BA (Hons) Photojournalism and Documentary Photography

Places available 2016/17

This course has places available. View the How to apply section on this page for more details. For a full list of UAL courses open for 2016/17 entry, including others available at London College of Communication, visit the Places available page.

News photography, reportage, social issues: these are just a few of the areas you'll focus on as part of this exciting and innovative course. The emphasis is on work-related learning so you'll be covering real, live news events, photographing newsworthy people, and producing LCC’s newspaper in collaboration with journalism students, and through external work placements.

Student Helen Hasse talks us through her work in LCC Summer Shows 2014

Student work by Rachele Caretti
Rachele Caretti

Students launch publication exploring London’s evolving social and physical landscape – blog.

Alumna Helena Mueller talks us through her work in LCC Summer Shows 2014

Cosplayers by Tolga Akmen (2013)

Cosplayers by Tolga Akmen (2013)

Student Thomas Nicholson talks us through his work in LCC Summer Shows 2014

The Working Life of Nick Clegg by James Gourley, 2013

The Working Life of Nick Clegg by James Gourley, 2013

Funding opportunities

Find out about the range of funding options available for undergraduate study.


Course Leader

Jocelyn Bain Hogg

Course Location

London College of Communication 
Elephant and Castle
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Study LevelUndergraduate
Study ModeFull time
Course Length3 years
Home/EU Fee

£9,000 per year (2016/17 fees)

International Fee

£17,230 per year (2016/17 fees)

Start DateSeptember 2016
Autumn Term DatesMonday 26 September 2016 – Friday 9 December 2016
Spring Term DatesMonday 9 January 2017 – Friday 17 March 2017
Summer Term DatesTuesday 18 April 2017 – Friday 23 June 2017
Application Route

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)

Application DeadlineOpen for UK, EU and international applicants for 2016/17 entry. Applications for 2017/18 entry will open in Autumn 2016.
UCAS CodeP503
University CodeU65

Content and Structure


This course allows you to follow a lively, cutting-edge curriculum rooted in the practice of photojournalism and documentary photography.

It offers you the knowledge and skills to become a professional photojournalist. You will cover real news events; photographing politicians, celebrities and other newsworthy people, while standing side-by-side with the professionals.

An important and challenging part of the programme is work-related learning centred on outside work attachments and work for the College's own monthly magazine and website Artefact. Running alongside the practical and career-focused nature of this degree course are units in the history of journalism and photojournalism, and the history of 20th century intellectual, political, and cultural thought and movements.

This course is taught at LCC within the School of Media.

What students say about the course

“I've become great friends with my coursemates and we still meet regularly to share ideas. There was a huge amount of input in a short space of time. It was quite overwhelming at first, but sent us all on steep learning curves in the end.” Briony Campbell

“[The course gave me] Lots and lots of work experience, self-confidence and industry contacts. I also increased my knowledge of theory and practice of photojournalism. I was given lots of support and guidance.” Francesca D'Ascari

Learning and teaching

Courses in UAL span a broad range of art, design, communication, business, media, science and communication subjects. So the ways in which you learn and how your time is used will vary according to the specific course you are studying. This may be in studios, labs, classes, involve working alone, learning from peers in pairs or groups, or with external partners. Most importantly, no matter which course you enrol on, you will learn not only about your subject but also about how you learn and how to increase your knowledge base.

Our courses will guide you to take increasing responsibility and ownership of your work and your learning. We do this so that you will be ready and able to take full advantage of the full range of opportunities offered by the creative industries in the global economy.


Your work will be assessed through projects or portfolios, with written papers or research journals, and, on some courses, examinations. You will be graded according to a set of marking criteria that relate to such things as research, subject knowledge, methodology, and your capacity to analyse and reflect on your achievements. 


In common with all courses at the University of the Arts London, this course is credit rated. The course is 3 years, levels 4-6. Each year requires you to achieve 120 credit points. To be awarded the BA (Hons) Photojournalism and Documentary Photography qualification, you need to accumulate a total of 360 credits.

