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BA (Hons) Photojournalism and Documentary Photography

College
LCC
Start date
September 2019
Course length
3 years
UCAS code
P503

Course summary

Develop your unique identity as a visual storyteller, learning skills from across this rapidly-changing and dynamic industry from news photography and current events to conceptual documentary, editorial and multimedia.

About this course

BA (Hons) Photojournalism and Documentary Photography is a unique course, rooted in professional practice and integrating hands-on practical photography with academic theory.

Great reasons to apply

  • We have a broad and inclusive approach to photojournalism and documentary photography, constantly questioning the genre boundaries and looking to the future of the industry.
  • Our practice tutors are professionals from across the industry: highly experienced photojournalists, documentary photographers and picture editors at the forefront of their fields.
  • Our professional industry experience gives us access to an unparalleled range of leading guest speakers and tutors, who come and work with our students on a regular basis.
  • The critical and theoretical elements of the course are delivered by internally-published scholars and recognised leaders in the field.
  • Everything we do is guided by a commitment to research, professional ethics and critical reflection.
  • Our analogue and digital technology teams are resourced with cutting-edge equipment and dedicated, course-specific expertise.
  • Industry links within our department and across the college provide our students with a range of collaborative opportunities and professional experience.
  • Our students have gone on to be well-known and award-winning photographers, as well as to a range of other photography-related careers including picture editing, picture research, NGO and human rights work, publishing, journalism and further academic study.

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Wednesday 6 February 2019

Student voices: Fanni Sutus

Fanni talks us through their work in London College of Communication's Degree Shows 2017.

Student voices: Lewis Inman

Lewis talks us through their work in London College of Communication's Degree Shows 2017.

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Waheed talks us through their work in London College of Communication's Degree Shows 2017.

Course stories

Facilities

Media Photography

Photography students benefit from access to resources held in the Media Photography areas.

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Image © Vladimir Molico

Lens-based and Audio-visual

Find out about the workspaces and studios that support Lens-Based and Audio-Visual practice.

The Digital Space, London College of Communication.
Image © Ana Escobar

The Digital Space

The Digital Space is an open-plan, creative hub with computers set up with specialist software.

Course details

BA (Hons) Photojournalism and Documentary Photography allows you to follow an innovative and exciting curriculum rooted in the methodologies of photojournalism and documentary photography as they are professionally practiced today.

This course will enable you to acquire the academic knowledge and essential skills to become a working photographer, equipping you to produce work for a range of outlets including newspapers, magazines digital platforms, galleries, books and picture agencies.

The practical elements of the course emphasise learning by doing: you will begin in year one by learning to photograph news events, interview newsworthy people and create topical documentary stories.

Students are encouraged to become involved with media organisations and the lively photographic community in London; a process which is enhanced by an exciting range of visiting speakers from the photographic and related industries. It is not uncommon for our students to be working for picture agencies and national news organisations by the time they reach the third year.

Published scholars and academics deliver contextual studies in the history of photojournalism and documentary photography which complements the practical and career focused aspects of this degree course.

At the heart of the course is our belief in the importance of critical engagement not only as photographers but as viewers and participants in a globalised visual culture.

We are committed to enhancing your employability, individuality and entrepreneurship. Enterprise and employability within the arts and media is about the integration of practice, skills, mindset and personal qualities that enable you to develop and sustain a rewarding professional life.

The curriculum is designed to communicate and open up the possibilities of your own creativity by developing your career aspirations and professional awareness, whether for the creative and cultural sector or beyond.

Showcasing your work

All students are advised to set up a profile on portfolio.arts.ac.uk, UAL’s new portfolio platform, which can be done at any point during your time at LCC and will last for up to 12 months after graduation.

This platform is often used to source student work for promotional use on the website, social media and for print and can be a great way of getting your work seen. You may also be asked to have a portfolio profile for the selection process when it comes to degree shows.

Course units

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.

