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07/24/2006 02:49:42 PM · #1
So....I've decided to go back to school this coming spring semester. I'm in the middle of taking a year off from KSU to figure out what I really want to do... I've decided that I am going to school for photography, I just havn't decided where yet. I'm looking at schools in all kinds of different places; California, Seattle, and even London.

I know for sure that I am going to have to move, which I am looking forward to. I was just looking for some input from you guys, if you know of a good school hit me up with a link so I can check it out. I am also checking to see if anyone here knows of a place that I could stay at for awhile while first starting school....because I have never lived outside of Kansas before. But I guess I won't be able to figure this out until I actually decide on which school I'm going to...

Anyways...I'm excited to actually go to school for what I want to really do with my life, instead of wasting time and money as a freaking business major.....ugh.

Caleb
07/24/2006 02:52:52 PM · #2
Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, California
07/24/2006 03:17:44 PM · #3
To: stare-at-the-sun. You are a wise man! If photography is in your blood, then by all means (including any sacrifice) go to school to study photography!
I often wonder what kind of success I could have had after high school, if I had chosen a quarter of a century ago to be a photographer instead of following conventional wisdom to get educated in a "real job" first so I could "support myself" while I was becoming a photographer.
I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Ed. (I think mostly because my Mom was a teacher.) I taught school early on (four out of the last 20 yrs.) After, floundering in multiple careers, I have come back to my "One True Love" of a career.
Let my testimony serve as a warning! It is tough being middle-aged with very little experience & very little pertinent education in your field and a bunch of regrets "in your backpack." Yet, I will not despair! The LORD has built great determination & persistence into my being! He certainly knew that I would need it! :)
07/24/2006 03:21:18 PM · #4
Try looking at places in Iceland. If you go this coming year you could end up in a class with Larus! :)
07/24/2006 03:28:41 PM · #5
I have done some re-search and here are a couple:

Brooks Institute
Rochester Institute of Technology
AIU London
Hallmark Institute of Photography (10 month program, really interesting)

I'll try to think of more

07/24/2006 03:29:24 PM · #6
Originally posted by Konador:

Try looking at places in Iceland. If you go this coming year you could end up in a class with Larus! :)


Isn't Iceland really expensive to live in?

Hmmmmm....I'll look into it...
07/24/2006 03:31:00 PM · #7
No idea, but its cool! :P
And you could make your rent etc by winning photo competitions with all the great landscapes :)
07/24/2006 03:45:53 PM · #8
Originally posted by stare_at_the_sun:

Originally posted by Konador:

Try looking at places in Iceland. If you go this coming year you could end up in a class with Larus! :)


Isn't Iceland really expensive to live in?

Hmmmmm....I'll look into it...


Yes its extremely expensive. I just talked to someone who came back from there a couple weeks ago. I didn't get many specifics except that a coke cost four dollars!
07/24/2006 03:47:58 PM · #9
Originally posted by stare_at_the_sun:

Originally posted by Konador:

Try looking at places in Iceland. If you go this coming year you could end up in a class with Larus! :)


Isn't Iceland really expensive to live in?

Hmmmmm....I'll look into it...


YES, it is expensive to live in. A D70s body costs about $1800 here. That's why I bought my gear from the web.

I don't know much about Icelandic photography schools but I think you will learn as much in the schools around you. I also don't know if they teach in English so you would maybe need to learn Icelandic.
07/24/2006 03:48:09 PM · #10
These are websites of Photography programs in the Philadelphia area:

Drexel University

University of the Arts

Tyler School of Art at Temple

Philadelphia Community College

Close to Kansas:

I have heard good things about the program at Columbia in Chicago.
07/24/2006 03:50:32 PM · #11
Originally posted by stare_at_the_sun:



Anyways...I'm excited to actually go to school for what I want to really do with my life, instead of wasting time and money as a freaking business major.....ugh.

Caleb


many many pro photographers I have spoken to laud the importance of business classes, after all, many photographer also run their own business.

You need to decide if you want to do photography in the form of a studio art, or in photojournalism.
The possibilities are endless man.

Many good universities offer a photography major and allow you to take a few outside classes. Schools that are well known for photojournalism include the listed brooks, syracuse, ohio university, san francisco state university, university of florida, university of missouri (journalism here is the best in the nation, it's not easy to get in),
western kentucky university.

if you want to do art photography many more schools offer this but some well known ones are Rhode Island school of design, RIT, Art Institute Chicago, U of Illinois (where I go, but do not study photography...the work some majors do is spectacular though), University of New Mexico is very good, School of Visual Arts (SVA, new york) the Pratt Institute, FIT (fashion institute of technology)...those ones stick out...um...many universities with a college of Fine Arts will offer a photo major.

I personally would stay away from the technical type schools (ie brooks, SVA, Pratt, FIT). these schools can help you get kick ass at photography, and many successful shooters have come from these places...however you can't study much else. It's also good to get a taste of other things.

I will be applying to Syracuse and Ohio University's master programs for photography. Hope this helped, and don't ditch the business classes entirely...you'll kick yourself later on bud.

also, about Columbia College in Chicago, you can do well there too...but I have also known people to say they won't hire people specifically because they got their degree from Columbia. Sometimes kinda looked at as a blow off school for lazy kids who think they wanna be artists. In the end the portfolio matters, and this doesn't apply to many people that go to Columbia....but it also doesn't have that reputation for no reason (I know at least 10 people that go there...and...the reputation is somewhat earned I can tell you that)

Message edited by author 2006-07-24 15:53:01.
07/24/2006 06:23:25 PM · #12
Has anyone heard anything about the 'scandal' revolving around Brooks and the unrealistic picture of the job market its admissions counselors were allegedly giving prospective students? I remember that the State of California was investigating them, and I think Brooks was operating under some kind of probationary status until the issue was resolved.

Here's the link to the site I originally heard about the scandal on //ddunleavy.typepad.com/the_big_picture/2005/07/investigation_c.html.

Anyone have any new info?

Andris

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