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 256 112 (7.9%) 14% 72 (64%) 40 (36%)
Savannah College of Art and Design 469 93 (6.6%) 4.8% 71 (76%) 22 (24%) 678 $41,000 $68,400
Rochester Institute of Technology 337 88 (6.2%) 3.6% 62 (70%) 26 (30%) 143 $57,400 $89,600
Columbia College Chicago 1236 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 407 57 (4%) 3.8% 35 (61%) 22 (39%) 228 $47,700 $84,500
New York University 72 35 (2.5%) .6% 22 (63%) 13 (37%) 60 $55,700 $100,000
Texas State University 750 34 (2.4%) .5% 28 (82%) 6 (18%) 474 $45,400 $74,500
California State University-Sacramento 1003 34 (2.4%) .5% 20 (59%) 14 (41%) 231 $46,800 $84,300
Virginia Commonwealth University 435 29 (2%) .6% 17 (59%) 12 (41%) 642 $44,600 $69,800
Massachusetts College of Art and Design 252 28 (2%) 7.9% 21 (75%) 7 (25%) 595 $44,200 $71,000
Art Center College of Design 848 28 (2%) 7% 16 (57%) 12 (43%) 312 $62,300 $81,300
The University of the Arts 492 26 (1.8%) 6.6% 22 (85%) 4 (15%) 693 $42,400 $67,900
Ferris State University 801 25 (1.8%) 1% 17 (68%) 8 (32%) 526 $47,700 $73,000
Universidad del Sagrado Corazon 1483 25 (1.8%) 3.5% 14 (56%) 11 (44%)
College for Creative Studies 742 22 (1.6%) 8.4% 15 (68%) 7 (32%) 616 $47,900 $70,400
Pratt Institute-Main 414 22 (1.6%) 3.7% 18 (82%) 4 (18%) 185 $48,300 $87,400
San Francisco Art Institute 1423 21 (1.5%) 24.4% 13 (62%) 8 (38%)
University of Central Florida 291 20 (1.4%) .2% 13 (65%) 7 (35%) 607 $43,500 $70,700
Lesley University 500 20 (1.4%) 4.6% 14 (70%) 6 (30%) 945 $41,000 $54,100
Point Park University 644 18 (1.3%) 2.7% 14 (78%) 4 (22%) 655 $39,200 $69,300
New Hampshire Institute of Art 1199 17 (1.2%) 21.8% 13 (76%) 4 (24%)
Columbus College of Art and Design 678 17 (1.2%) 7.4% 16 (94%) 1 (6%) 932 $41,000 $55,300
SUNY at Purchase College 381 16 (1.1%) 1.6% 6 (38%) 10 (63%) 474 $43,200 $74,500
California Institute of the Arts 443 16 (1.1%) 8.3% 9 (56%) 7 (44%)
Grand Valley State University 418 16 (1.1%) .4% 14 (88%) 2 (13%) 763 $41,500 $64,800
Maryland Institute College of Art 239 15 (1.1%) 3.9% 12 (80%) 3 (20%) 898 $40,700 $58,300
Syracuse University 166 15 (1.1%) .4% 11 (73%) 4 (27%) 209 $51,900 $86,000
Temple University 396 14 (1%) .2% 9 (64%) 5 (36%) 370 $45,600 $77,700
Northern Arizona University 774 14 (1%) .2% 8 (57%) 6 (43%) 445 $44,400 $75,200
University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras 1087 14 (1%) .8% 10 (71%) 4 (29%)
University of Washington-Seattle Campus 85 13 (.9%) .2% 9 (69%) 4 (31%) 98 $55,100 $94,200
Minneapolis College of Art and Design 497 12 (.8%) 8.6% 7 (58%) 5 (42%)
Santa Fe University of Art and Design 1415 12 (.8%) 7.5% 9 (75%) 3 (25%)
California College of the Arts 717 12 (.8%) 3.6% 11 (92%) 1 (8%) 181 $48,600 $87,500
Webster University 546 12 (.8%) 1.6% 8 (67%) 4 (33%) 543 $39,800 $72,500
