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2023 Best Film, Video & Photographic Arts Schools in California

30 Colleges in California
4,258 Film Degrees Awarded
$25,500 Avg Early-Career Salary
Film, Video & Photographic Arts is above average in terms of popularity with it being the #62 most popular degree program in the country. As a result, there are many college that offer the degree, making your choice of school a hard one.

In 2023, College Factual analyzed 30 schools in order to identify the top ones for its Best Film, Video & Photographic Arts Schools in California ranking. Combined, these schools handed out 4,258 degrees in film, video and photographic arts to qualified students.

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Choosing a Great Film, Video & Photographic Arts School

Best Film, Video & Photographic Arts Schools in California Your choice of film, video and photographic arts school matters, so we have put together these rankings to help you make your decision. We derive our Best Overall Film, Video & Photographic Arts School rankings by rolling up our degree-level rankings after weighting them by the number of degrees awarded at each school.

You may want to choose one of the degree levels below to find the schools of most interest to you.

Pick Your Film, Video & Photographic Arts Degree Level

When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Best Film, Video & Photographic Arts Schools in California list to help you make the college decision. If you'd like to restrict your choices to just one part of the country, you can filter this list by location.

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Best Schools for Film, Video & Photographic Arts in California

If you aren't interested in a particular degree level and want to know which schools are the overall best at delivering an education for the film degrees they offer, see the list below.

10 Top California Schools in Film

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
310 Film Degrees Awarded

Every student who is interested in film, video and photographic arts has to take a look at University of Southern California. USC is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Los Angeles. A Best Colleges rank of #18 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means USC is a great university overall.

There were roughly 310 film, video and photographic arts students who graduated with this degree at USC in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the film, video and photographic arts program at University of Southern California get $6,536 more than the typical college grad with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
79 Film Degrees Awarded

University of California - Berkeley is a good option for students pursuing a degree in film, video and photographic arts. UC Berkeley is a fairly large public university located in the city of Berkeley. A Best Colleges rank of #17 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means UC Berkeley is a great university overall.

There were approximately 79 film, video and photographic arts students who graduated with this degree at UC Berkeley in the most recent data year. Film, Video & Photographic Arts degree recipients from University of California - Berkeley receive an earnings boost of around $5,813 above the typical income of film, video and photographic arts majors.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
127 Film Degrees Awarded

Every student pursuing a degree in film, video and photographic arts has to look into University of California - Los Angeles. Located in the city of Los Angeles, UCLA is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #29 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means UCLA is a great university overall.

There were about 127 film, video and photographic arts students who graduated with this degree at UCLA in the most recent year we have data available. Soon after graduating, film degree recipients typically make about $27,331 at the beginning of their careers.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
184 Film Degrees Awarded

It's hard to beat University of California - Santa Barbara if you wish to pursue a degree in film, video and photographic arts. Located in the medium-sized suburb of Santa Barbara, UCSB is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #50 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means UCSB is a great university overall.

There were approximately 184 film, video and photographic arts students who graduated with this degree at UCSB in the most recent year we have data available. Students who graduate with their degree from the film program report average early career earnings of $27,057.

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#5

Chapman University

Orange, CA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
190 Film Degrees Awarded

Chapman is a medium-sized private not-for-profit university located in the city of Orange. This university ranks 32nd out of 170 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

There were roughly 190 film, video and photographic arts students who graduated with this degree at Chapman in the most recent data year. Film, Video & Photographic Arts degree recipients from Chapman University get an earnings boost of about $4,093 above the average earnings of film, video and photographic arts majors.

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Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
167 Film Degrees Awarded

UC Irvine is a fairly large public university located in the large city of Irvine. A Best Colleges rank of #77 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means UC Irvine is a great university overall.

There were roughly 167 film, video and photographic arts students who graduated with this degree at UC Irvine in the most recent year we have data available. Those film, video and photographic arts students who get their degree from University of California - Irvine earn $2,645 more than the typical film graduate.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
104 Film Degrees Awarded

Loyola Marymount is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Los Angeles. A Best Colleges rank of #160 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means Loyola Marymount is a great university overall.

There were roughly 104 film, video and photographic arts students who graduated with this degree at Loyola Marymount in the most recent data year. Those film, video and photographic arts students who get their degree from Loyola Marymount University receive $4,307 more than the typical film graduate.

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#8

Academy of Art University

San Francisco, CA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
172 Film Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of San Francisco, Academy of Art University is a private for-profit university with a moderately-sized student population. A Best Colleges rank of #176 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means Academy of Art University is a great university overall.

There were about 172 film, video and photographic arts students who graduated with this degree at Academy of Art University in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the film, video and photographic arts degree program at Academy of Art University make $9,966 above the average college grad with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
179 Film Degrees Awarded

UC Santa Cruz is a large public university located in the city of Santa Cruz. A Best Colleges rank of #135 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means UC Santa Cruz is a great university overall.

There were roughly 179 film, video and photographic arts students who graduated with this degree at UC Santa Cruz in the most recent year we have data available. Students who graduate with their degree from the film program state that they receive average early career income of $24,155.

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Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
199 Film Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Riverside, UCR is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 30th out of 170 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

There were about 199 film, video and photographic arts students who graduated with this degree at UCR in the most recent year we have data available. Soon after graduation, film degree recipients usually earn around $21,281 in their early careers.

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Best Film, Video & Photographic Arts Colleges in the Far Western US Region

Explore all the Best Film, Video & Photographic Arts Colleges in the Far Western US Area or other specific states within that region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Washington 300 132
Oregon 266 161
Nevada 192 77

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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 1,951
Film/Cinema/Media Studies 1,623
Photography 360
Other Film/Video & Photographic Arts 303
Documentary Production 21

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Majors Similar to Film

Related Major Annual Graduates
Fine & Studio Arts 6,526
Design & Applied Arts 4,575
Music 3,612
Drama & Theater Arts 3,040
General Visual & Performing Arts 1,198
Dance 538
Arts & Media Management 315
Other Visual Art 83

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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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