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Best Colleges with a Photography Major: List of Schools

Gain information on the best colleges with photography majors in the country. Explore school rankings, degree options and location info, and compare similarities and differences to find the right school for you.

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Below, you'll find information on two top schools that allow you to major in photography. Undergrads majoring in photography learn techniques like lighting, composition, equipment use and image processing; often they have a concentration in their coursework, like art or commercial photography. These top schools offer bachelor's degree programs in photography, with the option to continue on to graduate study. Keep reading to learn more about your degree possibilities.

Best Colleges in the U.S. with a Photography Major

1. Providence College in Rhode Island

Providence College is ranked second in the 'Master's Universities, North Region' category by U.S. News & World Report, in the magazine's 2010 ranking of colleges. The Providence College Studio Arts program leads to a Bachelor of Arts, and students who select a concentration in photography are pushed to pursue creative limits while also learning the technical side of photography. Graduates receive extensive classmate and faculty critiques and are given the chance to publicly exhibit their work.

2. John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas

John Brown University (JBU) ranked second in the 'Baccalaureate Colleges, South Region' category by U.S. News & World Report for 2010. Those in the Bachelor of Science in Photography program take classes in design, darkroom, social documentary and commercial photography. Students can explore studio photography, fine art photography and photojournalism.

Good U.S. Colleges with a Photography Major by Student Enrollment

School Name Total Student Enrollment Address Phone Number
University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign 31,417 601 East John Street, Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 333-1000
Grand Valley State University 20,416 1 Campus Drive, Allendale, MI 49401 (616) 331-2020
Syracuse University 13,651 Syracuse, NY 13244 (315) 443-1870
Columbia College 13,454 1001 Rogers Street, Columbia, MO 65216 (573) 875-8700
Western Washington University 13,406 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225 (360) 650-3000
Rochester Institute of Technology 12,689 1 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623 (585) 475-2411
University of Miami 10,422 Coral Gables, FL 33124 (305) 284-2211
Central Washington University 10,181 400 East University Way, Ellensburg, WA 98926 (509) 963-1111
Washington University in St. Louis 6,985 One Brookings Drive, Saint Louis, MO 63130 (314) 935-5000
Bradley University 5,075 1501 West Bradley Avenue, Peoria, IL 61625 (309) 676-7611
Providence College 4,350 1 Cunningham Square, Providence, RI 02918 (401) 865-1000
Webster University 3,956 470 East Lockwood Avenue, Saint Louis, MO 63119 (314) 961-2660
Carroll University 3,032 100 North East Avenue, Waukesha, WI 53186 (262) 547-1211
Arcadia University 2,203 450 South Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038 (215) 572-2900
John Brown University 1,709 2000 West University Street, Siloam Springs, AR 72761 (479) 524-9500
Dominican University 1,709 7900 West Division Street, River Forest, IL 60305 (708) 366-2490
Pacific Union College 1,276 One Angwin Avenue, Angwin, CA 94508 (707) 965-6313
Morningside College 1,214 1501 Morningside Avenue, Sioux City, IA 51106 (712) 274-5000
Coker College 1,099 300 East College Avenue, Hartsville, SC 29550 (843) 383-8000
Chatham University 1,056 Woodland Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15232 (412) 365-1100
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    • Florida (1 campus)
    Areas of study you may find at University of Miami include:
      • Graduate: Doctorate, First Professional Degree, Master
      • Non-Degree: Certificate
      • Undergraduate: Bachelor
    • Visual and Performing Arts
      • Design and Applied Arts
      • Drama and Theatre Arts
      • Fine Arts and Studio Art
      • Musical Arts
      • Photography, Film, and Video
        • Cinematography and Film Production
        • Film and Cinema Studies
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    • New York (1 campus)
    Areas of study you may find at Syracuse University include:
      • Graduate: Doctorate, First Professional Degree, Master
      • Non-Degree: Certificate
      • Post Degree Certificate: Post Master's Certificate, Postbaccalaureate Certificate
      • Undergraduate: Associate, Bachelor
    • Visual and Performing Arts
      • Design and Applied Arts
      • Drama and Theatre Arts
      • Fine Arts and Studio Art
      • Musical Arts
      • Photography, Film, and Video
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    • New York (1 campus)
    Areas of study you may find at New York University include:
      • Graduate: Doctorate, First Professional Degree, Master
      • Non-Degree: Certificate
      • Post Degree Certificate: First Professional Certificate, Post Master's Certificate
      • Undergraduate: Associate, Bachelor
    • Visual and Performing Arts
      • Dance
      • Design and Applied Arts
      • Drama and Theatre Arts
      • Fine Arts and Studio Art
      • Musical Arts
      • Photography, Film, and Video
        • Cinematography and Film Production
        • Photography
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    • Pennsylvania (1 campus)
    Areas of study you may find at Temple University include:
      • Graduate: Doctorate, First Professional Degree, Master
      • Post Degree Certificate: First Professional Certificate, Post Master's Certificate
      • Undergraduate: Associate, Bachelor
    • Visual and Performing Arts
      • Dance
      • Design and Applied Arts
      • Drama and Theatre Arts
      • Fine Arts and Studio Art
      • Musical Arts
      • Photography, Film, and Video
        • Film and Cinema Studies
        • Photography
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    • Oregon (1 campus)
    Areas of study you may find at University of Oregon include:
      • Graduate: Doctorate, First Professional Degree, Master
      • Post Degree Certificate: Postbaccalaureate Certificate
      • Undergraduate: Bachelor
    • Visual and Performing Arts
      • Dance
      • Drama and Theatre Arts
      • Fine Arts and Studio Art
      • Musical Arts
      • Photography, Film, and Video
        • Film and Cinema Studies
        • Photography
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    • Ohio (1 campus)
    Areas of study you may find at University of Dayton include:
      • Graduate: First Professional Degree, Master
      • Undergraduate: Bachelor
    • Visual and Performing Arts
      • Design and Applied Arts
      • Drama and Theatre Arts
      • Fine Arts and Studio Art
      • Musical Arts
      • Photography, Film, and Video
        • Photography
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    • Washington (1 campus)
    Areas of study you may find at Western Washington University include:
      • Graduate: Master
      • Undergraduate: Bachelor
    • Visual and Performing Arts
      • Dance
      • Design and Applied Arts
      • Drama and Theatre Arts
      • Fine Arts and Studio Art
      • Musical Arts
      • Photography, Film, and Video
        • Photography

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