The Best Photography Schools in the UK and US

Dec 21, 2018 by Coline Olsina

Photoion — London, UK

This bespoke course combines a number of our professional courses and workshops, at a time that suits you. The long term course can be spread over 12 months or more. The 12 bespoke Photoion course costs £999 for package one and £1499 for package two.

Photoion London

Photo Credit: Photoion Student Gallery

Royal College of Art — London, UK

Located in Kensington Gore London, this college captures the fast-paced London lifestyle, giving students the opportunity to capture London life through their photographs. The RCA graduate show is famous and an unmissable appointment, where the quality of the work is always astonishing!

RCA Emily Elkins red cloth

Photo Credit: RCA Emily Elkins

Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

This course allows students to research and develop new boundaries of image-making. It joins theory and practice and allows specialization in photography, and/or electronic arts.

Goldsmiths Photography MA

Photo Credit: Goldsmiths

Ryerson University — Toronto, Canada

The oldest and most prestigious photo school in Canada, Ryerson offers students lessons focused on the theory and craft of photography and brags of ‘work placement’. This gives students the chance to get internships with companies geared toward their area of expertise.

Ryerson Universsity skyscrapers

Photo Credit: Ryerson Student Gallery

NYIP, New York, USA

The New York Institute of Photography is an online photography course is a comprehensive program that will teach you how to take control of your camera. You will learn the secrets of exposure, lighting, and lenses. The course offers an introduction to a wide variety of different photographic genres – weddings, nature, landscapes, wildlife, portraits, studio, still life and more. NYIP Graduates are eligible to become certified by the Professional Photographers of America (PPA).

NYIP gives you two payment options to choose from; either Pay in Full or Monthly Bill Pay Plan. They offer a range of photography courses, to give you a rough estimation here is the fees for their Professional Photography Course: it costs $699, which can be paid upfront or in monthly installments, paying as little as $59 per month!

NYIP Funto Oyewole woman in traditional clothes

Photo Credit: NYIP Funto Oyewole

SVA, New York, USA

The School of Visual Arts in New York helps students to master technical, creative, conceptual and business aspects of currently digital image and video practices, which professionals require to be successful in their careers. Students have the opportunity to work with professionals who bring a wide variety of real-world experience into each class.

SVA woman in wind

Photo Credit: SVA Student Gallery

Yale University, Connecticut, USA

Yale University is located in New Haven, Connecticut and is not only one of the most prestigious American universities, but its art department is renowned also. It has an impressive list of lecturers from Paul Graham to Gregory Crewdson to Benjamin Donaldson.

Yale University Student Exhibition

Photo Credits: Yale University Student Exhibition

Photouno, New York, USA

PhotoUno offers both beginner photography courses (from $390 for 12 hours of lessons), as well as private photography lessons (from $160 for a 2-hour session). Their motto for the beginners’ courses is “Fun, Effective, Flexible.” They provide both indoor and outdoor exercises to practice, the class sizes are small and they offer make-up classes if you miss a class to keep up with your busy schedules! The private lessons are for beginners and beyond and are tailored to whatever you want to focus on.

Photouno fairground Coney Island

Photo Credits: Photouno Student Gallery (by martap115)

NYFA, New York, USA

The New York Film Association focuses on the practical elements of photography, helping students master the basics but also the technical and business practices to further their professional photography careers. They have campuses in New York City and Los Angeles. Their students get the opportunity to be taught by award-winning professionals who mentor artists to maintain their singular voice to make their work unique and immediately recognizable.

New York Film Academy woman rabbit mask traffic cones

Photo Credit: New York Film Academy

ICP, New York, USA

The International Center of Photography teaches more than 3,500 adult and teenage students every year, offering education for every level, from courses and workshops to certificate and master’s degree programs. In addition to getting any necessary qualifications, the ICP helps its students to convey meaning through their images and build masterpieces which will impact people.

Eugene Richards ICA child crossed arms

Photo Credit: ICA (by Eugene Richards)


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