The photojournalism minor helps to build a strong visual communication foundation that may be used in a variety of career paths. Students experience challenges ranging from photo story production to small product and fashion work. Class time is spent in the iMac-equipped Publications Lab or just down the hall in the studio.
Each year photojournalism students have the opportunity to participate in the Southeast Journalism Competition and the Baptist Press Collegiate Journalism Conference Contest. Union students consistently bring home top awards in these events.
Spring of each year brings the Southwestern Photojournalism Conference held in Fort Worth. Union not only takes a large group of students to the event, but also serves in a lead role in the direction of the event. Students also take several short one-day trips yearly to nearby locations to visit with professionals in the field.
Each year there are a number of unique opportunities. For instance, this year journalism/photojournalism students went to the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola to assist in media coverage of Awana’s Returning Hearts Celebration. Inmates are allowed one day a year to visit with their children without a wall between them. Sixteen stories were written and hundreds of photographs were taken to help tell the story of this unique moment.
Minor Requirements: Photojournalism Minor-19 hours COM 121*, 236*, 326, 336, 346, 426
*Students whose major requires COM 121, 236* may substitute with courses from: ART 232; COM 360, 327, 481.
COM 121 Writing Across Media Platforms
COM 236 Digital Photography
COM 326 Social Documentary
COM 327 Interactive Media
COM 336 Advanced Digital Photography
Prerequisite: COM 236
Course will broaden proficiency and visual awareness in the articulation of ideas through learning how to “see” light, capturing the moment, documentary photography, portraiture, fashion, food, architecture, advertising, and sports. It will also stress exploring a fresh view of the commonplace, maintaining high standards of visual communication and understanding the relationship between words, photographs, and design. Credit hours: 3. Offered in the Fall and Winter
COM 346 Photo Editing
An exploration of the technical aesthetic qualities
of photographs and how these factors affect editorial
decisions concerning their use in publications. Students
will acquire skills in visual editing and participate in
discussions of ethical and legal issues. Understanding
subject emphasis, application of framing techniques,
characteristics of good photographs, universal themes,
photograph evaluation, recognizing impact value, and
ethics will be stressed. Credit hours: 3. Offered in the Spring.
COM 360 Publication Design
Using hands-on experiences to edit, design, layout, and
develop camera-ready documents to provide practical
knowledge of state-of-the-art publishing technology. Credit hours: 3. Offered in the Spring.
COM 426 Photojournalism Professional Portfolio
Prerequisite: COM 336
This course will explore the many variations of portfolio
presentation in today’s marketplace and the photographs
needed to present a well-rounded collection. Preparation
of a portfolio based upon research in the student’s areas of
interest will be a primary target of the class. Looking closely
at potential clients, target audiences, various ways of delivery,
and the images needed for a portfolio will be addressed. Credit hours: 3. Offered in the Fall
COM 481 Internship in Photojournalism
Prerequisite: Three courses required in the Photojournalism minor
Selected students work as interns in supervised photojournalism work. Credit hours: 3. Offered in the Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer
ART 232 Photography II
Prerequisite: ART 231.
A continuing exploration of photography with emphasis on creative expression and visual experimentation. Six studio hours per week. Credit hours: 3. Offered in the Fall and Spring.