Photojournalism and Documentary Photography (BA Hons)

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3 Years (Full-Time)


Centre for Art and Photography, Cheltenham

Develop the skills to be a successful press photographer and get your stories noticed. Work on live briefs and shadow photojournalists on location as they work on live briefs from media outlets such as The Sunday Times. You will also have the opportunity to undertake a work placement, with recent destinations including the Daily Mail, South West News Service, The Sunday Times and Magnum Photos.

Exploring the world behind your lens, you’ll have the opportunity to work on documentary projects abroad with recent projects being undertaken in Thailand, the Caribbean, Palestine, the Philippines and Nepal. You'll also be inspired by professional photographers in lectures with recent guests including Facundo Arrizabalaga, Annie Bungeroth, Melanie Friend and Crispin Hughes.

In your first year you’ll work on-location at two local events. You’ll also develop skills to produce diverse photographic responses using both the street and studio.

In your second year you’ll progress your unique photographic perspective, refining your projects to your professional ambitions.

In your final year you’ll have the opportunity to travel internationally with students producing critically acclaimed projects in destinations across the world. Many of these have gained industry exposure in the UK including at AOP Open national exhibition and the Royal Photographic Society’s annual international print exhibition.

You’ll develop a professional folio of photography from which to launch your career as a photojournalist and documentary photographer. You’ll study a range of exciting modules covering photography on-location and moving and still image. You’ll be creatively challenged to produce intelligent and engaging visual photo stories for your audience, producing in-depth coverage of news topics and important societal issues. You will edit and publish your best work in an annual newssheet.

You can find out more about the Photography staff and see student work on our blog.

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Study style

Designed to reflect the diverse skillset you need in industry, assessments are varied and include moving-image work, photobooks, portfolios, public exhibitions, online presentations and written work.

Course modules

Take a look at the course map for a breakdown of modules that you'll study to complete the course.

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2019 entry*

112 tariff points

Typical offers

BBC at A levels, DMM at BTEC or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.

2019 UCAS tariff table

Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants. To find out more, please email our enquiries team.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country. If you do not meet the academic and English language requirements, you should consider a preparation course at INTO University of Gloucestershire, which will help to prepare you for study on this degree. INTO University of Gloucestershire is based at our Park campus and offers a range of courses including International Foundation Art, Design and Media.

Grade 4/C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. If you don't meet your tariff points total we may still consider your application. Please email our admissions team for further information.

* Selection by portfolio and interview. Please refer to the interview guide for further information.


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UCAS codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
BA (Hons) - 3 years full-timeWP65


Our graduates move into a range of photography roles, both employed and freelance including for South West News Service, Getty Images, Daily Mail, The Times, the Press Association and Demotix. Other roles include forensic medical photography for the NHS and exhibition roles at the Imperial War Museum North. Jobs include:

  • Press and editorial photographer
  • Forensic photographer
  • Picture editor
  • Freelance photographer

Industry links

You will benefit from our strong links with media professionals. Recent work placement destinations have included the Associated Press, Daily Mail, The Sunday Times, Magnum Photos (New York), Photofusion and Water Aid. We also have links with local press and you will hear from leading press photographers in lectures. Recent guests include Marc Wilson, Julian Germain, Chalky Davies and Melanie Friend.

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Staff Profile

Paul Roberts

I've worked as a top sports photographer for over a decade, covering everything from Premier League football, top class athletics, county championship cricket and top level horse racing. In this time I've worked with clients such as The Press Association, REX Shutterstock, Well Offside Sports Photography and JMP. In documentary, my work is concerned with the idea of place and memoriam, my work having been exhibited in photo festivals such as Hastings Photo Fringe.

Student work. Will Ashton. Jerusalem

One of the UK's leading professionally-focused BA photography degrees

Our external examiner reported ‘the standards shown here at the University of Gloucestershire must be among the highest in the field of commercial-learning BA photography courses’.

Student work. Sean Delahay

Engage with the world of professional photography

Through our extensive connections, you'll have exciting opportunities to work on live briefs from top global brands such as Converse, Specialized and Superdry. You can also exhibit your work abroad in locations such as Shanghai and Vancouver.

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