Best Colleges for Photography

1,219

Graduates Per Year

$48K

Average Salary

#194

Most Popular Major

Degree Stats

Popular

1,219

13% NATIONAL AVG

Diplomas Received Last Year

131

5% NATIONAL AVG

Colleges Offering this Degree

Most Popular Degrees

193

Web Design

1,227

194

Photography

1,219

195

Physiological Psychology

1,211

Most Widely Offered Degrees

35

/

1.852

Worse

Better

offeringnot offering5%5%

Top 100 Colleges offering this degree

publicnon public50%50%

Degree Granting Schools that are Public

Most Graduates

By Region

Mid East

The New School

By State

New York

The New School

By Conference

Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association

Rochester Institute of Technology

By School

Cabrillo College

INTRODUCTION

If you think life as a studio photographer, medical illustrator, or photo technician sounds interesting, then a degree in photography may just be for you. You could even become a photographer for National Geographic!

POPULARITY

Photography is the 194th most popular degree in America, with 1,219 students receiving their bachelors degree last year. It just beat out #195 Physiological Psychology, and narrowly lost to #193 Web Design.

The degree is offered at a total of 131 colleges across the nation, and is the 128th most widely offered degree. It is only offered at 5% of the Top 100 Best Colleges in America.

It is also worth noting that 50% of colleges offering photography are public making it a pretty accessible field.

The mid east produces the most photography graduates, largely led by The New School, while it’s the Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association that leads conference totals. As far as states, New York ranks highest, with particular help from The New School and Rochester Institute of Technology.

All that being said, no individual school produces more photography graduates than Cabrillo College, which graduated 82 students last year alone. Although size is critical, another important factor to consider is the program’s density (the percent of all students that study photography). More students studied photography as a percentage of total students at Maine College of Art than any other college.

We wish you luck finding the right college for you. We hope you enjoy Authority's 2022 official Best Colleges for Photography list. Some of our picks may surprise you!

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School of Visual Arts

#1 Best Colleges for Photography

School of Visual Arts is a small for-profit art school located in New York, NY ranked 44th in New York. It has a total of 3,839 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 71.13% acceptance rate. School of Visual Arts offers 26 different majors and is best known for its Computer Software and Media Applications, Web Design, and Photography programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $41,900 per year, School of Visual Arts is quite expensive. 62.36% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, employment. After finishing college, alumni go on to make approximately $41,800 per year, which is 1% above the national median.

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New York, NY

www.sva.edu

A-

Rating

71%

Acceptance

4,541

Students

# 4

Ranking

$41,900

Tuition

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Savannah College of Art and Design

#2 Best Colleges for Photography

Savannah College of Art and Design is a large private art school located in Savannah, GA ranked 10th in Georgia. It has a total of 12,966 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, with a 95.91% acceptance rate. Savannah College of Art and Design offers 64 different majors and is best known for its Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects, Illustration, and Apparel and Textiles programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $37,575 per year, Savannah College of Art and Design is quite expensive. 60% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, entering the labor market. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to take home near $36,400 per year, which is 12% below the national median.

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Savannah, GA

www.scad.edu

B-

Rating

96%

Acceptance

16,065

Students

# 372

Ranking

$37,575

Tuition

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Rochester Institute of Technology

#3 Best Colleges for Photography

Rochester Institute of Technology is a large private college located in Rochester, NY ranked 190th in the United States. It has a total of 15,118 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 70.73% of applicants. Rochester Institute of Technology offers 201 different majors and is best known for its Mechanical Engineering Technology, Civil Engineering Technologies, and Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications programs, which are all nationally ranked 2nd. With an annual tuition of $45,244 per year, Rochester Institute of Technology is extremely high-priced. 62.58% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to earn about $62,400 per year, which is 50% greater than the national median.

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Rochester, NY

www.rit.edu/

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Rating

71%

Acceptance

18,660

Students

# 140

Ranking

$45,244

Tuition

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New York University

#4 Best Colleges for Photography

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New York, NY

www.nyu.edu

A+

Rating

16%

Acceptance

58,091

Students

# 25

Ranking

$50,684

Tuition

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The New School

#5 Best Colleges for Photography

The New School is a large private university located in New York, NY ranked 180th in the nation. It has a total of 9,104 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting something like four out of every seven applicants. The New School offers 113 different majors and is best known for its Fine and Studio Arts Management, Fashion Design, and Web Design programs (nationally ranked 1st, 2nd, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $49,778 per year, The New School is very high-priced. 60.27% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to earn around $44,500 per year, which is 7% above the national median.

