Photojournalism Schools and Universities in the U.S.

Photojournalists take photos that may accompany written news stories or stand alone to tell a story through visual media. Photojournalism tracks are often part of a general journalism degree program, and those are available at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

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Photojournalism programs are offered by 4-year colleges and universities, and cover a variety of specialized subjects in the field, including press ethics, lighting, development techniques, and publishing.

10 Schools with Photojournalism Programs

The following ten schools feature photojournalism programs:

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Undergraduate Tuition (2015-2016)*
Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant, MI 4-year, Public Bachelor's $11,850 (in-state), $23,670 (out-of-state)
Johnson State College Johnson, VT 4-year, Public Bachelor's $11,018 (in-state), 23,714 (out-of-state)
Oakwood University Huntsville, AL 4-year, Private, not-for-profit Bachelor's $16,720
Point Park University Pittsburgh, PA 4-year, Private, not-for-profit Bachelor's $28,250
St John's University-New York Queens, NY 4-year, Private, not-for-profit Bachelor's $38,680
Syracuse University Syracuse, NY 4-year, Private, not-for-profit Bachelor's, Master's $43,318
University of Miami Coral Gables, FL 4-year, Private, not-for-profit Bachelor's $45,724
Vincennes University Vincennes, IN 4-year, Public Associate's $5,375 (in-state), $12,709 (out-of-state)
Western Kentucky University Bowling Green, KY 4-year, Public Bachelor's $9,482 (in-state), $24,132 (out-of-state)
Wilmington University New Castle, DE 4-year, Private, not-for-profit Bachelor's $10,430

Source: *NCES

School Selection Criteria

Students interested in a photojournalism university or program can look forward to a challenging track that rewards hard work and creativity. Students interested in attending a photojournalism school may want to take the following into consideration:

  • Students studying photojournalism may want to choose a school that teaches a variety of photography methods and techniques.
  • Some schools may have a dedicated journalism school or photography program, while others may only offer it as an elective or at certain degree levels.
  • Students may want to consider choosing a photojournalism school that offers opportunities to study abroad or intern to gain more experience in the field.
  • The software and equipment within the photography or journalism department of a school may vary, and some schools may have access to more or better equipment; students may want to consider a school where they can receive training and experience with up-to-date technology.

Photojournalism Program Overviews

Photojournalism degree programs take the themes of media and communication and look at them through a photographer's lens. In the event that a specific track or concentration isn't available, photojournalism may be taught through core or elective classes. Masters programs are also available, in which students concentrate on advanced technology applications in the areas of visual design, video, sound and multimedia presentations. In terms of photography, they study traditional still photography and digital formats in the service of effective, artistic communication

When choosing a photojournalism program, students should consider internship and study abroad opportunities, as well as the types of equipment that each institution has access to. Choosing the right program can help to launch a successful career in the field.

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