Top School in Philadelphia for Cinematography Degrees

Students interested in studying cinematography in Philadelphia, PA, have only a few schools to choose from. Read about the top school's degree programs, tuition and ranking info to see if it's the right one for you.

School and Ranking Information

In the Philadelphia, PA, area, there are approximately five schools that offer degree programs for aspiring cinematographers and filmmakers. These include one university that U.S. News & World Report ranked among the top public institutions in the country for 2015.

  • Winner: Temple University, located in downtown Philadelphia, is the only public university in Philadelphia that offers programs in cinematography and film studies. The School of Communications and Theater includes the Department of Film and Media Arts, where students can pursue bachelor's and master's degree programs that help them acquire a theoretical and practical understanding of moviemaking and the film industry.

School Info Chart

Category Temple University
Rankings #121 among national universities (2015);
#58 among top public schools (2015);
#13 among graduate fine arts programs (2012)*
Location Philadelphia, PA
School Type 4-year; public
Tuition & Fees (2013-2014) Undergraduate: $14,096 (in-state)
$24,122 (out-of-state)**
Cinematography Degree Awards Offered Bachelor's and master's
Cinematography Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2013 175**
Most Popular Cinematography Degree Level in 2013 Bachelor's (162 awarded)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 entering class 66%**
Noteworthy Diamond Screen, Freese Youth Media and NextFrame Student Fests sponsored by the Film and Media Arts program

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

Temple University

  • State-of-the-art, industry-quality film and media arts equipment and facilities
  • Grants and scholarships for film and media arts students
  • Study away and internship programs in Los Angeles and San Francisco for film and media arts students
  • City location provides students with easy access to one of the best locations for independent filmmakers

Temple University is a comprehensive research university with 17 schools and colleges. Temple serves the academic needs of more than 37,000 students annually; in spite of its large enrollment, it has a student-faculty ratio of 14:1. Students interested in cinematography can enroll in the Bachelor of Arts in Film and Media Arts or the Master of Fine Arts in Film and Media programs.

In the BA program, students gain a foundational understanding of cinema while becoming familiar with the technical processes behind film and video production for audio, video and Web formats. Specific courses cover topics in film analysis, editing and production; lighting; Web design and writing. Students complete a thesis project in media arts or culture, general film or production. The 54-credit Master of Fine Arts in Film and Media Arts is a 3-year program designed for aspiring filmmakers, film editors, screenwriters and videographers. Admission to the program is selective and only about 40 students are enrolled at any given time. Courses include film history and theory, cinematography and critical methodology. A thesis is required.

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