BA (Hons) Photojournalism and Documentary Photography

Places available 2017/18

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 2017/18 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.

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Funding opportunities

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

Use UAL's fees and funding calculator to estimate how much your studies may cost you in your first year, and what funding may be available to you.


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

£9,250 per year


Tuition fees for undergraduate degree courses have been set at £9,250 per year for full-time study. This applies from the 2017/18 academic year, subject to changes in the law. Tuition fees may increase in future academic years for new and continuing students, in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Please visit our Undergraduate Tuition Fees page for full information on tuition fees.

International Fee

£17,920 per year

Start Date25 September 2017
Application Route

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)

Application DeadlineOpen for 2017/18 entry. Applications for 2018/19 entry will open in Autumn 2017.
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.

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 Photojournalism and Documentary Photography (20 credits)
  • Contextual Studies 1: Histories and Theories of Photojournalism (20 credits)

Year 2

Units Summary: 

Practical Units:

  • Documentary Storytelling (40 credits)
  • Editorial Project (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)

Additional costs

In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. We strongly suggest you read the information on our Additional Costs page

Course Structure

The information outlined is an indicative structure of the course. Whilst we will aim to deliver the course as described on this page, there may be situations where it is desirable or necessary for the University to make changes in course provision, for example because of regulatory requirements or operational efficiencies, before or after enrolment. If this occurs, we will communicate all major changes to all applicants and students who have either applied or enrolled on the course.

Please note that due to staff research agreements or availability, not all of the optional modules listed may be available every year.

In addition, the provision of course options which depend upon the availability of specialist teaching, or on a placement at another institution, cannot be guaranteed. Please check this element of the course with the course team before making a decision to apply.

Webpage updates

We will update this webpage from time to time with new information as it becomes available. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact a member of the course team.


Programme Director: Anne Williams

Course Leader: Jocelyn Bain Hogg

Senior Lecturer: Roger Hutchings

Senior Lecturer: Dr. Jennifer Good

Associate Lecturer: Lewis Bush


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)

The standard minimum entry requirements for this course are:

64 new UCAS tariff points (160 old UCAS tariff points) gained at GCE Advanced (A) Level or equivalent. (A Level subjects studied may include: English; History; Media; Business; Art and Design, or other subjects within Social Sciences). Ideally your A levels will be achieved at Grade C or above.


One subject at A Level achieved at grade C or above PLUS Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3/4).

Alternatively you will be considered if you have achieved a minimum of 64 new UCAS tariff points (160 old UCAS tariff points) from one of the following qualifications:

  • BTEC Extended Diploma 
  • UAL Extended Diploma in Art and Design
  • Access to HE Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Equivalent EU or Non-EU qualifications

Additionally you will have achieved passes at grade C or above in at least five GCSE subjects including English.

If English is not your first language you will also need an up to date English qualification – see below.

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 minimum of 5.5 in each of the four skills.
  • You can check you have achieved the correct IELTS level on our language requirements page.
  • International applicants, please visit our International Applications page for further details regarding Admissions. 

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. They will review 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

Offers will be made based upon the following selection criteria, which should be demonstrated in your application:

  • A strong interest in photojournalism along with an ability to produce strong photographic/ video/ written 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

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 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 leader’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

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

International applicants may apply through one of three routes only:

Further information on applying via UCAS is provided on the Applying through UCAS page.

For applicants who want to apply directly to UAL, the direct application form may be found here:

Applications for the academic year 2017/18 will be accepted from November 2016. 

For full details on the application process, visit the Undergraduate application page.

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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