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University of the Arts London: Photojournalism and Documentary Photography

Institution University of the Arts London View institution profile
Department London College of Communication, University of the Arts London
Telephone 020 7514 6569
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Uniting rigorous research with an expansive photographic practice, MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography will help you extend your photographic vision to create powerful stories that resonate with your audience and transcend disciplinary boundaries. This course is taught at London College of Communication, at Elephant and Castle, part of University of the Arts London (UAL).

Why choose this course at London College of Communication

• You will develop your photographic practice on a four-step journey: a series of weekly assignments to refine your image-making; engaging in collaborative practice and working to briefs; rethinking your creative practice; and finding your personal vision via in-depth research for your major project. • Benefit from our extensive visiting lecture programme by leading photographers, artists and curators. • Learn from a team of committed academic staff, all working in the industry as photographers, writers, curators. • Have access to a range of facilities such as darkrooms, studios, printing - guided by our expert technicians. • Join a supportive and inclusive cohort of students from different backgrounds, as well as benefiting from the experience of our award-winning graduates.

What to expect

The course aims to equip students with a thorough grounding in the discipline, through lectures, seminars, workshops, and crits. In the first term, you will follow a rigorous programme of photographic assignments, leading to initiating and developing your own projects and areas of special interest as the course progresses.  All this takes place within the framework of the history and development of the medium, together with critical, ethical and theoretical contexts. You will be writing as well as photographing for every submission, and learning how to speak about your work in a professional context.

About London College of Communication

London College of Communication is for the curious, the brave and the committed: those who want to transform themselves and the world around them. Through a diverse, world-leading community of teaching, research and partnerships with industry, we enable our students to succeed as future-facing creatives in the always-evolving design, media and screen industries. The London College of Communication experience is all about learning by doing. Our students get their hands dirty and develop their skills through the exploration of our facilities and technical spaces. Students work on live briefs and commissions, with everything from independent start-ups and charities in Southwark, through to major global companies, including Penguin, the National Trust and Royal Mail, to name a few.


University of the Arts London


About University of the Arts London
University of the Arts London (UAL) is ranked 2 in the world for Art and Design in the 2021 QS World University Rankings®,  for the third year in a row.  

We have a track record for launching and furthering careers. Our graduates can be found in every part and at every level of the creative and cultural sectors, from heads of global businesses to self-employed …

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