Top Photography Bachelors degree Programs - 2019

To say all it takes is a point and a click to capture a picture would be an incredible disservice to the amount of focus, effort, and study that goes into photography. Photographers do much more than take pretty pictures, they capture snapshots of the world around us, preserve revolutionary moments, and provide images that encapsulate both human spirit and the wonder of the natural world. Students who become photography majors will learn what it takes to craft the perfect photo, focusing on light, color balance, and composition.

Though courses for the major do favor artistic subjects, there are a number of computer based focuses as well. Classes can include: digital photography, 2D design, photojournalism, and art history, among others. Students also tend to visit art galleries, create a diverse portfolio, experiment with different cameras and techniques, and display work in showcases. Photography students are generally artistic, have an eye for detail, are patient, willing to adapt, and are visual thinkers.

Careers for graduates are as varied as the subjects they’ll capture through their lenses. Jobs can include: portrait photographers, photojournalists, multimedia specialists, advertising photographers, wedding photographers, and museum gallery workers. By saving a moment in time, photographers give generations to come a chance to view anything from a natural phenomenon to a historic event.

Photography fun fact: The famous V-J Day in Times Square photograph, of an American sailor kissing a young woman, was taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt

Celebrities who studied Photography: Maya Rudolph, actress, comedian; Selma Blair, actress; Gillian Welch, singer-songwriter.

The average starting salary for a graduate with a degree in Photography is $38000

Total Students
1,419
Total Males
426 (30%)
Total Females
993 (70%)
 

