An Honours degree in a relevant subject, or a professional or academic qualification recognised as equivalent to an Honours degree. If you do not have the required qualifications, but do have professional experience, you may be eligible to gain credit for previous learning and experience through the Accreditation of Prior and Experiential Learning (APEL) i.e. professional experience or a combination of courses and work experience.
Graduates of all disciplines may apply, although most students have a background in arts and humanities. You must be inquisitive, self-motivated and passionate about a career in photojournalism or documentary photography. Relevant professional experience or work experience in the industry is increasingly important.
Candidates without a first degree can be accepted onto the course if they can demonstrate past professional or life experience equivalent to a first degree. Your experience is assessed as a learning process and tutors will evaluate that experience for currency, validity, quality and sufficiency.
English Language requirements
IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required on this course. If your first language is not English you should check you have achieved the correct IELTS level in English. Further information is available on our Support for International Students page. International Applicants, please visit our International Applications page for further details regarding International Admissions.
All applicants will be expected to submit an electronic portfolio, on CD, memory stick, or via a website, along with their application form, with all work clearly annotated and labelled. Your portfolio should include a maximum of six projects and supporting material, consisting of 25 - 30 photographs of a documentary or journalistic nature on a related theme. This should demonstrate evidence of an ability to work on a project over a sustained period of time and in an intimate and involved way.
Should you be invited to interview subsequent to your application, you will need to present two story proposals/ideas, one for a small local project and one for a larger, more in depth one. We would be interested in how you think and research ideas and your commitment to following an in-depth approach. In addition: All candidates will be expected to outline their major project ideas in the application. This should describe the area of interest - the field of study and the particular focus of their intended work across the year. This should include an overview of how you intend to go about producing the project - the methodology. It is important to recognise that these ideas will inevitably develop and change across the year of study on the course and only serve to inform your application at this stage.
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A practical, cutting-edge masters course with an international reputation, designed for aspiring photojournalists and documentary photographers.
Photojournalists and documentary photographers explore and record human experience. Beginning with Henri Cartier-Bresson (regarded as the father of modern photojournalism), they have recorded significant moments in history, documented unfolding news and created images that have gained iconic status. Central to their work is the telling of a story through images.
This internationally-recognised course is aimed at people who want to pursue a career in photojournalism or documentary photography. The aim is to equip students with a thorough grounding in the discipline, whether through film or digitally-based photography. You will follow a rigorous programme of photographic assignments, as well as initiating and developing your own projects and areas of special interest. 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 encouraged to develop a wider vision of the practice and potential of the medium through exploration of the uses of documentary and reportage photography in magazines, portfolios, exhibitions, books, television, online and other multimedia areas.
This course is taught within the School of Media
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