my sister is a photographer. She spent one year completing quite an intensive course on photography at polytec. She had the option to do another two years, which would have given her a bachelors degree, but she chose not to at that time. She didnt study art, but she had previously studied computer graphic design which she used to gain entry into her photography programme. It would depend on where you studied though. Have a look at some courses you are interested in, and see what their prerequisites are.