Year 1

Units summary:

  • Introduction to Photojournalism and Documentary Photography (20 credits)
  • Contextual Studies: Histories and Theories of Photojournalism (20 credits)
  • Practical Photojournalism 1 (20 credits)
  • Practical Photojournalism 2 (20 credits)
  • Documentary Storytelling (20 credits)
  • Media Law, Ethics and Codes of Conduct (20 credits)

Year 2

Units summary:

  • Contemporary Documentary 1 (20 credits)
  • Editorial Project (20 credits)
  • Elective Unit (20 credits)
  • Contemporary Documentary 2 (40 credits)
  • Collaborative Project (20 credits)

Year 3

Units summary:

  • Major Photojournalism/Documentary Project (60 credits)
  • Contextual Studies: Dissertation (40 credits)
  • Contemporary Professional Practice (20 credits)

Learning and teaching methods

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Group project work
  • Individual projects
  • Workshops
  • Individual tutorials
  • Group tutorials
  • Study visits
  • Reflective diaries

Assessment methods

  • Practical photojournalistic work
  • Computer based activities (picture desk editing)
  • Projects and project appraisals
  • Oral and seminar presentations (for example in Contextual Studies)
  • Report and essay writing
  • Timed constrained assessments (e.g. law and ethics unit)

Changes to courses

Information provided by the University is accurate at the time of first publication. Courses, however, remain subject to change. Changes may be necessary to improve the quality of educational services, in order to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body, in order to bring course content in line with best practice activities across the Higher Education sector, in response to student feedback, and/or due to a lack of student demand for certain units or options.

Events may arise outside of the reasonable control of the University which lead to changes to courses. Such events may include industrial action, civil disorder, severe weather, and changes in applicable laws and/or safety requirements.

If you have accepted a place on a course, we shall notify you of any changes as soon as reasonably practicable.

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, use our register your interest form.

Staff

Jennifer  Good

Jennifer Good

Acting Course Leader, BA (Hons) Photojournalism and Documentary Photography

Christopher  Stewart

Christopher Stewart

Programme Director of Photography

Jocelyn  Bain Hogg

Jocelyn Bain Hogg

Senior Lecturer, BA (Hons) Photojournalism and Documentary Photography

Lewis  Bush

Lewis Bush

Lecturer, MA and BA (Hons) Photojournalism and Documentary Photography

How to apply

Opportunities for all

We are committed to making university education an achievable option for a wider range of people and to supporting all of our students in achieving their potential both during and after their courses.

We welcome applications from people with disabilities. If you have a disability (e.g. mobility difficulties, sensory impairments, medical or mental health conditions or Asperger’s syndrome) we strongly encourage you to contact us on disability@arts.ac.uk or +44 (0)20 7514 6156 so that we can plan the right support for you. All enquiries are treated confidentially. To find out more, visit our Disability & Dyslexia webpages.

Entry requirements

Home/EU/International

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 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, or other art or design courses, as well as mature students who may have previously worked in industry.

The standard minimum entry requirements for this course are:

64 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.

Or

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 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 Diploma
  • Equivalent EU or Non-EU qualifications

Additionally, you will have achieved passes at grade C/grade 4 or above in at least three GCSE subjects.

APEL - Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning

Applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered in exceptional cases. The course team will consider each application that demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by:

  • Related academic or work experience;
  • The quality of the personal statement;
  • A strong academic or other professional reference;
  • A combination of these factors.

Each application will be considered on its own merit but we cannot guarantee an offer in each case.

English Language Requirements (International/EU)

IELTS level 6.0 or above, with at least 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking. Please check our main English language requirements page for more information.

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.

Selection criteria

The portfolio, along with the details on your UCAS application (including the academic reference and your personal statement) will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Demonstration of an appreciation of photojournalism and documentary photography as a specialised discipline
  • Technical skills and experimentation with visual creativity, demonstrated in your own photographic work
  • Evidence of research and development of ideas through practice to achieve specific outcomes
  • Quality of ideas and thought processes in the production of your work

How we assess your application

Your application form is reviewed when you apply to the University. If you have achieved or expect to achieve the standard entry requirements we will invite you to submit a full portfolio. We make our offers based on the strength of the whole application, and therefore don’t routinely invite applicants to interview.

