Top Photography Schools

According to the US News & World Report's Graduate Schools ranking in Fine Arts Specialty (2009 Edition), Yale is the top ranked Photography school in the USA, followed by School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2nd), Rhode Island School of Design (=3rd) and Rochester Institute of Technology (=3rd). Other institutions ranked in the Top 10 include University of New Mexico (5th), California Institute of the Arts (6th), San Francisco Art Institute (=7th), School of Visual Arts (=7th), UCLA (=7th), Arizona State University (=10th), California College of the Arts (=10th), and Cranbrook Academy of Art (=10th).

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, and by the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD). It offers a range of courses including Photography, Printmaking, Painting and Drawing, Sculpture, Ceramics, Art therapy, etc. The School offers the following undergraduate degree programs:
- BA in visual and critical studies
- BFA with emphasis in art education
- BFA with emphasis in writing
- BFA with emphasis in art history, theory and criticism
- Bachelor of interior architecture

SAIC offers graduate degrees such as Master of Architecture, Master of Arts in New Arts Journalism, Master of Fine Arts in Studio, Master of Science in Historic Preservation, etc. The Master of Fine Arts program has been consistently ranked as Number One by U.S. News and World Report. It also offers the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Studio, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Writing, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Fashion, Body, Garment.

SAIC is ranked 3rd best overall for graduate program in fine arts in the nation (US News 2008).

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) is placed among the top institutions in the nation for programs in the fine arts, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2009 edition of America’s Best Graduate Schools. It is ranked highly for the following fine arts specialties:
- 2nd for Glass art
- 3rd for Photography
- 8th for Industrial design
- 10th for Multimedia/visual communications
- 12th for Graphic design

RIT is placed 189th globally in the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities 2009. It is featured in Princeton Review's "The Best 290 Business Schools" 2009 edition.

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