Photos, Videos, Other Imagery

For those creating imagery, our visual style is intended to help our audiences see multiple viewpoints, intellectually, culturally and spatially -- and to connect to the inner strength and "power" of individual Spartans. Images should convey the movement of a dynamic educational environment that is nestled in a city at the heart of a global destination.

To visually capture the story of San Jose State, here are three points of view:

Sample three points of view photots

Power Portraits

Portraits show the individual’s experience and what makes each person unique—which drives impactful storytelling.

Power in Motion

Rather than showing campus buildings, these images focus on the movement of people. They bring the viewer down to the subject’s level, participating with them.

Powerful Place

These aerial images show SJSU at the center of a vibrant city in the heart of Silicon Valley, surrounded by the arts, technology, business, mountains, ocean and blue skies.


Need Photography?

The marketing and communications team does not have a staff photographer or videographer. SJSU's Media Production has a list of photography services available. We'd also be happy to recommend a freelance or student photographer or videographer

Request photos

We accept requests for photography that are related to creative projects.

If your request is not related to a creative project, please view our library of photos available for download. Photos will be delivered in jpeg format.


Photos used online or in print are subject to the following policies:

1. Photos are NOT to be used by any company or organization outside of SJSU without first obtaining permission from Marketing and Communications.

2. All rights are reserved. Photo assets are the copyright of SJSU.

NOTE: It is never appropriate—or legal—to use an image from another source in print, on the web or on social media without obtaining permission from the image’s owner. 


When you create videos for or about the university, your viewers should immediately know that what they’re watching comes from San Jose State. Bring the viewer to our vibrant location. Then, move in closer to focus on specific content and the stories of individuals. Video offers the greatest opportunity to provide a truly immersive experience, unexpected perspectives and an engaging connection to SJSU that your audience otherwise wouldn’t have.

Providing the SJSU context may be accomplished with actual footage or with introductory and closing graphics. NOTE: Standard video graphics are in the works.

Check out our Spartans at Work series for video examples.

Visual/Audio Release Form

If you're taking or using photos or video at a San Jose State event or activity, you'll need to have all of your subjects fill out a CSU Visual/Audio Image Release form [PDF].