A&P What's considered the most prestigious photo school?

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  1. aCab

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    Brooks? RIT? I really like the fact that RIT is an actual College/University that has a lot of other, non-art related degrees.

    If I can find the right program, get in, and get a scholarship, I may just bite.

    Ideas?
     
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    :eek3: how much? I heard it snows there though. not really a fan of snow.
     
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    hurleyint1386 Someone has sand in their vagina

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    then you're going to hate RIT haha
     
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    I could make a compromise.
     
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    fixed.
     
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    hurleyint1386 Someone has sand in their vagina

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    How old are you? I'm just curious.



    (at the age of 22, being poor and having bad grades for the most part, unfortunately I don't think RIT will be in my future :hs: so instead, I'm sitting here at the RIT campus working on homework from another school wishing I went here)
     
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    20, almost 21. My grades are decent, i have over a 3.0. I could pay for some, but thats why the scholarship piece is key to me going to photo school.
     
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    hurleyint1386 Someone has sand in their vagina

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    I talked to a friend who is here for Computer Science and he said everyone gets a minimum of 20% and a maximum of 40% of easy scholarships.
     
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    What about merit/skill based?
     
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    hurleyint1386 Someone has sand in their vagina

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    That I'm not sure about, because with Computer Science, there is no portfolio or anything really. But financial AID will help out a lot, too.
     
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    I'm just trying to figure out my options after i get my undergrad. Do you know anyone there in the RIT master's program?

    I hate that I'm thinking about going to one of the places (photo school in general) that I shit talk the most. I don't want to be grouped with "those" photographers - I've always prided myself in not having any formal training. :o
     
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    I know people there for masters in CS, but not Photo.
     
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    SCAD? my friend goes there =/ idk
     
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    I couldn't really see a school dedicated just to photography doing you a ton of good.

    With photography it's all about trial and error / experimenting.

    The only thing school might be good for is learning better post-production.
     
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    A photography degree from a good school like Brooks gives you way more than you ever could get on your own by trial and error. They teach you how to make a business and career out of it, not just take good photos. Not to mention the networking you get from going to a good school.
     
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    That's why I'm wanting to go. I'm a decent photographer, but the networking can't be learned.
     
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    I work at the Art Institute of Philadelphia.

    Overall, the school is fair/decent, but the photography program is really fucking good. The director is a guy like us, except he has a damn near unlimited equipment budget and b&h on speed dial. Pretty much every quarter he orders all brand new equipment, computers and printers for the labs. Right now we're working on getting a lab with Mac Pro 3.2's and Wacom Cintiq's, just because he thinks it's about time the photo students stopped using mice...

    There are a ton of really good instructors and working professionals in the field too, with specialists most pro photog fields.

    There's no Masters programs, the school is still working on the accreditation needed to be able to offer one, so right now it's bachelors or associates.

    Anyone that says you don't need an education in the field you want to make a living in is lying to you. Everyone needs to get better at what they do. You might not *need* to learn in college, but you need to learn. College is a sure thing in that regard, and again, lets not underestimate the networking component... Hell, I have my first solo photography exhibit in February, largely due to a connection I have here at school...

    I often sit in on classes here at the school, just because I want to learn, and i'm glad i'm doing it. My abilities have grown exponentially since I started, and I thought I was pretty decent before....
     
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    Jared, hook me up with a full ride scholarship? :x:
    I'm looking at something after I complete my current undergrad in business.
     
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    I can't really see how a mixture of trial and error and apprenticeship would be any less. Sure you might learn it by the book but as we all know that's not necessarily the best way to do things.

    I run a very successful IT management company and have never been to business school. I made use of my contacts which lead to more and more referrals and the work keeps flowing in. The networking from school is a plus if you stay in the area. I can see the networking helping me much more here in my fifth semester of law school.

    Either way IMO I just really can't see photography school being immensely useful.

    From my understanding, talking to many professional photogs, the hardest part is definitely the business aspect.

    Also these incredibly "prestigious" photography schools usually leave most with a huge lump of debt. Does the phrase "photography is a great career...if you keep your day job" still hold true? I'd say it does...

    Out of the many photographers there are only a select few that are making decent money at it.

    Edit: I could probably use JColman as an example as to someone who appears to know business (from his posts) and how he just recently got into photography but is more successful at it than most of OTAP.
     

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