Capture your world

In the Bachelor of Arts in Photocommunications program at St. Edward's University, students take on an intensive study of photography and related media.

Core classes provide a foundation for competency in multiple areas, including still black and white and color photography, video, digital imaging, studio applications and photography history. You'll investigate the role of photography, video and computer-generated images in today's society. A central theme is to increase awareness of visual images and the many different messages they encode.

Students engage in experiential learning with hands-on projects and lab work. Professional training and visual literacy are important for students who pursue careers in the field. In order to best prepare students to work in a professional capacity, the Photocommunications program begins students with traditional imaging in order to help them master film-based photography in a wet darkroom. When competency in this area is achieved, then students can learn digital imaging. Students will learn the conceptual and technical skills needed to succeed.

Students are also able to focus on a variety of different elective topics, providing them with an increased professional capacity.

Past electives have included:
  • Installation Strategies
  • Urban Visions
  • Exploring Contemporary Photography
  • Photo Flatness History/Practice
  • Documentary
  • Digital Darkroom
  • Editorial Photography
  • Alternative Processes
  • Photographic Book Design​

Meet the Faculty

Bill Kennedy, Area Coordinator and Professor of Photocommunications 
Bill Kennedy is a fine art and documentary still photographer living in Austin, Texas.

Sybil Miller, Professor of Photocommunications
Professor Miller brings to her photographic work and her teaching a broad background in research-driven creative work and a love of interdisciplinary practice. She is also committed to animal welfare issues, especially those affecting thoroughbred ex-racehorses, of which she owns two.

Joseph Vitone, Professor of Photocommunications
Joe Vitone is a documentary fine art photographer and educator living in Austin, Texas. He is Professor of Photocommunications at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas.


The goal of the Photocommunications program is to prepare students for a successful transition to careers working as photographers and to position students as competitive candidates for admission to top tier graduate programs. 

The school-to-work transition is supported through the required Senior Seminar, Senior Exhibition and Portfolio, and Internship courses.

Outside the Classroom

Photo Lab

The Photocommunications department is located in the new state-of-the-art photo lab facility. Small, medium and large format cameras, plus flashes, tripods and other equipment are available for students to check-out throughout the semester.

Art Gallery

There is also an art gallery in the facility where photography and art exhibits are held throughout the academic year. Senior Photocommunications majors hang the annual Senior Exhibit in this space, and faculty exhibit their work in the biennial Photocommunications Faculty Exhibition.

Photo Society

The Photo Society at St. Edward’s is a student organization serving the extracurricular interests of Photography students at the university and the Photocommunications department. Fall Orientation pizza parties welcome new students. All faculty, staff and current students participate in this event, sharing experiences from summer workshops, study abroad and internships.

The Photo Society also holds several other events each year, including:
  • Product demonstrations by major camera equipment manufacturers to allow students to see current equipment and try out various cameras and accessories.
  • Portfolio Viewing Nights when faculty in the program show their portfolios and discuss projects
  • Studio Night when students tour the studios of local photographers
  • Off-campus student exhibitions
  • End-of-semester parties
  • Visiting artists

About the Minor

Courses can support any other academic program, and students majoring in other fields are welcome to minor in Photocommunications courses. In addition, several courses may be taken as electives by non-majors.

Requirements for a Minor in Photocommunications Required Courses:
  • Visual Studies
  • Photography I
  • Photography II
  • Intermediate Digital Imaging
  • History of Photography​

Three elective courses are also selected.

Elective courses students can choose from include:
  • Styles and Themes
  • Digital Color
  • Video Production
  • Large Camera
  • Studio
  • Digital Projects
  • Digital Darkroom
  • Internship
  • Senior Topics ​

