The Bachelor of Arts in Photocommunications at St. Edward’s prepares you for a rewarding, creative and challenging career in the visual worlds of journalism, advertising and the fine arts. You’ll cultivate your own style of visual communication through hands-on learning and training, portfolio development, and opportunities to exhibit your work.
In this rigorous and comprehensive program, you’ll develop the critical skills necessary for the ever-changing world of contemporary photography. And you’ll hone your craft in a state-of-the-art traditional and digital image environment, alongside successful veterans in the field. All photocommunications faculty are working professionals with experience in exhibition, publication and commercial photography. Our goal is to prepare you to succeed in a range of photography and visual-related fields as you learn to create, communicate and problem solve with still, moving and sequential images.
Bachelor of Arts in Photocommunications
As a BA in Photocommunications major, you’ll explore a complete range of visual communication. And you’ll examine the role of photography, video and computer-generated images in contemporary society. Working closely with your professors, you’ll create a professional-level portfolio that showcases your talents and unique perspective of the world. You’ll participate in an on-the-job photography internship. And during your senior year, you'll craft a plan that becomes the blueprint for your career after graduation.
Many students select this degree to prepare for careers in media-related fields, such as journalism or advertising, or for graduate study in photography or film production. Our students have found their callings in commercial photography, magazine photo editing, video and web-based media production, and academia.
As a graduate of this program, you could become a documentary film producer, a commercial photographer in advertising or a photojournalist covering current events. Or you could focus on fine art photography and market your images to publishers and galleries. Many of our graduates have started their own successful photography businesses. Advanced degrees lead to further opportunities within the field and are required for a college-level teaching position.
In addition to the general education courses required of all majors, and elective courses, BA in Photocommunications majors take courses from these groups:
Students who major in photocommunications complete core courses, which include Photography, Digital Imaging, History of Color Photography, Video Production, Digital Darkroom and Studio.
Students complete a required photocommunications internship and gain professional experience, which further enhances their portfolio.
Photocommunications students complete a senior seminar in which they present oral examinations; write artist statements, vitas, résumés and letters of introduction; learn business practices for photographers, including copyright management; write detailed graduation plans; finalize personal websites; prepare and hang the Photocommunications Senior Exhibition; and transform their four-year working portfolios into graduation portfolios. Students may also take the elective Personal Projects course designed to strengthen their portfolios.
View the Degree Plan (PDF) for sample course information for the Bachelor of Arts in Photocommunications.
In addition to the required internship, photocommunications students may earn credit for completing other internships. All are excellent opportunities to learn new skills, explore your passions, and collaborate and network with professionals. Internship experiences are an outstanding addition to your résumé and provide a distinct advantage in the business world and for graduate school.
Some of our graduates have pursued internships with organizations such as these:
- Austin Children's Museum
- Austin Museum of Modern Art
- Texas Center for Documentary Photography
- Texas Parks & Wildlife
- Texas Monthly Magazine
- The Humanities Research Center, the University of Texas at Austin
- Women and their Work (nonprofit exhibition space)
- Local television stations
- Local, regional and national commercial photography studios
Photocommunications students are active on the student newspaper, Hilltop Views, and the student-run academic journal Arete. We also encourage students, particularly those interested in graduate school, to attend the National Society for Photographic Education conference. Photocommunications classes have had their work exhibited at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum (the only university photography program in Texas involved) and with the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. Graduating seniors coordinate and present their work in the Photocommunications Senior Exhibition.