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.
For detailed descriptions and timing of courses, please see the Undergraduate Bulletin (course catalog).
I. FOUNDATION COURSES (21 CREDIT HOURS):
• Rhetoric and Composition I and II*
• College Mathematics
• Computational Skills
• Oral Communication
• Modern Language
II. CULTURAL FOUNDATIONS (18 CREDIT HOURS):
• Literature and Human Experience
• Understanding and Appreciating Arts
• American Experience
• American Dilemmas*
• History and Evolution of Global Processes
• Contemporary World Issues
III. MISSION COURSES (15 CREDIT HOURS):
• The Human Experience
• Religious Studies/Philosophy
• Science in Perspective
• Science in Depth
IV. CORE COURSES (40 CREDIT HOURS):
• First Year Seminar in Visual Studies
• Visual Studies I
• Photography I
• Photography II
• Digital Imaging I
• Intermediate Digital Imaging
• History of Photography
• Digital Color
• Video Production
• Large Camera
• Digital Darkroom
• Senior Seminar I
• Senior Seminar II
Electives in the Major (12 CREDIT HOURS)
• Photography in the Humanities
• Styles and Themes
• Digital Projects
• Senior Topics
V. CAPSTONE COURSE (3 CREDIT HOURS)
VI. GRADUATION CERTIFICATION:
You must register for this course in your graduating term to be certified for graduation.
* These courses are prerequisites for Capstone.
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.