Top Schools for Photography

Read about top schools for photography, through which you can learn how to take pictures for advertisements, fashion spreads, newspapers or scientific publications. Learn about the degree programs at three high-profile universities, and find an easy-to-read table with other schools around the country that offer formal training in photography.

School Overview

Two of the schools featured below have received national university rankings from U.S. News & World Report. Program offerings include bachelor's degrees in imaging and photography, as well as the opportunity to investigate different forms of photographic media. At Drexel University, students can also participate in a cooperative education program that allows for 6-month internships.

1. Washington University in St. Louis, MO

School Highlight:Washington University in St. Louis provides its graduate students studio space in the 36,000 square foot Lewis Center.

Washington University is a private institution that U.S. News & World Report ranked 14th among national universities in 2015. At the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts, students can pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography. The program provides students with the opportunity to explore various forms of photography, including digital, large format and film. They also gain hands-on experiences through extensive studio work and independent research.

2. New York University in New York, NY

School Highlight: New York University features the Grey Art Gallery, NYU's fine arts museum.

New York University ranked 32nd among national universities in 2015, according to U.S. News & World Report. The largest private, non-profit university in the United States, as well as a distinguished member of the Association of American Universities, New York University includes the Tisch School of the Arts, where students can earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography and Imaging. Through the program, students have access to photography and imaging labs, which are comprised of 11 darkrooms, two digital labs and two shooting studios. In addition to study abroad opportunities, students can take part in several open arts and summer programs, such as COmmunity COllaborations.

3. Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA

School Highlight: Drexel University offers a worldwide cooperative education program available to photography students.

In 2015, U.S. News & World Report ranked Drexel University tenth among Up and Coming Schools. At the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, aspiring professionals can pursue a Bachelor of Science in Photography. Drexel University's photography program features the Photography Co-op, which allow students to participate in internships at 6-month intervals. Hands-on courses cover topics in figure drawing, photojournalism, digital photography and fine black & white printing. Additional degree requirements include an individualized thesis project.

Top Schools with Photography Programs

School Name Distinction Location
Ohio University Offers an undergraduate and graduate photography program Athens, OH
Syracuse University The university's Coalition of Museum Art Centers offers a Photography and Literacy Project Syracuse, NY
University of Illinois Cutting-edge photography facilities offered through School of Art & Design Champaign, IL
University of Miami Underwater Photography Contest for students Coral Gables, FL
University of Oregon Features an Outdoor Photography Competition Eugene, OR
University of Washington Master of Fine Arts in Photomedia Seattle, WA

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