Bachelor's Degree Programs in Photojournalism

A bachelor's degree program in photojournalism can train you in the technical and aesthetic skills you need to work as a photojournalist. Read on for more information about courses and online learning options, and check out the career outlook for photojournalists. Schools offering Journalism degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Courses Will I Take in a Photojournalism Bachelor's Degree Program?

You'll find bachelor's degrees in photojournalism are generally offered as a journalism concentration through communications departments at colleges and universities. The core of the curriculum is founded on journalism principles and theories such as mass media laws, regulations for information gathering and current issues in mass communications. Coursework introduces you to the contemporary issues that face journalists and journalism, as well as the role communication plays in mass media markets. Typical classes may include:

  • Communication analysis
  • Public reporting
  • Mass communications regulations
  • Online research
  • Journalism ethics

Technical training in photography covers topics such as photographic processes, lighting techniques, camera operation and editing. You will also receive training in various forms of photography, including black and white, color and industrial photography. During your final year, you'll generally be required to create and display your professional portfolio. You may also be expected to attend seminars and complete independent research.

Common Courses Mass communications regulations, online research, communication analysis, public reporting, journalism ethics
Study Areas Lighting techniques, editing, photographic processes, camera operation
Online Availability Online programs are available
Job Outlook 3% increase between 2014-2024 (for photographers)*

*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Can I Earn This Degree Online?

Some photojournalism programs can be found online. These programs are similar to those on campus but online photojournalism courses may be limited. To access online learning formats, you must have a broadband Internet connection and a computer that meets a school's hardware and software requirements. Distance learning photojournalism courses may be pre-recorded and available for viewing at any time. Assignments are submitted by utilizing the school's online learning technology or by e-mail.

What Can I Do With My Degree?

Photojournalists may find employment opportunities in print and broadcasting industries. You'll be expected to take photographs of sporting, political and community events, as well as of natural disasters and war zones. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated a slower than average growth rate for photographers between 2014 and 2024 (www.bls.gov). This 3% growth is expected to stem from corporations with a continued need for commercial photographers to help with advertising efforts, and for personal services provided by portrait photographers.

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