Find Schools

Study Area & Zipcode

Best Film, Video & Photographic Arts Bachelor's Degree Schools

Find Schools Near

2021 Best Film, Video & Photographic Arts Bachelor's Degree Schools

222 Colleges
$22,656 Avg Salary
$27,015 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Film, Video & Photographic Arts Bachelor's Degree School for You

In 2018-2019, 16,756 people earned a degree or certificate in film, video and photographic arts, making the major the #72 most popular in the United States.

When it comes to higher education, there are a lot of options for students. You're no longer limited to schools in your local area, either, since online programs are becoming more prevalent. Or you may find the programs at a trade school to be a better alternative for you.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Course Advisor has created its Best Film, Video & Photographic Arts Bachelor's Degree Schools ranking. Our analysis looked at 222 schools in the United States to see which bachelor's degree programs offered the best educational experiences for students. The factors used to develop this ranking include those related to how in-demand the school is, the overall quality of the school, and post-graduation wages, and more.

View our full ranking methodology.

2021 Best Film, Video & Photographic Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Film, Video & Photographic Arts Bachelor's Degree Colleges.

Top 25 Top Schools for a Bachelor's in Film

Our analysis found Compass College of Cinematic Arts to be the best school for film, video and photographic arts students who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree in the United States. Located in the medium-sized city of Grand Rapids, Compass College of Cinematic Arts is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly small student population.

On average, film graduates from Compass College of Cinematic Arts take out $30,558 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree.

Read More…

Request Information
#2

American University

Washington, DC

A rank of #2 on this year’s list means American University is a great place for film, video and photographic arts students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the city of Washington, The American University is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, film graduates from The American University carry an average student debtload of $20,240. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $254.

Read full report on Film, Video & Photographic Arts at American University

Request Information
#3

Vassar College

Poughkeepsie, NY

A rank of #3 on this year’s list means Vassar College is a great place for film, video and photographic arts students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the large suburb of Poughkeepsie, Vassar is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

Film majors at Vassar take out an average of $17,615 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $197, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

Read More…

Request Information
#4

Fairfield University

Fairfield, CT

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at Fairfield University helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best film, video and photographic arts schools in the United States. Located in the large suburb of Fairfield, Fairfield U is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

Film majors at Fairfield U take out an average of $23,733 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $266.

Read More…

Request Information
#5

Chapman University

Orange, CA

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Chapman University. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Film, Video & Photographic Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Chapman is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Orange.

While working on their Bachelor's Degree, film majors at Chapman accumulate an average of around $22,977 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $241.

Read More…

Request Information

University of Southern California ranked #6 on this year’s Best Film, Video & Photographic Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. USC is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Los Angeles.

The average amount in student loans that film majors at USC take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $19,915. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $217.

Read full report on Film, Video & Photographic Arts at University of Southern California

Request Information
#7

Emerson College

Boston, MA

Emerson College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for film, video and photographic arts students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #7 on the list. Emerson is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Boston.

While working on their Bachelor's Degree, film majors at Emerson accumulate an average of around $20,853 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $223.

Read More…

Request Information
#8

Taylor University

Upland, IN

With a ranking of #8, Taylor University did quite well on this year’s best schools for film, video and photographic arts students working on their bachelor’s degree. Taylor U is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Upland.

On average, film graduates from Taylor U take out $21,686 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree.

Read full report on Film, Video & Photographic Arts at Taylor University

Request Information

With a ranking of #9, University of California - Santa Barbara did quite well on this year’s best schools for film, video and photographic arts students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the midsize suburb of Santa Barbara, UCSB is a public college with a fairly large student population.

While working on their Bachelor's Degree, film majors at UCSB accumulate an average of around $18,363 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $200.

Full Film, Video & Photographic Arts at University of California - Santa Barbara Report

Request Information
#10

Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, CA

Loyola Marymount University came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Film, Video & Photographic Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Loyola Marymount is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Los Angeles.

Film majors at Loyola Marymount take out an average of $22,146 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $257.

Full Film, Video & Photographic Arts at Loyola Marymount University Report

Request Information

Southern Methodist University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for film, video and photographic arts students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #11 on the list. Located in the suburb of Dallas, SMU is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

While working on their Bachelor's Degree, film majors at SMU accumulate an average of around $20,489 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $223.

Read More…

Request Information
#12

Ithaca College

Ithaca, NY

Ithaca College ranked #12 on this year’s Best Film, Video & Photographic Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Ithaca is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the small suburb of Ithaca.

While working on their Bachelor's Degree, film majors at Ithaca accumulate an average of around $21,555 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $254.

