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 four top-notch universities, and get a snapshot of what's available at other schools in the country that offer programs for photojournalists.

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School Overview

Students who want to pursue photojournalism can find relevant programs at undergraduate and graduate levels. These programs typically include a mixture of art and media studies. Outstanding photojournalism programs can be found at Boston University, Rochester Institute of Technology, The George Washington University, and Central Michigan University. Each of these schools was nationally ranked by the U.S. News and World Report for 2017.

Boston University in Boston, MA

Faculty members at Boston University include Pulitzer Prize winners. Located in Massachusetts, Boston University is a private, not-for-profit university that ranked 39th on U.S. News & World Report's list of best national universities in 2017. 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.

Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY

At the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), internships are available with well-respected magazines and newsrooms. The Rochester Institute of Technology in New York is a private school that was ranked #107 among national universities by U.S. News & World Report for 2017. Undergraduates 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.

The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

The photojournalism program at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. features internships with the Washington Post and U.S. News and World Report. At the Corcoran College of the Arts and Design at The George Washington University, 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. The George Washington University ranked #56 among national universities for U.S. News and World Report's 2017 listings.

Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, MI

Located in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, the photojournalism program at Central Michigan University is one of only two accredited programs in the state. The Department of Journalism offers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science programs in photojournalism. Students learn about news reporting with a specific focus on the role of photography, and they gain experience with industry-standard software. Students can also receive credit for real-world internships. Over the course of the program, students develop a photographic portfolio of their work. For 2017, Central Michigan University was ranked #110 among public schools by U.S. News and World Report.

Top Photojournalism Schools

These schools also offer strong photojournalism programs:

School Name Distinction Location
Kent State University at Kent Is one of the largest regional systems with eight different campuses Kent, OH
Ohio University - Main Campus Offers a Bachelor of Science in Visual Communication and a Master of Arts in Photojournalism Athens, OH
Randolph Community College Offers an Associate of Applied Science in Photojournalism Asheboro, NC
University of Central Oklahoma Is Oklahoma's third largest university Edmond, OK
Western Kentucky University Has produced William Randolph Hearst national photojournalism championship winners Bowling Green, KY

Students who want to learn how to utilize photography in media-related careers can find undergraduate and graduate degree offerings in photojournalism at well-regarded universities around the country.

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