Continue Your Education Free with MIT Online Photography Courses

“The idea is simple: to publish all of our course materials online and make them widely available to everyone.”

Dick K.P. Yue, Professor, MIT School of Engineering

Unlocking Knowledge

MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity.

Currently materials from twelve courses are available to the public, including ‘Photography and Truth’, ‘Documentary Photography and Photojournalism: Still Images of a World in Motion’, ‘Sensing Place: Photography as Inquiry and Introduction to Photography‘.

Two further courses, ‘Strobe Project Laboratory’ and ‘Computational Camera and Photography’ have been prepared and will be added to the list shortly.

Luke Freedman Phelan, a department liaison for OCW, told DPReview “MIT launched OCW in 2002, and since that time we have published material from over 2200 MIT courses. All our content is freely accessible and made available under a Creative Commons license. We average close to 3 million unique visitors per month. OCW is a publisher of course materials, but you cannot receive credit, a degree, or certificate upon completion of OCW materials. Similarly, OCW has no registration or enrollment option, and we do not provide interaction or direct contact with MIT faculty, staff, or students.”

The amount of material made available for each course varies, but most include reading lists, lesson guidance, assignments and projects, as well as an explanation of what students should hope to achieve by doing the course. Others include exam questions, video lectures and galleries of images taken by students who completed the course at MIT.

To see the list of photography courses go to the course selection page.


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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Mary Dumouchel says:

    Wow, detailed and amazing! Thank you for sharing!

    I would agree that getting out of auto functions ASAP is a must for beginner photographers. Unfortunetaly there are so much free content which is gold, but really hard to find everything in one place needed for starters. However i am happy with my progress, even though it took me too long get to know all the basics.

    However, as i have mentioned, sometimes we just have to not be afraid of paying for a good teacher, someone who helps or even a photography course. It depends on how much you can spend on it. A lot to pay doesnt mean you will get what you wanted to get from a high priced lessons. Basics shouldnt cost much for starters, you can search for the lessons in the local photographers studio or even find what you need on the internet.

    To sum up, i can only say that i am glad someone is taking a photo camera in their hands and going out to search for those small details that fulfills our lifes being in that “moment” and i glad i picked up mine and finally started. I am originally from France and it means a lot for me! This helped me a lot to find the information in one place i needed to get better at basics, which is one of the most important things…


    1. Thank you for taking the time to write and also for reading the article.


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