Photography Degrees


USW Photography and Documentary Photography courses have a reputation for excellence within industry


Top in Wales for assessment in Film Production and Photography (Guardian University Guide 2024)

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Taught by world-leading photographers and photojournalists for over 100 years

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Students and alumni have worked with The National Trust, Samsung UK, The New York Times and National Geographic

100% of BA (Hons) Photography students at USW were satisfied with their course. (National Student Survey 2024).


Capturing Tomorrows

Do you see life differently to other people? Can you capture moments and tell stories in a single image? If so, you could join the ranks of our graduates who work as professional photographers and photojournalists worldwide.

With courses in Photography and Documentary Photography, USW has gained a national and international reputation for excellence. We’ve taught Photography for over 100 years, and our Photography / Documentary Photography courses are widely regarded as world-leading.

You’ll find world-class photography studios on campus and a community of passionate people engaged in shaping the future of visual culture.

USW’s European Centre for Documentary Research provides a focus in Wales for high quality research in photography and film.

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Amber On Rocks By Laurie Broughton

Photo credit: Laurie Broughton, BA (Hons) Documentary Photography Student

Great Facilities

Photography facilities

We have two large photography studios and specialist technical support on-site with expertise in lighting and set up, so you'll have all you need for a professional photography shoot. We also have two digital labs - one to scan and process images and the other for printing.

Taught by Experts

taught by experts

You will be taught by world-leading photographers, photojouranlists, writers and curators through a series of lectures, seminars and technical workshops which will encourage you to develop new ways of thinking about your practice.

Unique Opportunities

unique opportunities

From study exchange schemes, travelling overseas or working with industry. Photography students and alumni have worked with companies including Wyatt-Clarke+Jones, the National Trust & Samsung UK. Documentary Photography students and alumni have worked with prestigious news agencies, including The New York Times, National Geographic and Time Magazine.

Photography Courses

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Putting the spotlight on our students

Each year we take time to celebrate the work of our Faculty of Creative Industry students through a festival called 'Gradfest'.

This dedicated festival is home to project work, blogs, videos, social posts and so much more from our Photography students.

Students from across the university have the opportunity to showcase their work to the masses and take pride in doing so. 

Take a look at what our students have worked on over the past year by viewing the Gradfest 2022 Photography website page.

Elliw Higham Feast Project

Photo credit: Elliw Higham, BA (Hons) Photography Student


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Discover the 'Diff

Cardiff is a modern capital city that will surprise you.

It’s the UK’s fastest growing major city and has been multicultural and cosmopolitan from the start. Here, you’ll find an amazing quality of life, more green space per person than any UK city, and fantastic people.

Cardiff is one of the most affordable cities in the UK too, so it’s perfect for cash-strapped students. There’s always something happening or new places to discover. From shopping and live sport to music, arts and history, there’s something for everyone and great company to do it with.

Cardiff is a popular student city that knows how to enjoy itself. Wherever you turn, you’ll find somewhere to eat, drink or dance the night away.


Explore USW

Join us at an open day or live event and discover the opportunities waiting for you at the University of South Wales. 

You'll have the chance to explore our campuses at Cardiff, Newport or Pontypridd, meet academic staff and current students, learn about life at USW and student money, and take part in interactive activities related to your course. 

For those who can't attend an on-campus event, we run online and on-demand events. There's plenty of ways to discover what USW is all about.

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Apply to USW

Ready to apply? We can't wait to welcome you to the #USWFamily. You can apply via UCAS or USW.


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