To find out more, view our Undergraduate Application Process page.

Personal statement advice

This is an important part of your application and should demonstrate to the team that you are interested in photojournalism and documentary photography, 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 explain what motivates you to learn, explore and experiment.

Portfolio advice

Your portfolio of work is the most important part of your application, and you must clearly evidence development work as well as work from completed projects.

Please provide a maximum of 20 images of your own original photographic work to support your application.

Important Note: You are strongly advised not to delay the upload by trying to create new work; your main aim should be to demonstrate the creativity within your current portfolio.

Making your application

You must apply for this course though Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), where you will need the following information:

  • University code: U65
  • Course code: P503

London College of Communication courses are listed under University of the Arts London.

Application deadline

We recommend you apply by 15th January for equal consideration.  However this course will consider applications after that date, subject to places being available.

Making a Deferred Application (for entry in 2020/21)

Home/EU applicants are permitted to make a deferred application. International applicants are not permitted to make a deferred application.

Entry to Year 2 or Year 3

If you have successfully completed year 1 of a degree course at another institution and wish to continue your studies at LCC, you can identify the point of entry as year 2 on your application, and consideration will be given by the course admissions tutor.

LCC will consider applications for entry at Year 3 in exceptional cases only.

Referral to alternative UAL courses

The University operates a cross-referral system, where applicants can be considered for and offered a place on an alternative course, if the admissions tutor feels they are more suited to that course. If you wish to opt out of the cross-referral process you can do so at the application form stage.

Erasmus

For further information on Erasmus and UAL exchange schemes, please visit the Erasmus and Non-Erasmus Exchanges section on the UAL website.

International applicants can apply through either of the following routes:

If you are applying through UCAS you will need the following information:

  • University code: U65
  • Course code: P503

London College of Communication courses are listed under University of the Arts London.

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

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

Making a deferred application (for entry in 2020/21)

International applicants are not permitted to make a deferred application.

Referral to alternative UAL courses

The University operates a cross-referral system, where applicants can be considered for and offered a place on an alternative course, if the admissions tutor feels they are more suited to that course. If you wish to opt out of the cross-referral process you can do so at the application form stage.

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.

Visit the Study Abroad page for details of how to apply.


After you apply

Communicating with you

After you have successfully submitted your application, you will receive an email confirming we have successfully received your application and providing you with your login details for the UAL Portal.  We will request any additional information from you, including inviting you to upload documents through the portal. You should check your UAL Portal regularly for any important updates and requests.

International applicants may be invited to interview in person at LCC, or via Skype if overseas or unable to attend. Details of this interview will be sent via the UAL Portal.

Immigration history check

International applicants, whether applying online via UCAS or through a UAL representative or by direct application, you will need to complete an immigration history check to establish whether you are eligible to study at UAL. If you do not complete the check, we will not be able to proceed with your application.

What happens next?

We will advise you of your application outcome through UCAS Track. If you are an International applicant and have applied directly or through an agent, we will notify you through the UAL Portal.

We invite all offer holders to come to LCC, from January onwards, to attend one of our Offer Holder events. Offer holders will have the chance to meet the team, find out more about the course, and see our diverse and vibrant student community in action.

Successful applicants will be guided through the rest of our admissions stages and towards enrolment on the course.

Deferring your place

If you are offered a place for 2019/20 but wish to defer to 2020/21, information on how to do this and who to contact can be found in your offer letter.

International applicants will have to pay a deposit in order to defer. In all cases, deferred places will be held for one year.

Fees & Funding

Home / EU Fee

£9,250 (2019/20).

Tuition fees for undergraduate degree courses have been set at £9,250 per year for full-time study. This applies from the 2019/20 academic year, subject to changes in the law. Tuition fees may increase in future years for new and continuing students, in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Please visit our Undergraduate tuition fees page for more information.

International Fee

£19,930 (2019/20).

Additional costs

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

Accommodation

Find out about the accommodation options available and how much they will cost.

Scholarships and Awards

There are a number of scholarships and awards available to students on this course. Use our search tool to find out more information.

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Careers and alumni

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

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