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 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.
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 don't have traditional qualifications or can't meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing our Photojournalism (including foundation year) BA (Hons) degree.
To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.
If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.
The modules listed below are for the academic year 2020/21 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.
Year 1 modules include:
This year long module provides a comprehensive introduction to the practices of contemporary photojournalism. The module is intended for students at all levels of experience with photography. It will equip students with a range of elementary and intermediate camera skills and an understanding of photographic processes within a digital environment. The module will also consider the deployment of these skills within contemporary photojournalistic practice and students will develop a first portfolio of images of publishable quality. Students will be encouraged to publish their work, both inside the university website and outside, and to develop a network of contacts and a portfolio of personal work. Field trips and guest speakers will enhance the students’ understanding of contemporary photojournalistic practice.
Students will be assessed through in class presentation of work in progress and by way of the production of a portfolio of images, relevant to a photojournalistic context that demonstrates a varied range of photographic skills and abilities. Use of social media, particularly Instagram, Flickr and such sites will enable students to develop their networks, as will use of mobile phones.
The practical and intellectual skills gained through this module are all transferrable and highly relevant to future employment.
This module introduces students to the history of journalism, honourable and dishonourable, to the roles it has played and continues to play in society, and to the main theories used to understand how it works. Focusing on the UK, it will also highlight ethical concerns and take account of wider, global issues and contexts. This content will be used to develop transferable skills of critical thinking and analysis, crucial to employability.
Political accounts, investigations which have transformed lives, human interest stories, arts reviews, in-depth profiles, cartoons, speculative columns, hot gossip, sports, fashion, celebrity… and now, for something completely different! What does it all mean and why do we produce and consume it? By the end of the module, students won’t necessarily have any answers, but they should be able to ask much better questions and have developed critical and analytical skills.
Working together, individually and in small groups, students explore major events and stories, past and present. They develop skills of presentation and analysis, learning when to use academic writing and when the more vivid narrative of journalism can play an equally effective role. In addition, they will explore critically and practically, the techniques used in writing and broadcasting of the past so that they can better develop their own professional capacities in the future.
Discussion, presentations, research, screenings and visits will all play a part in the development of critical thinking skills, which will be workshop-based.
The module will be assessed by three essays and contributions to an online journal, which is moderated by tutors at the end of the year.
This year long module provides a comprehensive introduction to the theories and history of photojournalism. The module positions contemporary photojournalistic practices within the contexts of the historical development of photojournalism and documentary photography, and provides students with an introduction to some of the key theories and debates relevant to visual communication and meaning. Field trips and guest speakers will enhance the students’ understanding of contemporary photojournalistic practice, and the links between practice, historical context and critical thinking.
Students will be assessed by way of an in-class presentation and by way of an essay that requires students to critically consider key works of photojournalism and/or documentary photography. The intellectual and critical skills gained through this module are all transferrable and highly relevant to future employment
This module introduces students to the basics of journalistic reporting and reporting.
Dovetailing with the Practical Journalism module, it focuses more sharply on the process of reporting, particularly within a local context. Students will examine community and local news from an editorial standpoint and be encouraged to dig deeper into their immediate environment, creating stories and integrating them with background. This maps the acquisition of skills within a professional setting. They will also learn the basic of taking photos to add to their local blog, including the use of copyright and where to legally source photos.
They will look at where stories come from and further the knowledge needed for professional practice. They will locate themselves within local beat journalism, aided by on and off-diary reporting exercises, visits to local community projects and official local authority meetings.
By using case studies and deepening their understanding of using recordings and face-to-face interviews, including the ethical problems that such exercises pose, they will explore techniques of research for journalism.
Working together, individually and in small groups, they will explore local events and stories, past and present. They will develop skills of presentation and analysis. Discussion, research, screenings and visits will all play a part in the development of critical, transferable thinking skills.
The module will be assessed by two portfolios of short news articles and of slightly longer features, created on the student’s own blogs with multimedia content and photographs, a timed in-class news writing exercise and contributions to class via an online journal which is moderated by tutors at the end of the year.
Year 2 modules include:
This module provides opportunities for students to gain experience of the journalistic working environment and to enhance and extend their learning by applying and building on their academic and journalistic skills. It is core for all journalism-related courses.
Students must find their three –week placement themselves, deploying employability and professional skills and their own developing portfolios. These will be measured and supported by the assessments.
Placements will be supported by a session of workshops, of which students must attend the majority.
Assessment will be by a reflective learning log, including ethical considerations and remarks by employers; a presentation to class and on the class blog; self-assessed engagement with classes when not on placement, measured by online journal.
This module covers what student journalists need to know about how Britain works and the place of journalism within debates about ethics and the legal system. It is core for all journalism-related courses as everyone in the media needs to know how the system works.
