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Online Photography Degree Bachelor's in Digital Photography

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Register By: May 04 Classes Start: May 06

Earn a Photography Degree Online

  • $330/credit (120 credits)
  • Transfer up to 90 credits
  • 100% online instruction
  • Work with professional photographers
  • Learn essential business skills
  • No application fee or SAT/ACT scores required

Online Photography Degree Program Overview

Kick-start your career in the arts or blaze a new professional trail with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Digital Photography from Southern New Hampshire University. The online bachelor's program provides a strong footing in the technical skills of digital camera operation, lighting and post-production image editing while refining your visual literacy and providing you with a foundation in the humanities – all at a fraction of the cost of comparable programs.

In addition to a solid grounding in the liberal arts, this unique online photography degree also delves into the business, social media and brand-building aspects of the profession to help you differentiate yourself in a competitive marketplace. Throughout the program, you'll also develop a professional portfolio for both career advancement and personal fulfillment.

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What You'll Learn

  • Digital camera operation
  • Lighting equipment use and techniques
  • Post-production editing
  • Legal, marketing and entrepreneurial aspects of photography

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How You'll Learn

At SNHU, you'll get support from day 1 to graduation and beyond. And with no set class times, 24/7 access to the online classroom, and helpful learning resources along the way, you'll have everything you need to reach your goals.

Career Outlook

Have you dreamed of assisting major photographers on a fashion editorial – or even photographing it yourself someday? Or maybe you see a future photographing the covers of leading food magazines or becoming a renowned wedding photographer in your area. Whatever your goals are, the bachelor's in digital photography can help prepare you for a variety of professional opportunities.

Once you complete the online bachelor's in digital photography program, you'll have a skill set directly applicable to a number of roles, including:

Portrait Photographer

Capture individual subjects  or groups at their best for special occasions, business head shots or keepsakes.

Commercial Photographer

Help small businesses or large corporations market their products to customers with high-quality photos.

News Photographer

Tell stories for news outlets – including newspapers, journals, magazines and television – as a photojournalist. 

Eventually, your work experiences as a photographer could lead you down other creative paths. After cultivating professional connections, acquiring new skills and exploring your passions, you might pursue positions like:

Art Director

Create a cohesive look and feel for magazines, photo shoots, products, campaigns and even movies. 

Graphic Designer

Lay out photos and copy, create digital images and use color and typography to bring ideas to life.

Video Editor

Shoot and edit video for a variety of industries. Your background in photography can give you a great start.

While earning your online photography degree already gives you a competitive advantage in the job market, the best candidates have multiple talents and related skills such as picture editing and capturing digital video. For specialties like photojournalism and industrial and scientific photography, a bachelor's degree is often a must.

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At SNHU, we trust your artistry can take you far, but we also know your creative skills as a photographer are just the tip of the iceberg. Many career photographers are self-employed – freelancing or even owning their own businesses – which comes with additional responsibilities.

"Photographers today often are hired on a contract basis and it is essential that they are educated in the successful creation, marketing and running of a photography business," said Sloan Kelly, associate dean of fine and applied arts at SNHU.

Learn more about how to become a professional photographer.

Job Growth and Salary

Self-employment makes up the majority of those employed as photographers – and it is projected to grow. The demand for portrait photographers will remain strong, and corporations continue to require the services of commercial photographers to develop compelling advertisements to sell products.1

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Job Growth

The demand for photographers is projected to grow 4% through 2032. About 13,900 openings for photographers are projected each year over the decade.1

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In 2022, the median annual salary was $105,180 for art directors, $57,990 for graphic designers and $62,420 for film and video editors.1

Understanding the Numbers
When reviewing job growth and salary information, it’s important to remember that actual numbers can vary due to many different factors — like years of experience in the role, industry of employment, geographic location, worker skill and economic conditions. Cited projections do not guarantee actual salary or job growth.

Start Your Journey Toward an Online Digital Photography Degree

Turn Your Passion into a Profession

Colleen VandenbergColleen Vandenberg, photography faculty at SNHU.

"Earning your online degree at SNHU will afford you the opportunity to lay the foundation of being an expert in your craft, and have a deeper understanding of professional photography."

Courses & Curriculum

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Taught by industry-leading faculty, the online bachelor's degree in digital photography is a great program for anyone looking to develop a strong grasp of the theory, practice and history of photography. With 36 free electives, the bachelor's in digital photography is a transfer-friendly program that allows you to pursue other academic interests alongside photography, like marketing, communication or graphic design.

While learning the technical aspects of photography, you'll also enjoy a robust feedback process to enrich your learning experience. These critiques will be invaluable as you develop and curate your professional photography portfolio. In fact, the digital photography program culminates with a course dedicated to polishing your portfolio, providing you the opportunity to showcase your professional work. With the creation of both digital and print portfolios, you'll establish a branded identity as a working professional and artist.

"The courses challenged me to be creative," said Susana Ellis '20. "Each class was fun and engaging with great insight from teachers."

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"By learning how to manually control their camera, and harness the power of aperture and shutter speed, students can create images with intention," said Colleen Vandenberg, photography faculty at SNHU. "With a strong foundation of technical skills, the student will become free to push creative boundaries."

"The classes have pushed my boundaries and allowed me to grow my skill set," said Saryn Christina '21. "I have gained a lot of self-confidence and knowledge," which she adds will lead to many new opportunities in the future.

Curriculum Requirements & Resources

General Education

All undergraduate students are required to take general education courses, which are part of SNHU's newly redesigned program, The Commons. The goal of The Commons' curriculum is to empower you with some of the most in-demand skills, so you can succeed not only in your academic career, but in your personal and professional life too.

Technology Resources

We provide cloud-based virtual environments in some courses to give you access to the technology you need for your degree – and your career. Learn more about our virtual environments.

Earn Math Credits

Save time and tuition with our Pathways to Math Success assessments. Depending on your scores, you could earn up to 12 math credits – the equivalent of 4 courses – toward your degree for less than $50 per assessment. For additional information, or to register for a Pathways to Math Success assessment, contact your admission counselor or academic advisor today.

University Accreditation

New England Commission of Higher Education Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.

Tuition & Fees

As a private, nonprofit university, we’re committed to making college more accessible by making it more affordable. That’s why we offer some of the lowest online tuition rates in the nation.

We also offer financial aid packages to those who qualify, plus a 30% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.

Online Undergraduate Programs Per Course Per Credit Hour Annual Cost for 30 credits 
Degree/Certificates $990 $330 $9,900
Degree/Certificates (U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty)* $693 $231 $6,930

Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually. *Note: students receiving this rate are not eligible for additional discounts.

Additional Costs No Application Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)

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