The Corcoran School's undergraduate Photography programs focus on the roles that lens-based media play in contemporary life. They also emphasize personal creativity, awareness of cultural context and critical analysis.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photojournalism program is an ideal training ground for a new generation of creative visual reporters and documentarians. Photojournalism majors learn the traditions of visual reportage and are introduced to the new media and skill sets required in this rapidly changing field.
The program's faculty includes working photographers from The Washington Post and other news media, White House photography staff, and picture editors from National Geographic. The curriculum includes a variety of fine art components that stress the importance of individual creativity in today's marketplace alongside classes that emphasize the legal, ethical, and economic challenges of the profession.
The Corcoran's overall photography curriculum recognizes the critical importance of the photographic image and lens-based media in contemporary society while establishing its historical context within the history of art. Photojournalism and Fine Art Photography are unique programs that influence and strengthen each other as issues of documentary practice and subjective interpretation play out across both curricula. Both programs are committed to risk-taking, analytical thinking, and conceptual problem solving. An ongoing dialogue in joint seminar courses and critiques enhances each major's practice and energizes students and faculty in both disciplines. In addition, visiting artists, along with exhibitions in Washington, D.C.’s museums, enrich students' experience of how photography becomes a vehicle for creative expression as well as an agent for change.
With its location in the heart of Washington, D.C., the Corcoran School gives photojournalism students access to a constant procession of news and documentary subjects. As the program progresses, faculty also help students identify internship and career possibilities that can advance their photography, audio, and video skills further, as well as study abroad programs that promote international, cross-cultural awareness.
Students in the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photojournalism program have interned with The Washington Post, The Washington Times, MediaStorm, National Geographic magazine, The White House, The Pentagon, and U.S. News & World Report.
Graduates of the program have secured positions at United Press International, U.S. News & World Report, Politico, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and other major news outlets.