Press & Editorial Photography BA(Hons)
You’ll graduate from this fast-paced course as a visual storyteller, with an in-depth knowledge of both digital and analogue photography, as well as video and multimedia.
|Course Duration||3 years|
On this dynamic and responsive course, you’ll learn to shoot real-world photography with a clear sense of audience and purpose. From long-form documentary photography and breaking news, to immersive multimedia pieces, you’ll learn to tell visual stories in creative, fresh and engaging ways.
Our internationally renowned team will equip you with the skills and connections to succeed in the demanding and exciting world of Press and Editorial Photography.
- Work to briefs from the start while gaining valuable industry insight and technical know-how.
- Exhibit your work in London during the course’s annual professional week.
- Have full access to our cutting-edge open-plan facilities, studios, exhibition spaces and equipment, as well as being able to take advantage of fantastic locations across Cornwall.
- Get the opportunity for extensive local, national and international placements.
- Benefit from a programme of visiting lecturers and industry mentors.
What our students do
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Double-Whammy: Two Students Shortlisted for Photographer of the Year
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Student Selected for Photography Mentorship Programme
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Canon to Take Lucky Students to International Photo Festival
Four Press & Editorial Photography students have been selected to attend the International...
What our graduates do
Our graduates have directed their career paths towards roles in photojournalism, editing, curating, research, and publication.
Photographer Shortlisted for Regional Award
Press & Editorial Photography graduate Peter Flude has been shortlisted for this year's...
Photography Grad Becomes NatGeo Explorer
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Powerful Photography: Graduate Lands Job at Barcroft Media
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Falmouth Photographers Commissioned for National Celebration of Female MPs
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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.
From module information to course aims and assessment criteria, discover the full course details
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
The above percentages relate to 2019/2020 data.
- 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.
My undergraduate was in photographic communication from Falmouth Collage of Art and my teacher...
Gretchen has been the Director of Photography for both the New York Post and the New York...
My work as a photographer is rooted in classic photojournalism but since then I have developed a...
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....
I have worked as a professional photographer and photography educator for many...
- 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
Apply via UCAS
Ready to join us? If you're applying through UCAS Apply and Track, you'll need to reference the university and course codes below.
- University code: F33
- Course code: WP65
We consider all applications on their own individual merit and potential. We invite all applicants to an interview day or audition to give them the opportunity to demonstrate this along with what inspires and motivates them in their field. Applicants will also be able to show their portfolio or give a performance depending on the course. We welcome applications from all subject backgrounds, whether you’ve specialised in STEM, the arts or humanities.
As a guide our typical offer at undergraduate level is 104 – 120 UCAS Tariff points, primarily from Level 3 qualifications such as but not limited to A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma.
For applicants whose first language is English we require you to have or be working towards GCSE English Language Grade 4 (C), or equivalent.
If English is not your first language you will need to meet the same standard which is equivalent to the IELTS Academic 6.0 overall score, with at least 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. We accept a range of in country equivalencies and approved tests.
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). You can read our English Language Requirements for more information.
UK/EU applications: 15 January 2020 (for equal consideration)
Late applications will be considered if there are places available.
International fee payers can apply throughout the year. But we recommend applying as early as possible, to make time for visa and travel arrangements.
Interview information & application advice
How to Apply
Get application information including personal statement advice, interview tips and what to include in your portfolio.
What is a portfolio and how do you make one? Read our guide.
Personal Statement Guide
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Interview Information: Press & Editorial Photography BA(Hons)
Find out what to expect from your Press Editorial Photography interview.
After You Apply
Find out what happens after you apply to Falmouth and what you'll need to do.
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 2020-21
£9,250 - full-time UK/EU
£16,000 - full-time international
Tuition fees are set annually and are subject to review each year. The University may therefore raise tuition fees in the second or subsequent years of a course, in line with inflation and/or the maximum permitted by law or Government policy. Students will be notified of any changes as soon as possible.
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
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