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School of Visual Arts 259 112 (7.9%) 14% 72 (64%) 40 (36%)
Savannah College of Art and Design 477 93 (6.6%) 4.8% 71 (76%) 22 (24%) 678 $41,000 $68,400
Rochester Institute of Technology 339 88 (6.2%) 3.6% 62 (70%) 26 (30%) 143 $57,400 $89,600
Columbia College Chicago 1224 71 (5%) 3.8% 50 (70%) 21 (30%) 807 $41,900 $63,200
Academy of Art University 67 (4.7%) 6.3% 35 (52%) 32 (48%)
The New School 413 57 (4%) 3.8% 35 (61%) 22 (39%) 228 $47,700 $84,500
New York University 69 35 (2.5%) .6% 22 (63%) 13 (37%) 60 $55,700 $100,000
Texas State University 763 34 (2.4%) .5% 28 (82%) 6 (18%) 474 $45,400 $74,500
California State University-Sacramento 1012 34 (2.4%) .5% 20 (59%) 14 (41%) 231 $46,800 $84,300
Virginia Commonwealth University 444 29 (2%) .6% 17 (59%) 12 (41%) 642 $44,600 $69,800
Massachusetts College of Art and Design 229 28 (2%) 7.9% 21 (75%) 7 (25%) 595 $44,200 $71,000
Art Center College of Design 833 28 (2%) 7% 16 (57%) 12 (43%) 312 $62,300 $81,300
The University of the Arts 495 26 (1.8%) 6.6% 22 (85%) 4 (15%) 693 $42,400 $67,900
Universidad del Sagrado Corazon 25 (1.8%) 3.5% 14 (56%) 11 (44%)
Ferris State University 817 25 (1.8%) 1% 17 (68%) 8 (32%) 526 $47,700 $73,000
College for Creative Studies 743 22 (1.6%) 8.4% 15 (68%) 7 (32%) 616 $47,900 $70,400
Pratt Institute-Main 419 22 (1.6%) 3.7% 18 (82%) 4 (18%) 185 $48,300 $87,400
San Francisco Art Institute 1421 21 (1.5%) 24.4% 13 (62%) 8 (38%)
Lesley University 668 20 (1.4%) 4.6% 14 (70%) 6 (30%) 945 $41,000 $54,100
University of Central Florida 291 20 (1.4%) .2% 13 (65%) 7 (35%) 607 $43,500 $70,700
Point Park University 652 18 (1.3%) 2.7% 14 (78%) 4 (22%) 655 $39,200 $69,300
Columbus College of Art and Design 664 17 (1.2%) 7.4% 16 (94%) 1 (6%) 932 $41,000 $55,300
New Hampshire Institute of Art 1187 17 (1.2%) 21.8% 13 (76%) 4 (24%)
California Institute of the Arts 424 16 (1.1%) 8.3% 9 (56%) 7 (44%)
SUNY at Purchase College 393 16 (1.1%) 1.6% 6 (38%) 10 (63%) 474 $43,200 $74,500
Grand Valley State University 425 16 (1.1%) .4% 14 (88%) 2 (13%) 763 $41,500 $64,800
Maryland Institute College of Art 243 15 (1.1%) 3.9% 12 (80%) 3 (20%) 898 $40,700 $58,300
Syracuse University 169 15 (1.1%) .4% 11 (73%) 4 (27%) 209 $51,900 $86,000
University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras 1066 14 (1%) .8% 10 (71%) 4 (29%)
Northern Arizona University 759 14 (1%) .2% 8 (57%) 6 (43%) 445 $44,400 $75,200
Temple University 391 14 (1%) .2% 9 (64%) 5 (36%) 370 $45,600 $77,700
University of Washington-Seattle Campus 88 13 (.9%) .2% 9 (69%) 4 (31%) 98 $55,100 $94,200
California College of the Arts 704 12 (.8%) 3.6% 11 (92%) 1 (8%) 181 $48,600 $87,500
Santa Fe University of Art and Design 12 (.8%) 7.5% 9 (75%) 3 (25%)
Webster University 553 12 (.8%) 1.6% 8 (67%) 4 (33%) 543 $39,800 $72,500
Minneapolis College of Art and Design 506 12 (.8%) 8.6% 7 (58%) 5 (42%)
University of Central Missouri 812 11 (.8%) .6% 8 (73%) 3 (27%) 657 $42,300 $69,200
State University of New York at New Paltz 232 10 (.7%) .5% 7 (70%) 3 (30%) 706 $40,400 $67,300
Fitchburg State University 736 10 (.7%) 1.2% 7 (70%) 3 (30%) 533 $39,300 $72,800
Sam Houston State University 834 9 (.6%) .2% 9 (100%) 0 642 $42,600 $69,800
Pacific Northwest College of Art 1449 8 (.6%) 12.3% 6 (75%) 2 (25%)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 71 8 (.6%) .1% 7 (88%) 1 (13%) 49 $58,100 $102,000
University of Houston 582 8 (.6%) .1% 4 (50%) 4 (50%) 207 $51,800 $86,300
Barry University 1425 8 (.6%) 1% 7 (88%) 1 (13%) 717 $46,500 $66,900
University of La Verne 558 8 (.6%) .6% 8 (100%) 0 535 $44,400 $72,700
Rhode Island School of Design 117 8 (.6%) 1.6% 7 (88%) 1 (13%) 279 $48,500 $82,500
John Brown University 443 8 (.6%) 1.9% 7 (88%) 1 (13%) 670 $38,900 $68,800
Saint Edward's University 496 8 (.6%) .9% 6 (75%) 2 (25%)
Memphis College of Art 829 7 (.5%) 10.6% 5 (71%) 2 (29%)
Andrews University 713 7 (.5%) 1.9% 4 (57%) 3 (43%) 756 $43,100 $65,000
New York Film Academy 7 (.5%) 2.3% 5 (71%) 2 (29%)
Drexel University 448 7 (.5%) .2% 7 (100%) 0 111 $57,700 $92,900
Art Academy of Cincinnati 956 7 (.5%) 19.4% 4 (57%) 3 (43%)
Cleveland Institute of Art 311 7 (.5%) 6.9% 5 (71%) 2 (29%)
Milwaukee Institute of Art - Design 796 7 (.5%) 5.6% 5 (71%) 2 (29%)
