Press & Editorial Photography BA(Hons)
Develop sophisticated visual storytelling skills while working closely with industry professionals. From long-form documentary photography and breaking news to immersive multimedia pieces, bookmaking and web design, you’ll learn to tell visual stories in creative, fresh and engaging ways.
|Course Duration||3 years|
You’ll work on local, national and international assignments for a global audience, and build skills in digital, audio and analogue storytelling. Learning by doing, you'll undertake photo assignments and have the opportunity to go on international study trips and take on paid in-house work through our student-led creative agency MAYN. You’ll also undertake a work placement in your second year, while our strong professional connections mean you’ll work with leaders in the industry to develop your practice.
What our students do
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What our graduates do
Our graduates have directed their career paths towards roles in photojournalism, editing, curating, research, and publication.
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What you'll learn
From photography’s history and theories to essential technical and creative skills, you’ll learn what’s behind the everyday practises of photographers and publications. You’ll study practical modules, communication and copyright, magazine and layout production, and business operations.
Elements of photographic narrative
Histories, theories, practices and contexts of editorial photography and visual storytelling
Photographic narrative in context
Critical approaches to reading the image
We’ll explore theoretical studies alongside ethics, representation and media law. You’ll develop audio and multimedia skills, and promote your work in print, online and at an exhibition in London. We’ll also help you develop your professional network as you’ll complete a work placement and get the opportunity to study abroad.
Audio visual & multimedia
Media law, ethics & human rights
Cultural & critical context
On top of producing a multi-part developmental portfolio and completing your dissertation, you’ll work toward a final major project in a subject area and medium of your choice.
The modules above are those being studied by our students, or proposed new ones. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Course Leader.
How you'll learn
You’ll take on practical projects and build your portfolio, as well as complete essays, lectures and seminar presentations. Throughout the course you’ll have the chance to go on work placements in places like New York, Amsterdam and London, gain paid work at our in-house photo agency, and work with Rex/Shutterstock, Getty and Alamy. You’ll also have the opportunity to develop your technical skills through local and international study trips and workshops.
How you'll spend your time
Timetabled teaching and learning activity
Guided independent study
How you'll be assessed
- Continuous assessment with no formal examinations.
- Portfolios, presentations and essays.
- End of year project and exhibition.
You’ll learn from our team’s experience working with companies like the New York Daily News, The Sunday Times Magazine, Rex/Shutterstock, The Guardian Magazine, Marie Claire, and The South China Morning Post.
Some members of staff only teach on specific modules, and your course might not feature every member shown here.
With a background in photography education across the key stages, FH and HE I have...
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In 2009 I moved to Cornwall to study on the BA(Hons) Press & Editorial Photography course....
I joined Falmouth University in 2011. Prior to my appointment as course leader on Press &...
I studied photography and then documentary film making in the late 70's and after working as a...
I graduated from Manchester Metropolitan in 2007 with a First Degree Hons in BA Photography....
- 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
How to apply
104 - 120 UCAS points, primarily from Level 3 qualifications like A-Levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma, or a Foundation Diploma.
We’ll also consider you based on your individual merit and potential. So get in touch if:
- You’re predicted points below our requirements
- You’re thinking about transferring from another institution
- You have other qualifications or professional experience
GCSE English Language Grade 4 (C), or equivalent.
We also accept qualifications equivalent to the IELTS Academic 6.0 overall score, with at least 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.
If you need a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you’ll need to take an approved Secure English Language Test (SELT).
Apply via UCAS
Enter these codes at UCAS Apply and Track
- University code F33
- Course code WP65
UK/EU applications: 15 January
Late applications will be considered if there are places available.
International fee payers can apply after the deadline. But we recommend applying as early as possible, to make time for visa and travel arrangements.
You’ll need to submit an online portfolio to be considered, and if you receive an offer you’ll be invited to a post-offer visit day. Once you’ve applied, you’ll receive a Falmouth Applicant Portal login, where you’ll find more details about these requirements.
What we're looking for
We want someone who:
- Has visual skills, technical ability and engages with photographic narrative.
- Can communicate verbally and through writing.
- Knows about photographic history, contemporary practitioners and current affairs.
- Is curious about the world, and eager to explore through photography and storytelling.
Fees, costs & funding
Tuition fees 2019-20
£9,250 - full-time UK/EU
£15,000 - full-time international
Typical course costs
- £300 - Recurring annual costs
- £500-£700 - One off costs for the course duration (compulsory trips, final portfolios or shows, etc)
- £800-£1000 - Optional study visits and placements for the course duration
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