List of Photography Universities in the U.S.
Photography universities offer bachelor's and master's degrees that specialize in digital or manual photography, preparing the student for many different careers behind the camera. Graduates can go on to become studio or fashion photographers or even work on movie sets.
How to Select a Photography University
While researching schools, it's important to think about the kind of photography one wants to study, beyond just digital or manual photography. Bachelor's degree and graduate programs are available and students can find concentrations in either digital or manual photography. While many photography schools can be found in fine arts programs, there are also programs that tie into other disciplines, such as advertising or marketing.
Other considerations when choosing a photography school:
- Students will want access to digital labs, dark rooms, professional lighting equipment, film processing labs and other such facilities.
- In typical photography programs, students learn the techniques and practices of professional photography, and also gain a comprehensive knowledge of the history and theory of the subject.
- Hands-on practice in photography will familiarize a student with traditional developing and processing methods, as well as introducing techniques for digital media.
Prospective students may want to compare the balance between classroom work and hands-on camera practice in the program curriculum; they may also want to consider the capstone requirement. Traditionally, each student in a photography university program must create a professional portfolio or collection of their work before graduation. Some courses offered may include:
- Photographic Image Making
- Large Format Camera
- Color Concepts
- Black & White
- Lighting Fundamentals
- Post Production and Fine Printing
- Documentary Practices
Top Ten Schools with Fine Arts Programs
|California Institute of the Arts||private, not-for-profit, 4 year|
|Carnegie Mellon University||private, not-for-profit, 4 year|
|Columbia University-New York||private, not-for-profit, 4 year|
|Cranbrook Academy of Art||private, not-for-profit, 4 year|
|Maryland Institute College of Art||private, not-for-profit, 4 year|
|Rhode Island School of Design||private, not-for-profit, 4 year|
|School of the Art Institute of Chicago||private, not-for-profit, 4 year|
|University of California-Los Angeles||public, 4 year|
|Virginia Commonwealth University||public, 4 year|
|Yale University||private, not-for-profit, 4 year|