Many people who are ordinarily shy or nervous around others somehow find it easy to photograph them. Photographers create art or capture moments of news and history through their lenses. Adults interested in photography can earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in photography at several colleges in North Carolina.
Appalachian State: Art -- Or Business
Students at Appalachian State University in Boone have a choice if they choose to major in photography. They may choose to major in commercial photography, which would earn them a bachelor's degree in science. Students must take courses in business as well as photography editing, production and digital photography. Students may also choose to major in studio arts, with a concentration in photography, for a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. If students choose to go this route, they would take some drawing and foundational art classes, while art history and studio art electives would focus on photography.
East Carolina University
East Carolina University offers a photography concentration in their Bachelor of Fine Arts program. Students take courses in both digital and analog photography, learn about photographic equipment, layout, the wet process, lighting and other technical effects. In addition, students learn about the history of camera design, the history of photos and the role of photography within cultures. Students learn to take studio portraits as well as quick digital photos that may end up in a digital newspaper format. For students interested in pursuing a master's degree, East Carolina offers a master's degree in fine arts as well, with a student-designed concentration in photography.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, students are encouraged to apply for a bachelor's degree in fine arts with a specialization in photography. Students are required to take foundation courses in art and art history, and then take studio courses in their area of concentration. Seniors are required to do a senior exhibition before graduation. Upperclassmen may also apply for several prizes, awards and scholarships available to all fine arts majors in studio art at the university.
University of North Carolina at Asheville
At UNC Asheville, students also study in the Fine Arts Department, with a concentration in Photography. Students receive basic instruction in all of the fine arts -- painting, drawing, ceramics, printmaking, and sculpture, as well as photography -- and then study in their area of concentration. They must also take foundations of art and art history courses. Students also must prepare a senior exhibition in order to graduate, and are allowed up to three semesters of credit hours to prepare. Students receive individual studios to work at the beginning of their junior year.
- Appalachian State University: Programs of Study: Commercial Photography
- Appalachian State University: Programs of Study: Studio Art
- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Undergraduate Degree Options: Bachelor of Fine Arts
- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Prizes, Awards, and Scholarships
- University of North Carolina at Asheville: Bachelor of Fine Arts: Guidelines
Lori Garrett-Hatfield has a B.J. in Journalism from the University of Missouri. She has a Ph.D. in Adult Education from the University of Georgia. She has been working in the Education field since 1994, and has taught every grade level in the K-12 system, specializing in English education, and English as a Second Language education.