Top Schools for Photography

Learn about top schools for photography, which teach students how to take pictures for advertisements, fashion spreads, newspapers, or scientific publications. Review the degree programs at four high-profile universities, and see highlights of other schools that offer formal training in photography. View article »

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School Overview

Photography programs can be found at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. We'll preview four of the best photography colleges in the United States. The schools we'll explore 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.

Washington University in St. Louis, MO

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 19th among national universities in 2017. At the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts, students can pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) 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.

New York University in New York, NY

New York University features the Grey Art Gallery, NYU's fine arts museum. New York University ranked 36th among national universities in 2017, 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 darkrooms, digital labs, editing suites and shooting studios. In addition to study abroad opportunities, students can take part in several open arts and summer programs, such as Community Collaborations.

Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA

Drexel University offers a worldwide cooperative education program available to photography students. In 2017, U.S. News & World Report ranked Drexel University tied at 15th among most innovative 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 six-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.

Ohio University in Athens, OH

At Ohio University, undergraduate students take part in an exhibition of their work near the end of their degree. Ohio University tied as the 33rd best fine arts graduate school in the country in 2016, according to U.S. News & World Report. The university offers a BFA in Photography through its school of art. In order to declare this major, students must first begin their education with a bachelor of art degree and meet the requirements for a BFA, including a portfolio review. A photography master of art is also available to students, encouraging experimentation in a number of media and styles.

Top Schools With Photography Programs

Other top schools with photography programs include:

School Name Distinction Location
Syracuse University Coalition of Museum Art Centers offers a Photography and Literacy Project Syracuse, NY
University of Illinois School of Art & Design offers cutting-edge photography facilities Champaign, IL
University of Miami Offers an underwater photography contest for students Coral Gables, FL
University of Oregon Features an outdoor photography competition Eugene, OR
University of Washington Offers a Master of Fine Arts in Photomedia Seattle, WA

Washington University, New York University, Drexel University, and Ohio University are four top schools in the country with exceptional graduate and undergraduate degree programs in photography. They are all highly distinguished and rated by U.S. News & World Report either overall as colleges or in specific relevant fields.

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