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the best photography schools in the world??!!

Martin Jameson , Jan 31, 2005; 05:15 a.m.


the last two weeks I've been looking like crazy for a good photography school to make a bachelor and eventually a master degrees. it's so difficult to choose the right one, there are so many!! which one are the really good ones? rhodes island photography school or brooks institute of photography or the one in new york - or is it anyway better to study it in europe?? please help me.

thanks alot, roger


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Alec Holst , Jan 31, 2005; 06:54 a.m.

i've been doing the same thing, anyone been to Art Center in Pasadena, i heard it's better than brooks?

Ellis Vener , Jan 31, 2005; 10:37 a.m.

What kind of photography are you primarily interested in doing for the first few years once you have this degree-- weddings & portraits, photojournalism, "art", or commercial / advertising photography?

Not all photography programs at all schools have the same balance of interests.

Sabrina H. , Jan 31, 2005; 10:49 a.m.

R.I.T (Rochester Institute of Technology) in New York or SVA (School of Visual Arts) in New York; depending on your area of interest and your location.

Ellis Vener , Jan 31, 2005; 12:17 p.m.

Also consider doing a full summer internship at either the Maine photographic Workshops or the Santa Fe Workshops if you are willing to work hard but are unsure of what direction you wantto go in.

Keith Dunlop , Jan 31, 2005; 10:59 p.m.

Also make sure you do your homework in fully researching your school choices, especially ones that get the majority of their income from your Federal loans. Brooks Institute of Photography for example, is owned by Career Education Corporation which is currently under SEC investigation for fraud. This not to say that there is anything wrong with Brooks, but it's fashioned on the same career/technical school model that relies entirely on your Federal loan and saddles you with huge debt without any real guarantee of employment.

Chris Waller , Feb 01, 2005; 05:11 a.m.

I'd suggest you have a look at Speos in Paris, www.speos.fr, and peruse their prospectus.

Martin Jameson , Feb 02, 2005; 01:07 p.m.

thanks for all your responses,

I am doing mainly fine art photography, but want to have a great foundation education in photography, and a degree that could open doors (a school with good reputation, worldwide)

do you guys know the reputation of american schools compared to europeen ones?


matthias bruggmann , Feb 03, 2005; 12:25 p.m.

One of the best was Vevey, in Switzerland. Unfortunately, the (good) program has been closed down and replaced with a (very, very) bad one. One of the options over here is Lausanne (ECAL), which although competing is of an excellent level. You might want to have a look at Dusseldorf, in germany, or Kent's contemporary/visual arts program and the London College of Printing in GB.

if you'd like more details on what went on in Vevey, which I attended for 4 years before everything was destroyed through administrative stupidity, there's intel, some of it in French though, on http://www.fsphoto.ch

former students have their diploma work up on http://www.ou-t.ch

Frank Lemire , Feb 03, 2005; 05:52 p.m.

I dont know what the worldwide reputation is, but Concordia University in Montreal, Canada has both a BFA and an MFA program in fine art photography. The school is certainly well respected here in Canada, but in the end, its your portfolio that will make or break you, not the name of your school.

Cheers, Frank / BFA Concordia 1997.

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