The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photojournalism program at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design is an ideal training ground for a new generation of creative visual reporters and documentarians. Students begin their first year with four foundation courses: Drawing and Surface, Form and Materials, Time and Light, and Interaction. In subsequent years, photojournalism majors learn the traditions of visual reportage and are introduced to the new media skill sets required in this rapidly changing field. Faculty include working photographers from nationally recognized news outlets. The curriculum offers a fine art component that stresses individual creativity with classes emphasizing the legal, ethical and economic challenges of photojournalism. Students take some courses through the GW School of Media and Public Affairs.
When applying to the B.F.A. program, applicants should submit approximately 20 images of artwork and/or up to 10 minutes of time-based work. While applicants may submit a variety of single images to show competency in multiple media and approaches to art-making, it is most helpful to see at least one larger series that demonstrates how an idea has been developed over an extended period of time.
What can I expect to learn in the Photojournalism program at GW?
The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photojournalism program is an ideal training ground for a new generation of creative visual reporters and documentarians. Photojournalism majors learn the traditions of visual reportage and are introduced to the new media and skill sets required in this rapidly changing field.
What is the Photojournalism community like at GW?
The program's faculty include working photographers from The Washington Post and other news media, White House photography staff and picture editors from National Geographic. The curriculum includes a variety of fine art components that stress the importance of individual creativity in today's marketplace alongside classes that emphasize the legal, ethical and economic challenges of the profession. Students in the B.F.A. program of study have an academic home in the Corcoran community, where students learn interdisciplinary approaches to problem-solving through exposure to design, interior architecture, theatre, dance, music, museum studies, and art history.
What is the Photojournalism learning community like at GW?
With its location in the heart of Washington, D.C., the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design gives photojournalism students access to a constant procession of news and documentary subjects. As the program progresses, faculty also help students identify internship and career possibilities that can further advance their photography, audio and video skills, as well as study abroad programs that promote international, cross-cultural awareness.
What can I do in the Photojournalism field?
Many graduates of the program work as freelance photographers. Some go on to earn their M.F.A. degrees in order to open up teaching opportunities, while others have secured positions at U.S. News, Washington Post, National Geographic, Associated Press Latin America, Aperture Books, Wall Street Journal, Politico, Annie Leibowitz and staff positions at other major news outlets.