Top Schools for Photojournalism

Read about degree programs in photojournalism, through which students learn how to use cameras to record and document current events. Find out what type of degree you can earn at three top-notch universities, and get a snapshot of what's available at other schools in the country that offer programs for photojournalists.

School Overview

Undergraduate programs in photojournalism can be found at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C. and the Rochester Institute of Technology, a high-ranking national university in upstate New York. A graduate program in photojournalism can be found at Boston University.

1. Boston University in Boston, MA

School Highlight: Faculty members include Pulitzer Prize winners.

Boston University is a private, not-for-profit university that ranked 42nd on U.S. News & World Report's list of best national universities in 2015. The university's photojournalism program is offered as a graduate area of study. Students explore the basics of online, print and broadcast media, as well as the creation of news stories using photos. Coursework covers topics in news and reporting, communication processes, photography and multimedia productions.

2. Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY

School Highlight: Internships are available with well-respected magazines and newsrooms.

The Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) is a private school that ranked as the eighth-best regional university in the North by U.S. News & World Report in 2015. Undergraduates at RIT can pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photographic and Imaging Arts, with a specialization in Photojournalism, which will require the purchase of a digital SLR camera and professional light meter. Once enrolled, they examine the principles of the imaging and photographic methods used to produce journalistic pieces.

3. Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C.

School Highlight: This program features internships with The Washington Post and U.S. News & World Report.

At the Corcoran College of Art and Design, a private fine arts school in the nation's capital, students can study with faculty members associated with National Geographic Magazine and the Washington Post. In the undergraduate photojournalism program, aspiring professionals have the chance to improve their technical skills while creating news stories, documentaries and photographic pieces. Courses include topics in color photography, light studies and optical culture. Students also receive training in multimedia technology.

Top Photojournalism Schools

School Name Distinction Location
Central Michigan University Offers a one-of-a-kind journalism program for the state Mount Pleasant, MI
Kent State University at Kent One of the largest regional systems with eight different campuses Kent, OH
Ohio University - Main Campus Bachelor of Science in Visual Communication; Master of Arts in Photojournalism Athens, OH
Randolph Community College Offers an associate's degree in photojournalism Asheboro, NC
University of Central Oklahoma Oklahoma's third largest university Edmond, OK
Western Kentucky University William Randolph Hearst national photojournalism championship winners Bowling Green, KY

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