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New York, NY

https://www.newschool.edu/

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Rating

57%

Acceptance

12,497

Students

# 133

Ranking

$49,778

Tuition

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California Institute of the Arts

#6 Best Colleges for Photography

California Institute of the Arts is a small private art school located in Valencia, CA ranked 181st in America. It has a total of 1,111 full-time undergraduate students and is relatively competitive, with a 25.28% acceptance rate. California Institute of the Arts offers 39 different majors and is best known for its Acting, Theatre Design and Technology, and Photography programs (nationally ranked 3rd, 3rd, and 6th respectively). With an annual tuition of $50,850 per year, California Institute of the Arts is very expensive. 63.73% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, entering the labor market. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to make near $37,900 per year, which is 9% less than the national median.

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Valencia, CA

www.calarts.edu

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Rating

25%

Acceptance

1,618

Students

# 134

Ranking

$50,850

Tuition

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Maryland Institute College of Art

#7 Best Colleges for Photography

Maryland Institute College of Art is a small private art school located in Baltimore, MD ranked 223rd in the nation. It has a total of 2,139 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 63.89% acceptance rate. Maryland Institute College of Art offers 42 different majors and is best known for its Graphic Design, Multimedia Art, and Painting programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $48,510 per year, Maryland Institute College of Art is very high-priced. 65.79% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, joining the labor force. After graduation, alumni go on to make around $37,300 per year, which is 10% less than the national median.

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Baltimore, MD

www.mica.edu

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Rating

64%

Acceptance

2,589

Students

# 162

Ranking

$48,510

Tuition

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Pratt Institute-Main

#8 Best Colleges for Photography

Pratt Institute-Main is a mid-sized private art school located in Brooklyn, NY ranked 206th in America. It has a total of 4,192 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 55.5% acceptance rate. Pratt Institute-Main offers 73 different majors and is best known for its Architectural Technology, Drawing, and Industrial and Product Design programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 3rd respectively). With an annual tuition of $51,754 per year, Pratt Institute-Main is very expensive. 63.82% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, employment. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to take home roughly $43,400 per year, which is 4% above the national median.

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Brooklyn, NY

www.pratt.edu

A

Rating

56%

Acceptance

5,683

Students

# 151

Ranking

$51,754

Tuition

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Art Center College of Design

#9 Best Colleges for Photography

Art Center College of Design is a small private art school located in Pasadena, CA ranked 43rd in California. It has a total of 2,699 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 70.84% of applicants. Art Center College of Design offers 18 different majors and is best known for its Graphic Design, Illustration, and Photography programs (nationally ranked 3rd, 4th, and 9th respectively). With an annual tuition of $44,272 per year, Art Center College of Design is quite high-priced. 65.07% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, employment. After finishing college, alumni go on to draw near $53,600 per year, which is 29% greater than the national median.

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Pasadena, CA

www.artcenter.edu

B+

Rating

71%

Acceptance

2,970

Students

# 253

Ranking

$44,272

Tuition

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Rhode Island School of Design

#10 Best Colleges for Photography

Rhode Island School of Design is a small private art school located in Providence, RI ranked 77th in America. It has a total of 2,049 full-time undergraduate students and is relatively competitive, accepting just over one fourth of applicants. Rhode Island School of Design offers 33 different majors and is best known for its Systems Science and Theory, Painting, and Fiber, Textile and Weaving Arts programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $51,800 per year, Rhode Island School of Design is exceptionally pricey. 85% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, entering the workforce. After graduation, alumni go on to make roughly $51,100 per year, which is 23% greater than the national median.

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Providence, RI

www.risd.edu

A+

Rating

26%

Acceptance

2,542

Students

# 70

Ranking

$51,800

Tuition

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Massachusetts College of Art and Design

#11 Best Colleges for Photography

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Boston, MA

www.massart.edu

A-

Rating

58%

Acceptance

2,495

Students

# 85

Ranking

$25,730

Tuition

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New York Film Academy

#12 Best Colleges for Photography

New York Film Academy is a small for-profit university located in Burbank, CA ranked 212th in the nation. It has a total of 1,826 full-time undergraduate students. New York Film Academy offers 30 different majors and is best known for its Acting, Cinematography, and Playwriting and Screenwriting programs (nationally ranked 1st, 3rd, and 5th respectively). With an annual tuition of $30,474 per year, New York Film Academy is reasonably expensive. 81.61% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, joining the workforce.

