Student Photographer

Quick Facts

Journalism Program

This concentration is one of five in our bachelor’s degree in journalism program.

Explore storytelling through photography, connecting students with a visual vocabulary by studying the work of important photographers and photojournalists. As a student in the photojournalism concentration of our bachelor’s degree in journalism, you’ll have opportunities to meet and receive coaching from many of these notable professionals.

You’ll learn not only the necessary technical skills of shooting and editing but also participate in diverse field exercises and explore methods, ethics, and opportunities for storytelling through photographs. We connect students with experiences that elevate their work and their marketability.

Our award-winning faculty bring years of professional experience to the classroom, are agile and adaptive, embracing a fast-changing media landscape that pushes innovation and entrepreneurial learning.

We teach empathy and self-awareness, not only for recognizing personal biases but also for helping students to stay grounded in professional ethics throughout their careers. We are intentional in purpose and embed experiences across our curriculum that are transformational. Students tell us they arrive on campus and find more than an academic home; they find a community built around the craft of visual storytelling and the photographic life. This prepares them for a career of meaningful work, serving and informing audiences through documentary photography and videography.

During my four years of undergrad, I learned not only the basics of shooting video and photos, but also how to use a photo studio, different uses of editing software, how to tell broadcast stories, and overall how to better tell a story through any platform.

—Terence Lightning
Photojournalism Major, Class of 2019

Keep Exploring

Take the Next Step

If you’d like to learn more about our Photojournalism Concentration, complete our online form. Or one of the best ways to get a true feel for Ball State is to see it for yourself, so schedule a visit today! And if you’re ready to apply, review our admission requirements and complete our online application.

Related Programs