Visual Journalism

Certificate of Achievement (COA)

The Visual Journalism certificate provides students the opportunity to fully prepare themselves for entry-level positions as multimedia photographers in the journalism field. Students will complete courses in both the Journalism and Photography programs with an emphasis on building a multimedia journalistic portfolio.

Students planning to prepare for a four-year degree in Photography should consult the lower division requirements of the university to which they plan to transfer.

Required Program

PHOTO 302 Beginning Digital Photography 3

PHOTO 312 Intermediate Digital Photography 3

PHOTO 280 Portfolio Development I (2 – 4)

PHOTO 350 Photojournalism 3

     or JOUR 360 Photojournalism (3)

JOUR 364 Multimedia Capture I 3

     or PHOTO 380 Multimedia Capture I (3)

JOUR 300 Newswriting and Reporting 3

JOUR 310 Mass Media and Society 3

JOUR 430 Online Multimedia Production I (3)

JOUR 431 Online Multimedia Production II (3)

Total Units: 26 – 28

 

Recommended High School Preparation:

Courses in art, English, journalism, basic photography, graphic arts.

Costs:

In addition to the normal student expenses (for textbooks, personal equipment, and supplies) digital print materials fees may be required. These fees may vary each semester. If these fees create a financial burden, students should consult the Financial Aid Office for possible assistance.

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to: 

  • describe technical and aesthetic qualities of successful photojournalistic photographs.
  • demonstrate a thorough knowledge of current computer software and digital imaging skills as they apply to photojournalism.
  • produce photographs using various digital camera methods.
  • create a portfolio and related materials for employment.
  • demonstrate an understanding of and proficiency in multimedia storytelling.
  • analyze content of newspapers, magazines, and online media.
  • produce news and feature photographs/multimedia content for publication in a newspaper, magazine, or online publication.
  • apply principles of audience and journalistic ethics to his or her photography/multimedia content, especially as they relate to gender, ethnicities, and culture.
  • demonstrate understanding of the fundamentals of mass media theories, concepts, and practices as they relate to gender, ethnicities, and cultural constructs.
  • demonstrate understanding of journalistic writing style and reporting.

Certificate of Achievement

A Certificate of Achievement may be obtained by completion of the required program with grades of “C” or better or equivalent.