Top Photography Bachelors degree Programs - 2018

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
1,547
Total Males
445 (29%)
Total Females
1,102 (71%)
 

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School of Visual Arts 295 119 (7.7%) 14% 75 (63%) 44 (37%)
Savannah College of Art and Design 505 89 (5.8%) 4.7% 66 (74%) 23 (26%) 678 $41,000 $68,400
Rochester Institute of Technology 435 88 (5.7%) 3.5% 56 (64%) 32 (36%) 143 $57,400 $89,600
Academy of Art University 86 (5.6%) 7.5% 60 (70%) 26 (30%)
The New School 415 82 (5.3%) 6.1% 56 (68%) 26 (32%) 228 $47,700 $84,500
Columbia College Chicago 1148 81 (5.2%) 4.3% 62 (77%) 19 (23%) 807 $41,900 $63,200
Virginia Commonwealth University 448 39 (2.5%) .8% 30 (77%) 9 (23%) 642 $44,600 $69,800
Texas State University 759 37 (2.4%) .6% 32 (86%) 5 (14%) 474 $45,400 $74,500
New York University 88 37 (2.4%) .6% 25 (68%) 12 (32%) 60 $55,700 $100,000
Pratt Institute-Main 432 36 (2.3%) 5.3% 25 (69%) 11 (31%) 185 $48,300 $87,400
Art Center College of Design 673 31 (2%) 7.9% 17 (55%) 14 (45%) 312 $62,300 $81,300
Universidad del Sagrado Corazon 1480 30 (1.9%) 4.3% 19 (63%) 11 (37%)
California State University-Sacramento 1083 28 (1.8%) .5% 17 (61%) 11 (39%) 231 $46,800 $84,300
Maryland Institute College of Art 245 26 (1.7%) 6.2% 23 (88%) 3 (12%) 898 $40,700 $58,300
SUNY at Purchase College 288 26 (1.7%) 2.7% 19 (73%) 7 (27%) 474 $43,200 $74,500
Lesley University 454 25 (1.6%) 5.6% 19 (76%) 6 (24%) 945 $41,000 $54,100
College for Creative Studies 665 24 (1.6%) 8.4% 22 (92%) 2 (8%) 616 $47,900 $70,400
Massachusetts College of Art and Design 219 23 (1.5%) 6.6% 16 (70%) 7 (30%) 595 $44,200 $71,000
Northern Arizona University 748 22 (1.4%) .4% 18 (82%) 4 (18%) 445 $44,400 $75,200
Grand Valley State University 447 22 (1.4%) .5% 16 (73%) 6 (27%) 763 $41,500 $64,800
San Francisco Art Institute 1456 21 (1.4%) 21.6% 12 (57%) 9 (43%)
New Hampshire Institute of Art 833 21 (1.4%) 25.9% 17 (81%) 4 (19%)
Columbus College of Art and Design 749 19 (1.2%) 7.5% 15 (79%) 4 (21%) 932 $41,000 $55,300
Brigham Young University-Provo 273 17 (1.1%) .3% 12 (71%) 5 (29%) 106 $52,300 $93,500
University of Hartford 682 17 (1.1%) 1.7% 12 (71%) 5 (29%) 161 $49,100 $88,400
University of Houston 686 17 (1.1%) .2% 12 (71%) 5 (29%) 207 $51,800 $86,300
Saint Edward's University 433 16 (1%) 1.9% 12 (75%) 4 (25%)
University of Central Florida 289 16 (1%) .1% 10 (63%) 6 (38%) 607 $43,500 $70,700
Syracuse University 160 15 (1%) .4% 11 (73%) 4 (27%) 209 $51,900 $86,000
Webster University 580 15 (1%) 1.9% 10 (67%) 5 (33%) 543 $39,800 $72,500
University of Central Missouri 802 14 (.9%) .7% 12 (86%) 2 (14%) 657 $42,300 $69,200
Ringling College of Art and Design 389 12 (.8%) 4% 6 (50%) 6 (50%)
