Top School in Indianapolis for Photography Training

Students interested in studying photography in Indianapolis, IN, have three schools to choose from. Read about one top local school's degree programs, tuition and ranking info to see if it's the right one for you.

School and Ranking Info

Aspiring photographers in Indianapolis, IN, can find programs at a for-profit art institute, a small, private, not-for-profit school and a public university. The latter was chosen as the top school for photography based upon its professional program accreditation, depth and breadth of both the undergraduate and graduate curricula and U.S. News & World Report rankings.

  • Winner: Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis is a research-intensive institution that includes two colleges and 17 schools. At the Herron School of Art and Design, students can earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Photography or Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Photography and Intermedia while learning how to use a wide range of traditional and digital photographic facilities and equipment.

School Info Chart

Category Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis
Rankings #194 among National Universities (2015);
#110 among Top Public Schools (2015);
#7 among Up-and-Coming Schools (2015);
#45 among Graduate Fine Arts Programs (2014)*
Location Indianapolis, IN
School Type 4-year; public
Tuition and Fees (2013-2014) Undergraduate:
$8,756 (in-state);
$29,571 (out-of-state)**
Photography Degrees Offered Bachelor's and master's
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class 42%**
Noteworthy BFA in Photography program at the Herron School of Art and Design is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design

Sources: U.S. News & World Report; *NCES College Navigator

Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis

  • Photography facilities include a computer and wet labs, darkrooms and access to large-format cameras
  • Photography majors conduct research, develop a portfolio and mount two exhibitions
  • Graduate students have opportunities to teach and participate in public art
  • Herron School of Art and Design provides opportunities to study abroad

Approximately 30,500 students attend Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis each year, including those enrolled at the Herron School of Art and Design. The school offers 20 undergraduate and graduate programs in drawing, photography, printmaking and visual communication design, among other fine arts. Undergraduate certificates and minors are also available. Additional school features include an art library, community education classes and gallery exhibitions.

Undergraduates must complete freshman and sophomore courses in art history, color, design and drawing and pass a portfolio review before they can be formally admitted into the Bachelor of Fine Arts program. Once they've been accepted, photography majors take classes in black-and-white and color photography and digital and time-based media.

The 60-credit MFA in Photography and Intermedia program culminates in a written and visual thesis. In preparation, graduate students learn about the ideas, materials and methods used in the profession while studying visual culture.

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