University of Central Missouri 800 11 (.8%) .6% 8 (73%) 3 (27%) 657 $42,300 $69,200
Fitchburg State University 720 10 (.7%) 1.2% 7 (70%) 3 (30%) 533 $39,300 $72,800
State University of New York at New Paltz 229 10 (.7%) .5% 7 (70%) 3 (30%) 706 $40,400 $67,300
Sam Houston State University 826 9 (.6%) .2% 9 (100%) 0 642 $42,600 $69,800
University of Houston 575 8 (.6%) .1% 4 (50%) 4 (50%) 207 $51,800 $86,300
Rhode Island School of Design 117 8 (.6%) 1.6% 7 (88%) 1 (13%) 279 $48,500 $82,500
John Brown University 438 8 (.6%) 1.9% 7 (88%) 1 (13%) 670 $38,900 $68,800
Pacific Northwest College of Art 1450 8 (.6%) 12.3% 6 (75%) 2 (25%)
Saint Edward's University 489 8 (.6%) .9% 6 (75%) 2 (25%)
University of La Verne 548 8 (.6%) .6% 8 (100%) 0 535 $44,400 $72,700
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 71 8 (.6%) .1% 7 (88%) 1 (13%) 49 $58,100 $102,000
Barry University 1413 8 (.6%) 1% 7 (88%) 1 (13%) 717 $46,500 $66,900
Andrews University 709 7 (.5%) 1.9% 4 (57%) 3 (43%) 756 $43,100 $65,000
Art Academy of Cincinnati 940 7 (.5%) 19.4% 4 (57%) 3 (43%)
Montserrat College of Art 591 7 (.5%) 9% 6 (86%) 1 (14%)
Drexel University 440 7 (.5%) .2% 7 (100%) 0 111 $57,700 $92,900
Milwaukee Institute of Art - Design 811 7 (.5%) 5.6% 5 (71%) 2 (29%)
Memphis College of Art 822 7 (.5%) 10.6% 5 (71%) 2 (29%)
Cleveland Institute of Art 307 7 (.5%) 6.9% 5 (71%) 2 (29%)
Ringling College of Art and Design 364 7 (.5%) 3% 2 (29%) 5 (71%)
New York Film Academy 7 (.5%) 2.3% 5 (71%) 2 (29%)
Brigham Young University-Provo 281 6 (.4%) .1% 5 (83%) 1 (17%) 106 $52,300 $93,500
Seattle University 240 6 (.4%) .5% 4 (67%) 2 (33%) 146 $52,000 $89,400
Indiana Wesleyan University-Marion 557 6 (.4%) .9% 6 (100%) 0 791 $44,000 $63,700
Marywood University 419 5 (.4%) 1.1% 4 (80%) 1 (20%) 863 $38,200 $60,500
Marymount Manhattan College 862 5 (.4%) 1.5% 5 (100%) 0 819 $46,500 $62,800
Oakland University 911 5 (.4%) .1% 5 (100%) 0 353 $47,300 $78,700
Paier College of Art Inc 5 (.4%) 23.8% 4 (80%) 1 (20%)
Arcadia University 560 5 (.4%) 1% 5 (100%) 0 265 $36,900 $82,800
Watkins College of Art Design - Film 1486 5 (.4%) 12.2% 5 (100%) 0
University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth 764 5 (.4%) .4% 5 (100%) 0 204 $50,300 $86,400
Moore College of Art and Design 441 4 (.3%) 4.7% 4 (100%) 0 770 $36,100 $64,600
St John's University-New York 495 4 (.3%) .2% 4 (100%) 0 185 $48,500 $87,400
Carroll University 665 4 (.3%) .7% 3 (75%) 1 (25%) 697 $39,000 $67,700
Living Arts College 4 (.3%) 11.8% 4 (100%) 0
LIU Post 616 4 (.3%) .5% 4 (100%) 0 199 $46,700 $86,700
Endicott College 343 4 (.3%) .7% 3 (75%) 1 (25%) 954 $45,100 $52,000
University of Hartford 627 4 (.3%) .4% 3 (75%) 1 (25%) 161 $49,100 $88,400
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-San German 1274 4 (.3%) .8% 2 (50%) 2 (50%)
