The Photography program at the University of Kansas is dedicated to evaluating and redefining the medium of photography. The undergraduate curriculum is rigorous and designed to immerse students in an exploration of this vast, ever‐changing medium. Through in‐depth instruction, students develop a diverse technical skillset, becoming proficient in both analog and digital practices. The program encourages a strong work ethic, and places emphasis on visual literacy. Through the persistent act of making work, and regular participation in critique, students acquire the critical thinking skills that enable them to read and unpack visual texts.
Career options for visual communication designers include a wide range of areas such as traditional print media, magazine and book design, corporate marketing communications, branding, packaging design, exhibition and environmental design, motion graphic design, website design, interface design and more.
Sample of Related Skills
- Understand technologies utilized in the creation, dissemination, documentation, and preservation of photographic art, including analog and digital photography.
- Demonstrate competence with the principles of visual organization
- Apply knowledge of the principles of visual organization to conduct formal analysis of artworks
- Demonstrate a working knowledge of media, technologies and equipment applicable to photography. This includes environmentally responsible practice
- Identify the major historical achievements in world art, ethical and formal issues, current processes, and directions of photography
- Integrate skills in studio practice, theory, analysis, media and technology to address a variety of art problems, independently and in collaboration with others
- Demonstrate through public exhibition the capability to produce work that embodies a coherent set of artistic and intellectual goals
Popular Career Paths
Design: Involves using computer software to develop visual concepts for magazines, ads, presentations and other projects
Freelance: Entails utilizing one’s network and resources to contract with individuals, companies, or organizations to complete project-based assignments
Photojournalism: Involves using photographs and sometimes even video footage in order to transmit messages and ideas
Jobs to Consider
- Advertising Art Director
- Digital Marketer
- Film/Video Editor
- Graphic Designer
- Magazine Features Editor
- Media Planner
- Photo Editor
- Press Photographer
- Photography Assistant
- Visual Merchandiser
Places to Seek Employment
- Art Museums
- Local Photography Businesses
- Event Companies
- Large Corporations
- Marketing Departments
- Universities and Colleges
Job and Internship Search Resources
- Americans for the ARTS - job bank with careers in the arts
- Creative Hotlist - online search engine geared towards career development in the art fields
- Coroflot - online resource for the "creative world at work" featuring job listings board, portfolio advice, groups, and general career advice
- National Art Education Association - premier electronic recruitment resource for the profession, includes job listings
- theCreativeloft - job listings for individuals in creative industries
- Upwork - resource to connect freelancers with job opportunities
Career Exploration Hub
- Identify areas of interest related to your major so you can focus your academics and experiences towards these fields.
- Gain direct experience within the areas that interest you most through research projects, independent studies, internships, part-time jobsstudent organization involvement, or volunteering
- Register for Hire Jayhawks and subscribe to the Internship Newsletter to receive automated weekly emails with specific internship information.
- Consider joining a professional organization related to your area of interest, and, if possible, attend local and/or regional conferences to make connections with professionals working in your field.
- Practice interviewing on your own or by conducting a mock interview at the University Career Center.
- Develop your resume and tailor it to your area(s) of interest.
- Earn a minor or take additional coursework outside your major when relevant to your career goals.
- Complete an independent study to gain advanced research skills.
- Maintain a strong GPA if you are considering pursuing graduate or professional school.
- Consider getting involved with a student organization at KU related to your area of interest.