As you would expect, the vast majority of photography degrees offered at UVA are in the formal photography departments. These are some of the major departments, each with their own departments and programs.
Photojournalism (in the traditional sense) can be an effective and interesting profession to pursue. However, one has learned to do that with very few major media outlets paying attention to photography. There are few print magazines or radio stations willing to hire experienced photojournalists. The lack of any high profile media outlets to cover digital photography is a serious disservice. The result in many cases is a generation not interested in taking pictures, and the consequent loss of photojournalism as a career choice.
Many students choose photography over video, or film, or video editing. This has not been a great decision. It is an extremely valuable business skill, and one well suited to the digital realm of digital photography. Digital photography is one of the many areas of the business that has been revolutionized, and this is why we see photography majors working in the fields of video production and video editing. They are also making huge bucks. We are a little surprised it has taken this long for the “Big Four” of photojournalism to start hiring photojournalists. The reasons for this need to be understood.
“The first thing to understand here is that it’s going to be easy to become a photographer. The challenge for those students who aren’t able to find jobs at the top of the department is that it takes a lot more than being a graduate student to get a job. It requires that you are extremely technically savvy and have a natural ability to communicate. I believe that students graduating with major degrees in photography and video editing must be able to quickly pick up any skill a professional can teach.”
– Paul S.
What should you pursue when you are in photography school?
It is best to avoid “one-shot, one-time” photography. Instead, pursue photography education that will allow you to expand one of your passions and add more skills that can be applied to other areas. This is not to say you need to be a photographer and that is what you should be pursuing. However, do not make a mistake in thinking that there is a formula of degrees that will guarantee you a job in a good position. There is a big pool of photographers out there.
The major photography degree offered at UVA is the “Bachelor of Arts in Photojournalism.” This degree is a
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