Originally Posted by boso
Any of you go/gone to school for photo? I'm finishing up my undergrad with a degree I regret and wasn't happy with and am thinking about applying to a couple of graduate programs for next year.
I did a couple of undergrad units in B&W photography though the design school connected to the Uni where I did my Communications degree. It was all workshop/practical based. I was lucky the lecturers were established professional art based photographers who were held in high standing and represented in the NSWAG and the NGA. I learnt a lot about process but most importantly about images and framing. They were focused entirely on the image how you get it, what are you trying to say with it and composition and aesthetics from a practical image making process, didn't do much theory.
Ten years later I did a Masters in Visual Anthropology and that was primarily focused on the 'image' and the theory was post visual turn, images are not texts. I found it stimulating and still use some of the theory and ideas. Was lucky with the lecturers as they were both recognised as being leaders both from a visual and theory perspective in the discipline of Visual Anthropology. Did a fair bit of digital film making and photography as part of the coursework.
Guess it depends on the focus of the school, e.g. are they studio based or street art focused and what sort of theoretical ideas their pushing. Most importantly the quality of the staff, what are their skill sets and standing in both the academic and art community. Overall what you want to get out of the program and how it will advance your skills. I taught digital photography to first year media students in 1998 we all used a Sony Digital Mavica MVC-FD51 with a floppy disc inserted. (shudders)