Montserrat College of Art 583 7 (.5%) 9% 6 (86%) 1 (14%)
Ringling College of Art and Design 352 7 (.5%) 3% 2 (29%) 5 (71%)
Seattle University 244 6 (.4%) .5% 4 (67%) 2 (33%) 146 $52,000 $89,400
Indiana Wesleyan University-Marion 563 6 (.4%) .9% 6 (100%) 0 791 $44,000 $63,700
Brigham Young University-Provo 273 6 (.4%) .1% 5 (83%) 1 (17%) 106 $52,300 $93,500
Arcadia University 570 5 (.4%) 1% 5 (100%) 0 265 $36,900 $82,800
Oakland University 918 5 (.4%) .1% 5 (100%) 0 353 $47,300 $78,700
University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth 777 5 (.4%) .4% 5 (100%) 0 204 $50,300 $86,400
Marymount Manhattan College 868 5 (.4%) 1.5% 5 (100%) 0 819 $46,500 $62,800
Marywood University 430 5 (.4%) 1.1% 4 (80%) 1 (20%) 863 $38,200 $60,500
Watkins College of Art Design - Film 1489 5 (.4%) 12.2% 5 (100%) 0
Paier College of Art Inc 5 (.4%) 23.8% 4 (80%) 1 (20%)
University of Hartford 636 4 (.3%) .4% 3 (75%) 1 (25%) 161 $49,100 $88,400
Endicott College 338 4 (.3%) .7% 3 (75%) 1 (25%) 954 $45,100 $52,000
St John's University-New York 503 4 (.3%) .2% 4 (100%) 0 185 $48,500 $87,400
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-San German 1258 4 (.3%) .8% 2 (50%) 2 (50%)
Carroll University 674 4 (.3%) .7% 3 (75%) 1 (25%) 697 $39,000 $67,700
LIU Post 624 4 (.3%) .5% 4 (100%) 0 199 $46,700 $86,700
Columbia College 1054 4 (.3%) .2% 2 (50%) 2 (50%) 765 $39,500 $64,700
Living Arts College 4 (.3%) 11.8% 4 (100%) 0
Moore College of Art and Design 450 4 (.3%) 4.7% 4 (100%) 0 770 $36,100 $64,600
SUNY Buffalo State 1041 3 (.2%) .2% 3 (100%) 0 821 $38,300 $62,600
Marlboro College 398 3 (.2%) 9.4% 1 (33%) 2 (67%)
Weber State University 3 (.2%) .1% 1 (33%) 2 (67%) 568 $52,000 $71,800
Freed-Hardeman University 609 3 (.2%) 1.1% 2 (67%) 1 (33%)
Kansas City Art Institute 489 3 (.2%) 2.3% 3 (100%) 0
University of Dayton 219 3 (.2%) .2% 3 (100%) 0 135 $52,700 $90,200
University of Oregon 254 3 (.2%) .1% 1 (33%) 2 (67%) 395 $44,100 $76,900
California Baptist University 677 3 (.2%) .2% 2 (67%) 1 (33%) 829 $42,000 $62,200
Dominican University 567 3 (.2%) .6% 3 (100%) 0
Salem State University 769 3 (.2%) .2% 1 (33%) 2 (67%) 568 $41,800 $71,800
American Academy of Art 3 (.2%) 5.5% 2 (67%) 1 (33%)
Carson-Newman University 1046 3 (.2%) .8% 3 (100%) 0 878 $45,500 $59,500
Purdue University-Main Campus 173 2 (.1%) % 1 (50%) 1 (50%) 98 $57,400 $94,200
Marian University 848 2 (.1%) .4% 1 (50%) 1 (50%) 849 $45,000 $61,400
George Washington University 96 2 (.1%) .1% 0 2 (100%) 166 $49,500 $88,200
Southwest University of Visual Arts-Tucson 2 (.1%) 13.3% 1 (50%) 1 (50%)
Kansas Wesleyan University 1330 2 (.1%) 1.2% 1 (50%) 1 (50%)
Cornerstone University 779 2 (.1%) .5% 2 (100%) 0 956 $37,900 $51,200
Maine College of Art 601 2 (.1%) 2.3% 1 (50%) 1 (50%)
Oklahoma City University 507 2 (.1%) .4% 2 (100%) 0 581 $47,300 $71,500
Washington University in St Louis 21 2 (.1%) .1% 0 2 (100%) 47 $56,700 $103,000
Eastern Mennonite University 606 1 (.1%) .3% 1 (100%) 0
Grand View University 1138 1 (.1%) .2% 0 1 (100%) 526 $36,700 $73,000
Shawnee State University 1339 1 (.1%) .2% 1 (100%) 0 625 $43,700 $70,200
University of Akron Main Campus 1052 1 (.1%) % 1 (100%) 0 382 $46,600 $77,300
University of Miami 141 1 (.1%) % 1 (100%) 0 365 $50,600 $78,000
Bennington College 458 1 (.1%) .8% 1 (100%) 0
Southwest University of Visual Arts-Albuquerque 1 (.1%) 3.7% 1 (100%) 0
Pennsylvania College of Art and Design 1029 1 (.1%) 3.7% 1 (100%) 0
Villa Maria College 1465 1 (.1%) 2.3% 0 1 (100%)
Texas Christian University 197 1 (.1%) % 1 (100%) 0 383 $47,800 $77,200
Cardinal Stritch University 1197 1 (.1%) .2% 1 (100%) 0 863 $49,200 $60,500
University of Mount Olive 1254 1 (.1%) .2% 0 1 (100%) 807 $36,400 $63,200
Carleton College 37 1 (.1%) .2% 1 (100%) 0 69 $46,900 $98,800
West Virginia Wesleyan College 916 1 (.1%) .3% 0 1 (100%)
Louisiana Tech University 625 1 (.1%) .1% 1 (100%) 0 169 $46,900 $88,000
University of Southern Maine 1233 1 (.1%) .1% 1 (100%) 0 798 $39,400 $63,500
Pacific Union College 1189 1 (.1%) .4% 1 (100%) 0
Morningside College 841 1 (.1%) .4% 1 (100%) 0 913 $39,100 $57,000
Grace College and Theological Seminary 599 1 (.1%) .3% 1 (100%) 0
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