Online Photography Program Praised by Photo Magazine
American Photo on Campus gave Academy of Art University's online photography program high marks in
its October 2009 issue.
The magazine singled
out the program as the "only art school in the country to offer online programs for bachelor's,
master's, and associate's degrees in fine art, including photography."
It also notes the online program's accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and
Colleges, calling it "the ultimate step in legitimizing online education." The article goes on to
say that accreditation requires the online program to "create strong, cohesive classes that match
the quality of brick-and-mortarboard instruction." This includes a variety of interactive tools
such as articles, videos, class discussions, quizzes, shooting assignments, interaction with the
instructor and more, all focused on enabling students to create a professional-grade portfolio.
The program also provides great flexibility, as in the case of Academy of Art University
student Rachael Hacking, who was featured in the article. Rachael first began classes on campus in
San Francisco, and then moved to New York City. She continued her classes online, telling the
magazine, "I would have lost about a year's worth of credits if I had transferred."
Also benefiting from the program's flexibility are its instructors, who are offered a
reliable way to earn a living on a flexible schedule. The magazine quotes professor Jason Langer,
who was able to travel to London last December for the opening of his show at the Michael Hoppen
gallery, then return to his hotel room afterward to teach his students.
program has a considerable head start compared to other online schools, the article notes, quoting
Director of Online Photography, Ryan Baldwin: "We're at a good stage because the online
infrastructure is built, and we're focusing on refining what we've already created."