rgs wrote in post #16896256
I hold a degree in music. In my experience, those who wanted to minor in music got very little of the real academic meat of a music degree. They were mostly just involved in performances. I suspect the same will be true of photography. I also think an online degree is likely to miss the intense one on one instruction and interaction that make a fine arts degree (in music, photography, or any of the arts) unique. Hopefully those who have direct experience college photographic study will chime in with better advice than I have given, but I think I would not pursue an online photography minor. FWIW
Thanks - as for online versus campus learning, I'm an adult (48) student who works a full-time, Monday through Friday, 8 to 5 job. Universities here in Denver offering night programs geared toward students like me are non-existent except for University of Phoenix or a local school, Regis University. Going the online path is a better fit as it won't tie me to living here as moving onto a place where it does NOT snow is a goal. After living in Wisconsin for 14 years and almost two years here in Denver, I'll die a happy person if I never see snow (or cold) again.
PhotosGuy wrote in post #16896914
So you haven't started yet? I'm asking because you go on to say, " I'll finish my degree..."
Online courses, self-teaching, + this forum would work best for me since you have 4 years to do it in.
See the links in this: General Info
WHAT type of photography are you mainly interested in now?
Have you considered a minor in graphic arts?
Thanks, Frank. I've managed a mere 40 credits (over the past 25+ years) towards a Bachelor's degree and I'm finally getting serious about completing school. I know an undergrad minor in photography probably is a waste of time and money - it was just a thought.
As for the type of photography that interests me, that's a difficult question to answer right now. Kinda struggling with a creativity block - which is annoying. If I were living in NYC or San Francisco, I'd feel different. Colorado is great if you're a landscape photographer, which I'm not.
groundloop wrote in post #16897009
I totally agree with this. I've done online courses in other areas before and came away feeling kind of empty. Sure, doing an online course can be better than nothing, but IMO it just doesn't stack up to a classroom full of people who are interacting with the instructor, asking questions, and sharing knowledge.
I agree but no local university here offers their photography program for adult students like me. Hell, finding a school that offers more than just Business/IT/Liberal Arts degrees for working adult students is proving challenging.
Kronie wrote in post #16897065
If you spent four years on this board reading about cameras, lenses, lighting and the whatnot of photography you will gain just as much and possibly more than you will at any four year school. I dont think an online class would teach you anything that you couldn't get here for free. Although I have taken them just for fun...
Are you in school for fun? Because a degree in photography isn't going to get you far in the world. You could teach it with a masters if that was your plan. Do you aim to be a professional photographer, like for a living? If so I would get a business degree with a minor in marketing. This is what I have and now I am getting a masters in photography so I can teach.
I have a subscription to Scott Kelby's site and have watched some videos that really have help, along with a couple of classes from Bryan Peterson.
I'm in school to complete the degree, for two reason. First, getting the Bachelor's is a life goal accomplishment. Two, the degree will help me in the work place. Do I want to be a professional photographer? I don't know, again, age is a factor here.
Most of my already-earned college credits are in Business and going that route would be the least painful, as opposed to starting out in a completely different direction.
cory1848 wrote in post #16897293
I have a minor in Photography. Worth it? Sure, I think so. Gives you more than learning technical aspects. Some history involved and hands on studio projects. What makes it worth it? The classroom feedback from instructors and students. Student projects and collaboration. You won't get that with an online degree unfortunately.
What do you plan on getting out of it?
The obvious reason - obtaining formal education in photography. Yes, I can learn a lot from here but formal education adds that little bit of training that a self-taught photographer might fail to receive on their own. Additionally, formal education provides critiques from other professionals and opportunities to network, trying gain a foothold in the industry. Last night, I watched an interview on KelbyOne with Joe McNally - it was very interesting and enlightening. Maybe Joe wouldn't have been nearly as successful if he didn't have formal education and the connections built as a result of the degree.
Thanks everyone for the replies. Finishing school and getting the "piece of paper" is a priority - going for a BFA in Photography isn't smart, at least to me. Obtaining a degree in Business/Marketing/Communications seems more prudent. Additionally, right now, I'm nowhere near consistently good enough in photography to earn more than a few pennies from my shots.