Read full report on Film, Video & Photographic Arts at Ithaca College

Request Information

Rochester Institute of Technology did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for film, video and photographic arts students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #13 on the list. Located in the large suburb of Rochester, RIT is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

Film majors at RIT take out an average of $24,323 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $280, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

Read full report on Film, Video & Photographic Arts at Rochester Institute of Technology

Request Information
#14

University of Houston

Houston, TX

University of Houston landed the #14 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree film, video and photographic arts programs. Located in the city of Houston, U of H is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The average amount in student loans that film majors at U of H take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $24,058.

Full Film, Video & Photographic Arts at University of Houston Report

Request Information
#15

Endicott College

Beverly, MA

Endicott College landed the #15 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree film, video and photographic arts programs. Located in the suburb of Beverly, Endicott is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Read More…

Request Information

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Film, Video & Photographic Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. U of Michigan is a very large public school located in the medium-sized city of Ann Arbor.

While working on their Bachelor's Degree, film majors at U of Michigan accumulate an average of around $17,949 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $176, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

Read More…

Request Information

With a ranking of #17, Pennsylvania State University - University Park did quite well on this year’s best schools for film, video and photographic arts students working on their bachelor’s degree. Penn State University Park is a very large public school located in the city of University Park.

On average, film graduates from Penn State University Park take out $24,467 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $280, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

Read More…

Request Information
#18

Clemson University

Clemson, SC

Clemson University ranked #18 on this year’s Best Film, Video & Photographic Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the suburb of Clemson, Clemson is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Read More…

Request Information
#19

New York University

New York, NY

New York University landed the #19 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree film, video and photographic arts programs. Located in the city of New York, NYU is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, film graduates from NYU carry an average student debtload of $20,139. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $223.

Read More…

Request Information

University of Maryland - College Park ranked #20 on this year’s Best Film, Video & Photographic Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. UMCP is a very large public school located in the suburb of College Park.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, film graduates from UMCP carry an average student debtload of $21,891. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $241.

Full Film, Video & Photographic Arts at University of Maryland - College Park Report

Request Information
#21

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

With a ranking of #21, Florida State University did quite well on this year’s best schools for film, video and photographic arts students working on their bachelor’s degree. Florida State is a very large public school located in the medium-sized city of Tallahassee.

Film majors at Florida State take out an average of $20,627 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $228.

Full Film, Video & Photographic Arts at Florida State University Report

Request Information

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for film, video and photographic arts students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #22 on the list. UMN Twin Cities is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Minneapolis.

While working on their Bachelor's Degree, film majors at UMN Twin Cities accumulate an average of around $19,115 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $202.

Full Film, Video & Photographic Arts at University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Report

Request Information
#23

Stevenson University

Stevenson, MD

Stevenson University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for film, video and photographic arts students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #23 on the list. Located in the rural area of Stevenson, Stevenson is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, film graduates from Stevenson carry an average student debtload of $27,551. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $280, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

Read More…

Request Information
#24

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

With a ranking of #24, Purdue University - Main Campus did quite well on this year’s best schools for film, video and photographic arts students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the small city of West Lafayette, Purdue is a public college with a very large student population.

While working on their Bachelor's Degree, film majors at Purdue accumulate an average of around $20,256 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $202.

Read More…

Request Information

University of Missouri - Columbia ranked #25 on this year’s Best Film, Video & Photographic Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the midsize city of Columbia, Mizzou is a public school with a very large student population.

On average, film graduates from Mizzou take out $20,188 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree.

Read More…

Request Information

Rest of the Top Best Film, Video & Photographic Arts Bachelor's Degree Schools

#26

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI
#27

Lindenwood University

Saint Charles, MO
#33

Bradley University

Peoria, IL

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for Film, Video & Photographic Arts students that almost earned our Best Film, Video & Photographic Arts Bachelor's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
34 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
35 Minnesota State University - Mankato Mankato, MN
36 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
37 University of California - Davis Davis, CA
38 Texas State University San Marcos, TX
39 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
40 Arizona State University - Skysong Scottsdale, AZ
41 Seattle Pacific University Seattle, WA
42 University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign Champaign, IL
43 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
44 Belmont University Nashville, TN

Film, Video & Photographic Arts by Region

View the Best Film, Video & Photographic Arts Bachelor's Degree Schools for a specific region near you.

Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

One of 9 majors within the area of study, film, video and photographic arts has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Fine & Studio Arts 40,751
Design & Applied Arts 36,179
Music 26,968
Drama & Theater Arts 17,726
General Visual & Performing Arts 5,720

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).

More about our data sources and methodologies.

Featured Schools

Find Schools Near You

Our free school finder matches students with accredited colleges across the U.S.