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2021 Highest Paid Film, Video & Photographic Arts Graduates

11,308 Bachelor's Degrees
$22,656 Avg Salary
$27,015 Avg Student Debt

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

Highest Paid Film, Video & Photographic Arts GraduatesFilm, Video & Photographic Arts is the #46 most popular major in the country with 11,308 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019. The film school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Highest Paid Film Graduates.

This year's Highest Paid Film, Video & Photographic Arts Graduates ranking looked at 123 colleges that offer a bachelor's in film.

In this ranking, we use early career salaries - salaries 10 years from when a student started college. This is the salary typically earned 4-6 years after graduation, but may be different depending on how long a person takes to complete their degree.

Salaries of Film, Video & Photographic Arts Majors After Graduation

The average film, video and photographic arts major who graduates from a school in the United States earns about $22,656 per year during the early years of their career. Unfortunately, that is 43% less than the average salary of a typical college graduate. However, graduates from the schools below may make more than this.

Average Salary for Film Graduates from Schools Nationwide  22,656
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National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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2021 Highest Paid Film, Video & Photographic Arts Grads in the United States

Learn more about the colleges and universities that produce the highest paid film graduates.

Top 25 Best Schools for Highly Paid Film Graduates

#1

American University

Washington, DC

Our rankings recognize American University as the #1 school in this year's rankings. The American University is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Washington. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, film majors make an average salary of $34,600.

Film majors at The American University take out an average of $20,240 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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Yale University

New Haven, CT

Yale University comes in at #1 in this year's ranking. Yale is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of New Haven.

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#2

Chapman University

Orange, CA

Chapman University landed the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid film, video and photographic arts school. Located in the city of Orange, Chapman is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population. Film majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $32,000.

Film majors at Chapman take out an average of $22,977 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $241, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Vassar College

Poughkeepsie, NY

The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Vassar College. Vassar is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Poughkeepsie. Film majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $30,700.

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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Taylor University

Upland, IN

Taylor University comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Located in the town of Upland, Taylor U is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in film from the school is $29,900.

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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Stevenson University

Stevenson, MD

Stevenson University earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Stevenson is a small private not-for-profit school located in the rural area of Stevenson. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, film majors make an average salary of $29,000.

The average amount in student loans that film majors at Stevenson take out while working on their bachelor's is $27,551. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $280.

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University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

University of Pennsylvania comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. UPenn is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Philadelphia.

Film majors at UPenn take out an average of $18,139 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree.

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The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Rochester Institute of Technology. RIT is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Rochester. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, film majors make an average salary of $28,900.

Film majors at RIT take out an average of $24,323 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 $280.

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#7

Stanford University

Stanford, CA

Our rankings recognize Stanford University as the #7 school in this year's rankings. Located in the suburb of Stanford, Stanford is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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#7

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

Florida State University landed the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid film, video and photographic arts school. Located in the medium-sized city of Tallahassee, Florida State is a public school with a fairly large student population. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, film majors make an average salary of $28,800.

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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Fairfield University

Fairfield, CT

Fairfield University landed the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid film, video and photographic arts school. Fairfield U is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Fairfield. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in film from the school is $28,400.

Film majors at Fairfield U take out an average of $23,733 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $266.

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Eastern Michigan University comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. Located in the large suburb of Ypsilanti, Eastern Michigan is a public college with a fairly large student population. Students who receive their bachelor's in film from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $28,200.

Film majors at Eastern Michigan take out an average of $24,794 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $259, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#9

Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH

Dartmouth College earned the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings. Dartmouth is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the remote town of Hanover.

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Pennsylvania State University - University Park comes in at #10 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of University Park, Penn State University Park is a public school with a fairly large student population. Film majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $28,100.

After completing their bachelor's degree, film graduates from Penn State University Park carry an average student debtload of $24,467. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $280.

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Texas State University

San Marcos, TX

Texas State University comes in at #11 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of San Marcos, Texas State is a public school with a fairly large student population. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, film majors make an average salary of $28,000.

On average, film graduates from Texas State take out $23,288 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $244, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#11

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

The #11 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Boston College. Located in the city of Chestnut Hill, Boston College is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

While working on their bachelor's, film majors at Boston College accumulate an average of around $15,232 in student debt.

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Southern Methodist University earned the #12 spot in our 2021 rankings. SMU is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Dallas. Film majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $27,900.

Film majors at SMU take out an average of $20,489 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $223.

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#13

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, AZ

Grand Canyon University landed the #13 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid film, video and photographic arts school. Located in the city of Phoenix, Grand Canyon University is a private for-profit school with a very large student population. Film majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $27,900.

Film majors at Grand Canyon University take out an average of $22,453 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $223.

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Our rankings recognize University of California - Santa Barbara as the #14 school in this year's rankings. UCSB is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized suburb of Santa Barbara. Film majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $27,800.

The average amount in student loans that film majors at UCSB take out while working on their bachelor's is $18,363. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $200.

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#14

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

Vanderbilt University earned the #14 spot in our 2021 rankings. Vanderbilt is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Nashville.

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University of Southern California comes in at #15 in this year's ranking. Located in the large city of Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in film from the school is $27,400.

On average, film graduates from USC take out $19,915 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $217, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Washington University in St Louis landed the #16 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid film, video and photographic arts school. Located in the suburb of Saint Louis, WUSTL is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

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Brigham Young University - Provo landed the #16 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid film, video and photographic arts school. BYU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Provo. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in film from the school is $27,100.

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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#17

Pace University - New York

New York, NY

Pace University - New York comes in at #17 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of New York, Pace University is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in film from the school is $27,100.

On average, film graduates from Pace University take out $21,781 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 $215.

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#17

Pepperdine University

Malibu, CA

Our rankings recognize Pepperdine University as the #17 school in this year's rankings. Pepperdine is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Malibu.

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Rest of the Top Schools for Highest Paid Film, Video & Photographic Arts Graduates

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for Film students seeking high pay that almost earned our Highest Paid Film, Video & Photographic Arts Graduates award.

Rank College Location
29 Brandeis University Waltham, MA
22 DePauw University Greencastle, IN
23 Emerson College Boston, MA
23 Wesleyan University Middletown, CT
24 Academy of Art University San Francisco, CA
24 University of Oklahoma Norman Campus Norman, OK
25 Middlebury College Middlebury, VT
25 Central Washington University Ellensburg, WA

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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

  • 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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