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2022 Best Film, Video & Photographic Arts Bachelor's Degree Schools

296 Colleges in the United States
11,965 Bachelor's Degrees
If you plan on getting your bachelor's degree in film, video and photographic arts, you won't be alone since the degree program is ranked #46 in the country in terms of popularity. So, you have a fair amount of options to choose from when looking for a school.

In 2022, College Factual analyzed 296 schools in order to identify the top ones for its Best Film, Video & Photographic Arts Bachelor's Degree Schools ranking. Combined, these schools handed out 11,965 bachelor's degrees in film, video and photographic arts to qualified students.

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Choosing a Great Film, Video & Photographic Arts School for Your Bachelor's Degree

Best Film, Video & Photographic Arts Bachelor's Degree Schools Your choice of film, video and photographic arts for getting your bachelor's degree school matters. Important measures of a quality film program can vary widely even among the top schools. Below we explain some of the most important factors to consider before making your choice:

Overall Quality Is a Must

A school that excels in educating for a particular major and degree level must be a great school overall as well. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.

The lowest ranked school in our list is in the top 12% of our overall quality ranking while the vast majority are in at least the top 6%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 94 to 1 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Graduates Earn More After College

One measure we use to determine the quality of a film, video and photographic arts school is to look at the average salary of bachelor's graduates during the early years of their career. Recent students who earned their bachelor's degree in the United States entered the job market making an average of $22,656 while those in the top 25 schools on our list made an average of $26,100.

Starting Salary  ( 22259 to 31740 )
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Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How many resources a school devotes to film, video and photographic arts students as compared to other majors.
  • Major Demand - The number of film, video and photographic arts students who choose to seek a bachelor's degree at the school.
  • Educational Resources - The amount of money and other resources allocated to students while they are pursuing their degree. These resources include such things as number of students per instructor and education expenditures per student.
  • Student Debt - How easy is it for film, video and photographic arts to pay back their student loans after receiving their bachelor's degree.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or accredited by a recognized film, video and photographic arts related body.

Our complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for film, video and photographic arts students working on their bachelor's degree.

More Ways to Rank Film, Video & Photographic Arts Schools

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 Best Film, Video & Photographic Arts Bachelor's Degree Schools.

To further help you make the college decision, we've developed a unique tool called College Combat that allows you to compare schools based on the factors that matter the most to you. Go ahead and give it a try, or bookmark the link so you can check it out later.

Best Schools for Bachelor’s Students to Study Film, Video & Photographic Arts in the United States

Below you'll see a list of the best colleges and universities for pursuing a bachelor's degree in film, video and photographic arts. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

25 Top Schools for a Bachelor's in Film

#1

Stanford University

Stanford, CA
7 Annual Graduates

Stanford University is one of the best schools in the country for getting a bachelor's degree in film, video and photographic arts. Stanford is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the suburb of Stanford. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #3 out of 1,683 schools nationwide means Stanford is a great university overall.

Stanford University is a fairly popular university to study film in the United States with approximately 7 graduates in the most recent data year.

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#2

Colgate University

Hamilton, NY
15 Annual Graduates

Every student who is interested in a bachelor's degree in film, video and photographic arts needs to look into Colgate University. Colgate is a small private not-for-profit university located in the distant town of Hamilton. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #29 out of 1,683 colleges nationwide means Colgate is a great university overall.

A favorite choice for film, video and photographic arts students, there were roughly 15 learners who graduated from this program at Colgate in the most recent year we have data available.

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224 Annual Graduates
$20,940 Median Student Debt

Any student pursuing a degree in a bachelor's degree in film, video and photographic arts needs to take a look at University of Southern California. USC is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Los Angeles. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #30 out of 1,683 colleges nationwide means USC is a great university overall.

There were roughly 224 film, video and photographic arts students who graduated with this degree at USC in the most recent data year. Film, Video & Photographic Arts bachelor's degree recipients from University of Southern California earn a boost of about $4,744 above the average income of film, video and photographic arts graduates.

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#4

Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH
22 Annual Graduates

Dartmouth College is one of the best schools in the United States for getting a bachelor's degree in film, video and photographic arts. Dartmouth is a medium-sized private not-for-profit college located in the remote town of Hanover. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #6 out of 1,683 schools nationwide means Dartmouth is a great college overall.

There were approximately 22 film, video and photographic arts students who graduated with this degree at Dartmouth in the most recent data year.

