Photojournalism Option - Photographic and Imaging Arts BFA
Photographic and Imaging Arts BFA
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Overview for Photojournalism Option - Photographic and Imaging Arts BFA
The photojournalism option teaches students to produce non-fiction visual reporting that tells the stories of people, social issues and events for diverse and modern media outlets including digital and print. Students learn to create and publish both still photographic reporting as well as moving and interactive media that document our diverse culture, evoking both the momentous and the everyday circumstances of contemporary life and society. The photojournalism option allows flexibility and individual specialization where students can find their primary interest. Students take required courses in photojournalism fundamentals, picture editing, and multimedia, including sound, video gathering, and video editing. This option is part of the Photographic and Imaging Arts BFA program.
Students then may choose to take extra courses in an area in which they want further specialization, including picture editing, still photojournalism field-work, or multimedia storytelling. Students contribute to the creation of special publications centered on community activity and awareness, and provide staff support to RIT’s student-run magazine, The Reporter. Students also have the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C., and New York to meet with potential employers that represent the wide spectrum where photojournalists currently work.
Career Opportunities in Photojournalism
Photojournalism graduates go on to work for some of today’s leading digital publications, newspapers, and magazines. They're also recognized for their outstanding work. Eleven alums have won a combined 15 Pulitzer Prizes for their work in visual journalism.
A significant number of graduates also become self-employed freelance photographers, who seek freelance assignments with news organizations, picture agencies, non-profits, stock photo agencies, and as editorial photographers. Many graduates also are employed as picture editors, website producers, content curators, and television or multimedia editors.
National Press Photographers Association
Photojournalism students are the driving force in the school's National Press Photographers Associate (NPPA) student chapter. Students regularly attend activities sponsored by the NPPA, including regional and national conferences. The chapter manages a yearly contest of student work that is judged by alumni who also share their experiences in photojournalism and review student portfolios. The chapters also hosts guest speakers. The RIT student chapter was awarded the nation’s top chapter by the NPPA in 2016.
Accepted Student Open House
Join us on campus on April 1 to meet faculty, tour campus, and ask your questions.
Careers and Experiential Learning
Typical Job Titles
|Director of Photography||Multimedia Editor|
|Multimedia Journalist||Multimedia Producer|
|Picture Researcher||Visual Archivist|
Cooperative Education and Internships
What’s different about an RIT education? It’s the career experience you gain by completing cooperative education and internships with top companies in every single industry. You’ll earn more than a degree. You’ll gain real-world career experience that sets you apart.
Co-ops and internships take your knowledge and turn it into know-how. Co-op in the College of Art and Design provides hands-on experience that enables you to apply your artistic capabilities in dynamic professional settings while you make valuable connections between classwork and real-world applications.
Photojournalism Internships: Students apply for photojournalism internships with some of the nation’s most respected newspapers, websites, and magazines as both photographers and editors. They work collaboratively 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 Career Services and Cooperative Education, in identifying and applying for internships. Internships provide real-world work experience, which is an invaluable part of students’ educational experience.
Creative Industry Day
RIT’s Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education hosts Creative Industry Day, which connects students majoring in art, design, film and animation, photography, and select computing majors with companies, organizations, creative agencies, design firms, and more. You'll be able to network with company representatives and interview directly for open co-op and permanent employment positions.
Photographing Bills Mafia
Clay Patrick McBride
RIT faculty and students captured the unique pre-game traditions and unbridled passion of Buffalo Bills fans for a story and picture essay featured in Sports Illustrated.
The RIT Photojournalism capstone experience is a year-long experience where seniors research, develop and execute an in-depth story. Main photo by Eakin Howard '21.
Photo Editing Project
This compilation of past Photojournalism student work was gathered and edited by seven former students in the program.
Photojournalism Capstone Project
Julia Popowych ’21 (Photojournalism) details her capstone project experience, which culminated in a documentary about K-12 learning during COVID-19. The Photojournalism senior capstone project is a...
As a photojournalist for a major daily newspaper, David Wallace ’01 Photojournalism Option (Photographic and Imaging Arts BFA) has produced compelling stories honored with prestigious awards.
Alumna advocates for women in sports
Meg Oliphant '16, a photographer who covers professional sports, the Olympics and more, started Women's Sports Archive, a photo service that exclusively offers women’s sports images.
Admissions and Financial Aid
This option is part of the Photographic and Imaging Arts BFA. Please visit the degree program page for admission requirements.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
100% of all incoming first-year and transfer students receive aid.
RIT’s personalized and comprehensive financial aid program includes scholarships, grants, loans, and campus employment programs. When all these are put to work, your actual cost may be much lower than the published estimated cost of attendance.
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February 24, 2023
How do you sneak a US president into a warzone without anyone noticing?
The Associated Press features President Joe Biden's surprise visit to Ukraine, which was documented in part by AP photographer Evan Vucci '00 (professional photographic illustration).
January 17, 2023
Students, faculty photograph Bills fans for 'Sports Illustrated'
RIT photographers captured the pre-game traditions and tailgate experience that have made Bills games a pilgrimage for many NFL fans.
December 6, 2022
After coast-to-coast career move, alumna works on prominent documentaries
Dominique Hessert Owens ’17 (photojournalism) spearheaded the visual effects efforts for Good Night Oppy, a true story about an amazing journey by two Mars rovers that is receiving Oscar buzz.