Videography Schools and Colleges: How to Choose

Videography is the art of recording images and sound on an electronic device such as a DVD or videotape. Courses in videography can be found in programs that emphasize digital video and media education. Read on to see what you should consider while choosing a videography program and to view some U.S. schools that offer degrees in this field.

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Videography is generally taught as part of a larger degree program in video production, digital media, media production or digital film. Programs are usually found at the undergraduate level.

Schools with Videography Programs

Videography-inclusive programs are offered by the following public and private schools.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered* Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)**
Academy of Art University San Francisco, CA 4-year, Private for-profit Bachelor's, Master's $20,340
Biola University La Mirada, CA 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's $34,498
Central Washington University Ellensburg, WA 4-year, Public Bachelor's $8,688 (in-state)
$21,501 (out-of-state)
Cleveland State University Cleveland, OH 4-year, Public Bachelor's $9,696 (in-state)
$12,938 (out-of-state)
DePaul University Chicago, IL 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's $36,361
Florida State University Tallahassee, FL 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's $6,507 (in-state)
$21,673 (out-of-state)
Grand Canyon University Phoenix, AZ 4-year, Private for-profit Bachelor's $17,050
Lynn University Boca Raton, FL 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's $35,200
New York University New York, New York 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's, Master's $47,750
Northern Michigan University Marquette, MI 4-year, Public Bachelor's $9,620 (in-state)
$15,020 (out-of-state)

Source: *School Websites, **NCES

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School Selection Criteria

Keep the following factors in mind when choosing a videography program that's right for you.

  • Schools that teach videography often incorporate various technical specializations in their programs, such as animation, effects, filming techniques and audio production, and students should choose a program with specialized courses that fit their interests.
  • Make sure videography programs offer advanced production facilities on-site that utilize the latest industry-standard equipment.
  • Since videography is a hands-on, technical medium, programs are typically found on-campus; however, students with strained schedules may be able to find online or hybrid programs.

Associate's Degree in Digital Video and Media Production

These 2-year degree programs include approximately 60-70 credit-hours. These programs train students in a broad scope of video production. The program also provides hands-on training with video equipment such as microphones and audio consoles. Graduates are prepared for entry-level positions in production studios and businesses working as producers, videographers or digital artists. Classes include audio and video editing, camera operation, lighting techniques, and video effects production.

Bachelor's Degree in Media Production and Film

These 4-year degree programs require at least 120-credit hours to complete. Students explore other areas of videography including directing and screenwriting. Bachelor's degree programs typically culminate in a practicum that allows students to explore media forms and expression. The curriculum includes coursework in visual storytelling, production, editing, and camera techniques.

Programs in film or video are available at undergraduate and graduate levels from a number of colleges, commonly in the form of a bachelor's degree. Some programs are more concentrated than others, so check that they match your interests and career goals.

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