Bruce Strong, Chair
Department of Visual Communications
318 Newhouse 3, 315-443-6594
Mike Davis, Seth Gitner, Ken Harper, Gregory Heisler, Soo Yeon Hong, Hal Silverman, Renée Stevens, Bruce Strong, Claudia Strong, Sherri Taylor, Amy Toensing
The photography program offers two tracks: Commercial & Advertising Photography and Editorial Photography & Photojournalism. Both tracks develop a strong working knowledge of video, as well as creative use of lighting, both on location and in studio. 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.
Commercial & Advertising Photography
This track in Commercial & Advertising Photography covers the areas of advertising, commercial, fashion, food, and portraiture illustration photography for print and digital publications.
Editorial Photography & Photojournalism
This track in Editorial Photography & Photojournalism is for students interested in documentary storytelling and visual journalism both online and in print publications.
Student Learning Outcomes
In addition to the comprehensive Newhouse School learning outcomes listed in the school’s Educational Mission students in the Photography major are expected to achieve the following learning outcome:
- Produce professional quality cinematographic and photographic stories by synthesizing the best practices and current theories of traditional still, motion and emerging media images.
Photography majors must complete 42 credits within the Newhouse School of Public Communications and other requirements as outlined below.
Requirements for both tracks (33 credits):
Grammar Competency Requirement
Students must complete a grammar competency as part of their degree requirements. There will be two ways students can satisfy this competency:
- First, by passing a grammar competency exam during their first semester on campus. The exam will be given twice - once before the end of the first week of classes and a second time prior to registration the next semester. A passing grade on the exam will fulfill the competency requirement.
- Secondly, by passing COM 101, a 0-credit grammar course which will be mandatory for students who fail the grammar competency exam. This course can be repeated until a passing grade is earned and the competency is met.
Students must meet the grammar competency to receive a degree.
Newhouse Elective for Both Tracks (3 credits)
Photography majors are required to take one Newhouse elective.
Additional Requirements for Commercial & Advertising Photography (3 credits)
Capstone Requirement for Commercial & Advertising Photography (3 credits)
Photography majors completing the Commercial & Advertising Photography track may also fulfill their capstone requirement with VIS 489 - Photography and Multimedia Capstone , depending on which course is offered the spring of their senior year.
Additional Requirements for Editorial Photography & Photojournalism (3 credits)
Capstone Requirement for Editorial Photography & Photojournalism (3 credits)
Photography majors completing the Editorial Photography & Photojournalism track may also fulfill their capstone requirement with VIS 489 - Photography and Multimedia Capstone , depending on which course is offered the spring of their senior year.
Additional Requirements for both tracks
Total: 42 Newhouse credits required