Question by xx_saintjamie_xx: Top photography schools?
I’m really interested in photography and I was wondering what some of the top universities/colleges for photography are.
Answer by scrybbla
University of Davis – California, Near Sacramento – has an excellent photography department staffed by many respected and acknoledged artists.
Brooks institute of Photography – California – i hear is decent i
personally know a few graduates that have become very successful hollywood photographers.
California College Of the Arts (and Craft) – is an arts college with a branch in SF and in Oakland. has a well staffed, well equipt, up to date photography department.
These are a few. there are meny more in northern california.
i attend a Community College and have taken classes at universities. From experiance, i can tell you the while the comm. coll. has less equiptment, it hires retiring professional photographers that have produced world recognized photography and artwork, movie posters, and hollywood movies.
my advice is to put importance on who is teaching the classes and not on the equiptment the college provides to students (which is all you get at a top art school). digital photography requires very little equiptment and most school have a color processer and a B/W lab. so when you go looking at schools you should ask what the teachers have done before they came to teach.
remember once you know the technical aspect you have to develope your eye by practicing your craft. This can not be taught. and is usually done mostly on your own time. So as an artist you do not need an expensive school. i suggest you save your money and start at a community coll. or regular university that has a photography department. learn the basics, develop your eye, and then go to a good trade school to form contacts and develope your skills.
For a good arts school to accept you, you will need to provide a portfolio. And haveing some cheap, basic operational and technical classes on your record will help show your are serious. going through a community coll. gives you a cheap way to develop a good body of work that has been critisized and guided, and develope the neccessary skills to jump right into a good school and get your moneys worth.
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