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 $38,000

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

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School of Visual Arts 259 112 (7.9%) 14% 72 (64%) 40 (36%) $30,000 $36,600
Savannah College of Art and Design 477 93 (6.6%) 4.8% 71 (76%) 22 (24%) $26,900 $32,000
Rochester Institute of Technology 339 88 (6.2%) 3.6% 62 (70%) 26 (30%) $45,200 $53,000
Columbia College Chicago 1224 71 (5%) 3.8% 50 (70%) 21 (30%) $25,900 $30,000
Academy of Art University 67 (4.7%) 6.3% 35 (52%) 32 (48%) $25,900 $31,500
The New School 413 57 (4%) 3.8% 35 (61%) 22 (39%) $34,900 $39,100
New York University 69 35 (2.5%) .6% 22 (63%) 13 (37%) $46,800 $53,100
California State University-Sacramento 1012 34 (2.4%) .5% 20 (59%) 14 (41%) $35,900 $42,300
Texas State University 763 34 (2.4%) .5% 28 (82%) 6 (18%) $36,300 $40,500
Virginia Commonwealth University 444 29 (2%) .6% 17 (59%) 12 (41%) $32,800 $38,400
Massachusetts College of Art and Design 229 28 (2%) 7.9% 21 (75%) 7 (25%) $26,400 $30,200
Art Center College of Design 833 28 (2%) 7% 16 (57%) 12 (43%) $39,400 $46,000
The University of the Arts 495 26 (1.8%) 6.6% 22 (85%) 4 (15%) $23,300 $27,800
Ferris State University 817 25 (1.8%) 1% 17 (68%) 8 (32%) $36,100 $39,600
Universidad del Sagrado Corazon 25 (1.8%) 3.5% 14 (56%) 11 (44%) $16,100 $17,100
College for Creative Studies 743 22 (1.6%) 8.4% 15 (68%) 7 (32%) $32,600 $35,600
Pratt Institute-Main 419 22 (1.6%) 3.7% 18 (82%) 4 (18%) $34,400 $36,600
San Francisco Art Institute 1421 21 (1.5%) 24.4% 13 (62%) 8 (38%) $24,200 $26,700
Lesley University 668 20 (1.4%) 4.6% 14 (70%) 6 (30%) $29,700 $32,700
University of Central Florida 291 20 (1.4%) .2% 13 (65%) 7 (35%) $35,100 $40,000
Point Park University 652 18 (1.3%) 2.7% 14 (78%) 4 (22%) $28,800 $33,400
Columbus College of Art and Design 664 17 (1.2%) 7.4% 16 (94%) 1 (6%) $25,500 $26,700
New Hampshire Institute of Art 1187 17 (1.2%) 21.8% 13 (76%) 4 (24%) $20,200 $22,700
Grand Valley State University 425 16 (1.1%) .4% 14 (88%) 2 (13%) $33,500 $37,800
California Institute of the Arts 424 16 (1.1%) 8.3% 9 (56%) 7 (44%) $27,300 $30,700
SUNY at Purchase College 393 16 (1.1%) 1.6% 6 (38%) 10 (63%) $25,900 $30,000
Maryland Institute College of Art 243 15 (1.1%) 3.9% 12 (80%) 3 (20%) $26,900 $31,000
Syracuse University 169 15 (1.1%) .4% 11 (73%) 4 (27%) $43,400 $51,300
Temple University 391 14 (1%) .2% 9 (64%) 5 (36%) $36,900 $43,400
University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras 1066 14 (1%) .8% 10 (71%) 4 (29%) $52,569
Northern Arizona University 759 14 (1%) .2% 8 (57%) 6 (43%) $32,900 $35,700
University of Washington-Seattle Campus 88 13 (.9%) .2% 9 (69%) 4 (31%) $42,800 $49,300
California College of the Arts 704 12 (.8%) 3.6% 11 (92%) 1 (8%) $27,900 $33,000
Santa Fe University of Art and Design 12 (.8%) 7.5% 9 (75%) 3 (25%) $26,900 $32,300
Webster University 553 12 (.8%) 1.6% 8 (67%) 4 (33%) $32,500 $35,400
