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As a photography major, the focus of your study will be a professional sequence in illustration photography or photojournalism.

Illustration photography encompasses studio images for advertising, commercial use, fashion, portraits, and magazine illustrations for print and the web. Photojournalism is a draw to photographers who like the excitement of being in the field as stories unfold, capturing image—often with sound and text—for newspapers, magazines, and multimedia.

About Newhouse

Long recognized as one of the elite schools of mass communication, Newhouse embraces virtually every known form of information dissemination. Programs are rooted in the liberal arts while you learn how to manage and produce for the mass media and other areas of public communications.


Sample courses for photography majors include:
  • Beauty and Diversity in Fashion Media
  • Communications Law for Television, Radio, Film
  • Introduction to Graphic Design
  • Multimedia Storytelling
  • Photography for Multimedia
  • Type and Image for Photography
View official major requirements .

Practical Experience

Newhouse photography majors have access to the latest in digital tools—still imaging, video, and sound—using software and state-of-the-art imaging methods. Production skills are emphasized as you construct multimedia projects, and graphic design and writing skills are developed to enhance the quality of your portfolio and presentation.
A grounding in communications ethics and law, along with a background in entrepreneurship, rounds out the visual communications experience and expands career options.
There are 18 student-run campus publications you can contribute to as a photography major. You can also collaborate with students from other majors as you complete journalism projects or advertising and public relations campaigns.
Newhouse’s Career Development Center will help you search for internships via one-on-one resume help and seminars that focus on internship searches and interviewing.

Study Abroad

Broaden your perspective and enhance your resume with an international experience through  Syracuse Abroad , with more than 100 programs in 60 countries. You can choose from semester, summer, short-term, and yearlong options. The London program features photography courses, and Madrid and Strasbourg feature public communications courses.

Life After Syracuse University

As a Newhouse graduate with a major in photography, you can explore such careers as:
  • Art director
  • Commercial photographer
  • Fashion photographer
  • Photojournalist
  • Digital/interactive media specialist
  • Creative director for photography
  • Photo editor
Check out Newhouse employment statistics .
You can also pursue graduate training in such areas as videography, cinematography, entrepreneurship, documentary filmmaking, animation, portraiture, and more.