Aspiring photojournalists can choose a major in the field or choose the subject as a concentration within a broader journalism or communications program. These programs are available at public and private universities.
10 Schools with Photojournalism Programs
The following schools offer education in photojournalism:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered*||Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)**|
|University of North Texas||Denton, TX||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$9,730 (in-state)
|Central Michigan University||Mount Pleasant, MI||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$11,850 (in-state)
|Kent State University Kent Campus||Kent, OH||4-year, Public||Bachelor's|| $10,012 (in-state)
|Ohio University - Main Campus||Athens, OH||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$11,548 (in-state)
|Western Kentucky University||Bowling Green, KY||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$9,482 (in-state)
|University of Miami||Coral Gables, FL||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Bachelor's||$45,724|
|Vincennes University||Vincennes, IN||4-year, Public||Associate||$5,375 (in-state)
|Point Park University||Pittsburgh, PA||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Bachelor's||$28,250|
|George Washington University||Washington, D.C.||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Bachelor's, Master's||$50,435|
|University of Missouri - Columbia||Columbia, MO||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$9,509 (in-state)
Sources: *School website, **National Center for Education Statistics
College Selection Criteria
When choosing between photojournalism schools, here are some considerations to keep in mind:
- Students may want to find out about the school's computer lab facilities in order to make sure that they will have access to up-to-date equipment and industry-standard software applications, such as Quark or In Design.
- Students may want to look for schools that offer internships, which can provide valuable hands-on experiences in the field, as well as networking opportunities in the industry.
- Students should find out whether there are student-run media organizations on campus, like college newspapers, where they can work while in school.
- Students who are specifically interested in creating content for online publications and digital media should look for programs that emphasize new media in their curricula.
Bachelor's Degree Programs
In bachelor's degree programs in photojournalism, students generally take a combination of journalism and photography courses. Alongside classes in writing and reporting, they also learn about different types of photography and digital photo editing. The curriculum is typically divided between classroom-based theoretical studies and computer lab-based technical training. These programs may confer a Bachelor of Science (BS) or a professional Bachelor of Journalism degree.
Master's Degree Programs
Master's degree programs in photojournalism are less common than undergraduate programs, but there are a few schools that give students the opportunity to earn a Master of Arts (MA) in photojournalism. In these two-year programs, students take advanced courses, and they may be required to submit either a professional project or a research-based thesis prior to graduation.
Both undergraduate and graduate-level photojournalism programs can prepare aspiring photojournalists for professional success in the field. Practical training opportunities and the quality of on-campus facilities are important considerations when choosing between schools.