Free Online Photography Courses from Top Universities

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Top universities, like Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Open University, offer free online photography courses. These courses give students the opportunity to learn about the photographic image and how it can be applied in today's world.
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Free Photography Courses

Free photography courses are available from the universities listed below. Each course provides downloadable resources for students to learn about the field of photography.


MIT offers two online photography courses through its OpenCourseWare platform. The First Year course encourages students to learn how to use photographs as a storytelling tool. The course is taught by Keith McCluskey, Senior Director of Online Strategy for Harvard Law School, who formerly worked as a Faculty Liaison for MIT OpenCourseWare to the School of Architecture and Planning. Students are offered a bibliography of the books used in the course, on topics including light, detail and poetics.

The Photography and Related Media course is a lecture-based course with class components including oral presentations and class projects. Students will be given critiques based on their work.

Open University

This photography course focuses on family photos. Students learn how to interpret pictorial sources. The course is offered in sections online, with topics like camera culture and portraits in the open air. It can be accessed in its entirety in an eBook format.

Free Online Photography Courses At a Glance

Course & School Program Level Format Assignments Quizzes & Exams Downloadable
Stories Without Words: Photographing the First Year course from MIT Undergraduate Text Yes No Yes
Photography and Related Media course from MIT Graduate Projects and examples No No Yes
Picturing the Family course from Open University Undergraduate/introductory Text and images No No Yes

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