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Photography in Colorado

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Schools Offering Photography Programs in Colorado

Each year, roughly 0.1% of Colorado students graduate with degrees in photography. In other words, every year an estimated 93 photographers graduate from Colorado's 4 photography schools.

Top Schools

The top-ranked school in Colorado that has a photography program is Pickens Technical College. Pickens Technical College, which was ranked 74th in the country in 2010, is located in Aurora. 21 students graduated with a degree in photography from Pickens Technical College in 2010. Students at Pickens Technical College paid $2,226 per year in tuition fees.

The second-ranked school in Colorado with a photography program is The Art Institute of Colorado, which is located in Denver. In 2010, it was ranked 75th nationwide. In 2010, 48 students graduated from The Art Institute of Colorado photography program. Tuition at The Art Institute of Colorado was $17,532 per year.

Colorado Mountain College, which was ranked 75th nationwide in 2010, is the third-ranked school in Colorado that has a photography program. It is located in Glenwood Springs. In 2010, Colorado Mountain College graduated 14 students from its photography programs. Tuition at Colorado Mountain College was $1,650 per year.


Tuition at Colorado's photography schools ranges from $17,532 per year to $1,650 per year. But, the average tuition is $6,008 per year. In 2010, the photography schools that charged the highest tuition rates in Colorado were:

  1. The Art Institute of Colorado - located in Denver, students are charged $17,532 per year
  2. Red Rocks Community College - located in Denver, students are charged $2,625 per year
  3. Pickens Technical College - located in Aurora, students are charged $2,226 per year

The lowest tuition rates at Colorado photography schools were charged at the following schools:

  1. Colorado Mountain College - located in Glenwood Springs, students are charged $1,650 per year
  2. Pickens Technical College - located in Aurora, students are charged $2,226 per year
  3. Red Rocks Community College - located in Denver, students are charged $2,625 per year

A photography degree from a Colorado school... what next?

The highest percentage of photography graduates in Colorado pursue careers as a photographer. Colorado had 1,070 photographers in 2010. In Colorado, the largest numbers of photographers work in the following counties:

  1. Adams County - 590 photographers
  2. El Paso County - 140 photographers
  3. Boulder County - 90 photographers

Projected Growth

According the US Bureau of Labor Statistics the number of photographers is expected to shrink by 0% by 2018. There are projected to be 2,400 photographers working in the Colorado then.


A photographer in Colorado earns $42,740 per year on average. In 2010, however, some Colorado photographers earned as little as less than $15,550 per year or as much as more than $72,310 per year. A photographer in the following Colorado counties makes the highest salaries on average:

  1. Adams County - $50,400 per year
  2. Larimer County - $40,540 per year
  3. Mesa County - $37,090 per year

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

  1. Archuleta County - $21,610 per year
  2. El Paso County - $32,790 per year
  3. Boulder County - $33,890 per year

More Information

For more data regarding a career in photography in Colorado and to compare salaries with various related fields such as photography or design, take a look at the graphs and charts below.

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

  • Associate's Degree in Photography in Colorado
  • Bachelor's Degree in Photography in Colorado
  • Certificate in Photography in Colorado

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Photographers 1,070 $42,740 23.0%
Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture 340 $45,390 0.0%

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