Minneapolis College of Art and Design 506 12 (.8%) 8.6% 7 (58%) 5 (42%) $28,000 $31,700
University of Central Missouri 812 11 (.8%) .6% 8 (73%) 3 (27%) $31,000 $33,900
Fitchburg State University 736 10 (.7%) 1.2% 7 (70%) 3 (30%) $33,900 $38,000
State University of New York at New Paltz 232 10 (.7%) .5% 7 (70%) 3 (30%) $31,900 $38,400
Sam Houston State University 834 9 (.6%) .2% 9 (100%) 0 $36,500 $40,000
University of La Verne 558 8 (.6%) .6% 8 (100%) 0 $38,100 $44,400
Pacific Northwest College of Art 1449 8 (.6%) 12.3% 6 (75%) 2 (25%) $20,100 $22,700
Rhode Island School of Design 117 8 (.6%) 1.6% 7 (88%) 1 (13%) $37,200 $42,800
Barry University 1425 8 (.6%) 1% 7 (88%) 1 (13%) $39,500 $41,200
John Brown University 443 8 (.6%) 1.9% 7 (88%) 1 (13%) $36,300 $43,400
Saint Edward's University 496 8 (.6%) .9% 6 (75%) 2 (25%) $36,000 $41,800
University of Houston 582 8 (.6%) .1% 4 (50%) 4 (50%) $41,400 $46,200
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 71 8 (.6%) .1% 7 (88%) 1 (13%) $44,200 $52,300
Milwaukee Institute of Art - Design 796 7 (.5%) 5.6% 5 (71%) 2 (29%) $24,300 $30,700
New York Film Academy 7 (.5%) 2.3% 5 (71%) 2 (29%) $52,569
Andrews University 713 7 (.5%) 1.9% 4 (57%) 3 (43%) $33,000 $36,600
Art Academy of Cincinnati 956 7 (.5%) 19.4% 4 (57%) 3 (43%) $16,300 $26,400
Cleveland Institute of Art 311 7 (.5%) 6.9% 5 (71%) 2 (29%) $25,700 $31,900
Ringling College of Art and Design 352 7 (.5%) 3% 2 (29%) 5 (71%) $28,700 $31,800
Montserrat College of Art 583 7 (.5%) 9% 6 (86%) 1 (14%) $23,700 $23,500
Memphis College of Art 829 7 (.5%) 10.6% 5 (71%) 2 (29%) $17,600 $21,500
Drexel University 448 7 (.5%) .2% 7 (100%) 0 $52,200 $58,500
Brigham Young University-Provo 273 6 (.4%) .1% 5 (83%) 1 (17%) $39,200 $48,700
Seattle University 244 6 (.4%) .5% 4 (67%) 2 (33%) $43,200 $49,200
Indiana Wesleyan University-Marion 563 6 (.4%) .9% 6 (100%) 0 $42,500 $45,800
Marymount Manhattan College 868 5 (.4%) 1.5% 5 (100%) 0 $30,200 $34,900
Watkins College of Art Design & Film 1489 5 (.4%) 12.2% 5 (100%) 0 $24,100 $29,200
Marywood University 430 5 (.4%) 1.1% 4 (80%) 1 (20%) $31,300 $33,600
University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth 777 5 (.4%) .4% 5 (100%) 0 $37,500 $41,600
Oakland University 918 5 (.4%) .1% 5 (100%) 0 $34,100 $38,500
Paier College of Art Inc 5 (.4%) 23.8% 4 (80%) 1 (20%) $29,100 $26,800
Arcadia University 570 5 (.4%) 1% 5 (100%) 0 $32,200 $37,600
University of Hartford 636 4 (.3%) .4% 3 (75%) 1 (25%) $35,700 $40,900
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-San German 1258 4 (.3%) .8% 2 (50%) 2 (50%) $15,500 $17,400
St John's University-New York 503 4 (.3%) .2% 4 (100%) 0 $38,300 $46,600
Endicott College 338 4 (.3%) .7% 3 (75%) 1 (25%) $40,700 $45,900
Living Arts College 4 (.3%) 11.8% 4 (100%) 0 $20,700 $24,800
Columbia College 1054 4 (.3%) .2% 2 (50%) 2 (50%) $32,500 $35,100
Moore College of Art and Design 450 4 (.3%) 4.7% 4 (100%) 0 $24,500 $30,400
