Dan Woodlief , Aug 22, 1999; 01:50 p.m.
It depends on what type of class you are talking about. Durham Tech has two photography courses. One is at a satellite location and is supposed to be very very basic. The one at the campus ranges from fairly basic to more advanced. The class is always different, so there are a few people who have taken it 3 times or more. I took it four times and might take another one this Fall. They had a local commercial photographer teaching it until two sessions ago. The guy teaching it now is Steven Paul Whitsitt. He is an excellent people photographer and has a studio at his home in Chapel Hill. He is a graduate of the Brooks Institute, as was the previous teacher. This one tends to be into very creative people photography but is getting more and more into nature photography too. He did a lot of work with professional musicians when he lived in California and worked for a while as Michael Jackson's personal photographer. This Fall, he plans to have a very basic course starting the school year and then a more advanced class. The courses run about 8 weeks, once per week, and the cost is around $40. The school only has one enlarger, so we haven't included darkroom work so far. However, I did do some with him personally one day offsite. The teachers have tended to give lots of personal attention in these classes.
You may also be interested in Duke (hard to recommend as a UNC grad). They have a course called mindful photography, taught by a psychologist/amateur photographer. It is geared toward being more creative with your photography and costs about $100. They also have recently advertised a course on hand coloring photos.
Alamance Community College also has a basic course, but that is probably too far away for you.
Please e-mail me if you want more details. I can give you Steve's number too if you want to give him a call.