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Photographic and Imaging Arts–Photojournalism (formerly Professional Photographic Illustration–Photojournalism) BFA

Semester Requirements

William Snyder, Program Chair
(585) 475-2780, wdspph@rit.edu

http://photography.rit.edu

Program overview

The program options in the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences are designed to prepare students for a wide range of careers in photographic and related imaging fields. Studies in photographic practices provide both technical and creative experiences for visual problem solving. The principles of imaging are taught through courses investigating the tools and processes used to make pictorial- and information-based images and multimedia productions. All first year students are required to have their own hand held digital SLR camera and a professional light meter, among other items.

Students have the opportunity to supplement their course work with participation in cooperative education, internships, study abroad programs, field trips, presentations by invited guests/guest lecturers, departmental student organizations, and related activities.

Students are urged to take advantage of Rochester’s historic connection with photography. A comprehensive schedule of programs, including exhibitions, lectures, and seminars, is offered by the city’s array of cultural institutions.

Accreditation

The BFA program options and the MFA program in the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

Photojournalism option

World events often are etched in the public’s mind not by words but by photographs. The photojournalism option, which leads to a bachelor of fine arts degree in photographic and imaging arts, provides an education in both photographic craft and visual storytelling. Since 1979, many graduates of this major have earned professional acclaim. Ten alumni have been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for photojournalism.

Within the major, students will have the opportunity to explore photography-related disciplines such as electronic publishing, video documentary, multimedia for photojournalists, and sound gathering and editing, to name a few.

Curriculum

Photographic and imaging arts (photojournalism option), BFA degree, typical course sequence, (semesters), effective fall 2013

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
PHAR-101 Photo Arts I 4
PHPS-106  Photo Technology I (SMTL) 3
ARTH-135  LAS Perspective 2: Survey Western Art and Architecture I 3
  LAS Perspective 1 3
  LAS Foundation 1: First Year Seminar† 3
PHAR-102 Photo Arts II 4
PHPS-107 Photo Technology II (SMTL) 3
ARTH-136 LAS Perspective 3: Survey Western Art and Architecture II  3
FDTN-111 Drawing 3
  LAS Foundation 2: First Year Writing 3
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
  Choose two from the following:  6
PHAR-201 Elements: Fine Art  
PHAR-202 Elements: Advertising  
PHAR-203 Elements:Photojournalism  
PHAR-204 Elements: Visual Media  
FDTN-121 2D Design 3
  LAS Perspective 4 3
PHAR-211 History and Aesthetics I 3
   Open electives  6
FDTN-141  4D Design 3
  LAS Elective 3
PHAR-212 History and Aesthetics II 3
Third Year
PHPJ-301 Foundations of Photojournalism 3
PHPJ-307 Ethics and the Law 3
  CIAS Elective§ 3
  LAS Immersion 1, 2 6
PHPJ-302 Photojournalism I 3
PHPJ-315  Multimedia for Photojournalism I 3
  Photojournalism Electives‡ 6
PHPJ-401 Senior Project (WI) 3
Fourth Year
Choose one of the following:  3
   PHPJ-303    Photojournalism II  
   PHPJ-306    Picture Editing I  
Choose one of the following: 3
   PHPJ-311    Picture Editing II  
   PHPJ-356    Alternate Influences  
  CIAS Electives§ 9
  Free Electives 6
  LAS Immersion 3 3
PHPJ-402 Portfolio 3
  Photojournalism Elective‡ 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 122

Please see New General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

(SMTL) Refers to science, math, technical literacy requirement.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two Wellness courses.

† The First Year Seminar requirement is replaced by an LAS Elective for the 2013-14 academic year.

‡ Photojournalism electives include Picture Editing I (PHPJ-306), Picture Editing II (PHPJ-311), Multi Media for Photojournalism (PHPJ-315), Multi Media Editing (PHPJ-319), Multi Media for Photojournalism II  (PHPJ-355), Alternate Influences (PHPJ-356), Working On Location (PHPJ-361), Documentary I (PHPJ-365), Documentary II (PHPJ-366), NYC Photojournalism Trip (PHPJ-370), DC Photojournalism Trip (PHPJ-375), Web Publishing (PHPS-315), Cross Media Workflow (MAAT-306), Image Process Workflow (MATT-367), Reporting and Writing (COMM-162), News Editing (COMM-262), Multi-platform Journalism (COMM-461).

§ CIAS elective refers to any course in the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences.

Internships

Our students apply for internships with some of the nation’s most respected newspapers and magazines. They work behind the camera on a variety of stories and have the opportunity to learn from photographers, editors, and other professionals in the newsroom. Students receive assistance from their professors, as well as from the Office of Cooperative Education and Career Services, in identifying and applying for internships. Internships provide real-world work experience, which is an invaluable part of our students’ educational experience.