Drexel University 437 12 (.8%) .3% 8 (67%) 4 (33%) 111 $57,700 $92,900
Santa Fe University of Art and Design 1441 12 (.8%) 7.5% 5 (42%) 7 (58%)
Seattle University 234 11 (.7%) .9% 10 (91%) 1 (9%) 146 $52,000 $89,400
Watkins College of Art Design - Film 1462 11 (.7%) 26.2% 8 (73%) 3 (27%)
State University of New York at New Paltz 226 11 (.7%) .6% 7 (64%) 4 (36%) 706 $40,400 $67,300
University of Washington-Seattle Campus 85 11 (.7%) .1% 7 (64%) 4 (36%) 98 $55,100 $94,200
California Institute of the Arts 332 11 (.7%) 5.9% 8 (73%) 3 (27%)
Ferris State University 830 11 (.7%) .4% 8 (73%) 3 (27%) 526 $47,700 $73,000
Rhode Island School of Design 117 10 (.6%) 2% 7 (70%) 3 (30%) 279 $48,500 $82,500
The University of the Arts 506 10 (.6%) 3% 7 (70%) 3 (30%) 693 $42,400 $67,900
Cleveland Institute of Art 410 9 (.6%) 8.3% 7 (78%) 2 (22%)
University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth 808 9 (.6%) .6% 5 (56%) 4 (44%) 204 $50,300 $86,400
John Brown University 427 9 (.6%) 1.8% 8 (89%) 1 (11%) 670 $38,900 $68,800
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 62 9 (.6%) .1% 9 (100%) 0 49 $58,100 $102,000
California College of the Arts 857 9 (.6%) 3% 8 (89%) 1 (11%) 181 $48,600 $87,500
Sam Houston State University 762 9 (.6%) .3% 6 (67%) 3 (33%) 642 $42,600 $69,800
Point Park University 599 9 (.6%) 1.4% 7 (78%) 2 (22%) 655 $39,200 $69,300
Kansas City Art Institute 638 9 (.6%) 5.9% 7 (78%) 2 (22%)
Pacific Northwest College of Art 1487 8 (.5%) 11.6% 4 (50%) 4 (50%)
Pennsylvania College of Art and Design 1093 8 (.5%) 15.1% 7 (88%) 1 (13%)
Maine College of Art 1248 8 (.5%) 11.3% 6 (75%) 2 (25%)
Purdue University-Main Campus 170 7 (.5%) .1% 6 (86%) 1 (14%) 98 $57,400 $94,200
SUNY Buffalo State 1116 7 (.5%) .4% 6 (86%) 1 (14%) 821 $38,300 $62,600
University of La Verne 508 6 (.4%) .5% 3 (50%) 3 (50%) 535 $44,400 $72,700
Moore College of Art and Design 766 6 (.4%) 6% 6 (100%) 0 770 $36,100 $64,600
George Washington University 114 6 (.4%) .2% 4 (67%) 2 (33%) 166 $49,500 $88,200
Barry University 1322 6 (.4%) .6% 5 (83%) 1 (17%) 717 $46,500 $66,900
Marymount Manhattan College 948 6 (.4%) 1.7% 6 (100%) 0 819 $46,500 $62,800
Fitchburg State University 728 6 (.4%) .7% 2 (33%) 4 (67%) 533 $39,300 $72,800
Salem State University 823 6 (.4%) .4% 3 (50%) 3 (50%) 568 $41,800 $71,800
Minneapolis College of Art and Design 414 5 (.3%) 3.3% 2 (40%) 3 (60%)
Oakland University 911 5 (.3%) .2% 4 (80%) 1 (20%) 353 $47,300 $78,700
LIU Post 810 5 (.3%) .5% 5 (100%) 0 199 $46,700 $86,700
Weber State University 5 (.3%) .2% 4 (80%) 1 (20%) 568 $52,000 $71,800
Temple University 408 5 (.3%) .1% 3 (60%) 2 (40%) 370 $45,600 $77,700
University of Akron Main Campus 1016 5 (.3%) .2% 3 (60%) 2 (40%) 382 $46,600 $77,300
Villa Maria College 1396 4 (.3%) 11.8% 4 (100%) 0
