Top School in Santa Barbara for a Photojournalism Degree

Few schools in the Santa Barbara, CA, area have top ranking photojournalism programs. Read on to find out more about what one of these schools has to offer for photojournalism, as well as tuition and degree information.

School Information

Aspiring photojournalism students in Santa Barbara, CA, have only one 4-year for-profit institute and one 2-year public college to choose from if they desire to attend a school in or near this city. Based on school type, student population and distinction, the following college is considered a top school in Santa Barbara for photojournalism:

  • Winner: Santa Barbara City College is the only public school found in the city that offers education programs related to photojournalism. Photojournalism courses are included with in the college's Associate of Arts and certificate programs in journalism. Students can also pursue a competency award in photojournalism.

School Info Chart

Category Santa Barbara City College
Distinction Co-winner, Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence (2013)*
Location Santa Barbara, California
School Type 2-year, public
Tuition & Fees (2013-2014) Undergrad: $1,374 (in-state); $7,254 (out-of-state)**
Photojournalism Programs Offered Skills competency award, certificate and associate's degree
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class 36%**
Noteworthy Campus' online newspaper, The Channels, has won awards from the Associated Collegiate Press, the Journalism Association of Community Colleges and the California Newspaper Publishers Association***

Sources: *The Aspen Institute; **NCES College Navigator; ***Santa Barbara College

Santa Barbara City College

  • Work experience and internship opportunities in journalism are available
  • Photojournalism students gain hands-on experience by contributing to the student-operated online newspaper The Channels
  • Core program in journalism supported by classes in multimedia, photography and graphic design

Santa Barbara City College is one of the oldest community colleges in the state of California. It enrolls nearly 20,000 students in certificate, associate's degree and transfer programs. The college's School of Media Arts contains the Department of Journalism, which offers studies in photojournalism.

Students of the Associate in Arts in Journalism program have the opportunity to gain a firm foundation in the field of visual journalism by selecting an elective in photojournalism and assuming photojournalism duties for The Channels in a lab course. Other core and elective courses included in this associate's degree program cover topics such as reporting, editing, publication design and mass media. The Certificate of Achievement in Journalism program provides the same studies as those found within the associate's degree program, but do not require the completion of general education courses. The Skills Competency Award in Photojournalism is a 17-credit program with core courses in photojournalism, digital imagining and multimedia reporting as well as the lab course in The Channels. Among the electives offered are photography, non-linear editing and Web design.

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