Press & Editorial Photography BA(Hons)

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Penryn Campus
3 years full-time
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01326 254350

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

Fees, Costs and Funding

Tuition fees 2018-19

£9,250 - full-time UK/EU

£15,000 - full-time international

Typical course costs

£500 - Recurring annual costs

£170 - One off costs for the course duration (compulsory trips, final portfolios or shows, etc)

£875 - Optional study visits and placements for the course duration

Additionally, if you need to bring equipment or materials with you, these will be outlined in your Welcome Letter

The figures above don't include accommodation and living costs


For information about funding available, please visit our undergraduate funding page

How to Apply

You'll need to apply via UCAS using university code F33, and course code WP65

Find out what we are looking for in a successful applicant for this course.


All UK/EU applications must be made through UCAS by 15 January. Late applications will be considered if there are places available on the course.

International fee payers may apply after the deadline but are encouraged to apply as early as possible, to have plenty of time to make visa and travel arrangements.

Course-specific tasks

This course requires all eligible applicants to submit an online portfolio to be considered for a place on the course.

Once you've applied we'll email you with a personal login for the Falmouth Applicant Portal where you will see more information about these requirements. 

Successful applicants will then be invited to attend an interview. For details on what to expect and how to prepare, read our course interview information.

Entry Requirements

A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points for entry to undergraduate courses, primarily from Level 3 equivalent qualifications such as A levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma.

You can check how many points your qualifications are worth using the online UCAS Tariff Calculator
Due to the creative nature of our courses, you will be considered on your own individual merit and potential to succeed. We encourage you to get in touch if you are predicted points below this range, thinking about transferring from another institution, or if you have other qualifications or professional experience as we may be able to consider you. More information is available on our Apply page
English language requirements
You must have a minimum of Grade 4 (or C) or above in GCSE English Language, or equivalent, for entry to our undergraduate courses.
If English is not your first language, we accept a range of recognised language qualifications that are equivalent to the IELTS Academic minimum score of 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you must take an approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) to fulfil government visa requirements. Please read more about language requirements on our Apply page
Our Applicant Services team are here to help you with advice and guidance throughout your application journey. We invite you to contact them with any questions you may have.
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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.

How you'll spend your time 

YearTime spent in timetabled teaching and learning activityTime spent in guided independent studyTime spent on placements

How you'll be assessed 

Year   Assessment by written exams                                                        Assessment by practical exams                           Assessment by coursework     

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 one

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 two

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 three

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

Take a virtual tour of our facilities


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

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 mentors can be reached on the Press & Editorial Photography BA(Hons) Facebook group

They'll help with topics like living in Cornwall, what to expect at Falmouth, and the course itself.

Also worth a look are additional groups that offer assistance for LGBTQ studentsdisabled studentsmature studentsinternational students, and Cornish locals

You'll need to join the groups before you can post. If you don't have access to Facebook, please email your name and proposed course to