Photo Media

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The Photo Media (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.

Photo Media Department website

 

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

Photographer

Photography Assistant

Visual Merchandiser

 


Places to Seek Employment

Art Museums

Local Photography Businesses

Event Companies

Large Corporations

Marketing Departments

Universities and Colleges

View specific employers by state.


Employment Strategies

  1. Consider starting your own business, doing freelance work, or working several part-time positions at once.
  2. Gain direct experience within the areas that interest you most through research projects, independent study, internships, part-time jobs, student organization involvement, or volunteering.
  3. Register for KU Career Connections and subscribe to the Internship Newsletter to receive automated weekly emails with specific internship information.
  4. Consider joining a professional organization related to your area of interest in visual arts/design, and if possible, attend local and or regional conferences to network with professionals working in your field.
  5. Earn a minor or take additional coursework outside your major when relevant.
  6. Conduct informational discussions with individuals from industry.
  7. Attend the University Career Fair each spring.
  8. Engage in personal networking to enhance employment prospects.
  9. Start early on developing your professional portfolio.
  10. Develop skills including: customer focus, problem solving, self-direction, team orientation, analysis, communication skills, critical thinking, and high ethical standards.

Job and Internship Search Resources

  • Americans for the ARTS - job bank with careers in the arts
  • Apparel Executives - job listings for both internships and full-time positions in the apparel and fashion industries
  • ArtistsRegister.com - list of excellent opportunities for competitions, internships, exhibitions, festivals and fairs, film, and public art
  • ArtSchools - online resource for portfolio preparation for college and employment opportunities
  • 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 
  • Design Addict - resource featuring over 5000 links in all fields regarding visual arts/design such as museums, collectors, associations, and artists
  • Incredible @rt Department - national job listings board arranged by state which offers a variety of art related jobs
  • 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

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