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2021 Best Film, Video & Photographic Arts Schools in Michigan

14 Colleges
$22,850 Avg Salary
$21,762 Avg Student Debt

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

With 584 degrees and certificates handed out in 2018-2019, film, video and photographic arts is the #58 most popular major in Michigan.

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.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Course Advisor has developed this Best Film, Video & Photographic Arts Schools in Michigan ranking. This report analyzed 14 schools in Michigan to see which ones offered the best programs for students.

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2021 Best Film, Video & Photographic Arts Schools in Michigan

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 2021 rankings named Compass College of Cinematic Arts the best school in Michigan for film, video and photographic arts students. Located in the midsize city of Grand Rapids, Compass College of Cinematic Arts is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly small student population.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Michigan - Ann Arbor. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Film, Video & Photographic Arts Schools in Michigan list. U of Michigan is a fairly large public school located in the midsize city of Ann Arbor.

After completing their degree, film graduates from U of Michigan carry an average student debtload of $16,979. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $176.

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Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

A rank of #3 on this year’s list means Michigan State University is a great place for film, video and photographic arts students. Michigan State is a very large public school located in the small city of East Lansing.

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A rank of #4 on this year’s list means Grand Valley State University is a great place for film, video and photographic arts students. Located in the large suburb of Allendale, GVSU is a public college with a very large student population.

The average amount in student loans that film majors at GVSU take out is $25,496. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $265, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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The excellent programs at Western Michigan University helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best film, video and photographic arts schools in Michigan. Located in the city of Kalamazoo, WMU is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Film majors at WMU take out an average of $26,000 in student loans while working on their egree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $270, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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With a ranking of #6, Eastern Michigan University did quite well on this year’s best schools for film, video and photographic arts students. Eastern Michigan is a large public school located in the large suburb of Ypsilanti.

After completing their degree, film graduates from Eastern Michigan carry an average student debtload of $25,000. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $259, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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College for Creative Studies came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Film, Video & Photographic Arts Schools in Michigan ranking. Located in the large city of Detroit, CCS is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Film majors at CCS take out an average of $27,000 in student loans while working on their egree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $280, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Ferris State University

Big Rapids, MI

Ferris State University came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Film, Video & Photographic Arts Schools in Michigan ranking. Ferris is a fairly large public school located in the distant town of Big Rapids.

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Oakland University

Rochester Hills, MI

Oakland University landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best film, video and photographic arts programs. Located in the large suburb of Rochester Hills, Oakland is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Film majors at Oakland take out an average of $25,250 in student loans while working on their egree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $262, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Wayne State University

Detroit, MI

Wayne State University came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Film, Video & Photographic Arts Schools in Michigan ranking. Wayne State is a fairly large public school located in the city of Detroit.

While working on their degree, film majors at Wayne State accumulate an average of around $26,625 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $276.

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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
Ohio 339
Illinois 680
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 14 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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