Additional information

National Press Photographers Association

Photojournalism students are the driving force in our National Press Photographers Associate (NPPA) student chapter, which was named the 2004 Chapter of the Year by the national association. Students regularly attend activities sponsored by the NPPA. The chapter hosts guest speakers and alumni who share their experiences in photojournalism and review student portfolios. Chapter members participate each year in NPPA short courses and publish their own website.

Career opportunities

Our photojournalism graduates go to work for some of today’s best newspapers, magazines, and online sites, working initially as either interns or full-time employees. A significant number of our students also become self-employed freelance photographers. They seek freelance assignments with news organizations, picture agencies, stock photo agencies, and editorial photographers.

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Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. The following content has been made available as reference only. Currently matriculated students who began their academic programs in quarters should consult their academic adviser for guidance and course selection.

Program overview

The programs of the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences are designed to prepare students for a wide range of careers in photographic and related imaging fields. Studies in photographic practices provide both technical and creative experiences for visual problem solving. The principles of imaging are taught through courses investigating the tools and processes used to make pictorial-, data-, and information-based images. All first year students are required to have their own hand held small- or medium-format digital SLR camera and a professional light meter.

Students have the opportunity to supplement their course work with participation in cooperative education, internships, study abroad programs, field trips, presentations by invited guests/guest lecturers, departmental student organizations, and related activities.

Students are urged to take advantage of Rochester’s historic connection with photography. A comprehensive schedule of programs, including exhibitions, lectures, and seminars, is offered by the city’s array of cultural institutions.

Photojournalism option

World events often are etched in the public’s mind not by words but by photographs. The photojournalism option, which leads to a bachelor of fine arts degree in professional photographic illustration, provides an education in both photographic craft and visual storytelling. Since 1979, many graduates of this program have earned professional acclaim. Ten alumni have been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for photojournalism.

Within the program, students will have the opportunity to explore photography-related disciplines such as electronic publishing, video documentary, multimedia for photojournalists, and sound gathering and editing, to name a few.

Curriculum

Professional photographic illustration, photojournalism option, BFA degree, typical course sequence (quarters)

CourseQtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
2067-201, 202, 203 Photo Arts I, II, III 15
2039-225, 226, 227 Survey of Western Art and Architecture I, II, III 9
2076-211, 212, 213 Materials and Processes of Photography 9
  Liberal Arts* 12
1720-050, 052 First-Year Enrichment 2
  Wellness Education† 0
Second Year
2067-xxx Photo Arts Elements 15
2067-306, 307, 308 History and Aesthetics of Photography 9
2013-211 Drawing I 3
2013-231 2D Design I 3
2013-xxx 4D Design 3
2067-xxx Career Seminar 1
  Liberal Arts* 12
  Wellness Education† 0
Third Year
2067-401, 402, 403 Photojournalism I, II, III 15
  Photojournalism Core‡ 4-5
2067-xxx Photojournalism Ethics 4
2067-xxx Portfolio Development 5
  Minor or CIAS Electives§ 8
  Liberal Arts* 12
Fourth Year
2067-xxx Photojournalism II 15
  Photojournalism Core‡ 8-10
  Minor or CIAS Electives§ 12
  Open Electives** 12-15
Total Quarter Credit Hours 189

* Please see Liberal Arts General Education Requirements for more information.

† Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

‡ Photojournalism core, minimum of 12 quarter credits required.

§ RIT-approved minor and/or CIAS elective, minimum 20 quarter credits required.

** Open electives, minimum of 12 quarter credits required

Internships

Our students apply for internships with some of the nation’s most respected newspapers and magazines. They work behind the camera on a variety of stories and have the opportunity to learn from photographers, editors, and other professionals in the newsroom. Students receive assistance from their professors, as well as from the Office of Cooperative Education and Career Services, in identifying and applying for internships. Internships provide real-world work experience, which is an invaluable part of our students’ educational experience.

Additional information

National Press Photographers Association

Photojournalism students are the driving force in our National Press Photographers Associate (NPPA) student chapter, which was named the 2004 Chapter of the Year by the national association. Students regularly attend activities sponsored by the NPPA. The chapter hosts guest speakers and alumni who share their experiences in photojournalism and review student portfolios. Chapter members participate each year in NPPA short courses and publish their own website.

Career opportunities

Our photojournalism graduates go to work for some of today’s best newspapers and magazines, working initially as either interns or full-time employees. A significant number of our students also become self-employed freelance photographers. They seek freelance assignments with news organizations, picture agencies, stock photo agencies, and editorial photographers.