Best Photography Programs Comparison


Photography is the art, science and practice of creating durable images by recording light or other electromagnetic radiation, either chemically by means of a light-sensitive material such as photographic film, or electronically by means of an image sensor. Typically, a lens is used to focus the light reflected or emitted from objects into a real image on the light-sensitive surface inside a camera during a timed exposure. The result in an electronic image sensor is an electrical charge at each pixel, which is electronically processed and stored in a digital image file for subsequent display or processing.(read more at wiki) Here we introduce best colleges in the field of photography where Yale University is ranked top and School of the Art Institute of Chicago is positioned on second place.

We briefly compare those top colleges with various factors such as tuition, admission, graduation, enrolment, and more. The full comparison for each factors with tables and charts is described at photography colleges comparison page.

General Comparison

First, we compare the best photography schools with general characteristics.
Table. Best Photography College Overview
RankNameLocationTypePopulation
1 Yale University New Haven, Connecticut Private not-for-profit, Four or more years 11,906
2 School of the Art Institute of Chicago Chicago, Illinois Private not-for-profit, Four or more years 3,310
3 Rhode Island School of Design Providence, Rhode Island Private not-for-profit, Four or more years 2,386
4 California Institute of the Arts Valencia, California Private not-for-profit, Four or more years 1,441
5 University of New Mexico-Main Campus Albuquerque, New Mexico Public, Four or more years 29,033
6 Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, New York Private not-for-profit, Four or more years 16,357
6 School of Visual Arts New York, New York Private for-profit, Four or more years 4,323
8 University of California-Los Angeles Los Angeles, California Public, Four or more years 39,945
9 California College of the Arts Oakland, California Private not-for-profit, Four or more years 1,945
10 Columbia College-Chicago Chicago, Illinois Private not-for-profit, Four or more years 10,783

Admission and Acceptance Ratio Comparison

In this paragraph, we compare admission considerations between the best schools including applications fees, acceptance ratio, and application requirements.
Table. Best Photography College Admission Comparison
Open AdmissionApplication FeeAcceptance Ratio
Yale University No $ 75 7.7%
(8.6%/7.0%)
School of the Art Institute of Chicago No $ 65 78.3%
(90.5%/74.9%)
Rhode Island School of Design No $ 60 25.4%
(30.2%/23.5%)
California Institute of the Arts No $ 70 24.7%
(22.4%/28.1%)
University of New Mexico-Main Campus No $ 20 63.9%
(62.8%/64.7%)
Rochester Institute of Technology No $ 50 58.5%
(58.2%/59.0%)
School of Visual Arts No $ 50 73.6%
(66.6%/76.9%)
University of California-Los Angeles No $ 70 27.1%
(25.8%/25.2%)
California College of the Arts No $ 60 83.2%
(78.9%/85.1%)
Columbia College-Chicago Yes $ 35 -
(-/-)

Tuition Costs Comparison

Next, we compare the tuition and other costs at best Photography colleges. Tuition is an amount of money charged to students for instructional services. Tuition may be charged per term, per course, or per credit. In-state tuition rate applies to students who meet the state's or institution's residency requirements and out-of-tuition rate is for students who do not meet the ins-state residency requirements.

Table. Best Photography Schools Tuition Comparison
UndergraduateGraduate
In-StateOut-Of-StateIn-StateOut-Of-State
TuitionFeesTuitionFeesTuitionFeesTuitionFees
Yale University $ 42,300$ 0$ 42,300$ 0 $ 35,500$ 0$ 35,500$ 0
School of the Art Institute of Chicago $ 38,340$ 680$ 38,340$ 680 $ 40,680$ 680$ 40,680$ 680
Rhode Island School of Design $ 41,022$ 310$ 41,022$ 310 $ 41,022$ 310$ 41,022$ 310
California Institute of the Arts $ 38,438$ 576$ 38,438$ 576 $ 38,438$ 576$ 38,438$ 576
University of New Mexico-Main Campus $ 4,826$ 1,224$ 19,464$ 1,224 $ 5,386$ 1,256$ 20,002$ 1,256
Rochester Institute of Technology $ 32,784$ 474$ 32,784$ 474 $ 35,976$ 240$ 35,976$ 240
School of Visual Arts $ 31,030$ 0$ 31,030$ 0 $ 34,740$ 0$ 34,740$ 0
University of California-Los Angeles $ 11,220$ 1,472$ 34,098$ 1,472 $ 11,220$ 1,346$ 26,322$ 1,346
California College of the Arts $ 38,448$ 350$ 38,448$ 350 $ 40,080$ 350$ 40,080$ 350
Columbia College-Chicago $ 21,200$ 530$ 21,200$ 530 $ 18,960$ 530$ 18,960$ 530

Grants, Scholarships, and Loans Comparison

This page contains comparison data on the number of full-time, first-time undergraduate students and all undergraduate students who receive different types of student financial aid, including grants and loans, from different sources at each best Photography school.