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-San German 1348 4 (.3%) .8% 1 (25%) 3 (75%)
Paier College of Art Inc 4 (.3%) 17.4% 3 (75%) 1 (25%)
Arcadia University 548 4 (.3%) .8% 4 (100%) 0 265 $36,900 $82,800
Louisiana Tech University 590 4 (.3%) .3% 3 (75%) 1 (25%) 169 $46,900 $88,000
University of Dayton 237 4 (.3%) .2% 4 (100%) 0 135 $52,700 $90,200
Grand View University 1160 4 (.3%) .8% 3 (75%) 1 (25%) 526 $36,700 $73,000
American Academy of Art 4 (.3%) 6.2% 3 (75%) 1 (25%)
Morningside College 917 4 (.3%) 1.8% 3 (75%) 1 (25%) 913 $39,100 $57,000
Art Academy of Cincinnati 994 4 (.3%) 10% 3 (75%) 1 (25%)
Indiana Wesleyan University-Marion 504 4 (.3%) .6% 4 (100%) 0 791 $44,000 $63,700
Bennington College 457 3 (.2%) 1.8% 3 (100%) 0
Milwaukee Institute of Art - Design 894 3 (.2%) 2.5% 2 (67%) 1 (33%)
St John's University-New York 493 3 (.2%) .2% 2 (67%) 1 (33%) 185 $48,500 $87,400
Oklahoma Christian University 913 3 (.2%) .8% 3 (100%) 0
Marywood University 446 3 (.2%) .8% 1 (33%) 2 (67%) 863 $38,200 $60,500
Washington University in St Louis 18 3 (.2%) .2% 3 (100%) 0 47 $56,700 $103,000
New England College 1388 3 (.2%) 1.3% 1 (33%) 2 (67%)
Eastern Mennonite University 681 3 (.2%) .8% 1 (33%) 2 (67%)
Southwest University of Visual Arts-Tucson 2 (.1%) 28.6% 1 (50%) 1 (50%)
Bard College at Simon's Rock 2 (.1%) 3.9% 1 (50%) 1 (50%)
Southern Adventist University 1022 2 (.1%) .5% 1 (50%) 1 (50%) 906 $43,600 $57,500
Kansas Wesleyan University 1372 2 (.1%) 1.7% 2 (100%) 0
Grace College and Theological Seminary 444 2 (.1%) .6% 2 (100%) 0
Dominican University 649 2 (.1%) .5% 1 (50%) 1 (50%)
Montserrat College of Art 526 2 (.1%) 3.2% 1 (50%) 1 (50%)
Columbia College 1370 2 (.1%) .1% 2 (100%) 0 765 $39,500 $64,700
Pacific Union College 1049 2 (.1%) .8% 0 2 (100%)
Andrews University 603 2 (.1%) .5% 1 (50%) 1 (50%) 756 $43,100 $65,000
Living Arts College 2 (.1%) 4.2% 1 (50%) 1 (50%)
University of Oregon 274 2 (.1%) % 2 (100%) 0 395 $44,100 $76,900
Emory - Henry College 1005 1 (.1%) .4% 1 (100%) 0
Carroll University 619 1 (.1%) .2% 1 (100%) 0 697 $39,000 $67,700
West Virginia Wesleyan College 844 1 (.1%) .5% 1 (100%) 0
Franklin College 651 1 (.1%) .5% 1 (100%) 0
Carson-Newman University 990 1 (.1%) .3% 1 (100%) 0 878 $45,500 $59,500
Southwest University of Visual Arts-Albuquerque 1 (.1%) 3.6% 1 (100%) 0
California Baptist University 800 1 (.1%) .1% 1 (100%) 0 829 $42,000 $62,200
Oklahoma City University 517 1 (.1%) .2% 1 (100%) 0 581 $47,300 $71,500
Concordia University-Wisconsin 741 1 (.1%) .1% 1 (100%) 0 836 $43,300 $62,000
New York Film Academy 1 (.1%) 1.1% 0 1 (100%)
Judson University 932 1 (.1%) .4% 1 (100%) 0
Memphis College of Art 900 1 (.1%) 1.6% 1 (100%) 0
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