Visual Journalism Degree Programs and Schools

Visual journalism combines news reporting with imaging technologies, such as photography. Get information on degree programs in this field and schools that offer them. Schools offering Journalism degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

Visual journalism programs may be offered specifically by that title or they may exist as specializations within broader journalism or communications programs. You may enroll in visual journalism programs at the undergraduate certificate, associate degree, bachelor's degree and master's degree levels.

Programs Certificate, Associate's, Bachelor's, Graduate
Courses Desktop Publishing, Photo Journalism, Visual Aesthetics, Editing and Design, Typographic Design, Computer Illustration
Schools Those with access to up-to-date photography facilities and technological resources are desirable

What Can I Learn in a Certificate Program?

Certificate programs in visual journalism can usually be finished in less than a year. This could be an immediate way for you to enter the field in an entry-level role or could help you add some educational credentials to existing work experience. Courses in editing, Web design and illustration may be included. Other courses that may be available in a certificate program include the following:

  • Press photography
  • Black and white photography
  • Digital photography
  • Online journalism
  • News leadership
  • Newswriting and reporting
  • Mass communication

What Degree Programs are Available?

Associate's, bachelor's and master's degree programs typically include many of the same fundamental visual journalism courses as certificate programs, but they also include general education courses in topics like human relations, public speaking and composition, which could be useful to you as an aspiring journalist. Additional elective courses could also allow you to further develop either your visual design or journalistic skills in areas like online journalism, photography and digital publishing. The following schools offer degree programs in visual journalism:

  • Western Washington University
  • Biola University
  • The City University of New York
  • Brookhaven College
  • L.A. City College

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