Carroll University 674 4 (.3%) .7% 3 (75%) 1 (25%) $35,500 $39,200
LIU Post 624 4 (.3%) .5% 4 (100%) 0 $34,100 $42,000
Marlboro College 398 3 (.2%) 9.4% 1 (33%) 2 (67%) $21,800 $25,200
Freed-Hardeman University 609 3 (.2%) 1.1% 2 (67%) 1 (33%) $29,200 $33,400
SUNY Buffalo State 1041 3 (.2%) .2% 3 (100%) 0 $30,300 $34,200
University of Oregon 254 3 (.2%) .1% 1 (33%) 2 (67%) $32,900 $38,500
American Academy of Art 3 (.2%) 5.5% 2 (67%) 1 (33%) $21,900 $26,100
Dominican University 567 3 (.2%) .6% 3 (100%) 0 $34,300 $40,400
University of Dayton 219 3 (.2%) .2% 3 (100%) 0 $42,900 $48,600
California Baptist University 677 3 (.2%) .2% 2 (67%) 1 (33%) $32,600 $36,100
Salem State University 769 3 (.2%) .2% 1 (33%) 2 (67%) $34,300 $38,900
Kansas City Art Institute 489 3 (.2%) 2.3% 3 (100%) 0 $23,300 $24,200
Carson-Newman University 1046 3 (.2%) .8% 3 (100%) 0 $29,800 $32,200
Weber State University 3 (.2%) .1% 1 (33%) 2 (67%) $35,200 $38,500
Cornerstone University 779 2 (.1%) .5% 2 (100%) 0 $29,800 $31,000
Marian University 848 2 (.1%) .4% 1 (50%) 1 (50%) $38,300 $39,800
Kansas Wesleyan University 1330 2 (.1%) 1.2% 1 (50%) 1 (50%) $29,600 $36,400
Oklahoma City University 507 2 (.1%) .4% 2 (100%) 0 $34,000 $39,000
Maine College of Art 601 2 (.1%) 2.3% 1 (50%) 1 (50%) $19,800 $23,400
Purdue University-Main Campus 173 2 (.1%) % 1 (50%) 1 (50%) $43,000 $47,300
George Washington University 96 2 (.1%) .1% 0 2 (100%) $51,400 $58,300
Washington University in St Louis 21 2 (.1%) .1% 0 2 (100%) $53,800 $57,900
Southwest University of Visual Arts-Tucson 2 (.1%) 13.3% 1 (50%) 1 (50%) $21,400 $23,100
Grace College and Theological Seminary 599 1 (.1%) .3% 1 (100%) 0 $29,400 $30,900
Pennsylvania College of Art and Design 1029 1 (.1%) 3.7% 1 (100%) 0 $22,100 $24,800
Grand View University 1138 1 (.1%) .2% 0 1 (100%) $35,700 $38,000
Louisiana Tech University 625 1 (.1%) .1% 1 (100%) 0 $33,400 $38,600
Eastern Mennonite University 606 1 (.1%) .3% 1 (100%) 0 $33,100 $36,000
Pacific Union College 1189 1 (.1%) .4% 1 (100%) 0 $37,400 $45,000
University of Miami 141 1 (.1%) % 1 (100%) 0 $46,300 $50,800
West Virginia Wesleyan College 916 1 (.1%) .3% 0 1 (100%) $28,800 $35,800
University of Akron Main Campus 1052 1 (.1%) % 1 (100%) 0 $30,200 $32,900
Villa Maria College 1465 1 (.1%) 2.3% 0 1 (100%) $22,800 $26,200
Bennington College 458 1 (.1%) .8% 1 (100%) 0 $21,100 $26,700
Texas Christian University 197 1 (.1%) % 1 (100%) 0 $44,800 $47,300
Carleton College 37 1 (.1%) .2% 1 (100%) 0 $36,400 $43,800
Shawnee State University 1339 1 (.1%) .2% 1 (100%) 0 $23,000 $29,300
Morningside College 841 1 (.1%) .4% 1 (100%) 0 $36,500 $37,600
Southwest University of Visual Arts-Albuquerque 1 (.1%) 3.7% 1 (100%) 0 $21,400 $23,100
University of Mount Olive 1254 1 (.1%) .2% 0 1 (100%) $33,700 $37,400
Cardinal Stritch University 1197 1 (.1%) .2% 1 (100%) 0 $43,700 $44,700
University of Southern Maine 1233 1 (.1%) .1% 1 (100%) 0 $31,200 $34,200
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