chance to apply those skills in real-world settings is essential for
     becoming prepared to pursue success upon graduation. Students need to know how to use photography
     equipment and handle the challenges that arise while trying to take effective and compelling photographs in a
     variety of settings.



If you are passionate about a career in photography,
comparing quality photography schools is an
important step in the process. As you begin your
search, you will find schools that have the qualities
that fit your criteria. Keeping in mind the information
above can help you effectively narrow the field until
you have found the best photography school for you.

While local employment markets may vary, the
Bureau of Labor Statistics* has reported that
employment for photographers is expected to grow
12 percent at the national level from 2008 to 2018.
The growth of Internet publications may require
an increase in the number of commercial photog-
raphers needed, and the demand for portrait pho-
tographers is expected to increase as the popula-
tion grows. Now is the time to begin pursuing your
passion for photography. Take the first step to begin
searching for the right photography school for you.
About Brooks Institute

Whether you are interested in pursuing a photography degree or want to gain additional skills in film, graphic design
or visual journalism, students can find a program at Brooks Institute that meets their needs. The undergraduate
and master’s degree programs cater to students who are new to the fields of photography, film, graphic design and
visual journalism as well as those who seek new skills to advance an established career.

Brooks Institute’s multidisciplinary approach to education promotes collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity
to help students become technologically adept and visually sophisticated. The faculty of award-winning industry
professionals and academics help students discover their creative style as they grow toward becoming trained
professionals. At Brooks, students don’t just learn it. They live it.




Institute cannot guarantee employment or salary. Find disclosures on graduation
rates, student financial obligations and more at www.brooks.edu/disclosures.
* http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos264.htm
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