Classes will look at the ethical and judicial frameworks and constraints which control the reporting of legal matters, including crime and its contexts. Students will explore these subjects from the industry viewpoint, learning how to find and develop stories within the social and political landscape of Britain today.
Within public administration, classes will survey: national systems of government and representation; local government; citizen remedies and freedom of information; foreign policy, the EU and defence; social services and education; health; the judicial system (civil) and human rights; emergency services; the criminal justice system, including police; finance and the stock exchange.
At the heart of this course is the study of ethics. How journalists ought to behave – and what we can learn from those who do not behave properly – is particularly important to the profession. The public relies on the profession to give information. How should journalists get that information and how convey it?
Ethics gives a deeper meaning to the study of the legal system for journalists. Classes will locate the law which journalists need to know, both civil and criminal, within a broader ethical framework in today’s multi-platform, multi-national world. Analysis of current cases and case law will be as important as knowledge of existing frameworks and codes.
Field trips to magistrate’s courts and local authority meetings will be key to personal experience and understanding, as will guest speakers.
Discussion, research, screenings and visits will all play a part in developing students’ critical thinking skills and the professional skill of accurate, legally acceptable writing.
The module will be assessed by two portfolios (one of which includes multimedia), an essay, and an online journal moderated by tutors at the end of the year.
Students will work in teams in the newsroom to produce multi-platform journalism consistent with industry practice. This module is core for journalism students and many allied courses.
Working within tight deadlines and adhering to professional codes and standards, students will write and edit copy and scripts, headlines and picture captions and learn how to use words, images, graphics, audio and social media to construct narratives appropriate to the story and platform. They will develop competencies in the use of audio and video recording and editing, making particular use of smartphones, and learn how to draw traffic to their work by means of social media.
In order to perform these tasks, students will take on a number of roles specified in published job descriptions. Students will be required to produce CVs, covering letters and portfolio websites displaying their own work, appear before an interview board and pitch story or programme ideas to commissioners. This will develop their social as well as writing skills.
The development of students’ professional practice will be informed by sessions led by guest speakers from the industry and field trips to working news environments.
The second half of the course will involve four six-hour long news days, which will offer chances to transform understandings into practice.
Successful completion of this module will involve the preparation of journalism and employability portfolios to be developed for presentation to prospective employers.
Assessment will involve three portfolios of journalism, and an employability portfolio.
Contribution to news days will be both self-assessed and moderated by tutors.
This year long, 30 credit module builds on students’ earlier study and creative work in documentary photography and photojournalism generally, and focuses more intently on work in particular areas and genres of photojournalism that have been both historically significant for the development of photojournalistic practice, and are relevant to the practice of photojournalism today. Indicative genres that may be covered on this module include fashion, food photography, photographing interiors, anthropological and sociological approaches (“slice of life” photography), photographing conflict, environmental photography, portraiture, and campaigning photography.
The module will combine theory and practice, with a strong emphasis on the latter. Students will consider the way that knowledge of photographic genres can help them to position their work, can enable them to target particular markets for their work and there will be abundant opportunities for students to put their knowledge into practice by creating work within particular genres and deploying it to enhance their profiles as photographers. Global perspectives will be useful as will mobile photography.
Students’ work will be assessed through the production of a portfolio, blog and website that demonstrate their understanding of, and ability to work within different photographic genres. The practical and intellectual skills gained through this module are all transferrable and highly relevant to future employment and are directly relevant to the developing professional practice of the students as photojournalists.
This module examines the relationship between the media, crime and criminal justice. It examines the way crime and the law – and our understandings of them – are produced, reproduced and challenged in and through the contemporary media. The module considers how crime and criminals have been portrayed by the media over time, and assesses the different theoretical perspectives applied to media representations of crime and criminality. It examines the various ways the media actively work to construct crime as a news story, analysing the way the media sift and select crime stories, prioritizing some and excluding others, editing words and pictures and selecting particular tones and styles in their reports to create particular interpretations and viewpoints. The module also considers media portrayals of crime, criminals, victims and criminal justice agencies in a range of fictional and factual representations across TV, film and popular fiction. The social and cultural impact of these media representations is also discussed, with attention is given to the ways they may contribute to escalating fears of crime and how far they may contribute, themselves, to violence and criminal behaviour. Focusing on cultural, critical, and qualitative understandings of the relationships between crime and the media, the module draws on ideas and theories developed not only in the field of Criminology, but also the disciplines of in Sociology, Media, Communications and Cultural Studies.
