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 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)

PHO 192: Creative Composition (Open Access)

Core Modules

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)

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 advance 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 210 Visualization

PHO 211 Mastering the Decisive Moment

PHO 225 Ethics in Photography

PHJ 245 Mastering the Art of Documentary Photography

PHJ 251 Mastering the Art of Street Photography

PHJ 275 Visual Storytelling

PHJ 290 Mastering Multimedia

Language Modules

ENG 373 Advanced Creative Writing

Marketing Modules

MRT 214 Social Media Marketing

MRT 280 Advertising Photography

MRT 351 Working in Advertising

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

Elective Modules

PHJ 319 Religious Photography

Internship Modules

PHJ 330 The Art of Publication

PHJ 335 Practicing Photojournalism I

PHJ 340 Practicing Photojournalism II

PHO 365 Working with Award Winners

PHJ 385 Professional Reportage Writing

PHJ 390 Photojournalism Thesis I

PHJ 391 Photojournalism Thesis II

PHJ 398 Working as a Photojournalist

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 anytime at his/her own speed. However, we highly encourage students to finish a course within the time frame of 4 months from the day he/she starts the course to complete the major within 3 years. Please visit Academic Calendar for details.

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