The program is designed to prepare students for entry level positions in various graphic art fields such as advertising, graphic design, illustration, and digital imaging. The core learned disciplines are the principles of design, an understanding of the visual elements, exposure to art and design history, conceptual visual problem solving, and the production of a graphic portfolio using established computer graphic software.
Students completing the Bakersfield College journalism program can be assured they will move to the next level of education with the knowledge and skills needed to make a seamless transition. The staff has been instrumental in helping students attain scholarships, attend pertinent conferences, compete in competitions against other community colleges, and understand the professional environment of journalism.
The program offers courses designed to train students in several areas, such as reporting, photojournalism, page design and more. Students also have an opportunity to work on one of the top community college newspapers in the state, the Renegade Rip, which was awarded general excellence in the state for 2004-05 and has a proud 76-year tradition.
The program offers six classes, including two – Media and Society, and Beginning Reporting – that satisfy lower division requirements at most four-year institutions. BC also offers a Press Photography class and three sections in the student newspaper – one for reporters, one for photographers and one for editors.
This basic course of study in photography and the arts is designed to give the student a perspective on the artistic and professional aspect of photography. The one-year program is dependent upon scheduling of classes. Students desiring further training may continue toward an Associates Degree or transfer to a four-year institution.