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Photojournalism - BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

The Photojournalism BA undergraduate course will equip you with the skills you need to create still and moving images and stories across today's mixed-media outlets. You'll combine the news gathering and storytelling skills of our award-winning journalism teams with the innovative picture-making and shaping techniques.

Some of the facilities available include TV and radio studios and a journalism newsroom. With our skilled teachers and high quality equipment, you’ll be well prepared for employment in the photojournalism, journalism or documentary photography industries. You can keep up-to-date with the latest news from our journalism staff, students and alumni by following their Tumblr page or the journalism subject area's Twitter.

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This degree offers you specialist theoretical, technical and practical teaching across all areas of journalism and photography. Exciting modules cover the historical and theoretical backgrounds of journalism and the photographic industry in its global context. By learning about media law and newsroom production, you'll develop a crucial insider knowledge of the industry.

We provide you with access to specialist analogue and digital darkrooms, along with the latest digital scanning and printing technologies. From TV and radio studios in the Tower Building, to the Holloway Express student website, our facilities and resources are available to you throughout your studies.

Our staff are a unique team of world-renowned and award-winning professionals. Their academic expertise and practical skills include analogue, digital, still, audio and moving image technologies. The tutors longstanding links to the film, photography, journalism, commercial visual media and broadcast industries means you'll be studying under a team of well-connected and highly knowledgeable professionals.


The course will be assessed through a variety of means, including coursework, essays, in-class tests, presentations, group projects, portfolios and dissertations.

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

If you do not have traditional qualifications or cannot meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing the Film, Photography and Media Extended Degree.

Suitable photojournalism applicants living in the UK will be invited to a portfolio interview. Applicants living outside the UK will be required to submit a portfolio of work via email.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

If you're studying full-time, each year (level) is worth 120 credits.

Year 1 (Level 4) modules include:

  • Creative Studio Practice
  • Media Skills and Practice
  • Journalism: History and Ideas
  • Practical Journalism

Year 2 (Level 5) modules include:

  • Creative Studio Practice
  • Media Skills and Practice
  • Media Law and Ethics
  • Newsroom Production
  • Social Media Strategies
  • Journalism work placement

Year 3 (Level 6) modules include:

  • Media Skills and Practice
  • Creative Studio Practice
  • Creating Packages
  • Campaigning Journalism
  • Fashion Journalism
  • Sports Journalism
  • Arts Journalism

Please note: The photography modules in Year 2 and 3 will be delivered via the established studio module from The Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design.

This is a new course (September 2016). Graduates from the University's existing Journalism BA degree have had this to say:

“The course reflects a real life-working environment - a positive aspect to prepare you for the real world. The tutors are all working journalists themselves so they give great feedback and sound advice based on their firsthand experience. There is a group on Facebook which is useful because staff, students and alumni all give each other advice and support, and let each other know about an internship or a job opportunity if they see one.”
National Student Survey

“It's flexible enough to really explore the different subjects and get a feel for what you're good at and enjoy doing, which is extremely beneficial.”
National Student Survey

Photojournalists are increasingly in demand in the growing media sector. Completing this degree could gain you a career in several areas, including press photography and promotional work. You could work for a huge variety of employers, from well known brands to startups, art exhibitions and charity campaigns. If you can create and promote striking images, then you can sell into a growing market.

Graduates from the Journalism BA course have gone into roles such as Multimedia Journalists and Production Assistants. Companies they now work at include the BBC, the Turkish Radio Television Corporation and Hug Nivea Digital.

We're investing in an exciting, multimillion pound transformation of the London Metropolitan University campus, between 2016 and 2020. We’re moving all of our activity to one place, our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching locations of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2018. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of- the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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How to apply

If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the

University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68. 

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

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