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Old 09-18-2007, 03:52 PM #1
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Photography Colleges

I know there is a thread on this way back but I've been doing some research lately and it's pretty much crunch time right now. I'm a senior in highschool, live in New Jersey(Central), and I'm looking for some photography colleges.

It'd be cool to have everyone chime in on what they've heard or experianced about different schools, whether they're in my area or not. My original plan was to "go to California", but right now it's seeming pretty naive since I haven't done much research.

I've been looking at SVA, RIT, Parsons, FIT, but outside that, anyone know of any other good ones or have any experiences to share about any?

I've tried looking for sites which review colleges, some are alright, but I haven't really found any definitive source.

I don't really have a fortune to spend, which brings me to my next question: are there any notable scholarships that I could possibly get through photography?

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Old 09-18-2007, 03:59 PM #2
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Sorry, but if I looked at your portfolio as a admissions counselor, I'd burn it.
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Old 09-18-2007, 04:03 PM #3
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Sorry, but if I looked at your portfolio as a admissions counselor, I'd burn it.
I disagree completely. While these aren't necessarily up to our ST P standards, they are quite up to par with under-grad work for most colleges.

However, I wouldn't suggest majoring in photo, unless it's photo-journo or similar, as it's not a diploma that can get you much, I'd personally major in something else you enjoy (or something boring like business) and minor in photo if you still want.
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Old 09-18-2007, 04:03 PM #4
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You don't need a good portfolio to major in photography. Anyway, most colleges you look at will be private and thus expensive. To be honest you won't be getting any scholarships with your portfolio, but as I said you don't need a good portfolio to major in photography. Many public universities offer photography, but their programs will certainly not be as strong as RIT or Syracuse. I would look for a public school in NJ that offers it. Rutgers maybe?
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Old 09-18-2007, 04:11 PM #5
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How many of you guys looked beyond the first page of his flickr before making judgment on it? I think there's really some rather strong portraits in there.

Anyway, take a look at Hallmark maybe. Tution's about $50,00, but it's only a 1 year program.
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Old 09-18-2007, 04:12 PM #6
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Colleges tend to be much cheaper in CA than elsewhere in the country, since we spend all our tax money on colleges and none on K-12. Our K-12 schools suck, but we have cheap colleges. -_-

Last year in photo class a rep from Brookes Institute of Photography came to class and tried to recruit us. Apparently they emphasize the business of photography as much as the photography itself. That's useful if you don't want to be a starving photograher your entire life. You might want to look into that college.

The CollegeBoard has pretty good profiles of schools. Have you looked at that? Find colleges that interest you, and do a tour.
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Old 09-18-2007, 04:14 PM #7
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I did. And either way you have to have an incredibly dazzling portfolio or have lived through a genocide to even consider getting a partial scholarship. As I said, college is expensive there's no denying that. So look for a state school (in state=cheaper) or find a different major.
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Old 09-18-2007, 04:39 PM #8
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I enjoyed looking at your flicker and smugmug site. I agree with the people here that have suggested you major in something else like business and minor in photography. While you might learn more about photography by majoring in it, a degree in photography is almost worthless. Unlike a lot of jobs, getting a job in photography depends on actual work (ie portfolio) not just a piece of paper that says you can do it (ie degree).

On the other hand, a Business degree can help you with your photography becuase it gives you the skills needed to run a business, something a lot of photographers lack. IMO, it's easier to be a successful mediocre photographer with good business sense than to be successful as a great photographer with no business skills.

Plus, a business degree can help you land a pretty good paying job while you continue to develop your photography skills. Which you'll need becuase photography is an expensive endeavor.
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Old 09-18-2007, 04:53 PM #9
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I know there is a thread on this way back but I've been doing some research lately and it's pretty much crunch time right now. I'm a senior in highschool, live in New Jersey(Central), and I'm looking for some photography colleges.

It'd be cool to have everyone chime in on what they've heard or experianced about different schools, whether they're in my area or not. My original plan was to "go to California", but right now it's seeming pretty naive since I haven't done much research.

I've been looking at SVA, RIT, Parsons, FIT, but outside that, anyone know of any other good ones or have any experiences to share about any?

I've tried looking for sites which review colleges, some are alright, but I haven't really found any definitive source.

I don't really have a fortune to spend, which brings me to my next question: are there any notable scholarships that I could possibly get through photography?

This is a flickr stream of my more recent shots

http://www.flickr.com/photos/fsalazarphoto

and my old is in my sig.

thanks
Based on the photography college graduates I know and their portfolios, I would only consider applying to a photography program if there was no more space left at the local clown college
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Old 09-18-2007, 05:08 PM #10
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Old 09-18-2007, 08:20 PM #11
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Well thanks for the info so far, I'll consider the business side because I know that is important.

Ultimately my goal is to be doing photography as a profession pretty soon in life. I would like to improve any skills (or supposed lack of any skill), so hopefully I can figure it out.
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Old 09-18-2007, 08:23 PM #12
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Old 09-18-2007, 11:22 PM #13
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i am in kind of the same position right now. right now i am going to a traditional four year college majoring in business, roanoke college in salem va. i mean i would make a fine accountant but it is not for me.

the only diffrence is that i have an established assisting/second shooting job with a leading wedding photography company in washington dc, freed photography. i have been working for them for about a year and a half and they like me a lot, i am one of their most requested assistants. right now i am considering applying for a transfer to the corcoran college of art and design in washington dc.

i guess what i am saying is that there other options besides going to a school for business. it is all about who you know and getting a job with a good company. contact a few wedding photography companies or quality studios in your area and just ask if they need an assistant to do some of the menial tasks that nobody wants to do. get your foot in the door.
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Old 09-18-2007, 11:37 PM #14
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Isn't Freed's studio in Bethesda? That's where I live... Small world.
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Old 09-18-2007, 11:43 PM #15
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yea, i went there almost every day from annapolis, 495 traffic , though you wouldnt belive how much fun it is at 130 on a saturday night after an event. doing 120 down onto the 50 east bound off ramp will wake you right up

great company though i am really hoping to have a carrier there, and they couldnt be more supportive
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Old 09-18-2007, 11:49 PM #16
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If they're ever looking for another studio grunt let me know... That is about a 15 minute walk from my house.
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Old 09-19-2007, 12:05 AM #17
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I live in Bethesda too...haha. Let me know how the studio grunting goes.
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Old 09-21-2007, 08:13 PM #18
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i thought some of your pictures were good. but you wouldnt be getting a scholorship. im actually a junior in high school, and was looking at the same thing. however, my grades suck
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Old 09-25-2007, 10:46 AM #19
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if nothing else work im going to ccm to bump my high school grades up and im minoring in photography they have a great photography program definetely not as a major but if you want to really grow they do a great job of helping you
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Old 09-25-2007, 12:37 PM #20
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Old 09-26-2007, 09:57 PM #21
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wow, i give Nerve05 an A for being a complete dick. That like bro i wanna learn how to swim, you suck fall off your raft and drown. About the college streetspirit, i hear nothin but good ****ing things about RIT, one of my good friends who teaches at the college here taught at RIT for 16 years and her husband 20 years, they ****ing just rave and rave about it, im thinking about going there myself, you can do such things as go up to the equipment cage and check out a damn HassleBad or whatever else you need because those companies practically bulk donate equipment to them.

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