Bachelor of Science in Visual Journalism

The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Visual Journalism Program is to offer a contemporary, professional curriculum grounded in truthful, ethical, and creative storytelling that embraces the highest level of craftsmanship, advancing the field of journalism.

The 120 semester credit Bachelor of Science in Visual Journalism program emphasizes the practice of ethical, journalistic storytelling, and incorporates a broad based experiential educational approach. The program consists of 69 semester credits that cover six primary areas of technical and creative focus under the umbrella of journalistic storytelling, including the opportunity to take 12 credits in electives. Primary areas include photojournalism, documentary film production, audio documentary, journalistic writing, multimedia journalism, website design and strategies for developing a web presence. Students also take 6 semester credits in business courses and 45 semester credits in Liberal Arts designed to both support their professional goals as journalists and broaden their understanding and experience of other subject areas.

Core courses include*:

  • Documentary Film Production 1
  • Documentary Film Production 1 Lab
  • Documentary Film Production 2
  • Documentary Film Production 2 Lab
  • Advanced Documentary Film Projects
  • Advanced Documentary Film Projects Lab
  • Journalism 1
  • Journalism 2
  • Digital Workflow
  • Visual Journalism 1
  • Visual Journalism 1 Lab
  • Lighting for Visual Journalists
  • Lighting for Visual Journalists Lab
  • Audio Documentary
  • Audio Documentary Lab
  • Visual Journalism 2
  • Web for Visual Journalists
  • Picture Story
  • Advanced Lighting for Visual Journalists
  • Visual Journalism 3
  • Picture Editing
  • Capstone: Portfolio and Ethics

* Course offerings are subject to change.

Among these elective course options are*:

  • Directing and Producing the Documentary
  • Advanced Documentary Post Production
  • Global Storytelling 1
  • Global Storytelling 2
  • Mobile Media and the Visual Journalist
  • International Media
  • Photojournalistic Portraits
  • Sports Photojournalism
  • Photo Essay
  • International Documentary 1
  • International Documentary 2
  • News Photojournalism
  • Social Journalism
  • Industry Internships

*Full elective listings are available in the course catalog. Course offerings are subject to change.

Upon the completion of the Visual Journalism Program students should be able to:

  • Create compelling, visually-driven nonfiction stories, using the latest tools of digital media. (Visual Literacy, Adept, Global)
  • Collaborate effectively as members of a creative team. (Collaboration)
  • Apply professional ethical standards for nonfiction storytelling and digital journalism. (Ethics)
  • Employ business practices and strategies to advance career aspirations. (Adept, Global, Problem Solver)
  • Apply techniques of critical thinking while creating and evaluating works of visual journalism or documentary. (Visual Literacy, Problem Solver)
  • Communicate effectively in the field of mass media, in both written and oral forms. (Communication)

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