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2021 Most Popular Online Film, Video & Photographic Arts Schools

15 Colleges
$22,714 Avg Salary
$31,549 Avg Student Debt

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 Most Popular Online Film, Video & Photographic Arts Schools ranking. Our analysis looked at 15 schools in the United States to see which online programs were the most popular for students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from schools with online programs.

The following schools top our list of the Most Popular Online Film, Video & Photographic Arts Colleges.

#1

Full Sail University

Winter Park, FL

Our analysis found Full Sail University to be the most popular school for film, video and photographic arts students who want to pursue an online degree in the United States. Full Sail University is a fairly large private for-profit school located in the suburb of Winter Park.

The average amount in student loans that film majors at Full Sail University take out is $42,500. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $476.

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#2

Academy of Art University

San Francisco, CA

A rank of #2 on this year’s list means Academy of Art University is a great place for film, video and photographic arts students pursuing an online degree. Academy of Art University is a medium-sized private for-profit school located in the city of San Francisco.

After completing their degree, film graduates from Academy of Art University carry an average student debtload of $64,150. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $712, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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A rank of #3 on this year’s list means Savannah College of Art and Design is a great place for film, video and photographic arts students pursuing an online degree. Located in the medium-sized city of Savannah, SCAD is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

Film majors at SCAD take out an average of $54,618 in student loans while working on their egree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $620.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Southern New Hampshire University. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Most Popular Online Film, Video & Photographic Arts Schools list. SNHU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized suburb of Manchester.

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A rank of #5 on this year’s list means Arizona State University - Skysong is a great place for film, video and photographic arts students pursuing an online degree. Located in the city of Scottsdale, ASU - Skysong is a public college with a very large student population.

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#6

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, AZ

Grand Canyon University landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best film, video and photographic arts programs. Grand Canyon University is a very large private for-profit school located in the city of Phoenix.

Film majors at Grand Canyon University take out an average of $21,497 in student loans while working on their egree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $223.

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Columbus State Community College came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Film, Video & Photographic Arts Schools ranking. Columbus State is a fairly large public school located in the city of Columbus.

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The University of Montana came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Film, Video & Photographic Arts Schools ranking. UM is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Missoula.

Film majors at UM take out an average of $25,000 in student loans while working on their egree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $259.

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University of Massachusetts Amherst ranked #9 on this year’s Most Popular Online Film, Video & Photographic Arts Schools list. Located in the large suburb of Amherst, UMass Amherst is a public school with a very large student population.

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#10

Seattle Film Institute

Seattle, WA

Seattle Film Institute landed the #10 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best film, video and photographic arts programs. Seattle Film Institute is a fairly small private for-profit school located in the large city of Seattle.

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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 15 schools only.

  • 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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