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Burbank, CA

www.nyfa.edu

A

Rating

100%

Acceptance

2,363

Students

# 1

Ranking

$30,474

Tuition

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Moore College of Art and Design

#13 Best Colleges for Photography

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Philadelphia, PA

www.moore.edu

B-

Rating

47%

Acceptance

422

Students

# 390

Ranking

$41,654

Tuition

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Syracuse University

#14 Best Colleges for Photography

Syracuse University is a very large private university located in Syracuse, NY ranked 109th in the nation. It has a total of 28,546 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 44.38% of applicants. Syracuse University offers 368 different majors and is best known for its Broadcast Journalism, Public Administration, and Photojournalism programs (nationally ranked 1st, 2nd, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $52,210 per year, Syracuse University is exceptionally high-priced. 77.41% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, employment. After graduation, alumni go on to earn near $62,100 per year, which is 50% greater than the national median.

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Syracuse, NY

https://www.syracuse.edu

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Rating

44%

Acceptance

38,110

Students

# 95

Ranking

$52,210

Tuition

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College for Creative Studies

#15 Best Colleges for Photography

College for Creative Studies is a small private art school located in Detroit, MI ranked 5th in Michigan. It has a total of 1,500 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 43.78% of applicants. College for Creative Studies offers 15 different majors and is best known for its Industrial and Product Design, Commercial and Advertising Art, and Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects programs (nationally ranked 1st, 2nd, and 5th respectively). With an annual tuition of $44,400 per year, College for Creative Studies is rather costly. 57.91% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, joining the labor force. After college, alumni go on to earn near $44,100 per year, which is 6% over the national median.

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Detroit, MI

https://www.collegeforcreativestudies.edu

A-

Rating

44%

Acceptance

1,568

Students

# 215

Ranking

$44,400

Tuition

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Virginia Commonwealth University

#16 Best Colleges for Photography

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Richmond, VA

https://www.vcu.edu/

B-

Rating

87%

Acceptance

33,462

Students

# 166

Ranking

$32,742

Tuition

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

#17 Best Colleges for Photography

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a very large public university located in Champaign, IL ranked 117th in America. It has a total of 35,883 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 59.03% of applicants. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign offers 372 different majors and is best known for its Civil Engineering, Food Science, and Architectural Technology programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $12,036 for students from Illinois and $29,178 for those from out-of-state, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is reasonably pricey. 80.23% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, joining the labor market. Open graduating, alumni go on to draw approximately $61,500 per year, which is 48% over the national median.

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Champaign, IL

www.illinois.edu/

A

Rating

59%

Acceptance

54,985

Students

# 21

Ranking

$29,178

Tuition

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Ringling College of Art and Design

#18 Best Colleges for Photography

Ringling College of Art and Design is a small private art school located in Sarasota, FL ranked 14th in Florida. It has a total of 1,570 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 63.86% of applicants. Ringling College of Art and Design offers 11 different majors and is best known for its Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects, Illustration, and Photography programs (nationally ranked 3rd, 6th, and 18th respectively). With an annual tuition of $43,710 per year, Ringling College of Art and Design is quite high-priced. 65.31% of students graduate starting the next stage of their lives, joining the labor market. After college, alumni go on to make about $33,200 per year, which is 20% below the national median.

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Sarasota, FL

https://www.ringling.edu

B+

Rating

64%

Acceptance

1,570

Students

# 257

Ranking

$43,710

Tuition

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SUNY at Purchase College

#19 Best Colleges for Photography

SUNY at Purchase College is a small public institution located in Purchase, NY ranked 66th in New York. It has a total of 4,647 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 51.51% of applicants. SUNY at Purchase College offers 62 different majors and is best known for its Fine and Studio Arts Management, Playwriting and Screenwriting, and Literature programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 4th, and 7th respectively). With an annual tuition of $7,070 for in-state students and $16,980 for those from out-of-state, SUNY at Purchase College is reasonably priced. 67.84% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, entering the labor force. Open graduating, alumni go on to make roughly $35,200 per year, which is 15% under the national median.