Student and Alumni News


Courtney Dymowski (BA Photocommunications, Art History minor ‘14) was awarded the Davies-Jackson Scholarship to study Art History at St. John's College of Cambridge University, England. Berkeley Beauchot, (BA Photocommunications ‘13), Rolando Sepulveda (BA Photocommunications ‘14), Brittany Laurent (BA Photocommunications ‘14), Danielle Dalton (BA Photocommunications ‘13) formed the collective Attachment Unavailable and held their first exhibition at Bolm Studios, Austin, in September 2014. Brian Morrison John (BA Photocommunications ‘13) is studying in the Master of Fine Arts in Studio, Photography, in the School of the Art Institute of Chicago on full scholarship. Travis Hallmark (BA Photocommunications ‘13) is doing freelance work in central Texas. Beatriz Posada (BA Photocommunications ‘13) was awarded a full scholarship for study in Morocco through the Ibn Battuta Merit Scholarships for Peace & Diplomacy sponsored by the Qalam wa Lawh Center for Arabic Studies. Kelly Turner (BA Photocommunications ‘12) works at CUNY Dominican Studies Archive & Library and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and studies Art History/ Museum Studies at The City College of New York. Rebecca Werner (BA Photocommunications ‘12) is pursuing a M.A. in Museum Studies at John Hopkins University, Washington DC. Gabriel Helio Sanchez (BA Photocommunications ‘12) is completing his MFA at the Parsons New School of Design, NYC, and writes for ARTslant. Nereida Valles (Photocommunications ‘12) is art consultant at Lumas, Founder Urbane Menswear. Megan Carney (BA Photocommunications ‘10) has been accepted into the M Arch program at The University of Texas at Austin and was profiled in the 2014 “Makers” issue of Tribeza. Rebecca Marino, (BA Photocommunications, minor Art History '10) is the Gallery Director at Pump Project, Austin, TX. Sarah Elsey (BA Photocommunications ‘09) received her master’s degree from the University of Colorado Springs. Lynné Bowman Cravens (BA Photocommunications ‘09) completed a M.F.A. in Photography at The University of North Texas, Denton in 2015 and is adjunct faculty at Mountain View College in Dallas, TX. Melanie Clemmons (BA Photocommunications ‘08) is completing her MFA at the University of Colorado, Boulder. John Clendenen (BA Photocommunications ‘08) lives NYC, and freelances at Bespoke Digital. Brandon Maxwell (BA Photocommunications ‘08) is Lady GaGa’s stylist and art director, and launched his own fashion line in 2015. Jessy Price (BA Photocommunications ‘08) is associate photo editor at W magazine; and formerly managed Milk Studios, NYC. Ryan Slack (BA Photocommunications ‘08) is a freelance photographer living in New York. Michael Ruiz (BA Photocommunications & Philosophy '07) completed his Meisterschüler Certificate at the University of the Arts, Berlin in 2012, and is now gallery director and co-founder of Future Gallery in Berlin. Karen Williams (BA Photocommunications ‘06) a photographer currently working in Texas. Maricela Mendez  (BA Photocommunications ‘05) works as a cinematographer in Los Angeles. George Morrow (BA Photocommunications ‘04) received his MFA in Design from the University of Texas at Austin and is currently an adjunct instructor at St. Edward’s in Photocommunications, Graphic Design, and Art. He has also worked as an art director and production designer on several films, commercials, and animation projects. Dylan Vitone (BA Photocommunications ‘04) is currently tenured associate professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Nicky Tavares (BA Photocommunications ‘03) received a grant from the Austin Filmmakers Society and produced a documentary about being Pakistani/Pakistani-American. Dustin Meyer (BA Photocommunications ‘02) is a successful wedding and freelance photographer. Peter Beste (BA Photocommunications ‘01) has built a successful career as a photographer and currently has two published books: Norwegian Black Metal and Houston Rap. Keora Shoemaker (BA Photocommunications ‘99) is studio manager for artist Ann Kennedy. Stuart Weiner (BA Photocommunications ‘97) lives in NYC, produces and directs content for web and television. Matt Lankes (BA Photocommunications) published Boyhood, a book documenting the cast from the critically acclaimed Richard Linklater film. Lankes' clients include HBO, LiveStrong, Y&R, Texas Music, Fox Searchlight, Texas Monthly, New York Times, Interview, Time Inc., Newsweek, GSD&M, Austin Monthly, Lee Jeans, Random House, Warner Brothers, Cowboys and Indians, Chevy and Pentagram Design. Lankes has work in the permanent collection of The National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian. Mathew Sturtevant (BA Photocommunications ‘92) completed a Masters in Sustainability at Texas State University, San Marcos in 2016. Minh Carrico (BA Photocommunications ‘91) is tenured professor of photography and design and co- chair of the Visual Arts Department at Edmonds Community College in Lynnwood, WA. He also co-founded IDEA Odyssey Gallery, a gallery dedicated to multi-cultural artists and their visual art.