This module aims to:
1. Examine the relation between media portrayals of crime and their broader social, economic and political context.
2. Examine historical shifts in the way the media represent crime and criminal behaviour.
3. Familiarise students with theoretical debates about the media’s effects on crime and criminal behaviour.
4. Examine the connections between media portrayals of crime and criminal justice policy.
This module aims to provide students with a rigorous understanding of the history, theory and practices of documentary photography, and to enable them to develop key photographic skills pertinent to the practice of documentary photography. The module will introduce students to the history, theory and practice of contemporary documentary photography. The module is slanted towards practice, and provides an opportunity for students to develop photographic skills or enhance their existing photographic skills, as well as their understanding of documentary photography. The module will provide practical tuition in the skills of street photography, portraiture, photographing objects in motion, and narrative photography, and will encourage and support students in the conception and development of their own documentary photographic projects. The module will also provide historical and theoretical contexts for students’ developing photographic practices, enabling them to critically reflect on their own practice as documentary photographers.
There has never been a more exciting time to study social media strategies. Social media strategies now play out in every aspect of business, government and society today. This module offers a critical eye on social media strategies, identifying those that worked as intended and those that didn’t. Through looking at current examples of social media and social media strategies, you will learn what a strategy is and how best to deploy it for the particular agenda and goals of an organisation. Teaching methods include formal lectures, seminar discussion, student-presentations and online material. Students will be expected to attend formal lecturers and take notes, read from primary and secondary source material and comment on their readings. They are expected to creatively engage with social media content creation as it embeds within an overall strategy of a particular industry. This module aims to:
● Enable students to evaluate key approaches to understanding current social media and strategy.
● Encourage students to develop critical awareness of their everyday experience of social media.
● Establish links between theoretical, technological, social and ethical aspects of social media.
This module explores the important relationships between the media and young people’s cultural experiences and expressions. The media are a ubiquitous presence in the lives of contemporary youth - the television shows they watch, the music they listen to, the video games they play, and the websites they visit all play a major part in young people’s lives, offering them a stream of different experiences, ideas and knowledge. This module considers the broad body of interdisciplinary scholarship that analyses youth’s relationship with media, and the nature of media texts aimed at young people. Attention is given to the way the media represent youth and target young people as a specific market for goods and entertainment, and also to the development of particular media forms aimed at young audiences – for example, specific kinds of advertising, distinctive film genres and TV formats, and particular kinds of social networking website. Consideration is also given to the possible influence of the media on youth’s behaviour, and to the ways young people actively engage with the media and make it meaningful in their lives. Here, particular attention is given to issues of gender, ethnicity, sexuality and social class, and the role they play in patterns of young people’s media usage and their practices of cultural expression.
This module aims to:
1. Examine the historical development of media forms geared to the youth market.
2. Critically consider key theoretical perspectives developed in relation to the analysis of young people’s engagement with the media.
3. Examine the nature, significance and impact of media representations of young people.
4. Familiarise students with theoretical debates about the media’s effects on young people’s behaviour.
Year 3 modules include:
Creating Packages is core for journalism-related courses. It develops the advanced professional skills taught at level 5: identifying subject matter and potential readerships, research, interviewing and editing techniques, on-the-spot reportage, and finding original angles and relevant sources for stories, to a stage where students originate and source the elements for their own journalism packages, based on a subject area of their own choice, rather than as directed by tutors. This is an exciting chance to create your own magazine in print and online.
Each package will have three instances, in print and online (or vice versa), to reflect the multimedia nature of such products in contemporary journalism. News days will reinforce a professional sense of urgency and the need to meet deadlines.
The module allows students to enhance their skills in writing news features arising from topical issues, using data for feature articles, developing more in-depth interviews and/or feature stories based on interviews and research. Students will be directed towards identifying subject matter and potential readerships, on-the-spot reportage skills, and finding original angles and relevant sources for their stories. Students also learn design, lay-out and multimedia skills.
Assessment will be of three portfolios of work, adapted for printed text and for online; two critical, self-reflective commentaries; an individual feature; and contribution to class, self-assessed through journals where students will self-assess their own work, their editorial roles and their participation in group contributions to class, including group and individual oral presentations (where attendance is mandatory). This will be moderated by tutor.
This one-semester module aims to develop students’ appreciation for and understanding of research in relation to visual aspects of culture. The module provides students with methods and conceptual tools for approaching independent research into visual culture, including art, photography, film and television, and using for visual material as a research tool.
The module builds upon students prior knowledge of theories and debates relevant to visual works and materials, and it will encourage and facilitate the development of deeper engagement with, and understanding of this area of research. The module provides preparation for dissertation research involving visual culture using visual material within research.
The module has two distinct halves: first considering theories and methods relevant to the undertaking of research on visual culture, and second examining the use of visual material as research method in itself. As such, the module will both draw on traditional academic qualitative research methods insofar as they are applicable, and draw on the insights and methodologies offered by visual anthropology/sociology.
The module will facilitate the development of skills and knowledge pertinent to the design of independent research, including:
● understanding the essential relationship between research methods and the problems they are intended to address
● appreciation of the value of visual material in research
● understanding the gains and limitations of visual material
The practical and intellectual skills gained are all transferrable and highly relevant to future employment in a wide range of areas, and particularly within parts of the cultural industries specifically concerned with visual materials.
