Learn video and photo technology and industry-standard editing software to excel in the fast-growing field of visual journalism.

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Program Details

Next Start Date: June 27th
Course Length: 8 Weeks
Estimated Length: 1 Year
Credit Hours: 18
Cost Per Credit: $399
Accreditation: SACSCOC

Certificate – Visual Journalism Overview

By taking Campbellsville University’s photojournalism certificate online, you can get a head start on your career while becoming specialized in the fast-growing field. Our faculty members who have industry experience will prepare you to be proficient in industry-standard editing tools and technologies.

The certification teaches you the major aspects of television, radio and new media delivery processes through the effective use of relevant technology. You will explore the fundamentals of news writing and reporting, and you’ll gain practical experience in gathering, writing and reporting news for online news outlets and broadcast stations. Also, you will learn how to employ photography to tell news stories as you complete photo assignments for class and Campbellsville’s school newspaper, Campus Times. Graphic design basics are also taught with the utilization of definitive document and photo editing software programs.

In addition, the photojournalism certificate online offers two elective options. You can study advanced photojournalism with an emphasis on composition, lighting, visual communication and other advanced technologies. Or, you can discover the production process of filmmaking, including producing, budgeting, scheduling, casting, location scouting and more.

All of the credits you earn through the photojournalism courses online can be transferred over to our associate degree in mass communications. You can quickly complete both the certificate and the associate degree program in two years.

Campbellsville has one of the best private school mass communications programs in the nation. Our online mass communications certifications are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Course Map

The visual journalism certificate consists of six courses that total 18 credit hours. Additionally, you can choose between advanced photojournalism or film production. The program takes approximately one year to complete.

Admissions Requirements

In order to apply to Campbellsville University’s photojournalism certificate online, students must complete or submit for review the following steps:

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Submit official copies of transcripts from each college or university previously or currently attended to the Office of Admissions. A complete record of all courses attempted must also be included.
  3. Submit an official copy of their high school transcript and an official ACT or SAT score report to the Office of Admissions if transferring less than 24 credit hours.

Costs & Financial Aid

The photojournalism certificate online costs $399 per credit hour. In order to help students afford their education, Campbellsville University’s staff is available to work with students to discover available financial aid options.

Careers in Visual Journalism

Graduates of Campbellsville's visual journalism certificate can apply their knowledge to several careers. Potential career outcomes include:

  • Photojournalist
  • Visual journalist
  • Film producer
  • Graphic designer

Why CU Online?

Focused on Your Growth

Our well-rounded education in the arts and sciences is central to our goal of fostering your personal and professional growth.

Faith-Based Education

Founded in 1906 as a Christian university, we welcome diverse perspectives and prepare students to become Christian servant leaders.

Affordable and Convenient

Campbellsville seeks to provide an affordable education for its students. Our online degree programs are in a convenient format so you can study whenever and wherever you want.


Campbellsville University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award certificates, associate, baccalaureate, masters and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the status of Campbellsville University.

Benefits of Learning Online

Campbellsville University offers several dynamic online degrees so that students can continue their education and hone their skills. Campbellsville’s online campus has been recognized as one of the best by numerous outlets. The institution’s faculty members have real-world experience in their fields, so students can get a glimpse of working in their prospective career. Students can also conveniently fit online coursework into their busy schedules.

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