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Schools Offering Photography Programs in Tennessee

Each year, approximately 0.1% of Tennessee graduates receive degrees in photography. Thus, Tennessee's 9 photography schools put out approximately 104 photographers each year.

Top Schools

The top-ranked school in Tennessee with a photography program is Watkins College of Art Design & Film, which is located in Nashville. In 2010, it was ranked 34th nationwide. In 2010, 3 students graduated from Watkins College of Art Design & Film's photography program. The tuition rate at Watkins College of Art Design & Film was $15,600 per year.

The second-ranked school in Tennessee with a photography program is Nossi College of Art, which is located in Madison. In 2010, it was ranked 72nd nationwide. 66 students graduated with degree in photography from Nossi College of Art in 2010. The tuition rate at Nossi College of Art was $12,400 per year.

Carson-Newman College, which was ranked 72nd nationwide in 2010, is the third-ranked school in Tennessee that has a photography program. It is located in Jefferson City. In 2010, Carson-Newman College graduated 8 students from its photography programs. Carson-Newman College charged in-state students $20,562 in tuition fees per year.


If you are hoping to attend one of Tennessee's photography schools, you can expect to pay an average tuition of $12,477 per year, though tuition can range from $23,950 per year to $3,057 per year. The highest tuition rates in 2010 at Tennessee photography schools were charged at the following schools:

  1. Memphis College of Art - located in Memphis, students are charged $23,950 per year
  2. Carson-Newman College - located in Jefferson City, students are charged $20,562 per year
  3. The Art Institute of Tennessee-Nashville - located in Nashville, students are charged $17,546 per year

The following Tennessee photography schools had the lowest tuition rates:

  1. Nashville State Community College - located in Nashville, students are charged $3,057 per year
  2. Columbia State Community College - located in Columbia, students are charged $3,073 per year
  3. Pellissippi State Community College - located in Knoxville, students are charged $3,130 per year

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

The highest percentage of photography graduates in Tennessee pursue careers as a photographer. If you decide to work as a photographer in Tennessee, you will be joining the ranks of approximately 890 Tennessee photographers as of 2010. The following counties have the largest number of Tennessee photographers:

  1. Cannon County - 220 photographers
  2. Crittenden County - 140 photographers
  3. Anderson County - 110 photographers

Projected Growth

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that by 2018, an estimated 3,250 photographers will be working in Tennessee state. This would require the number of photographers to grow by 10%.


On average, photographers earn $25,920 per year. However, this number is only an average. photographers in Tennessee had varying salaries from $15,770 to $48,160 per year in 2010. The counties in Tennessee with the highest average salary for a photographer are:

  1. Anderson County - $32,440 per year
  2. Cannon County - $28,780 per year
  3. Carter County - $27,820 per year

On average, photographers earns the least in the following Tennessee counties:

  1. Bledsoe County - $19,140 per year
  2. Crittenden County - $23,630 per year
  3. Bradley County - $23,670 per year

More Information

The charts and graphs below have additional Tennessee statistics regarding a career in photography. Take a look and compare salaries with various 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 Tennessee
  • Bachelor's Degree in Photography in Tennessee
  • Certificate in Photography in Tennessee

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Photographers 890 $25,920 -25.2%
Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture 410 $40,270 86.4%

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