Press & Editorial Photography BA(Hons)

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Penryn Campus
3 years full-time
Direct line
01326 213730

Learn how to tell stories in fresh and engaging ways, from long form documentary photography and breaking news to interactive multimedia pieces. You'll develop to become a confident photographer, working on local, national and international assignments for a global audience.

Through this course, you'll build skills in digital, audio and analogue storytelling to gain the knowledge and understanding demanded by a career in editorial photography. Learning through doing, you'll undertake photojournalism assignments while also benefiting from opportunities for paid in-house work, local study trips and industry placements.


  • National and international work placements
  • Extensive professional facilities and equipment free to loan
  • Paid opportunities at our in-house photo agency
  • Industry connections with newspapers, magazines, agencies and international photographic organisations
  • Syndication opportunities with picture agencies Rex/Shutterstock and Alamy
  • Annual student exhibition and lecture series in London
  • Local study trips and workshops aimed at developing technical skills

How the course is taught

Teaching is based around practical project work and portfolio building, complemented by essays, lectures and seminar presentations. During the degree you’ll develop peer and self-evaluation skills to use in critical, conceptual, productive and professional capacities.

Course outline

The course is audience focused, incorporating journalism and embracing the new editorial landscape to prepare you for the changing future of visual communication. We're dedicated to giving you real photojournalism experience as well as the critical abilities to analyse your work, so that you graduate with the skills needed to shape your career.

During the course you'll be able to capitalise on our industry networks to seek out exciting opportunities. From work placements in New York, Amsterdam and London, to paid assignments, awards and international workshops, our students make names for themselves before they've even graduated.

What you'll do

Year 1

From day one you'll be immersed in the working practices of picture desks, agencies and successful press and editorial practitioners. In your 1st year you'll discover the technical and creative realities of your craft, while being supported by course staff to master the theory of reading the image, the history of the discipline and the fundamental elements of press and editorial business practice.

The 1st year allows you to engage in practical modules, complemented by important theoretical studies in communication and copyright. In addition, you'll also study practical magazine and layout production along with a module in business operations to prepare you for the industry.

  • Practice - Core skills development through practical projects
  • Professional Studies - Communication, copyright & business practice
  • Theory - Histories, practices and critical approaches to reading the image
  • Practice - Advanced skills in press and editorial photography
  • Narrative - Introduction to narrative models used by journalists and documentary makers

Year 2

Independence, exploration and experimentation will drive you through a multiple genre portfolio that will test your practice and professionalism, informing your place and direction within press and editorial photography. Theoretical studies alongside ethics, representation and media law as well as work placement support your development and your maturing photographic voice. 2nd year students are eligible to apply for study abroad through the Erasmus Programme.

Throughout your 2nd year you'll be supported in developing your professional position via print and online publications, exhibitions, work placements and effective social networking. You'll also enjoy a semester-long multimedia module that introduces you to audio collection and the broad skills required for creating broadcast quality storytelling.

  • Photography Practice - Genre and portfolio development
  • Professional Studies - Law, ethics and human rights
  • Contexts and Audiences - Narrative, genre and critical landscapes

Year 3

Ownership and autonomy are the qualities you'll develop in your 3rd year. Across both terms you'll be working on your final major project within the subjects of your choice, compiling a portfolio to launch you and your career beyond the course.

The considerable practical component is supported through your dissertation, critical review skills, honed business practice and focused outputs. This year will see you take ownership of your photographic identity, laying the foundations for your career in press and editorial photography.

  • Photographic Practice - Negotiated Portfolio
  • Dissertation
  • Photographic Theory - Critical review of practice


The multi-million-pound Institute of Photography offers professional facilities including:

  • Large professional-standard studios
  • Black & white and colour darkrooms
  • Fully colour-managed digital suites
  • Film and paper processing facilities
  • Digital training area with Adobe Software
  • Professional printing and mounting services
  • Photography store containing a wide range of equipment for loan


Our team are photographers and photojournalists active in the press and editorial industry. They have worked for companies such as the New York Daily News, The Sunday Times Magazine, Rex Features, The Guardian Magazine, Marie Claire and The South China Morning Post. They use their experience, knowledge and contacts to make sure our students get the best support and development for their careers.


  • Continuous assessment with no formal examinations
  • Portfolios, presentations and essays
  • End of year project and exhibition


  • Photojournalist, Editorial Photographer, Photographer
  • Picture Editor
  • Curator
  • Researcher
  • Multimedia Producer
  • Publication Designer
  • Portfolio career including teaching and postgraduate study

Work placements

In his 2nd year, 2015 graduate Tristan Potter secured a placement at Rex Features, which offered hands-on editing experience at a busy picture desk, leading to a full-time photographer role at SWNS, a major UK news agency.

Student Mentor Scheme

Falmouth's Student Mentor Scheme matches new starters with a second year student, to help you settle in and find your feet. Our student mentors are now on Facebook. To chat to a mentor about the course, living in Cornwall or what to expect at Falmouth, check out the Press & Editorial Photography group. You'll need to join the group before you can post.

If you don't have access to Facebook please email your name and proposed course to:

For more information about the application process, portfolios, interviews and selection days, please contact our admissions team using our enquiry form