Programme Summary

Year 1

Units Summary: 

Practical Units:

  • Practical Photojournalism (40 credits)
  • Introduction to Documentary Photography (20 credits)
  • Media Law, Ethics and Codes of Conduct (20 credits)

Theory Units:

  • Introduction to Study in Higher Education (20 credits)
  • Contextual Studies 1: Histories and Theories of Photojournalism (20 credits)

Year 2

Units Summary: 

Practical Units:

  • Documentary Storytelling (40 credits)
  • Editorial Project: Newspaper and Online (40 credits)
  • Collaborative Project (20 credits)

Theory Units:

  • Contextual Studies 2: Histories and Theories of Photojournalism (20 credits)

Year 3

Units Summary: 

Practical Units:

  • Major Photojournalism/Documentary Project (60 credits)
  • Contemporary Professional Practice (20 credits)

Theory Units:

  • Contextual Studies 3: Dissertation (40 credits)


Programme Director: Anne Williams

Course Leader: Jocelyn Bain Hogg


Most of our graduates progress onto careers in photojournalism, documentary photography or related fields.

Student Jobs and Careers at UAL

We know what it takes to be successful in your chosen field. Your tutors are professionals in their own right and understand what you need to help you establish your career. 

Careers and Employability is dedicated to helping students build up work-relevant skills, knowledge, experience and networks throughout your time here. 

Creative Opportunities is the UAL job and work placement website for students and graduates, advertising hundreds of creative opportunities each month. This includes ArtsTemps in-house recruitment agency, placing students and graduates in paid temping roles within the University.

UAL houses a number of organisations which promote aspects of career development in the arts and media, and which hold regular workshops and careers fairs. These include:

  • Own-It (intellectual property issues)
  • ArtQuest (career development resource for artists and designers)

Entry Requirements

Recruitment and Admissions

The course team welcomes applicants from a broad range of backgrounds, from all over the world. The course attracts students who apply direct from A Level (or equivalent) or from a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, or other art and design courses, as well as mature students who may have previously worked in industry.

Students applying to this course will be expected to demonstrate a specific interest in this area of study and should have a commitment to engaging with photojournalism theory and practice.

Entry Requirements (Home/International/EU)

For admission to BA (Hons) Photojournalism and Documentary Photography, applicants need:

160 UCAS tariff points (gained at GCE Advanced level), achieved at grade C or above, supported by passes in five other subjects at GCSE Grade C or above.
The subjects the course team will be looking for in your application are wide ranging: your A levels (or equivalents) must include Photography and may include English, History, Media, Business, Art and Design or other subjects within Social Sciences.

A typical applicant might have:

  • GCE A Levels (or equivalents) including Photography, ideally achieved at grade C or above, plus passes in five subjects at GCSE Grade C or above.
  • One subject at GCE A Level, plus a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, plus passes in three subjects at GCSE Grade C or above.

Applicants might also have overseas qualifications, or others:

  • International Baccalaureate or European Baccalaureate. 
  • UAL Awarding Body Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.
  • National Diploma, Access, or NVQ.

Alternative Entry Routes

We welcome applicants with relevant professional and vocational qualifications, or from mature students who do not have formal qualifications but may have relevant experience in industry.

Students applying on the basis of their previous experience should apply as normal via UCAS and will then be guided by the admissions team on next steps, through either of the Accreditation of Experiential Learning (AEL) or the Accreditation of Certificated Learning (ACL) processes.

Language Requirements (International/EU)

All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language you will be asked to provide evidence of your English language ability when you enrol.

  • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) is required overall, with a minium of 5.5 in each of the four skills.
  • You can check you have achieved the correct IELTS level on our language requirements page.

Admission Procedures

The selection procedures for the course adhere to the Equal Opportunities Policy of the University of the Arts London.

Applications are normally made through UCAS and are assessed on the basis of qualifications, your personal statement, and your portfolio of work.

