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School of Design

Photography
Bachelor of Science

Creativity and business learning for the real world of commercial photography

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Bachelor of Science in Photography program offers a wide range of courses in the fundamental usage of industry tools, techniques and business practices which prepare students for entry into the field of commercial photography

Preparation for the real world.

Through coursework and applied learning, the curriculum emphasizes both the technical and aesthetic skills required to become a successful commercial photographer. Courses including composition, color theory, graphic design, art history, public relations, business practices and marketing create a strong foundation for students seeking practical and artistic training.

Students are exposed to commercial photography techniques in order to gain mastery for a broad range of photographic specialties. Examples include: studio lighting for food and products, location lighting for portraiture, digital workflow, image manipulation, and retouching. In the classroom and on location, students have access to the most up-to-date technology available to professionals working in the field. Students develop the technical and design skills necessary to create an individualized commercial photography portfolio in both print and digital formats.

For details about the curriculum, the complete course listing, specific program requirements and expected learning outcomes please refer to the Photography degree program in our College Catalog.

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Program Requirements - 120 credits, broken out into the following categories:

  • 93 credits - Program Requirements Courses
  • 27 credits - All College Curriculum and Other Required Courses

Here are some of the core courses you may be taking:

  • PX 102 - Photographic Image Capture and Manipulation I
  • PX 203 - Introduction to Studio and Environmental Lighting Techniques
  • PX 204 - Introduction to the Photography Marketplace and Business
  • PX 403 - Environmental and Landscape Photography
  • PX 404 - Video Capture and Editing

Life at Mount Ida

A desire to succeed defines us. An undeniable spirit unites us. Mount Ida is a diverse yet tight-knit community where passion is the norm and determination is contagious. Discover why our students are proud to call this campus home.

Here to teach, guide, cultivate and inspire.

As well-respected in their industries as they are in the classroom, Mount Ida’s instructors will expand your practical knowledge, challenge your thinking, and empower you to reach your potential.

To learn more about our faculty, please visit the Photography faculty directory.

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Faculty Spotlight

Brian Wilson

Photography Program Coordinator Assistant Professor

Prof. Brian Wilson comes to Mount Ida College with extensive, exciting real-world experience in photography. Throughout this career, he’s had the opportunity to work on movie sets, photograph Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, and to document the first simultaneous heart and lung transplant at Massachusetts General Hospital. He’s also worked in all aspects of the photography profession, with experience as a freelance photographer, institutional photographer, photo editor, photographer’s assistant, digital tech, and printer. “I understand what ...

Life at Mount Ida

A desire to succeed defines us. An undeniable spirit unites us. Mount Ida is a diverse yet tight-knit community where passion is the norm and determination is contagious. Discover why our students are proud to call this campus home.

Life after Graduation.

Graduates of our photography degree program have training for a variety of careers including:

  • Commercial photography
  • Wedding photography
  • Portrait photography
  • Architectural photography
  • Fashion photography
  • Advertising photography
  • Editorial photography
  • Documentary photography
  • Photojournalism
  • Photo technician

Life at Mount Ida

A desire to succeed defines us. An undeniable spirit unites us. Mount Ida is a diverse yet tight-knit community where passion is the norm and determination is contagious. Discover why our students are proud to call this campus home.

Admissions

We assign every prospective student a dedicated admissions counselor to guide them along every step of the applications process. Our no-fee applications are accepted on a rolling basis, so there’s no better time to apply. Learn more about the process in our Admissions & Aid section.

Tuition Fees and Aid

Tuition:

Resident Students, 2017-2018 tuition, fees, room & board (before aid is deducted) is $49,400.

Commuter Students, 2017-2018 tuition and fees (before aid is deducted) is $35,720.

Additional information regarding the breakdown of direct, indirect costs and program fees can be found by viewing the 2017-18 Billing Guide.

*Students enrolling in the Veterinary Technology, Design and Dental Programs (excluding Pre Dental Hygiene and Degree completion) should add $1,700 for expected program expenses.

Aid:
As part of our commitment to making college affordable, Mount Ida College has increased the aid we award from $12 million in 2012 to over $20 million in 2017. All new students entering in Fall 2018 are expected to receive some type of merit award, with most awards anticipated to be between $15,000 – $27,000 per year – and that’s before we award need-based aid. Visit here for more details about other costs and financial aid.

98%

of Mount Ida students 
receive some form of financial aid

Life at Mount Ida

A desire to succeed defines us. An undeniable spirit unites us. Mount Ida is a diverse yet tight-knit community where passion is the norm and determination is contagious. Discover why our students are proud to call this campus home.

We prepare photographers for the real world by merging creativity and business learning.
Brian Wilson

Photography Program Coordinator Assistant Professor

Photography in the School of Design