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.

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. In this major you will develop core competencies in...

  • Still black and white and color photography
  • Video
  • Digital imaging
  • Understand visual images and the many different messages they encode
  • Studio applications 
  • Photography history
  • The role of photography, video and computer-generated images in today's society

Degree Requirements

Major Requirements: The BA in Photocommunication requires 52 hours of major courses, which include a combination of visual studies and photocommunication coursework.

Electives: Students complete 12 hours of elective courses in photocommunications, focusing on a variety of different topics. 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​.

General Education Requirements: The degree requires 57 hours of general education courses that students complete over four years in addition to their major courses and electives.

View and download the full degree plan for the Photocommunication major (PDF).

A few examples of courses students in this major take:          

  • Large Camera – This advanced course in black-and-white photography focuses on the use of the view camera, view camera optics, metering techniques and basic Zone System techniques.
  • Studio – This course will introduce students to the professional use of the studio, studio lighting and studio production techniques.
  • Video Production – An introduction to theory and technical aspects of video production with emphasis on the aesthetic and communicative potential of the medium.

Meet the Faculty

Bill Kennedy is a fine art and documentary still photographer living in Austin, Texas.

– Bill Kennedy, Professor of Photocommunications and Area Program Coordinator

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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.

– Sybil Miller, Professor of Photocommunications

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Joe Vitone is a documentary fine art photographer and educator living in Austin, Texas. 

– Joseph Vitone, Professor of Photocommunications

Student Support Services

Along with personal attention and mentorship from their professors, our students have access to offices and programs outside of the classroom that support their success. We encourage students to take advantage these resources that help them thrive and excel:

  • Academic counseling and advising
  • Supplemental instruction and tutoring
  • Career preparation and advising 
  • Writing Center consultation
  • Health and wellness counseling
  • Student disability support

 

 

Learn more about these services.

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

Student and Alumni News

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.

Our graduates are working in:

  • Studio management
  • Production and direction of films
  • Photo editing
  • Wedding photography
  • Freelance photography
  • Museum collections departments
  • Photography and fine arts galleries

Read about our successful alumni and see what they have to say about life after St. Edward’s.

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 ​