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UDPHOTOJ - BA Photojournalism

Course Specification


Validation status Validated
Highest award Bachelor of Arts Level Honours
Possible interim awards Bachelor of Arts, Diploma of Higher Education, Certificate of Higher Education, Bachelor of Arts
Total credits for course 120
Awarding institution London Metropolitan University
Teaching institutions London Metropolitan University
School School of Computing and Digital Media
Subject Area Creative Technologies and Digital Media
Attendance options
Option Minimum duration Maximum duration
Full-time 3 YEARS  
Part-time Day 4 YEARS  
Course leader Victoria Neumark jones

About the course and its strategy towards teaching and learning and towards blended learning/e-learning

Students will be taught in practical interactive studios, lectures, seminars -in groups and in individual crit sessions. The course has a strong focus on professional practice and placements: all teachers are practitioners in journalism and photography. Students will be encouraged to make full use of social media and moving image as well as analogue and digital photography alongside emerging and converging platforms. Facilities will include photography studios, darkrooms, TV and radio studios and the journalism newsroom.

Course aims

The course aims to equip students with the skills required in the photography and journalism industries. Students will develop practical and research expertise which will enable them to position and understand their photographic and journalistic practice in the context of the contemporary industries.

The course aims to equip students with the analytical and critical skills essential to higher education, as well as the practical and technical skills of those who work within the documentary photography and journalism industries.

The course aims to help students develop the ability to research and evaluate data from all sources, including scholarly research. It further aims to help students develop interviewing skills for primary research.

The course aims to foster the skills of working autonomously and in groups, as well as the social skills needed to pitch and sell ideas, to present concepts convincingly to different audiences and to respond flexibly to critical input.

The course aims to foster individual learning and problem solving. The course further aims to develop resilient learners, who can evaluate and learn from their learning deficits.

The course aims to help students harness their creativity to produce, ultimately, work worthy of professional publication across any or all media platforms.

The course aims to fit students for further advanced study, should they so wish, in related fields.

Course learning outcomes

The following learning outcomes incorporate and depend on systematic understanding of the key aspects of the knowledge base of Photojournalism, including a coherent and detailed knowledge of some specialist areas in depth.

On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  • deploy accurately established techniques of analysis and enquiry within Photojournalism;
  • devise and sustain arguments, and/or to solve problems, using ideas and techniques, some of which are at the forefront of Photojournalism;
  • describe and comment upon particular aspects of current research, or equivalent advanced scholarship, in Photojournalism, recognising the uncertainty, ambiguity and limits of knowledge;
  • manage their own learning, and to make use of scholarly reviews and primary sources (for example, refereed research articles and/or original materials appropriate to Photojournalism;
  • apply the methods and techniques that they have learned to review, consolidate, extend and apply their knowledge and understanding, and to initiate and carry out projects;
  • critically evaluate arguments, assumptions, abstract concepts and data (that may be incomplete), to make judgements, and to frame appropriate questions to achieve a solution - or identify a range of solutions - to a problem;
  • communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences;
  • exercise initiative and personal responsibility, including decision-making in complex and unpredictable contexts;
  • undertake appropriate further training of a professional or equivalent nature

Principle QAA benchmark statements

Culture, Media and Communications

Assessment strategy

Course assessment will include coursework, essays, in class tests, presentations and practical personal projects.

Organised work experience, work based learning, sandwich year or year abroad

Progressive practical professional work placement is available with a mandatory work placement at level 5

Modules required for interim awards

See Course Structure

Arrangements for promoting reflective learning and personal development

Critical analysis and self-reflective evaluation are integrated across all modules and at all levels. Group work will also encourage peer evaluation.

Most journalism modules include an assessed self-evaluation, moderated by tutors and measured against class participation.

Arrangements on the course for careers education, information and guidance

Professional practice is integral to the course and there will be specialist workshops available across the course at all levels. Specific modules offer help in writing CVs, interview techniques, and work-ready behaviour.

Other external links providing expertise and experience

External speakers are integral to the delivery of the course. We also have a panel of journalism industry advises, who help shape the course to match the changing demands of convergent media.

Career opportunities

Photojournalists are increasingly in demand in the growing media sector. Careers open to you from this new undergraduate degree include press photography and promotional work, whilst potential employers are varied, 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 onto roles including Multimedia Journalists and Production Assistants. Companies they now work at include the BBC, the Turkish Radio Television Corporation and Hug Nivea Digital.

Entry requirements

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

You are also required to submit a 200-word article on a recent event that has affected your local area.

Suitable photojournalism applicants living in the UK will be invited to a portfolio interview. Applicants living outside the UK will be required to submit a portfolio of work via email.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Official use and codes

Approved to run from 2016/17 Specification version 1 Specification status Validated
Original validation date 09 Aug 2016 Last validation date 09 Aug 2016  
Sources of funding HE FUNDING COUNCIL FOR ENGLAND
JACS codes P500 (Journalism): 100%
Route code PHOTOJ

Course Structure

Stage 1 Level 04 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
MD4001 Creative Studio Practice 1 Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR TUE AM
          CITY AUT+SPR TUE AM
MD4002 Media Skills and Practice 1 Core 30 CITY AUT+SPR TUE PM
          NORTH AUT+SPR TUE PM
          CITY AUT+SPR MON AM
SJ4034 Journalism: History and Ideas Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR TUE AM
SJ4037 Writing Skills Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR THU AM

Stage 2 Level 05 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
SJ5005 Photojournalism genres Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR MON AM
SJ5033 Media Law and Ethics; Public Administration Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR THU AM
SJ5W78 Journalism Work Placement Core 15 NORTH SPR WED AM
SJ5034 Newsroom Production Option 30 NORTH AUT+SPR TUE AM
SJ5085 Photojournalism research methods Option 15 NORTH AUT MON PM
SM5066 Documentary Photography and Photography Journalism Option 15 NORTH AUT FRI AM

Stage 3 Level 06 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
MD6001 Project Development Workbook Core 30 CITY AUT+SPR TUE AM
MD6002 Major Studio Project Core 30 CITY AUT+SPR THU AM
SJ5W78 Journalism Work Placement Core 15 NORTH SPR WED AM
SJ6034 Creating Packages Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR WED AM
SJ6074 Arts Journalism Option 15 NORTH SPR FRI AM
SJ6077 Sports Journalism Option 15        
SJ6080 Campaigning Journalism Option 15 NORTH AUT TUE AM
SJ6086 Fashion Writing and Reporting Option 15 NORTH AUT FRI PM
SJ6P35 Journalism Project Option 30 NORTH AUT+SPR WED PM
SM5066 Documentary Photography and Photography Journalism Option 15 NORTH AUT FRI AM