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2023 Cinematography Cost

There are about 30,093 students enrolled in Cinematography in the USA.

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Cinematography is the 133rd most expensive degree in the nation, with a median cost of $35,165 among the top 50 programs (just ahead of #134, Geography and Cartography, with a median cost of $35,154).

The Far West has the most expensive schools with first-rate cinematography programs predominantly led by California Institute of the Arts with an annual cost of $50,850. The most expensive state for cinematography is Connecticut led by Quinnipiac University.

Public schools with solid programs typically charge 74.75% less than private schools for in-state students. However, when looking at out-of-state tuition, the median top 50 Public school charges 41.2% less than your average private school. So make sure to take a look at public shools in your state ASAP.

The most pricey option in the top 25 is University of Southern California, which is the 14th most expensive college in the nation. The most affordable option in the top 100 is Olympic College. It costs just $4,116 per year but is ranked 76th for its cinematography program. If you’re looking for a higher ranked, but still affordable college, Florida State University  could be for you, ranked #16 with an in-state cost of just $4,022. Another more affordable option would be #14, University of Central Florida in Orange County, FL with a cost of $4,478 for in-state students and $19,810 for out-of-state students.

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