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Photography Certification or Degree in Raleigh/Durham Area?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Cleo68, Jul 22, 2008.

  1. Cleo68


    Jul 7, 2008
    Bedford, MA
    I know this may sound unnecessary to some if not most folks at this forum, but I really want to obtain some type of formal education in photography. Although photographers get good at what they do through years of practice, I also want to have a physical piece of evidence that I have studied somewhere specifically in this field.

    I have a BA in English, an AS in Legal Administration, Web Development certification and PC certification. I took one photography course at NESOP (New England School of Photography) years ago and other courses here and there, but not on a consistent basis. Although I'm turning 40 Thursday :frown:, I want to have a note of formal education on my resume. Trouble is, I'm not finding any school that offers a photo degree/cert. in my area (Raleigh/Durham). Seems the closest place is Charlotte.

    I know some do the NYIP (NY Institute of Photography) online program. Is this method sought after by potential employers? Do they prefer hands-on educational background?

    I am happy to have the opportunity to work for some local photography companies, but feel that crucial educational element is missing. :confused: 

    Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks very much.
  2. Why? You'll just put yourself in more debt and you can learn most stuff from photo books. I'd just do a certificate program at a junior college and save yourself some money!
  3. DanWhite


    Jul 10, 2005
    Lansdale PA
  4. Cleo68


    Jul 7, 2008
    Bedford, MA
  5. latazyo


    Apr 23, 2008
    dang, you aren't kidding

    I just checked UNC and Duke and neither offer photography degrees
  6. Cleo68


    Jul 7, 2008
    Bedford, MA
    Yeah - what's up with that?!! :mad: 

    I was just at the PPA site and they seem to have a workshop in August, but if you didn't pay before June, it costs $700! And their affiliate school is an hour and a half away. :frown:
  7. Ruff Draft

    Ruff Draft

    Sep 2, 2007
  8. Cleo68


    Jul 7, 2008
    Bedford, MA
    Thanks - they certainly do have a lot of class options!

    What I find, though, is that if I'm not doing it hands-on, I'm easily distracted. It would really help me to get out of the house and to be learning with others. Unfortunately, I'm not finding that. I know there are clubs, but it's just not the same thing... :confused: 
  9. Cleo68


    Jul 7, 2008
    Bedford, MA
  10. Check with your local community colleges. I know here, Forsyth Tech. will have night courses a few times a month and they last a month or so and you can get a certificate from them. I went to a small one before (on digital printing - not to get a degree) and it was pretty nice. Community colleges should also have better prices.
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