Growing demand for visual storytelling skills has spurred a resurgence of interest in photojournalism. That is why we seek to train photojournalists for all media.
Beginning photojournalism and advanced documentary photography are taught every semester, as well as a workshop-oriented class that gives students practical experience in black-and-white printing and shooting. These courses are integrated with reporting and writing courses, allowing collaboration on reporting assignments and publications. In the advanced course, students gain experience working on an in-depth visual story- telling project, and focus on developing a personal style. In the spring semester, the advanced class creates intensive in-depth documentary projects. Students also edit, design and publish the Center for Photography's annual student magazine, "realeyes."
Students work in a digital Mac darkroom, where they can scan and print images and prepare their work for prepress, digital and online publications. The J-School also has a traditional black-and-white darkroom and an array of 35 mm camera lenses and medium format equipment.
Each year, students also have the opportunity to meet and work with master photographers. Sebastião Salgado, Don McCullin, Eugene Richards, Susan Meiselas, Paul Fusco, Catherine Leroy, Antonion Kratochvil and Marc Riboud have visited the J-School, conducted workshops and participated in public lectures and/or exhibited at our Center for Photography gallery.
The Center for Photography
The Center for Photography aims at highlighting the important role of journalistic photography in our culture. It has become a Bay Area destination for top photographers and aspiring photojournalists. Since it was created in 1996, the Center for Photography has offered hands-on photojournalism classes to train students in photojournalism and documentary photography; opened a first-class gallery to exhibit important photographic images by world-class photographers; hosted a series of public events that brought distinguished photojournalists such as Marc Riboud and Sebastião Salgado to Berkeley; and produced an annual publication to showcase the work of various photographers. The Susie Tompkins-Buell Foundation supports the center.
Why did you decide to apply to and attend the J-School?
I just missed the digital media boat during college, so I wanted to come back to school to develop some multimedia and web skills. Berkeley is one of the best schools for my interests and was my first choice for graduate school. Read more