Some of the nation's top colleges and universities have programs in photography. Washington University and the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor are nationally-ranked schools with opportunities for students to study photography. Programs at both schools provide an exploration of a range of photography techniques.
1. Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri
|School Highlight:Photography BFA students at Washington University spend their junior year pursuing intensive studio work.|
Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) is a 4-year, private school. In 2015, U.S. News & World Report ranked WUSTL 15th overall among the best national universities. The Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at WUSTL offers an undergraduate art program, which includes a major in digital imaging and photography. Students in this photography program learn about the history, techniques and critical perspective of modern photography through exposure to large-format studio photography, classic nonsilver, digita photography and documentary photography techniques.
2. University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan
|School Highlight:The University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (UM) is a 4-year, public school that was ranked 29th overall by U.S. News & World Report in 2015, making it 27th in the country for its fine arts programs.|
Photography courses are offered at UM through the Residential College (RC), which is part of the College of Literature, Science and Arts (LSA). This 4-year liberal arts program allows RC students to learn and live in the same space. RC offers several studio arts programs, including a photography studio, which leads to a degree in fine arts. Students enrolled in the RC photography studio learn digital and traditional photographic processes, including processing and developing black and white, holographic and color images.
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Top Photography Schools and Colleges in the U.S.
|Bowling Green State University||School of Art offers several scholarships in varying amounts that photography students can apply for||Bowling Green, OH|
|Brigham Young University||Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Photography students pursue professional studies in areas like photojournalism, advertising, graphic design and entrepreneurship in addition to their hands-on training in photography; Bachelor of Arts (BA) program also offered in photography||Provo, UT|
|Drexel University||Photography students participate in six-month co-op experiences in businesses related to their professional aspirations||Philadelphia, PA|
|New York University||Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Photography students do their work in private studios and they have weekly private studio time with faculty, critics and industry professionals||New York, NY|
|Ohio University||College of Communication offers a program in commercial photography with emphasis in photojournalism, commercial photography and interactive or publication information design||Athens, OH|
|Syracuse University||Art photography students have a large range of study abroad opportunities in locations like Australia, Ireland, Italy, Chile, England, China, Egypt and Namibia||Syracuse, NY|
|University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign||University has BFA and MFA programs in photography||Champaign, IL|
|University of Iowa||University offers Bachelor of Arts (BA), Master of Arts (MA), BFA and MFA programs in photography; students learn techniques in black and white darkroom, digital photograph, large format photography and HD video capture and sound||Iowa City, IA|
|University of Oregon||Department of Art students can study abroad in places like Italy and China; spring break study in New York is also available||Eugene, OR|