Just wonder in todays world with all the electronic gizmos that take pictures so everyone can be a photographer, what has changed to make a degree worth the money spent. I saw a yahoo answer of "you don't need a degree, just take a local community college course or two and start learning", this was the high rated answer for that question. In my mind when photography started you needed to "know" a lot more to take a picture. Now with program mode on all cameras made today its not as important to know the basics of how a camera works. Its also not as costly to make a bad picture, just hit the delete button and start over, before you had to wait until your negatives came back to know if that shot was a keeper or not. By then some had forgotten what settings were used and never learned from the mistake to repeat the process of buying film and getting it developed to find they wasted money again.
I do think everyone needs to take some form of training in photography to get better. I find that I get stuck in a rut of what I like to do but when a situation comes up that I don't like, I don't think outside the box for a better solution to the problem. Then I don't use all my resources to make something really creative out of something I thought would turn out bad. Some people have a gift of composition and might not need this but might lack in say lighting just as an example. Some might have all this but lack in post processing. I see this kinda like golf, people might excel in one area but weak in others, whats the point if you can hit the ball to the green in one shot but takes you ten more to put it in the hole.
What brings me to ask the question, from time to time I have spare time on my hands that I could put towards possibly an online degree program. I would prefer some program that I could get a bachelors degree that is nationally recongnized. I know that probably any online training could do but know I might not put forth the effort just for a certificate. What might make this difficult for me is the oportunity to actually take photos but then again I might have to get creative of the subjects I normally would not photgraph (I am in a country where I live and work in a limited area, to go outside this small area puts you in harms way...tire fires, IAD's and the risk of bodily harm increase significantly). This might make great photojournalism photography but I am not allowed to be or around this and I will get in trouble for even photographing this type of activity (an agreement made by the US to the nation I am in).
I figured I would see what the norm is for today, what programs have really helped you to improve. Are there any 4 year online degree programs that really stick out as excellent, I would love to hear about it.