University of the Arts London

Course Introduction

This course is aimed at people who want to pursue a career in photojournalism or documentary photography. The aim is to equip students with a thorough grounding in the discipline, whether through film or digitally'based photography. Students will follow a rigorous programme of photographic assignments, as well as initiating and developing their own projects and areas of special interest. All this takes place within the framework of the history and development of the medium, together with critical, ethical and theoretical contexts. Students will be encouraged to develop a wider vision of the practice and potential of the medium through exploration of the uses of documentary and reportage photography in magazines, portfolios, exhibitions, books, television, digital and other media. This course is taught within the School of Media.

Course Modules

Modules include: Photojournalism practice; history of photojournalism and documentary photography; documentary practice with research methods; critical perspectives on photojournalism and documentary photography; major project.

Course Additional Entry

An Honours degree in a relevant subject, or a professional or academic qualification recognised as equivalent to an Honours degree. Applicants who do not have the required qualifications, but do have professional experience, may be eligible to gain credit for previous learning and experience through the Accreditation of Prior and Experiential Learning (APEL) i.e. professional experience or a combination of courses and work experience. Graduates of all disciplines may apply, although most students have a background in arts and humanities. Applicants must be socially aware, inquisitive, self'motivated and passionate about a career in photojournalism or documentary photography. Relevant professional experience or work experience in the industry is increasingly important. Candidates without a 1st degree can be accepted onto the course if they can demonstrate past experience equivalent to a 1st degree, such as professional experience. This is assessed as a learning process and tutors will evaluate that experience for currency, validity, quality and sufficiency. Applicants whose 1st language is not English require IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £17,230  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £8,250  Academic year. First year home fees
2 years
Part Time
MA (Postgraduate) £8,615  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Part Time
MA (Postgraduate) £4,125  Academic year. First year home fees