I took some film studies after high school...so cinematography, editing etc...but I found myself more and more using my still camera and left the program....I'm now in Prince George, British Columbia...so unless I relocate to Kelowna... which is a big IF, there isn't much local for programs...so the internet is my friend lol...
I am planning to do MFA in photography and I have a diploma in digital photography and image manipulation. My BA course has photojournalism.
If someone wants to take up photography as a career then doing courses helps. Your skills take a monumental jump, you meet like minded people and institutions help with marketing your skills.
If its just a hobby then I dont see the point of spending money when you can learn the same stuff online.
I got an associate's in PhotoJournalism, and went on to (almost) get a Bachelors in it before deciding that I enjoyed it more as a hobby than as a career....
Kinda, I studied film production with an emphasis in Cinematography. A lot of the principles are the same.
No need of a Photography School if you don't want to make a living of it... Otherwise, be open minded, look at what and how others do, join in a club, check the internet for resources (you lucky yougtimers ! I started in 1968... Yes, I'm an old fart... ;-) ), and, of course, practice and experiment a lot !!!
I think school for photography is essential if you want to be taken seriously by the creative community.
Went to Germain School of photography back in the late 70's.