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#5

Lafayette College

Easton, PA
18 Annual Graduates
$15,067 Median Student Debt

Lafayette is a small private not-for-profit college located in the large suburb of Easton. This college ranks 7th out of 100 colleges for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

There were about 18 film, video and photographic arts individuals who graduated with this degree at Lafayette in the most recent year we have data available.

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21 Annual Graduates

Located in the large suburb of Saint Louis, WUSTL is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #21 out of 1,683 colleges nationwide means WUSTL is a great university overall.

There were about 21 film, video and photographic arts students who graduated with this degree at WUSTL in the most recent year we have data available.

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#7

Emory University

Atlanta, GA
14 Annual Graduates
$20,387 Median Student Debt

Located in the city of Atlanta, Emory is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 2nd out of 52 schools for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Georgia.

There were about 14 film, video and photographic arts students who graduated with this degree at Emory in the most recent year we have data available.

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#8

Barnard College

New York, NY
20 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of New York, Barnard is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #32 out of 1,683 schools nationwide means Barnard is a great college overall.

With 20 students who completed this degree in the most recent year we have data available, Barnard College is one of the most popular colleges to study film in the United States.

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#9

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
25 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #9 out of 1,683 colleges nationwide means UPenn is a great university overall.

University of Pennsylvania is a fairly popular university to study film in the United States with about 25 graduates in the most recent data year.

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#10

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA
8 Annual Graduates

Boston College is a fairly large private not-for-profit college located in the small city of Chestnut Hill. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #33 out of 1,683 colleges nationwide means Boston College is a great college overall.

A popular major for film, video and photographic arts students, there were approximately 8 individuals who completed this degree at Boston College in the most recent data year.

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#11

Vassar College

Poughkeepsie, NY
19 Annual Graduates
$19,000 Median Student Debt

Vassar is a small private not-for-profit college located in the suburb of Poughkeepsie. This college ranks 9th out of 124 schools for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of New York.

Vassar College is a fairly popular college to study film in the United States with roughly 19 graduates in the most recent year we have data available. Film, Video & Photographic Arts bachelor's degree recipients from Vassar College receive an earnings boost of approximately $8,044 above the typical earnings of film, video and photographic arts majors.

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#12

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
15 Annual Graduates

Vanderbilt is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Nashville. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #26 out of 1,683 schools nationwide means Vanderbilt is a great university overall.

There were about 15 film, video and photographic arts individuals who graduated with this degree at Vanderbilt in the most recent year we have data available.

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#13

Brandeis University

Waltham, MA
23 Annual Graduates
$25,000 Median Student Debt

Located in the small city of Waltham, Brandeis is a private not-for-profit university with a moderately-sized student population. This university ranks 14th out of 56 colleges for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were about 23 film, video and photographic arts individuals who graduated with this degree at Brandeis in the most recent data year.

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74 Annual Graduates
$16,979 Median Student Debt

U-M is a fairly large public university located in the city of Ann Arbor. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #36 out of 1,683 schools nationwide means U-M is a great university overall.

There were roughly 74 film, video and photographic arts students who graduated with this degree at U-M in the most recent data year. Soon after graduation, film bachelor's recipients typically make around $23,200 in their early careers.

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#15

New York University

New York, NY
465 Annual Graduates
$21,493 Median Student Debt

Located in the large city of New York, NYU is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 7th out of 124 schools for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of New York.

There were about 465 film, video and photographic arts students who graduated with this degree at NYU in the most recent data year. Those film, video and photographic arts students who get their bachelor's degree from New York University earn $4,344 more than the average film graduate.

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#16

Hamilton College

Clinton, NY
1 Annual Graduates

Hamilton is a small private not-for-profit college located in the midsize suburb of Clinton. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #42 out of 1,683 schools nationwide means Hamilton is a great college overall.

Hamilton College is a fairly popular college to study film in the United States with about 1 graduates in the most recent year we have data available.

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#17

Tufts University

Medford, MA
37 Annual Graduates

Tufts is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the suburb of Medford. This university ranks 8th out of 56 schools for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were roughly 37 film, video and photographic arts students who graduated with this degree at Tufts in the most recent year we have data available.

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11 Annual Graduates

Located in the small city of Champaign, UIUC is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 3rd out of 54 schools for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Illinois.

There were approximately 11 film, video and photographic arts individuals who graduated with this degree at UIUC in the most recent data year.

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#19

Chapman University

Orange, CA
158 Annual Graduates
$23,250 Median Student Debt

Chapman is a medium-sized private not-for-profit university located in the midsize city of Orange. This university ranks 23rd out of 113 colleges for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of California.

