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List of Photojournalism Colleges

Photojournalists create pictures with cameras that accompany news stories or serve as stories themselves. There are many colleges offering programs in photojournalism in the United States. When selecting a photojournalism school, prospective students should examine coursework, school equipment and technologies, as well as the opportunities for real world experience.

How to Select a Photojournalism School

Photojournalism programs are not available at every school, so prospective photojournalists should look for schools with a specific program or concentration in the subject. Students should seek programs with an array of photography and camera courses, as well as classes that cover the ins and outs of the journalism world. These courses in a bachelor's degree photojournalism program may include reporting, public affairs, communication, Web publishing and media writing. The curriculum's photo courses should include picture editing, lighting, photo software and using industry-standard hardware.

Because technology is crucial to journalism, and with most publications now on the Internet, prospective students should make sure the school to which he or she applies has up-to-date computer equipment. Software like Quark and InDesign are used at many media outlets and photojournalists who can use these programs may be more likely to gain job acceptance. Other equipment necessary at a journalism school includes lighting equipment, cameras and tripods.

Prospective photojournalism students should also look for schools that have an internship program. Journalism and photojournalism students often need experience working at a journalistic publication before transitioning into a job. This can include magazines, newspapers and websites. Some schools partner with area businesses and have contacts ready for the photojournalism student who wishes to gain intern experience.

Schools with the Largest Overall Student Enrollment

College/University Student Population Institution Type
University of North Texas 34,830 4-year, Public
Texas Tech University 28,422 4-year, Public
Central Michigan University 27,225 4-year, Public
Kent State University Kent Campus 22,944 4-year, Public
Ohio University - Main Campus 21,369 4-year, Public
Western Kentucky University 19,742 4-year, Public
University of Miami 15,323 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Vincennes University 11,590 4-year, primarily associate's, Public
Wilmington University 9,133 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Bradley University 5,873 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Abilene Christian University 4,669 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Point Park University 3,784 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Oakwood University 1,865 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Prescott College 1,065 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Corcoran College of Art and Design 942 4-year, Private not-for-profit

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