Department of Art and Photography

Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Photojournalism

The Photojournalism major prepares students to document the real-life events and people – their lives, emotions, and suspense for newspapers, magazines, and books, as well as television and web-based media. Committed to provide a broader understanding in journalism, its ethics and laws, the major helps students to develop their technical and aesthetic abilities for one of the most challenging careers in the world.

The primary goal of this major is to make a strong foundation in documenting and

presenting the momentous and the everyday circumstances of contemporary life and society, where numerous second and third year courses allow the exploration of editorial, documentary photography, and reportage in a variety of formats, including video, sound, online, social media, and multimedia.

The B.F.A. in Photojournalism is a three-year degree. A Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) is then required to progress on to Ph.D. Those who have strong performance in their second or third year, will be invited to extend their degree to an additional year, with a focus on research, granting access to doctoral programs.

The fourth year is optional. It is for those who want to do Double Major, an opportunity for students to broaden their knowledge and capacities by pursuing a second Major alongside their primary Major, i.e., B.S. in Photography along with this B.F.A. in Photojournalism.

Students will be given the opportunity to earn credits by working in projects or educational internships at Light & Composition. Upon graduation, students will be ready to create or pursue a career as journalist, photojournalist, and documentary photographer in mainstream or electronic media.

Bachelor of Science in Photography

Year 1

First Year

The first year of our B.F.A. in Photojournalism aims to consolidate the acquired knowledge and to get introduced to photojournalism, its historical context, its major practitioners and the methodologies they have used. They will also study camera, lenses, and their personalities. Soon they will study and understand the elements of composition, and practice with the structure, balance, and dynamics of it. For presenting their work with confidence, students will learn the building blocks of English language as well as structure. Upon completing the four fundamental English courses they will start learning basics of creative writing followed by academic and journalistic writing.

Core Prerequisites Modules

PHO 109: Understanding Camera, Lenses, and their Personalities (Open Access)

PHO 190: The Standard and Style of Photography (Open Access)

PHO 191: Learning to See the Beauty, Unity, and Harmony (Open Access)

Core Module

PHO 192: Creative Composition (Open Access)

Major Module

Into the World of Photojournalism (Open Access)

Prerequisites Language Modules (For Non-native English Speaker)

ENG 181: Mastering the Linguistic Categories (Open Access)

ENG 182: English: How to Write Clearly and Concisely (Open Access)

ENG 185: Expressing the Fabric of Time (Open Access)

ENG 186: Mastering the Structure of the English Language (Open Access)

ENG 211: Mastering English Fluency  (Open Access)

Prerequisites Language Modules (For Native English Speaker)

English Professional Proficiency (Open Access)

Language Modules

ENG 241: Basic Creative Writing (Open Access)

Year 2

In the second year, students develop a critical awareness of the relationship between photography and the real world, including issues of representation, the law, and ethics. They will study and practice the technical side of photography from basic to advanced in details by mastering the art of street and documentary photography – two of the most important intricacies of photography for photojournalism. Students will also learn the advanced creative writings, and will be given the chance to get published professionally. Soon they will study and practice the theoretical, methodological, and practical frameworks necessary for the research and production of successful photo essays and visual storytelling.

Core Modules

PHO 201: Presenting the Frame Aesthetically (Open Access)

PHO 205: Understanding Light (Open Access)

PHO 210: Visualization (Open Access)

PHO 215: Understanding Color and Color Management (Open Access)

Major Modules

PHO 250: Mastering the Art of Portrait Photography (Open Access)

PHJ 260: Mastering the Art of Black & White Photography (Open Access)

PHJ 270: Mastering the Art of Street Photography (Advance Enrolment Required)

PHJ 275: The Art of Publication (Advance Enrolment Required)

Language Modules

ENG 261: Mastering Business English Communication (Open Access)

ENG 265: Effective Business Writing (Open Access)

Marketing Modules

MKT 214: Mastering Online Marketing (Open Access)

MKT 280: Mastering the Art of Advertising Photography (Advance Enrolment Required)

Year 3

In the third year, students will work with the style, develop their own voices, and prepare them for their future career as journalist. They will be given the opportunity to do self-promotion, article and book publishing and exhibitions, and layout and editorial design. Students will learn to capture images that draw attention to an issue, change people’s minds, raise awareness and promote change. They will be given the opportunity to work with some of our award winning photojournalist to have the first-hand experience of getting close to people, capturing their lives and moments.

Core Modules

PHO 301: Mastering the Decisive Moment (Advance Enrolment Required)

PHO 305: Developing Style (Advance Enrolment Required)

PHO 311: Ethics in Photography (Advance Enrolment Required)

Elective Modules

PHJ 319 Religious Photography (Advance Enrolment Required)

Major Modules

PHJ 329: Story and Narrative in Photojournalism (Advance Enrolment Required)

PHJ 333: Mastering Multimedia (Advance Enrolment Required)
PHJ 340 Professional Reportage Writing (Advance Enrolment Required)

Language Modules

ENG 373: Advanced Creative Writing (Advance Enrolment Required)

Marketing Modules

MKT 351: Working in Advertising (Advance Enrolment Required)

Internship Modules

PHO 365: Working with Award-winning Photojournalists (Advance Enrolment Required)

PHJ 390 Photojournalism Thesis (Advance Enrolment Required)

PHJ 398 Working as a Photojournalist (Advance Enrolment Required)

Year 4 (optional) - Double Major

The forth years for Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Photography as Double Major starts with exploring perception and harnessing one’s artistic potential. Next, they will get introduced to the color and color management; study, practice, and master the art of nature and landscape photography – two of the most important intricacies of photography coincide with thorough understanding of sensitometry, applied optics, imaging systems and image emulation. Not only they can develop their own voices and prepare them for their future career as visual artists, but also, they will be given the opportunity to work with some of our award-winning photographers.

Major Modules

PHO 130: Exploring Perception (Open Access)

PHO 131: Harnessing Your Artistic Potential (Open Access)

PHO 231: Mastering the Art of Nature Photography (Open Access)

PHO 232: Mastering the Art of Wildlife Photography

PHO 255: Mastering the Art of Landscape Photography

PHO 321: Sensitometry

PHO 325: Applied Optics

PHO 361: Imaging Systems and Image Emulation

Elective Modules

PHO 221: Mastering the Art of Food Photography (Open Access)

PHO 225: Mastering the Art of Food Styling (Open Access)

Elective Language Modules

WRT 243: Mastering the Art of Writing Recipes (Open Access)

Internship Modules

PHO 366: Working with Award-winning Photographers

PHO 395: Photographic Practice and Presentation

PHO 397: Working as a Photographer

Single Major Credits

3 years

Double Major (optional)
4 years

Double Major Credits


Start and End Dates
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