BA (Hons) Documentary Photography

Since it was established by Magnum photographer David Hurn in 1973, BA (Hons) Documentary Photography has established itself internationally as one of the premier courses at which to study documentary photography. With over 100 years of photography teaching behind us, we have a long and distinguished history.

Our definition of ‘documentary’ is broad. It blends the traditions of documentary storytelling with the most exciting innovations in contemporary photography. On this Documentary Photography degree, you’ll learn how to think critically and independently, and you’ll gain the technical skills to communicate your ideas in the most effective way.

You will benefit from regular lectures from high-profile guests, masterclasses, and close professional associations with major institutions, galleries and publishing houses. You can also take part in project-led field trips, study abroad with our partner institutions, and work with staff on live research projects.

Our Documentary Photography students regularly win some of the industry’s most prestigious awards. Last year, these included Sam Ivin, winner in Student Work Category of PDN’s Photo Annual 2015; Yasmin Balai, second place in the IAFOR Documentary Photography Awards 2015 and Mira Andres, winner of the ESPY Award 2015. See more of our student’s recent work here.

Studying Documentary Photography in Cardiff, you’ll be a part of our inspiring creative community and have the chance to collaborate with other creative students such as journalists, artists, actors, writers and musicians. Follow Documentary Photography on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

What you will study

This world renowned Documentary Photography course blends the traditions of documentary and photojournalism with the most exciting innovations in contemporary photography.

In your first year you will learn to photograph confidently around subjects that really interest you and develop the research skills to complete picture essays on a wide range of contemporary subjects. There is also an opportunity to engage with emerging technologies in digital moving image.

As you progress into the second year you will initiate projects developed from your own interests and research, while reappraising documentary...

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The comprehensive photographic facilities include:

  • Professional standard analogue black and white and colour darkrooms and equivalent film processing areas
  • Dedicated digital photography suites are equipped with Apple Mac workstations and impressive high end scanning and printing facilities.
  • Comprehensive equipment loans via our dedicated media stores, including a range of cameras and lighting rigs. Our bookable studios have convenient, flexible access, as do our digital post-production spaces....
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Paul Reas, Documentary Photography Course Leader
Geraint Cunnick, Academic Subject Manager
Lisa Barnard, Senior Lecturer
David Barnes, Senior Lecturer
Colin Pantall, Senior Lecturer
Prof Mark Durden
Russell Roberts, Reader

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This course is taught at: Cardiff Campus


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Tuition Fees

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  • Full Time 3 Years Start Date: Sep 2016
    • Full Time 3 Years Start Date: Sep 2017

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