The primary goal of this major is to make a strong foundation in documenting and
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.
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 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)
Prerequisites Language Modules
ENG 181: Mastering the Linguistic Categories (Open Access)
ENG 182: English: How to Write Clearly and Concisely (Open Access)
ENG 241: Basic Creative Writing
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.
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.