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2021 Best Value Colleges for Film, Video & Photographic Arts

110 Colleges
11,308 Bachelor's Degrees
$30,620 Avg Cost*

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

Best Value Colleges for Film, Video & Photographic ArtsIn 2018-2019, 11,308 people earned their bachelor's in film, video and photographic arts, making the major the #46 most popular in the United States.

For this year's Best Value Colleges for Film, Video & Photographic Arts ranking, we looked at 110 colleges that offer a bachelor's in film. To us, 'best value' doesn't just mean the school with the lowest overall costs. For this ranking, we are identifying those film schools that provide their students with a hiqh quality education at a price that is lower than other colleges and universities of the same caliber.

To determine the average cost, we look at total expenses - such as tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other related expenses - and then subtract the average financial award a student receives. Knowing this amount can help you determine how much you may have to borrow in loans or take out of savings. Keep in mind that the net cost for you may be higher or lower, depending on your income and other factors.

One Size Does Not Fit All

Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Best Value Film Schools list, to help you choose the best school for you.

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2021 Best Value Film, Video & Photographic Arts Schools in the United States

Check out the film programs at these schools if you want to get the best value for your money.

Top 15% Best Value Film, Video & Photographic Arts Schools

Our rankings recognize Brigham Young University - Provo as the #1 school in this year's rankings. BYU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Provo. On top of its placing in our value rankings, BYU also did well on our Best Colleges for Film, Video & Photographic Arts list. It's in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

The average student at BYU graduates in less than 5.2 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $12,239. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from BYU is about $64,132. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

On average, film graduates from BYU take out $14,665 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 $121.

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#2

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

Our rankings recognize Florida State University as the #2 school in this year's rankings. Located in the medium-sized city of Tallahassee, Florida State is a public college with a very large student population. Florida State also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Film, Video & Photographic Arts list. It's in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at Florida State to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $27,233. This means that the average student pays around $115,196 to get a bachelor’s degree from Florida State. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

After completing their bachelor's degree, film graduates from Florida State carry an average student debtload of $20,627. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $228, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of North Carolina School of the Arts landed the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value film, video and photographic arts schools. UNCSA is a small public school located in the midsize city of Winston-Salem. On top of its placing in our value rankings, UNCSA also did well on our Best Colleges for Film, Video & Photographic Arts list. It's in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

At UNCSA, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.0 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $26,963. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from UNCSA is $109,200. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

The average amount in student loans that film majors at UNCSA take out while working on their bachelor's is $25,016. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $280.

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#4

Taylor University

Upland, IN

Our rankings recognize Taylor University as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Located in the distant town of Upland, Taylor U is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. Taylor U excels when it comes to quality. It's ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Film, Video & Photographic Arts list.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Taylor U is 4.1 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $29,824. This means that the average student pays around $122,278 to get a bachelor’s degree from Taylor U. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

The average amount in student loans that film majors at Taylor U take out while working on their bachelor's is $21,686.

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John Paul the Great Catholic University comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. John Paul the Great Catholic University is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Escondido.

It takes about 4.1 years for the average student at John Paul the Great Catholic University to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $32,997. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from John Paul the Great Catholic University is $135,948. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

Film majors at John Paul the Great Catholic University take out an average of $23,212 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $254, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Grand Valley State University comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. GVSU is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Allendale.

At GVSU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $23,233. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the GVSU is $105,245. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

On average, film graduates from GVSU take out $24,473 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 $265.

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#7

Ithaca College

Ithaca, NY

Ithaca College earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the small suburb of Ithaca, Ithaca is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population. In addition to its great value ranking, Ithaca is in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Film, Video & Photographic Arts list.

The average student at Ithaca graduates in less than 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $38,388. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Ithaca be around $157,007. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

While working on their bachelor's, film majors at Ithaca accumulate an average of around $21,555 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $254, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#8

University of Kansas

Lawrence, KS

University of Kansas landed the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value film, video and photographic arts schools. Located in the small city of Lawrence, KU is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at KU is 4.3 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $31,701. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from KU is about $136,948. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

On average, film graduates from KU take out $22,423 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $254, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#9

Vassar College

Poughkeepsie, NY

Our rankings recognize Vassar College as the #9 school in this year's rankings. Vassar is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Poughkeepsie. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Vassar, the school also landed the #8 rank in our Best Colleges for Film, Video & Photographic Arts ranking.

At Vassar, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $29,156. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Vassar is $118,665. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

Film majors at Vassar take out an average of $17,615 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 $197.

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#10

University at Buffalo

Buffalo, NY

Our rankings recognize University at Buffalo as the #10 school in this year's rankings. Located in the suburb of Buffalo, University at Buffalo is a public school with a fairly large student population.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at University at Buffalo to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $32,466. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from University at Buffalo be around $137,331. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

The average amount in student loans that film majors at University at Buffalo take out while working on their bachelor's is $20,722. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $204, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Minneapolis College of Art and Design earned the #11 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of Minneapolis, MCAD is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly small student population.

The average student at MCAD graduates in less than 4.2 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $33,680. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from MCAD is $140,782. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

While working on their bachelor's, film majors at MCAD accumulate an average of around $27,469 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $270.

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University of North Carolina at Wilmington earned the #12 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the midsize city of Wilmington, UNCW is a public college with a fairly large student population.

It takes the average student at UNCW about 4.3 years to graduate, and it costs about $29,031 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from UNCW be around $124,833. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

The average amount in student loans that film majors at UNCW take out while working on their bachelor's is $22,308. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $233.

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The #13 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Arizona State University - Tempe. ASU - Tempe is a very large public school located in the city of Tempe.

The average student at ASU - Tempe graduates in less than 4.3 years, and it costs about $32,198 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from ASU - Tempe be around $138,451. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

After completing their bachelor's degree, film graduates from ASU - Tempe carry an average student debtload of $24,565. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $228, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#14

Western Michigan University

Kalamazoo, MI

Our rankings recognize Western Michigan University as the #14 school in this year's rankings. WMU is a very large public school located in the small city of Kalamazoo.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at WMU is 4.7 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $21,387. This means that the average student pays around $100,305 to get a bachelor’s degree from WMU. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

While working on their bachelor's, film majors at WMU accumulate an average of around $26,783 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $270.

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University of Minnesota - Twin Cities earned the #15 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of Minneapolis, UMN Twin Cities is a public school with a fairly large student population.

At UMN Twin Cities, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.2 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $33,989. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from UMN Twin Cities is about $143,094. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

Film majors at UMN Twin Cities take out an average of $19,115 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $202, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#16

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT

University of Utah landed the #16 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value film, video and photographic arts schools. Located in the city of Salt Lake City, U of U is a public school with a very large student population.

At U of U, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.7 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $31,168. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from U of U be around $146,801. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

While working on their bachelor's, film majors at U of U accumulate an average of around $21,903 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $208.

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Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Value Colleges for Film, Video & Photographic Arts award.

Rank College Location
17 CUNY Hunter College New York, NY
18 University of Central Florida Orlando, FL
19 DePaul University Chicago, IL
20 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
21 University of California - Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA
22 Columbus College of Art and Design Columbus, OH

Film, Video & Photographic Arts by Region

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Southwest
Great Lakes

One of 9 majors within the Visual & Performing Arts area of study, Film, Video & Photographic Arts has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Fine & Studio Arts 25,815
Design & Applied Arts 19,137
Music 15,747
Drama & Theater Arts 12,791
General Visual & Performing Arts 3,315

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 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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