This module allows students to explore in depth a topic of their own choice, arising out of previous study and subject to supervisor approval. It offers an exciting way to make an area of expertise all your own, whilst developing both journalistic and academic communication skills.
It must be a piece of longform journalism, aimed at a specified audience, not a study of journalism. It can be in any journalistic medium.
Independent but supported learning and sustained research and writing will provide a focus for refining and drawing together a wide range of transferable skills.
These must result in a high quality piece of journalism with an academically rigorous critical and research underpinning.
A synopsis and project management schedule, demonstrating a research strategy submitted at week 8, will provide a signpost for further work. A three-hour refresher session on law will prompt attention to legal constraints.
This module builds on the work undertaken by students in the areas of practices, theories and history of photojournalism, especially the level 5 module Research for Photojournalists. The module allows students to develop higher-level skills in research and photojournalism through independent, self-directed study in collaboration with an academic supervisor; by devising, developing and executing a major, self-contained and coherent photographic project, leading to the production of a substantial dummy photobook. This dummy photobook is the major coursework component for this module, and will reflect the student’s development as an independent and self-sufficient photojournalist over the course of the degree.
The module will provide a supportive setting to encourage students’ development into mature, independent photojournalists, capable of recognising projects with potential to be transformed into major pieces of work, demonstrating conceptual rigour, ethical execution, and aesthetic and technical excellence.
Students will be assessed by way of in-class presentations, through the production of a dummy photobook, and the production of a critical journal explaining the rationale for the research project and documenting the student’s critical reflections on both process and the final book. The process of producing this work will provide a supportive context for students to develop their own distinctive approach to photojournalism and their own photographic style The practical and intellectual skills gained through this module are transferrable and relevant to future employment. The dummy photobook produced as the final ‘product’ of this module will be a valuable addition to students’ portfolios, for use in self-marketing and promotion beyond the university.
Arts Journalism investigates and teaches the specific professional techniques and practices of arts journalism – in music, film, literature, art, architecture, dance, theatre, and other areas of student interest which relate directly to employability. Throughout this 15-week module, the arts are placed in the context of the relationship between journalist practitioners (in print, radio and online) and the arts industries. It is suitable for anyone wanting to explore these areas.
Field trips and guest speakers will demonstrate in depth the connection between professional journalists and arts practitioners.
This module also surveys the cultural, historical and global business issues and conditions within which arts journalism takes place, enabling self-reflective and critical perspectives.
Students are encouraged to publish their work inside the university website and outside, building up contacts and a portfolio of pieces.
Students are assessed through a portfolio of practical and critical work, which can be across platforms, a diary of their critical reactions to arts events, and a final 1,000-word piece of arts journalism.
Class participation will be assessed through contribution to an online journal.
This module looks at the professional skills of the journalist in politics, public affairs and society. It is both theoretical and practical, offering an introduction to the world of advocacy for anyone intrested in acquiring these skills.
Students will examine the historical and political contexts of journalism, the role of charities and special interest groups such as environmental and rights campaigners and how to cover lobbying and direct action. They will analyse the ethics of committed journalism and debate how to justify bias.
They will explore, through discussion, presentation and professional practice, links with PR and internal comms professionals, viral and social media, humour and satire, human interest stories and running appeals.
They will produce original work for a campaign of their choice, which they must pitch to their classmates and tutor.
Formative assessment will be an essay on how campaigning has changed events and whether such campaigning is justified
An overview of media law and ethical considerations will underpin a summative project of campaigning journalism which will combine original research, in either a series of three short articles or one long article and a log of events and contacts.
This module develops skills in and critical understanding of writing and reporting on fashion across multiple platforms including magazines, blogs, social media and video content. Looking at the latest trends and influence in the industry, and covering editorial and commercial case studies, students will develop working skills in fashion journalism, blogging, broadcasting and photography.
Assessment will be through group presentation, a portfolio of work, a video and presentation, fashion blog project and tutor-moderated self reflection, using online journal.
This module introduces students to the basics of sports journalism, to the roles it has played and continues to play in society, and to the main theories used to understand how it works. It offers an option to those wishing to develop specialised knowledge in journalism and related fields.
Working together, individually and in small groups, students will explore different facets of sports reporting, including match reporting, interviewing and investigative sports journalism. They will develop professional skills of commentating, interviewing and reporting sports events. They will reflect on live ethical issues in sports and sports journalism.
There will be a multi-platform element to the course in an effort to recreate real-life situations and increase employability, including liveblogging events, tweeting and broadcast skills, posting to class blog and course website.
The module will be assessed by one portfolio of five written/multimedia pieces, a 2000-word article of investigative journalism and a journal moderated by tutors at the end of the semester.
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.
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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