Photography Degree Profile

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Photography Degree ProfilePhotography degrees are associated with the area of fine arts and humanities. Graduates should be creative and perceptive. Coursework normally contains laboratory film development work, field work and lecture classes.

Common Specialized Degree Programs

  • Art and Development
  • Art History
  • Creative Photography
  • Film Photography
  • Magazine Photography
  • Photojournalism
  • Prints
  • Publishing

Average Salary

Entry level $35,100 to $61,200 mid-career

Degree Programs

Certificates of Completion, which take about eight weeks to a year to complete, or a 60 credit hour of study associate’s degree is satisfactory for entry-level work, however a bachelor’s degree is preferred for entry-level work from a completion of between 120 and 128 credit hours depending on the university. Master’s Degree and Doctoral Degrees are preferred for mid-level work entry.

Top Photography Programs
(According to U.S. News, 2010)

Yale University
School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Rhode Island School of Design

Rochester Institute of Technology

University of New Mexico

Main Courses of Study in College: Art History, Literature, Studio Art

Recommended High School AP Courses

  • Art History
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Studio Art

Careers Obtained with Photography Degrees

  • College Professor
  • Commercial Photographer
  • Illustrator
  • Managing Photography Editor
  • Photo Journalist
  • Political Advocate
  • Private Tutor
  • Professional Photo Blogger
  • Publisher
  • Scientific Photographer
  • Special Events Photographer
  • Studio Owner
  • Website Producer

Notable Photography ProfessionalsAnnie Leibovitz

  • Anne Geddes, Photographer
  • Annie Leibovitz, Celebrity Photographer
  • Ansel Adams, Artist and Photographer
  • Dan Lecca, Photographer
  • David LaChappelle, Entertainment Photographer
  • Irving Penn, Photographer
  • Jill Greenberg, Photographer
  • Joseph (Joe) Rosenthal, Photographer
  • Nigel Barker, Photographer and Television Personality
  • Patrick McMullen, Celebrity Photographer
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