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2021 Best Film, Video & Photographic Arts Schools in Illinois

8 Colleges
$23,838 Avg Salary
$41,036 Avg Student Debt

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

With 680 degrees and certificates handed out in 2018-2019, film, video and photographic arts is the #68 most popular major in Illinois.

With all the programs available today, it can be tough to choose which one is the best for you. You can choose a traditional brick and mortar school, or with the growth of online education, you can attend a school half-way across the country without even leaving your house. Also there are many trade schools that offer short-term programs that open up more career options.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Course Advisor has created the Best Film, Video & Photographic Arts Schools in Illinois to help you in your search for the best school for you. This report analyzed 8 schools in Illinois to see which ones offered the best programs for students.

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2021 Best Film, Video & Photographic Arts Schools in Illinois

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

Top Illinois Schools in Film

#1

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Our analysis found Northwestern University to be the best school for film, video and photographic arts students who want to pursue a degree in Illinois. Northwestern U is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Evanston.

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#2

Bradley University

Peoria, IL

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Bradley University. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Best Film, Video & Photographic Arts Schools in Illinois list. Located in the medium-sized city of Peoria, Bradley is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

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Out of the 8 schools in Illinois that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign landed the # 3 spot on the list. Located in the small city of Champaign, UIUC is a public school with a very large student population.

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#4

DePaul University

Chicago, IL

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend DePaul University. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Film, Video & Photographic Arts Schools in Illinois list. Located in the large city of Chicago, DePaul is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

While working on their degree, film majors at DePaul accumulate an average of around $36,974 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $416.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Columbia College Chicago. The school came in at #5 on this year’s Best Film, Video & Photographic Arts Schools in Illinois list. Located in the city of Chicago, Columbia is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

The average amount in student loans that film majors at Columbia take out is $50,254. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $569.

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Southern Illinois University Carbondale 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. SIUC is a fairly large public school located in the city of Carbondale.

After completing their degree, film graduates from SIUC carry an average student debtload of $19,639. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $204, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Illinois at Chicago did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for film, video and photographic arts students. It came in at #7 on the list. UIC is a very large public school located in the city of Chicago.

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#8

American Academy of Art

Chicago, IL

American Academy of Art ranked #8 on this year’s Best Film, Video & Photographic Arts Schools in Illinois list. The Academy is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Chicago.

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

Explore all the Best Film, Video & Photographic Arts Colleges in the Great Lakes Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
Michigan 584
Ohio 339
Indiana 78
Wisconsin 138

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

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 8 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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