Full-time student is a student enrolled for 12 or more semester credits , or 12 or more quarter credits, or 24 or more contact hours a week each term. First-time student is a student attending any institution for the first time at the undergraduate level. For full-time and first-time students, the financial aid reports include federal grants, Pell grants, other federal grants, state/local grants, grants from the institution, federal and non-federal student loans.
Table. Best Photography Schools - Full-Time, First-Time Undergraduate Student Financial Aids Comparison Table
Grants or ScholarshipStudent Loan
Number ReceivingPercent ReceivingAverage AmountNumber ReceivingPercent ReceivingAverage Amount
Yale University 72354%$ 39,771 1189%$ 4,911
School of the Art Institute of Chicago 44699%$ 11,337 21448%$ 9,739
Rhode Island School of Design 14933%$ 23,784 17539%$ 7,911
California Institute of the Arts 9773%$ 13,152 8463%$ 10,537
University of New Mexico-Main Campus 3,10595%$ 5,430 1,90358%$ 5,278
Rochester Institute of Technology 2,39390%$ 17,644 1,95073%$ 8,854
School of Visual Arts 33452%$ 9,931 38159%$ 11,015
University of California-Los Angeles 3,40659%$ 16,760 2,25139%$ 6,145
California College of the Arts 19282%$ 19,561 12353%$ 7,223
Columbia College-Chicago 1,30462%$ 9,090 1,53473%$ 6,948

Enrollment Comparison

This paragraph compares the number of students enrolled in best Photographyschools. Next table counts total students headcount by school level and attendance status. Undergraduate full-time student is a student enrolled for 12 or more semester credits , or 12 or more quarter credits, or 24 or more contact hours a week each term. For graduate students, it includes students enrolled for 9 or more semester credits, or 9 or more quarter credits, or a student involved in thesis or dissertation preparation that is considered full time by the institution.

Undergraduate part-time student is a student enrolled for either less than 12 semester or quarter credits, or less than 24 contact hours a week each term. For graduate schools, students enrolled for less than 9 semester or quarter credits are included in this table.
Table. Best Photography Schools Enrollment Comparison by School Level/Attendance Status
UndergraduateGraduate
TotalFull-timePart-time Full-timePart-time
Yale University 11,9065,39312 6,347154
School of the Art Institute of Chicago 3,3102,387242 64734
Rhode Island School of Design 2,3861,9710 4150
California Institute of the Arts 1,4419455 4874
University of New Mexico-Main Campus 29,03317,0905,683 3,5762,684
Rochester Institute of Technology 16,35712,3931,318 1,907739
School of Visual Arts 4,3233,408264 57279
University of California-Los Angeles 39,94527,365576 11,585419
California College of the Arts 1,9451,373105 44324
Columbia College-Chicago 10,7839,2241,086 366107

Graduation Rates Comparison

Next, we compare the graduation rate between best Photography schools. The graduation Rate is calculated as the total number of completers within 150% of normal time divided by the revised cohort minus any allowable exclusions. For example, 6 years rate is applied for 4 year schools. For detail information of your desired school, follow links on the school name.

Next table shows the graduation rate by gender. the numbers in parenthesis means completers over total cohort.
Table. Best Photography Schools Graduation Rates By Gender
AverageMenWomen
Yale University 96.19%
(1,263 / 1,313)
95.90%
(632 / 659)
96.48%
(631 / 654)
School of the Art Institute of Chicago 54.20%
(239 / 441)
50.75%
(68 / 134)
55.70%
(171 / 307)
Rhode Island School of Design 86.29%
(365 / 423)
85.16%
(109 / 128)
86.78%
(256 / 295)
California Institute of the Arts 55.13%
(86 / 156)
48.19%
(40 / 83)
63.01%
(46 / 73)
University of New Mexico-Main Campus 45.82%
(1,354 / 2,955)
41.62%
(556 / 1,336)
49.29%
(798 / 1,619)
Rochester Institute of Technology 61.83%
(1,456 / 2,355)
58.51%
(983 / 1,680)
70.07%
(473 / 675)
School of Visual Arts 67.93%
(447 / 658)
65.96%
(188 / 285)
69.44%
(259 / 373)
University of California-Los Angeles 91.51%
(4,400 / 4,808)
89.45%
(1,746 / 1,952)
92.93%
(2,654 / 2,856)
California College of the Arts 45.05%
(82 / 182)
33.33%
(19 / 57)
50.40%
(63 / 125)
Columbia College-Chicago 40.62%
(801 / 1,972)
39.07%
(370 / 947)
42.05%
(431 / 1,025)

Student To Fauclty Ratio Comparison

Student-to-faculty ratio is defined as total students not in graduate or professional programs divided by total instructional staff not teaching in graduate or professional programs. The student-to-faculty ratio is applicable only to institutions with undergraduate students. Next two tables compare the student-to-faculty ratio between best schools. For detail information of each school, follow the link on the school name. The ratio is calculated by dividing total number of students by total numbers of faculty. (for example, the ratio is 11.9 % for 131 students and 11 faculty members)
Table. Student to Faculty Ratio
20092010201120122013
Yale University 16.7%16.7% 16.7%20.0% 16.7%
School of the Art Institute of Chicago 11.1%10.0% 10.0%10.0% 11.1%
Rhode Island School of Design 10.0%10.0% 11.1%11.1% 11.1%
California Institute of the Arts 14.3%14.3% 14.3%14.3% 14.3%
University of New Mexico-Main Campus 5.0%4.8% 4.5%4.3% 3.8%
Rochester Institute of Technology 7.7%8.3% 7.7%7.7% 7.1%
School of Visual Arts 11.1%11.1% 11.1%12.5% 12.5%
University of California-Los Angeles 5.6%5.9% 6.3%6.3% 6.3%
California College of the Arts 14.3%11.1% 10.0%9.1% 10.0%
Columbia College-Chicago 9.1%9.1% 9.1%10.0% 10.0%
Once again, we note that the full comparison for each factors with tables and charts is described at photography colleges comparison page.

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