Jun 23, 2018  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Course Catalog

Photography, BS

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Bruce Strong, Chair
Department of Multimedia Photography and Design
318 Newhouse 3, 315-443-2304


Mike Davis, Seth Gitner, Ken Harper, Gregory Heisler, Soo Yeon Hong, Lawrence Mason Jr., Renée Stevens, Bruce Strong, David C. Sutherland, Sherri Taylor

The photography program offers two sequences: illustration photography and photojournalism.The illustration photography sequence focuses on producing work for the advertising, fashion, food, and portraiture industries.  The photojournalism sequence focuses on creating documentary work. Both sequences use still photography and motion filmmaking to create powerful storytelling experiences. Collaboration with students from various programs across departments is highly encouraged.  Students also study entrepreneurship, communications law and ethics, as well as develop communications writing and graphic design skills.

Illustration Photography

The sequence in illustration photography covers the areas of advertising, commercial, fashion, and magazine illustration photography for print and the Web.


The sequence in photojournalism is designed for students interested in visual journalism both online and in print.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Identify the principles and laws associated with free speech and press for the US, as well as compare the American system of freedom of expression with others around the world, including the right to dissent, to monitor and criticize power, and to assemble and petition for redress of grievances

2. Use knowledge of the history of the media industry to adapt to current communications work environment

3. Explain mass communications in relation to social identities such as gender, race ethnicity, sexual orientation and, as appropriate, other forms of diversity in American society

4. Recognize how the diversity of peoples and cultures has shaped mass communications in a global society

5. Apply theories and concepts of design and visual communication to the use and presentation of images and information

6. Recognize professional ethical principles and apply them in pursuit of truth, accuracy, fairness and diversity

7. Critically, creatively, and/or independently consider problems and issues relevant to the communications professions

8. Conduct research and/or evaluate information by methods appropriate to the communications professions

9. Write correctly and clearly in forms and styles appropriate for the communications professions, audiences and purposes they serve

10. Evaluate their own work and that of others for accuracy and fairness, clarity, appropriate style and grammatical correctness

11. Apply basic numerical and statistical concepts

12. Apply tools and technologies appropriate for the communications professions in which they work

13. Produce professional quality cinematographic and photographic stories by synthesizing the best practices and current theories of traditional still, motion and emerging media images

Major Requirements

Photography majors must complete 38 credits within the Newhouse School of Public Communications and other requirements as outlined below.


*COM 346 - Race, Gender, and the Media  or COM 348 - Beauty and Diversity in Fashion Media  can be used to satisfy the diversity requirement instead of COM 344  and an approved course in the College of Arts and Sciences.

**Photography majors completing the Illustration Photography sequence have a choice of COM law courses, either COM 505 - Communications Law for Journalists  or COM 506 - Communications Law for Television, Radio, Film .

Capstone Requirement for Illustration Photography

Capstone Requirement for Photojournalism

Additional Requirements for both sequences

Global Experience

Newhouse Elective for Both Sequences (3 credits)

Photography majors are required to take one Newhouse elective.

Total: 38 Newhouse credits required.

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