Art, Design & Architecture

If life is a series of successive moments, it's the photographer's job to capture the most memorable, striking, and powerful ones from a mass of millions. If you feel called to the artful skill of photography and want to pursue a career that could lead in almost any direction but always with a camera draped around your neck, a degree in Photography may be the picture perfect choice for you.

Types of Degrees

Photography students typically pursue an associate degree (2 years) or bachelor's degree (4 years) prior to entering the workforce. In this field, your portfolio of work is usually more highly valued than any formal education obtained, but a degree in Photography offers you an education in the theory and fundamentals of photography as well as experience and time to develop your style and portfolio among other like-minded individuals. A master's degree in fine arts is also an option for those interested in becoming a photography professor.

Admission Requirements

A high school diploma or equivalent is required, with a strong academic background in art and photography and extracurricular experience in photography helping applicants obtain acceptance into their desired school. The most prestigious schools may also require a photography portfolio as part of their application process. Each school has its own specific requirements, making it important for you to explore several options before settling on a particular school.

Career Opportunities After Earning A Photography Degree

The range of career opportunities available to someone with a degree in Photography include:

  • Photographer
  • Film/Video Editor and/or Camera Operators
  • Photojournalist
  • Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.

Post Graduate Salary Information

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for Photographers was $36,280 in 2019 (1) while Film and Video Editors and Camera Operators earned a median salary of $59,810 in 2019. (2)

Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on career chosen, but on geographical location and employer. Conditions in your area may vary.


  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics
  2. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Careers associated with these educational opportunities often require additional degrees and certifications not offered as part of the educational opportunities presented by this website.

Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.