Photojournalism and Documentary Photography (BA Hons)

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Study mode

Full-Time

Length

3 Years (Full-Time)

Campus

Centre for Art and Photography, Cheltenham

We are in the UK top 20 for film production and photography and 9th for teaching satisfaction according to the Guardian University Guide 2020.

Exploring the world through your lens, you’ll have the opportunity to work on documentary projects abroad with recent third year projects being undertaken in Thailand, the Caribbean, Iceland, the Philippines and Israel. You'll also be inspired by professional photographers in lectures with recent guests including VII photographer Laura El-Tantawy; documentary and interiors photographer, Marc Wilson; documentary photographer Julian Germaine and press photographer, Neil Turner.

Learn from working photographers who work for clients such as Time Magazine, The Sunday Times, The Football Association and The Scottish National Portrait Gallery who will share with you how to be a successful Photojournalist or Documentary Photographer and develop the skills to get your stories noticed. The course encourages students to follow their passions in all areas of Documentary Photography ranging from press photography to typographies to sport to landscape and moving image, always with the aim of telling a story and communicating with your pictures.

As part of the course, you’ll exclusively have the chance to enter, The Tom Stoddart Award for Photojournalism and Documentary Photography, our own annual print prize and exhibition supported by Canon, with the winner chosen each year by world renowned photojournalist Tom Stoddart.

In your first year you’ll work as a photojournalist on-location at two local events. You’ll also develop skills to produce diverse photographic responses in our Street and Studio module whilst refining your passions to begin producing your portfolio.

In your second year you’ll progress your unique photographic passions, refining your projects to your own professional ambitions and vision whilst learning the techniques of documentary film making and photo book publishing.

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 and study a range of exciting modules covering photography on-location, moving and still image. You’ll produce in-depth coverage of news topics and important societal issues and collaborate with fellow students to edit and publish your best work in an annual newspaper.

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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.

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.

Fees

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UCAS codes

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

Careers

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

Through the course, you will also have the opportunity to undertake a work placement, with recent destinations including Magnum Photos New York, The Michael Hoppen Gallery, The Daily Mail, South West News Service and The Sunday Times. You will benefit from our strong links with media professionals, our course network has links with organisations such as The Press Association, The British Press Photographers Association, The Association of Photographers and The Martin Parr Foundation and offers you the chance to undertake annual trips to Paris Photo, Tokyo and Berlin.

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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
Exploring the world through your lens, you’ll have the opportunity to work on documentary projects abroad with recent third year projects being undertaken in Thailand, the Caribbean, Iceland, the Philippines and Israel.
Student work. Sean Delahay
Learn from working photographers who work for clients such as Time Magazine, The Sunday Times, The Football Association and The Scottish National Portrait Gallery who will share with you how to be a successful Photojournalist or Documentary Photographer and develop the skills to get your stories noticed.

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