BA (Hons) Photojournalism

On this dynamic and specialist Photojournalism degree, you will learn how to operate as a professional photojournalist across different platforms, including newspapers and magazines, industry assignments, social media, marketing and PR. Our graduates have advanced communication skills and know how to tell stories using any media. Our Photojournalism degree is heavily project-based, and the majority of projects involve working with industry. From the day you start, you’ll work on practical projects to tight deadlines. Digital photography and social media feature prominently, with students encouraged to go out into the local community, engaging with people and becoming confident, effective communicators.

The photojournalism course covers news photography, short-form documentary film, reportage and journalism skills, and students are sent out on assignments from the very start. You’ll cover news events, cultural and community events, celebrity events, and breaking news. There is an emphasis on developing your ability to communicate stories through a variety of visual approaches, and to create work for different formats and media platforms. Studying Photojournalism in Cardiff, you’ll have the chance to collaborate with other creative industry students such as actors, dancers, writers and musicians.

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UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
WP65 Full-time 3 Years September Cardiff (ATRiuM) B
UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
WP65 Full-time 3 Years September Cardiff (ATRiuM) B

Our Photojournalism degree places a strong emphasis on the development of communication skills, and the ability to communicate a story through a variety of formats and media platforms.

Year One - Photojournalism degree

  • Journalism Practice
  • Photographic Practice: Subject and Sequence
  • Photojournalism and Social Media
  • Law Ethics and Photojournalism
  • Collaborative Practice

Year Two - Photojournalism degree

  • Specialist Photographic Practice: Narrative, Documentary and Journalism
  • Professional Practice
  • Photojournalism Theory: Historical and Contemporary Practice
  • Negotiated Practice (Photojournalism)
  • Work Experience
  • Creative Industries Collaborative Practice

Year Three - Photojournalism degree

  • Professional Practice
  • Critical Research in Photography
  • Contemporary Development in Photojournalism
  • Major Project (Photojournalism)


Teaching on the Photojournalism degree is highly practical, complimented by group learning sessions providing opportunity for discussion and reflection.

A variety of different learning and teaching methods are utilised including, lectures, workshops, case studies, presentations and group work; in addition to guest speakers from industry. We have a live digital picture desk, and you’ll be supported to work with external photo agencies such as Alamy.

The photojournalism course will provide opportunities to take part in group trips to photography festivals, and to document places or events of key interest.


Assessment consists of regular coursework submissions throughout the duration of the course, in addition to examinations in some areas.


This photojournalism course is not currently accredited by a professional body.


Entry criteria detail typical offers but USW considers all applications on an individual basis which means that we could make offers based on qualifications, personal profile and experience. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable.


An interview and portfolio are required. Your portfolio should provide evidence of your ability in the field. You may also be asked to provide examples of ‘behind the scenes’ work, such as research material or a workbook, to show how your ideas were researched and developed. You will be asked to discuss your portfolio, and to talk about your interest in the subject. If you have any examples of formal writing, it might be helpful to bring these and inform the tutor, so that you can discuss them.

Typical A-Level Offer

BCC - CDD to include a relevant subject (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C/D in the Skills Challenge Certificate and BC - CD at A Level with a relevant subject (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass in a relevant subject (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical IB Offer

Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with higher grades of between 655-445 to include a relevant higher subject (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points)

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass the Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits overall – the credits should equate to between 106-80 UCAS tariff points (examples below)

45 Level 3 credits equating to 15 Distinctions, 24 Merits and 6 Passes in a relevant subject (106 UCAS Tariff Points)

45 Level 3 credits equating to 12 Distinctions, 6 Merits and 27 Passes in a relevant subject (80 UCAS Tariff Points)

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances

International Entry Requirements

We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.

English Requirements

In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.

However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.

This course is eligible under the Enhanced Learning Credits scheme for Ex-Armed Forces personnel.

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU:  £9000 
  • Full-time International:  £12300 

August 2019 - July 2020 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU. 

Admissions statement

By the time you graduate from the Photojournalism degree, you’ll be an independent thinker with the ability to work internationally. You’ll also have built up two to three years’ of work experience in photography and photojournalism, and you’ll know how to deal with clients and work in a professional manner.

You could pursue a career as a freelance photojournalist, fashion, sports or music journalist, in marketing, PR and social media.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.