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Purchase, NY

www.purchase.edu

B

Rating

52%

Acceptance

4,753

Students

# 134

Ranking

$16,980

Tuition

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The University of the Arts

#20 Best Colleges for Photography

The University of the Arts is a small private art school located in Philadelphia, PA ranked 35th in Pennsylvania. It has a total of 1,786 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 73.34% of applicants. The University of the Arts offers 41 different majors and is best known for its Dance, Musical Theatre, and Directing and Theatrical Production programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $46,530 per year, The University of the Arts is exceptionally expensive. 65.86% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, entering the labor force. After college, alumni go on to make approximately $32,600 per year, which is 22% less than the national median.

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Philadelphia, PA

https://www.uarts.edu

B

Rating

73%

Acceptance

2,080

Students

# 321

Ranking

$46,530

Tuition

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Temple University

#21 Best Colleges for Photography

Temple University is a very large public university located in Philadelphia, PA ranked 253rd in the nation. It has a total of 31,632 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 60.04% acceptance rate. Temple University offers 493 different majors and is best known for its Organizational Communication, Recreational Therapy, and Social Studies Teacher Education programs, which are all nationally ranked 2nd. With an annual tuition of $16,080 for in-state students and $28,992 for those from out-of-state, Temple University is somewhat moderately expensive. 69.66% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, employment. After finishing college, alumni go on to take home roughly $50,500 per year, which is 22% greater than the national median.

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Philadelphia, PA

www.temple.edu

A-

Rating

60%

Acceptance

43,154

Students

# 67

Ranking

$28,992

Tuition

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Drexel University

#22 Best Colleges for Photography

Drexel University is a very large private university located in Philadelphia, PA ranked 174th in the nation. It has a total of 17,591 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting approximately three quarters of applicants. Drexel University offers 360 different majors and is best known for its Accounting and Finance, Accounting and Business Management, and Culinary Arts programs (nationally ranked 1st, 2nd, and 4th respectively). With an annual tuition of $52,146 per year, Drexel University is very costly. 56.25% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, entering the labor force. After college, alumni go on to make approximately $68,800 per year, which is 66% greater than the national median.

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Philadelphia, PA

https://drexel.edu

A

Rating

75%

Acceptance

28,249

Students

# 128

Ranking

$52,146

Tuition

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University of Central Florida

#23 Best Colleges for Photography

University of Central Florida is a very large public university located in Orlando, FL ranked 195th in America. It has a total of 68,412 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 44.36% acceptance rate. University of Central Florida offers 195 different majors and is best known for its Hospitality Management, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Physical Education programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $4,478 for in-state students and $19,810 for those from out-of-state, University of Central Florida is reasonably priced. 66.14% of students graduate beginning the next chapter of their lives, working. After college, alumni go on to make near $45,400 per year, which is 9% greater than the national median.

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Orlando, FL

www.ucf.edu/

A

Rating

44%

Acceptance

80,378

Students

# 52

Ranking

$19,810

Tuition

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Seattle University

#24 Best Colleges for Photography

Seattle University is a mid-sized private institution located in Seattle, WA ranked 214th in the nation. It has a total of 5,205 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 78.48% of applicants. Seattle University offers 178 different majors and is best known for its Commercial and Advertising Art, Conservation Biology, and Public Administration programs (nationally ranked 5th, 5th, and 12th respectively). With an annual tuition of $45,765 per year, Seattle University is exceptionally expensive. 74.64% of students graduate beginning the next chapter of their lives, working. After college, alumni go on to earn approximately $56,500 per year, which is 36% greater than the national median.

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Seattle, WA

www.seattleu.edu

A

Rating

78%

Acceptance

8,254

Students

# 157

Ranking

$45,765

Tuition

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Brigham Young University-Provo

#25 Best Colleges for Photography

Brigham Young University-Provo is a very large private university located in Provo, UT ranked 233rd in America. It has a total of 35,951 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 67.49% acceptance rate. Brigham Young University-Provo offers 310 different majors and is best known for its Family Systems, Portuguese Language and Literature, and Spanish Language Teacher Education programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $5,790 per year, Brigham Young University-Provo is quite affordable. 66.32% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, working. After graduation, alumni go on to take home approximately $59,700 per year, which is 44% greater than the national median.

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Provo, UT

www.byu.edu

A-

Rating

67%

Acceptance

39,233

Students

# 168

Ranking

$5,790

Tuition