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2021 Best Film, Video & Photographic Arts Schools in the Great Lakes Region

46 Colleges
$23,124 Avg Salary
$29,674 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Film, Video & Photographic Arts School for You

Film, Video & Photographic Arts is the #72 most popular major in the country with 16,756 degrees and certificates awarded in 2018-2019.

It's not easy to decide which program to enroll in when you have so many options available. With more and more schools offering online options, you could even register for a great program on the other side of the country. On top of that, there are a considerable number of trade schools that offer fast-track entry to many fields.

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 Schools in the Great Lakes Region ranking. This report analyzed 46 schools in the Great Lakes Region to see which ones offered the best programs for students.

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2021 Best Film, Video & Photographic Arts Schools in the Great Lakes Region

Check out the film programs at these schools if you want to get the best education that money can buy.

Top 10 Best Film, Video & Photographic Arts Schools

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 degree in the Great Lakes Region . Compass College of Cinematic Arts is a small private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Grand Rapids.

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#2

Taylor University

Upland, IN

A rank of #2 on this year’s list means Taylor University is a great place for film, video and photographic arts students. Located in the distant town of Upland, Taylor U is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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Out of the 46 schools in the Great Lakes Region that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Wisconsin - Madison landed the # 3 spot on the list. Wisconsin is a fairly large public school located in the city of Madison.

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A rank of #4 on this year’s list means University of Michigan - Ann Arbor is a great place for film, video and photographic arts students. Located in the medium-sized city of Ann Arbor, U of Michigan is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Film majors at U of Michigan take out an average of $16,979 in student loans while working on their egree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $176, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#5

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Purdue University - Main Campus. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Film, Video & Photographic Arts Schools in the Great Lakes Region list. Purdue is a very large public school located in the city of West Lafayette.

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#6

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Northwestern University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for film, video and photographic arts students. It came in at #6 on the list. Located in the small city of Evanston, Northwestern U is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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#7

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

With a ranking of #7, Michigan State University did quite well on this year’s best schools for film, video and photographic arts students. Located in the small city of East Lansing, Michigan State is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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University of Wisconsin - Whitewater did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for film, video and photographic arts students. It came in at #8 on the list. Located in the town of Whitewater, UW - Whitewater is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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#9

Bradley University

Peoria, IL

Bradley University landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best film, video and photographic arts programs. Bradley is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Peoria.

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University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign ranked #10 on this year’s Best Film, Video & Photographic Arts Schools in the Great Lakes Region list. UIUC is a very large public school located in the city of Champaign.

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Best Film, Video & Photographic Arts Colleges by State

Explore the best film, video and photographic arts schools for a specific state in the Great Lakes region.

State Degrees Awarded
Michigan 584
Ohio 339
Illinois 680
Indiana 78
Wisconsin 138

Film, Video & Photographic Arts is one of 9 different types of programs to choose from.

Majors Similar to Film

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).

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