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Lead the next generation of visual reporters and documentarians

Today, more than ever, we need visual storytellers to share what is happening around the world.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photojournalism program is an ideal training ground for a new generation of 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.

With faculty that includes award-winning photographers and editors from the Washington Post, the White House and National Geographic, and a curriculum that stresses the importance of individual creativity along with coursework about the legal, ethical and economic challenges of the profession, our students are uniquely prepared to succeed in today’s market.

In the heart of Washington, D.C., Corcoran students have access to a constant procession of news and documentary subjects. Our faculty and career services office also work with students to identify opportunities for internships and careers that push the bounds of their photography, audio and visual skills. If you’re looking for the chance to learn through action, then the Corcoran is right for you.


Program Contacts

Flagg Building
500 17th Street, NW 
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Advisor for BFA in Photojournalism and MA in New Media Photojournalism, Associate Professor of New Media Photojournalism
Susan Sterner
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Full Time Faculty


Current Curriculum

The following curriculum is for students enrolled beginning in fall 2015. 

In the 120-credit Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photojournalism program, students start by gaining a thorough grounding in the history, techniques, aesthetics, practices and critical understandings of photojournalism. From there, students can advance their photography, audio and video skills in the context of real-life client interaction and project development.

In addition to the University General Education Requirement and requirements for their major, undergraduate students in Columbian College must complete a further, College-specific general education curriculum. Students can learn more about the new program requirements, as well as general education requirements in the course bulletin.

Department Life

The Corcoran promotes excellence in a supportive environment where students can develop their artistic and technical skills and cultivate their aspirations. Under the guidance of the department's faculty of professional artists and photojournalists, students in the Fine Art Photography and Photojournalism programs participate together in projects and events that complement the curriculum. Students can mentor peers as a lab tech, reach out as photography and video instructors to young people in the broader Washington, D.C. community, attend lectures, view exhibitions and work closely with visiting artists to help realize and document projects.

FotoWeek D.C.

As a major center for collecting, displaying and studying photography and photojournalism, the Corcoran is a regular participant in FotoWeek D.C., an annual festival dedicated to the photographic arts. Since 2008, the Corcoran has participated as a sponsor of the festival and often as a site for FotoWeek lectures and exhibitions.

Visiting Artists

The Corcoran School of the Arts and Design's Visiting Artist program and other opportunities to connect with working artists and designers enhance the efforts of the faculty to provide a broad perspective on contemporary practice.

The Visiting Artist-in-Residence program brings professional artists and photographers to Corcoran for extended periods of time, ranging from one month to a semester. Their long-term presence at the Corcoran allows students to build relationships with them through lectures, critiques and workshops. And "Critics in the Classroom" brings professionals to the school for a day to participate in lectures and workshops. Their guidance plays a pivotal role in studio and classroom reviews, providing students with focused points of view and a direct connection to the world of a working photographer.

Recent visiting artists have included David Levinthal, Alex Prager, Donna DeCesare and Arnold Newman Distinguished Lecturers in Photography Carrie Mae Weems, Taryn Simon and Paul Graham.

Careers and Internships

With its location in the heart of Washington, D.C., the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design 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.

Students in the BFA 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 gotten jobs at United Press International, U.S. News & World Report, Politico, the Washington Post and other major news outlets.

Photojournalism in Action

Photo by Reid Westlund

Reid Westlund

BFA Photojournalism, 2017

“The Corcoran is not just a school. It’s a big eclectic family of artists who help foster your creative potential.” 

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Photo by Victoria Sarno Jordan

Victoria Sarno Jordan

BFA Photojournalism, 2017

“Our career is facing significant challenges and is competitive now more than ever, and the contact I’ve had with leading professionals at the Corcoran has been invaluable as I take my first steps into the professional world.” 

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Mariah Miranda

Mariah Miranda

BFA Photojournalism, 2017

“The Corcoran School not only fits my needs as an artist, but goes above and beyond. I’m becoming an artist I never imagined I’d be.”

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