Photography Schools in San Antonio with Course Descriptions

Oct 20, 2021

San Antonio Schools with Photography Programs

This article looks at two schools, neither more than 5 miles from downtown San Antonio, that offer photography degrees at the undergraduate level. There is a table of important stats about the schools below followed by details about the institutions' programs. At the end of the article is the name of one other school, farther from the city, that offers a photography program.

  • Less than three miles from downtown, San Antonio College has an option when seeking photography courses in San Antonio. This 2-year school offers an associate's degree in communication design.
  • The Department of Art at the University of the Incarnate Word has a bachelor's degree program in photography. This university is only five miles from downtown San Antonio.

Comparison of Schools

Individuals who are looking for a school need to consider many factors. This table presents information that can help them make an informed decision regarding their education.

San Antonio College University of the Incarnate Word
School Type 2-year; public 4-year university; private not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2019) 19,499* 8,175*
Campus Setting Large city Large city
Tuition & Fees (2019-2020) $3,030 for in-district; $6,690 for in-state; $14,220 for out-of-state* $32,576*
% of First-Year, Full-Time Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2018-2019) 78%* 99%*
Acceptance Rate (2019) N/A - Open admissions* 94%*
Retention Rate (2018-2019) 67% for full-time students; 39% for part-time students* 73% for full-time students; 33% for part-time students*
Graduation Rate 26% (for students who began studies Fall 2016)* 51% (for students who began studies Fall 2013)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

San Antonio College

While this school does not offer a specific program in photography, its associate's degree program in communication design contains relevant courses. Students in this program can receive instruction in various digital media and design arts.

Associate of Applied Science in Communication Design

This 60-credit-hour associate's degree program is designed for students who're interested in aspects of digital media such as photography and digital art. Coursework is designed to be transferable to a four-year program at another school. Students are required to take a variety of general education courses, as well as classes in digital imaging, visual design, computer illustration and drawing.

University of the Incarnate Word

Various exhibits from around the country visit this Roman Catholic school's art gallery. Students have the opportunity to tour these exhibits and to study the work of professional photographers.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography

In this degree program, students complete a photography core, classes in art history, advanced photography courses, and several business-related classes. Some of the courses offered include documentary photography, the history of photography and photography design. Additionally, students can minor in photography.

Other School Options

Although it is about 45 miles from San Antonio, Texas State University - San Marcos offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program in photography.

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