There were roughly 158 film, video and photographic arts students who graduated with this degree at Chapman in the most recent data year. Film, Video & Photographic Arts bachelor's degree recipients from Chapman University earn a boost of about $9,344 above the typical income of film, video and photographic arts graduates.

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#20

Emerson College

Boston, MA
422 Annual Graduates
$21,500 Median Student Debt

Located in the large city of Boston, Emerson is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population. This college ranks 16th out of 56 schools for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were about 422 film, video and photographic arts students who graduated with this degree at Emerson in the most recent year we have data available. Film, Video & Photographic Arts bachelor's degree recipients from Emerson College receive an earnings boost of around $3,644 over the average earnings of film, video and photographic arts majors.

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28 Annual Graduates
$15,245 Median Student Debt

Located in the city of Los Angeles, UCLA is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 10th out of 113 schools for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of California.

University of California - Los Angeles is a fairly popular university to study film in the United States with roughly 28 graduations in the most recent year we have data available. Soon after graduation, film bachelor's recipients typically make around $23,100 in their early careers.

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82 Annual Graduates
$14,736 Median Student Debt

UC Berkeley is a very large public university located in the city of Berkeley. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #24 out of 1,683 schools nationwide means UC Berkeley is a great university overall.

A favorite major for film, video and photographic arts students, there were approximately 82 students who completed this degree at UC Berkeley in the most recent year we have data available. Bachelor's students who receive their degree from the film program make an average of $16,300 for their early career.

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#23

Wellesley College

Wellesley, MA
11 Annual Graduates

Located in the suburb of Wellesley, Wellesley is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This college ranks 10th out of 56 colleges for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Massachusetts.

Wellesley College is one of the most popular colleges to study film in the United States with about 11 graduates in the most recent year we have data available.

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137 Annual Graduates
$27,000 Median Student Debt

RIT is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Rochester. This school ranks 22nd out of 124 schools for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of New York.

There were approximately 137 film, video and photographic arts individuals who graduated with this degree at RIT in the most recent data year. Film, Video & Photographic Arts bachelor's degree recipients from Rochester Institute of Technology get an earnings boost of about $6,244 above the typical income of film, video and photographic arts majors.

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#25

Occidental College

Los Angeles, CA
24 Annual Graduates

Oxy is a small private not-for-profit college located in the large city of Los Angeles. This college ranks 22nd out of 113 schools for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of California.

Occidental College is a fairly popular college to study film in the United States with roughly 24 graduates in the most recent data year.

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Rest of the Top Best Film, Video & Photographic Arts Bachelor's Degree Schools

#25

Occidental College

Los Angeles, CA
#27

St Olaf College

Northfield, MN
#28

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY
#30

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL
#31

Yale University

New Haven, CT

#32

American University

Washington, DC

#33

Endicott College

Beverly, MA
#35

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN
#36

Carleton College

Northfield, MN
#37

University of Georgia

Athens, GA
#40

Binghamton University

Vestal, NY

#41

Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, CA

#42

Middlebury College

Middlebury, VT
#43

Winona State University

Winona, MN
#44

Boston University

Boston, MA

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for Film, Video & Photographic Arts students that almost earned our Best Film, Video & Photographic Arts Bachelor's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
45 Taylor University Upland, IN
46 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
47 Ithaca College Ithaca, NY
48 Brigham Young University - Provo Provo, UT
49 Clemson University Clemson, SC
50 School of Visual Arts New York, NY
51 Mount Holyoke College South Hadley, MA
52 University of North Carolina School of the Arts Winston-Salem, NC
53 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO
54 Smith College Northampton, MA
55 Rutgers University - New Brunswick New Brunswick, NJ
56 Rhode Island School of Design Providence, RI
57 Oberlin College Oberlin, OH
58 California State University - Long Beach Long Beach, CA
59 Seattle University Seattle, WA

Film, Video & Photographic Arts by Region

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Region
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New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

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Film, Video & Photographic Arts is one of 10 different types of Visual & Performing Arts programs to choose from.

Film Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
Film & Video Production 5,268
Film/Cinema/Media Studies 4,276
Photography 1,303
Other Film/Video & Photographic Arts 1,094
Documentary Production 24

Related Major Annual Graduates
Fine & Studio Arts 25,775
Design & Applied Arts 19,683
Music 15,839
Drama & Theater Arts 13,307
General Visual & Performing Arts 3,699
Arts & Media Management 3,298
Dance 2,817
Other Visual Art 529
Crafts, Folk Art & Artisanry 76
Community/Environmental/Socially-Engaged Art 3

Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • 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). More about our data sources and methodologies.

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