BA (Hons) Photojournalism


On this dynamic and specialist degree you’ll learn the technical and professional skills to operate as a professional photojournalist.

We offer you the chance to be current, innovative and free thinking. You’ll learn how to be technically proficient, handle digital work flows confidently, investigate stories, think on your feet, and how best to explore your personal interests through visual storytelling.

This degree has modules in Press and PR photography as well as short and long form documentary photography and film. The course also includes modules in journalism, multi-media and social media. We primarily teach through a range of live briefs and classroom workshops.

By covering news, sports, cultural and community events alongside breaking news, you will learn communicate stories through a variety of visual approaches across different media platforms. There is also space in the timetable to work on long form film and photography features and documentary projects.

 The course also offers the opportunity to collaborate with departments across the University and work on external commissions. After three years study our students leave USW industry ready – with experience of current working practices, a strong technical skill base, a refined portfolio and confidence in their own abilities.

As we are a small cohort we are able to work one to one with our students to prepare them for industry. Our graduates have gone on to find employment in the newspaper and magazines industry, film production and in social media, marketing and PR roles.

Interested in learning more? Please take a look at our magazine BA Photojournalism: Stories in Pictures which explains more:

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2021/22 update: Blended learning approach for USW courses.

[Update excludes online-only courses].

The wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering all of our courses and services as safely as possible. Due to the pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to further change through the course of your study if such change is necessary due to public health concerns, health and safety guidance or in response to Government Guidelines. USW is committed to providing you with a fantastic student experience and a wealth of support, and you can hear how students have benefitted from this approach here: Learn more about blended learning.

UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
WP65 Full-time 3 Years September Cardiff (ATRiuM) B

Our Photojournalism degree places a strong emphasis on the development of communication skills, and the ability to communicate a story through a variety of formats and media platforms.

Year One - Photojournalism degree

  • Practical Journalism Introduction
  • Photographic Practice: Subject & Sequence
  • Publishing for Photojournalism
  • Law Ethics and Photojournalism
  • Fundamentals of Photography for Press & PR

Year Two - Photojournalism degree

  • Specialist Photographic Practice: New Media, Visual Journalism
  • Specialist Photographic Practice: Short form Documentary film
  • Professional Practice
  • Photojournalism Theory: Historical and Contemporary Practice
  • Refining Practice: Negotiated Project
  • Work Experience / Placement
  • Collaborative Practice: Live Briefs

Year Three - Photojournalism degree

  • Professional Practice
  • Critical Research in Photojournalism
  • Contemporary Development in Photojournalism
  • Major Project (Photojournalism)


Subject to revalidation
This course is subject to revalidation, this means it is under review as part of the University’s standard quality assurance and enhancement processes. Course and module content is indicative and may change through the revalidation process. As soon as the course is revalidated, the details will be confirmed and published on the University website. 
In the unlikely event the course does not go ahead as planned, or is significantly amended, we will write to inform you. If this happens, we’ll help you to find a suitable alternative course either at USW or at another provider. 


Teaching on the Photojournalism degree is highly practical, complimented by group learning sessions providing opportunity for discussion and reflection.

A variety of different learning and teaching methods are utilised including, lectures, workshops, case studies, presentations and group work; in addition to guest speakers from industry. We have a live digital picture desk, and you’ll be supported to work with external photo agencies such as Alamy.

The photojournalism course will provide opportunities to take part in group trips to photography festivals, and to document places or events of key interest.


Assessment consists of regular coursework submissions throughout the duration of the course, in addition to examinations in some areas.


This photojournalism course is not currently accredited by a professional body.


Entry criteria detail typical offers but USW considers all applications on an individual basis which means that we could make offers based on qualifications, personal profile and experience. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable.


Applicants in the UK

Selection for this course is based on a suitable application and attendance at an interview with successful outcome. You may also be required to provide a portfolio of your work prior to attending interview where your course requires this, and full details of what is required will be provided once your application has been processed.

Applicants outside the UK

Selection for this course is based on a suitable application and submission of a portfolio of your work which the Course Leader confirms is suitable for an offer to be made.

Typical A-Level Offer

BCC - CDD (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C/D in the Skills Challenge Certificate and BC - CD at A Level (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass in a relevant subject (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical IB Offer

Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum score of 29 overall including 5 or above in English at standard level

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass the Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 80 UCAS tariff points

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics/Numeracy and English at Grade C or Grade 4 or above, or their equivalent, but consideration is given to individual circumstances

International Entry Requirements

We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.

English Requirements

In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.

However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

Find out how to pay your tuition fees in full or by payment plan.

This course is eligible under the Enhanced Learning Credits scheme for Ex-Armed Forces personnel.

International Scholarships are available for self-funding international students.

August 2022 - July 2023 Fees

  • Full-time UK: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) £600 - £800
Basic Camera Kit One DSLR body. Nikon or Canon are the industry standard and the University support both brands. If you are planning to buy a camera in the foreseeable future please speak to the course team before you do so as we can help you get the best kit for your money.
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) * £0 - £30
Class 10 card for Moving Image
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) * £0 - £30
Two SD cards (4GB minimum)
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) £0 - £60
Storage / hard drive The University provides this at no cost but we recommend you back up in 2 places as a minimum (not including your computer) so consider external hard drives, dropbox, iCloud etc. Amazon Prime offer free photo storage for Prime members, with discounts for student membership.
Kit and Equipment £0 - £150
Various items of small kit to aid with your work across the 3 years
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) £500 - £2500
Laptop (Mac or PC) You do not need your own computer for the course as our computer suites are open access. However, you may find it useful to have your own PC/Mac with the Adobe Suite on.
Other: Software £50 - £120
Adobe students Photography subscription (£9.99 a month) or a non Adobe package such as SkyLum Luminar or Affinity Photo (one off cost of around £50)

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU. 

Admissions statement

By the time you graduate from the Photojournalism degree, you’ll be an independent thinker with the ability to work internationally. You’ll also have built up two to three years’ of work experience in photography and photojournalism, and you’ll know how to deal with clients and work in a professional manner.

You could pursue a career as a freelance photojournalist, fashion, sports or music journalist, in marketing, PR and social media.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.