All applicants will be contacted by the admissions team after application and asked to submit an electronic mini portfolio of work via PebblePad

Applicants successful at mini portfolio stage will be required to attend a full portfolio review and interview at LCC.

In exceptional cases, those living outside London and unable to attend LCC may be interviewed by phone or via Skype, and should also prepare a digital version of their full portfolio.

Applicants are not guaranteed a portfolio review/interview, and may be offered a place, or informed of an unsuccessful outcome, after the mini portfolio stage.

Student Selection Criteria - what do we look for?

All applications will be considered by the course team and offers will be made based on the following key elements when making a decision on your suitability to join the course:

  • Most importantly they will review your personal statement and your portfolio.
  • They will consider your qualifications (or projected results).
  • They will also review your academic or personal references. 

Personal Statement

This is an important part of your application and should demonstrate to the team that you are interested in photojournalism and that you have thought carefully about why you want to study on this course.

You can demonstrate this through your previous work experience or study, personal experience and your ambitions for personal development as a student at LCC.

You should ensure it is written clearly, and free of any spelling mistakes. It is your chance to impress the team by demonstrating your appreciation of what the course can offer you and how you feel it will help you in the future.

State what you personally would bring to the course, and that you are motivated and have a willingness to learn, explore and experiment.

Portfolio Advice

Your portfolio is the most important part of your application. You must clearly evidence the following, through development work as well as completed projects:

  • A strong interest in photography and a level of experience in the area demonstrated through your portfolio of work.
  • An understanding of the need for a critical and analytical approach to the area of study.
  • An approach suited to the demands of the course and the projected career futures.

Mini Portfolio

All applicants will be contacted by the admissions team and asked to submit a mini portfolio via PebblePad.

Your mini portfolio should consist of no more than 10 images from two or three of your photography projects.

Full Portfolio

If successful at mini portfolio stage you will be given an interview date, and you should then prepare your full portfolio to bring with you.

Your full portfolio should contain examples of your photography work across a selection of projects, and include development as well as completed work.

We advise you to bring approximately 20 printed images from a selection of projects. (Please do not bring digital portfolios to the interview)

Interview Advice

If you are successful at mini portfolio stage, you will be invited to an interview.
You can prepare yourself in advance by thinking of questions that you may have for the Course Leader and also re-familiarising yourself with your UCAS personal statement, from which the course team’s questions will probably arise.

The interview will be relatively informal and will take place at LCC, lasting up to 30 minutes. 

In addition to your full portfolio, on the day of the interview you will need to bring with you:

  • A short statement of 400 words on why you would like to join BA (Hons) Photojournalism and Documentary Photography.
  • 350 words analysing an image of your choice.

Details of the interview date and time, and confirmation of what to bring, will be sent to you in advance by the admissions team. 

Students are admitted to the course having fulfilled the necessary entry requirements and on the basis of their potential to benefit from the programme.

Next Steps

You can normally expect to hear from the admissions team within two weeks after your interview. Successful applicants will be guided through the rest of our admissions stages and towards enrolment on the course.

How to Apply

Home/EU Applicants

You will need to apply through the UCAS online application system.

  • University code: U65
  • Course code: P503
  • There is no 'campus code' for LCC.

International Applicants

There are three ways international students can apply to an undergraduate course at LCC:

Follow the steps on the UAL International Application page for advice of how to apply.

Study Abroad Applicants

International undergraduate students can apply to join BA (Hons) Photojournalism and Documentary Photography for a period of up to three terms as a study abroad student. Please visit the Study Abroad website details on how to apply or contact the Study Abroad office:

T: +44 (0)20 7514 2249

Deferred Entry

For Home/EU applicants, the Course Leader will determine whether deferred places are available for the course. If you wish to defer your place, it is advisable to indicate this on your application form and/or discuss this with the admissions team and course leader before/after applying at the earliest opportunity. In all cases, deferred places will only be held for one year.

International applicants are normally permitted to defer entry to any programme of study for one year only, after which they will be asked to re-apply.

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