Photography in Illinois

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Schools Offering Photography Programs in Illinois


Each year, approximately 0.1% of Illinois graduates receive degrees in photography. In other words, every year an estimated 262 photographers graduate from Illinois' 13 photography schools.

Top Schools

The top-ranked school in Illinois that has a photography program is University of Illinois at Chicago. University of Illinois at Chicago, which was ranked 29th in the country in 2010, is located in Chicago. In 2010, University of Illinois at Chicago graduated 15 students from its photography program. The tuition rate at University of Illinois at Chicago was $12,053 per year.

Dominican University, which is located in River Forest, is the second-ranked school in Illinois that has a photography program. It received a ranking of 35th in the country in 2010. In 2010, Dominican University graduated 2 students from its photography program. The tuition rate at Dominican University was $25,710 per year.

The third-ranked school in Illinois that has a photography program is University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, which was ranked 51st in the country in 2010, is located in Champaign. 11 students graduated with degree in photography from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2010. Tuition at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was $13,096 per year.

Cost

If you choose to attend a Illinois photography school, average tuition will be $11,547 per year. However, tuition at your particular institution may range from $2,348 per year to $25,710 per year. The highest tuition rates in 2010 at Illinois photography schools were charged at the following schools:

  1. Dominican University - located in River Forest, students are charged $25,710 per year
  2. Bradley University - located in Peoria, students are charged $25,424 per year
  3. Columbia College Chicago - located in Chicago, students are charged $19,610 per year

The following Illinois photography schools had the lowest tuition rates:

  1. Prairie State College - located in Chicago Heights, students are charged $2,348 per year
  2. Waubonsee Community College - located in Sugar Grove, students are charged $2,352 per year
  3. Oakton Community College - located in Des Plaines, students are charged $2,750 per year

A photography degree from an Illinois school... what next?

Most people who graduate from photography school in Illinois go on to work as a photographer. Illinois had 2,790 photographers in 2010. The largest populations of Illinois photographers are working in the following counties:

  1. Cook County - 1,990 photographers
  2. Lake County - 130 photographers
  3. Marshall County - 70 photographers

Projected Growth

The government projects that by 2018, the number of photographers in the state of Illinois will grow to 5,790. This would require a 8% growth in the profession.

Salary

On average, a photographer earns a salary of $45,220 per year in Illinois state. In 2010, however, some Illinois photographers earned as little as less than $16,060 per year or as much as more than $97,590 per year. The following counties in Illinois have the highest average salaries for photographers:

  1. Cook County - $48,690 per year
  2. Edwards County - $42,560 per year
  3. Marshall County - $36,880 per year

The following counties in Illinois have the lowest average salaries for photographers:

  1. Clark County - $28,840 per year
  2. Lake County - $34,120 per year
  3. Boone County - $36,420 per year

More Information

Take a look at the graphs and charts below for additional Illinois statistics regarding a career in photography and to compare salaries with a variety of related fields such as photography or design.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Photography in Illinois
  • Bachelor's Degree in Photography in Illinois
  • Master's Degree in Photography in Illinois
  • Certificate in Photography in Illinois

Want to study at your own time and pace?

Consider Online Schools as a great alternative flexible option to earn a degree!

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Distance School City State Rating Acceptance Rate Student Population
6,131 miles from location University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign IL 49.1299 41% 43,881
6,125 miles from location College of DuPage Glen Ellyn IL 13.8242 n/a 27,083
6,104 miles from location University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago IL 70.7646 34% 26,840
6,103 miles from location Columbia College Chicago Chicago IL 18.5129 n/a 12,127
6,116 miles from location Oakton Community College Des Plaines IL 11.0092 n/a 12,087
6,146 miles from location Waubonsee Community College Sugar Grove IL 14.036 n/a 10,532
6,235 miles from location Lewis and Clark Community College Godfrey IL 11.0347 n/a 8,179
6,102 miles from location Prairie State College Chicago Heights IL 9.7858 n/a 5,854
6,205 miles from location Bradley University Peoria IL 35.5501 24% 5,800
6,113 miles from location Dominican University River Forest IL 65.2729 34% 3,909
6,198 miles from location Sauk Valley Community College Dixon IL 15.3721 n/a 2,504
0 miles from location The Illinois Institute of Art-Schaumburg Schaumburg IL 27.1043 97% 1,420
6,103 miles from location Harrington College of Design Chicago IL 8.86094 n/a 1,067
 

Curious what studying Photography gets you?

Check out the different options and how they're looking in Illinois

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
1
Photographers + 2,790 $45,220 41.6%
2
Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture + 720 $48,180 -24.2%
 

Got your degree? Time to find a job!

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