About NESOP

Our Mission

NESOP exists to meet the increasing demand for more qualified photographic media professionals working in all areas of the photographic, media and imaging industries. Since 1968, we've been helping our students discover and refine their personal visions—and begin exciting careers in all areas of photography. We focus exclusively on photography and its applications in multimedia, providing practical, technical photographic and business training while nurturing your creative development. It is the mission of the school to produce highly skilled, creative and professional craftspeople in the art of visual communications. If it is your goal to become a working, professional photographer, NESOP is the place to start.

What You Can Expect

Inspiring Faculty

 who are also accomplished, working professional photographers, representing all major areas of the industry

Passionate Students

A diverse student body, passionate about learning all aspects of photography in small-class sizes

Advanced Facilities

Access to industry standard equipment like private studios and extensive digital imaging labs

Tight-Knit Community

An invaluable network of photographers, industry relationships and career services dedicated to giving you a head-start for the industry

A Comprehensive Education with Professional Results

NESOP is the school for those serious about pursuing a career in photography. Our intensive Professional Photography Program is sixty weeks of lecture, hands-on instruction and active lab time spread over two academic years. Our graduates attest that it is the ideal timeframe to gain a mastery of the technical and business skills required to succeed as a professional photographer, develop a distinct, identifiable style and achieve visual problem-solving expertise that brings value to the industry and their clients. At NESOP, you find:

  • Students who are passionate about learning all aspects of photography
  • Inspiring faculty, who are also accomplished, working, professional photographers
  • Extensive facilities outfitted with modern, industry-standard equipment
  • Small class sizes and a diverse student body
  • The excitement of studying in Boston, a dynamic, yet manageable city full of resources and opportunities
  • An invaluable network of photographers, industry relationships and student and alumni services dedicated to giving you a head-start in the industry

The Location

NESOP's Boston Location Brings Opportunities and Resources

NESOP is located in Boston’s Kenmore Square. A dynamic urban hub, Kenmore Square offers the benefits of a vibrant metropolitan location to students seeking a well-rounded educational experience. Here, you’ll find access to countless resources—from world-class museums, libraries and galleries to a thriving arts and music scene. The legendary Fenway Park—home of the Boston Red Sox—is right around the corner. Nearby, you’ll find Lansdowne Street, one of Boston’s best-known nightlife districts, the home of dozens of clubs and restaurants, and a popular destination for area college students. At NESOP, the best of Boston is close by. From here, you can explore the limitless shooting opportunities offered throughout the diverse areas of New England.

Boston has a strong photographic community, and as a NESOP student, you’ll quickly become part of it. NESOP is well connected to Boston’s thriving photography, academic and business communities. These connections provide a wealth of invaluable resources and real-world experiences to NESOP students.

The Location

Facilities & Equipment

Advanced Facilities--Designed to Enable Exceptional Levels of Learning

NESOP provides approximately 12,000 square feet of facilities set in a convenient Boston location. Our faciltiies offer open bay and private studios, extensive digital imaging classrooms and labs, traditional classrooms and darkrooms, the Garner Center for Photographic Exhibitions and more. NESOP stocks professional photographic equipment--you train with the same equipment currently used in the industry and equipment and software you will utilize in your career.

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Graduate Success

Thriving in Today's Media Industry

NESOP graduates are succeeding in all areas of the industry. You’ll find the work of NESOP graduates on the front page of your morning paper, in fashion and news magazines, in top ad agencies and at leading galleries and museums. Our graduates are among many of the country’s leading freelance commercial photographers and photojournalists. And they cite their NESOP experience as crucial to their development as professional photographers. No matter what area of photography they’re in, NESOP graduates bring a high degree of professionalism, skill and creativity to their work. You can shine, too. It all starts at NESOP, where for two years, you can focus on photography with the guidance of our expert faculty and in a community dedicated to helping you achieve success.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

NESOP forces you to step out of your comfort zone.  [It] gave me the tools I needed to thrive in this industry.

Laurén Killian | NESOP Alumna
Wedding & Portraiture Photographer

Frequently Asked Questions

Browse our list of frequently asked questions for prospective students, family and friends

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