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.

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

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 two fundamental English courses they will start learning basics of creative writing followed by academic and journalistic writing.

Core Modules

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

PHJ 103 Photojournalism

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

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

PHO 192: Creative Composition (Open Access)

Language Modules

ENG 181: Understanding the Building Blocks of the English Language

ENG 182: Making Your English Clearer and Better Organized

ENG 201: Expressing the Location of Time

ENG 205: Mastering the Structure of the English Language

ENG 241: Basic Creative Writing

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 advance in details by mastering the art of portrait 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

PHJ 211 Practicing Photojournalism

PHJ 241 Mastering the Art of Documentary Photography

PHO 250 Mastering the Art of Portrait Photography

PHO 275 Visualization

PHJ 290 Visual Storytelling

Language Modules

ENG 385 Advanced Creative Writing

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 305 Developing Style

PHO 311 Capturing Life and its Moments

PHJ 370 Mastering Multimedia

PHJ 361 The Art of Publication

PHJ 325 Practicing Photojournalism 2

PHJ 345 Working with Award Winners

PHJ 385 Professional Reportage Writing

Total Credits

3 years

Course Type
Full-time or Part-time


Start and End Dates
All lessons are self-paced instructions, which student can proceed at his/her own speed, but should finish the course within the time frame of 4 months from the day he/she starts the course. Please visit Academic Calendar for details.

Live Conference with Faculty

Students have the opportunity to talk with the faculty and discuss the materials, despite of all the lessons are self-paced instructions that do not require the immediate response of an instructor.