Columbia College 1062 4 (.3%) .2% 2 (50%) 2 (50%) 765 $39,500 $64,700
Marlboro College 403 3 (.2%) 9.4% 1 (33%) 2 (67%)
Kansas City Art Institute 481 3 (.2%) 2.3% 3 (100%) 0
Weber State University 3 (.2%) .1% 1 (33%) 2 (67%) 568 $52,000 $71,800
University of Dayton 216 3 (.2%) .2% 3 (100%) 0 135 $52,700 $90,200
Salem State University 752 3 (.2%) .2% 1 (33%) 2 (67%) 568 $41,800 $71,800
Carson-Newman University 1038 3 (.2%) .8% 3 (100%) 0 878 $45,500 $59,500
California Baptist University 667 3 (.2%) .2% 2 (67%) 1 (33%) 829 $42,000 $62,200
SUNY Buffalo State 1019 3 (.2%) .2% 3 (100%) 0 821 $38,300 $62,600
Freed-Hardeman University 604 3 (.2%) 1.1% 2 (67%) 1 (33%)
University of Oregon 251 3 (.2%) .1% 1 (33%) 2 (67%) 395 $44,100 $76,900
American Academy of Art 3 (.2%) 5.5% 2 (67%) 1 (33%)
Dominican University 555 3 (.2%) .6% 3 (100%) 0
Washington University in St Louis 20 2 (.1%) .1% 0 2 (100%) 47 $56,700 $103,000
Maine College of Art 613 2 (.1%) 2.3% 1 (50%) 1 (50%)
Purdue University-Main Campus 170 2 (.1%) % 1 (50%) 1 (50%) 98 $57,400 $94,200
Oklahoma City University 503 2 (.1%) .4% 2 (100%) 0 581 $47,300 $71,500
George Washington University 94 2 (.1%) .1% 0 2 (100%) 166 $49,500 $88,200
Cornerstone University 765 2 (.1%) .5% 2 (100%) 0 956 $37,900 $51,200
Kansas Wesleyan University 1321 2 (.1%) 1.2% 1 (50%) 1 (50%)
Marian University 843 2 (.1%) .4% 1 (50%) 1 (50%) 849 $45,000 $61,400
Southwest University of Visual Arts-Tucson 2 (.1%) 13.3% 1 (50%) 1 (50%)
Eastern Mennonite University 595 1 (.1%) .3% 1 (100%) 0
Southwest University of Visual Arts-Albuquerque 1 (.1%) 3.7% 1 (100%) 0
Bennington College 465 1 (.1%) .8% 1 (100%) 0
University of Mount Olive 1248 1 (.1%) .2% 0 1 (100%) 807 $36,400 $63,200
Pennsylvania College of Art and Design 1050 1 (.1%) 3.7% 1 (100%) 0
Louisiana Tech University 621 1 (.1%) .1% 1 (100%) 0 169 $46,900 $88,000
Grace College and Theological Seminary 586 1 (.1%) .3% 1 (100%) 0
Pacific Union College 1178 1 (.1%) .4% 1 (100%) 0
Cardinal Stritch University 1182 1 (.1%) .2% 1 (100%) 0 863 $49,200 $60,500
Villa Maria College 1465 1 (.1%) 2.3% 0 1 (100%)
University of Miami 138 1 (.1%) % 1 (100%) 0 365 $50,600 $78,000
Shawnee State University 1327 1 (.1%) .2% 1 (100%) 0 625 $43,700 $70,200
Carleton College 37 1 (.1%) .2% 1 (100%) 0 69 $46,900 $98,800
Grand View University 1130 1 (.1%) .2% 0 1 (100%) 526 $36,700 $73,000
Morningside College 833 1 (.1%) .4% 1 (100%) 0 913 $39,100 $57,000
Texas Christian University 199 1 (.1%) % 1 (100%) 0 383 $47,800 $77,200
University of Southern Maine 1225 1 (.1%) .1% 1 (100%) 0 798 $39,400 $63,500
West Virginia Wesleyan College 908 1 (.1%) .3% 0 1 (100%)
University of Akron Main Campus 1042 1 (.1%) % 1 (100%) 0 382 $46,600 $77,300
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