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Documentary Photography and Photojournalism MA

University of Westminster

Watford Rd, Harrow, HA1 3, London
Tel.+44 (0) 20 7911 5000

Current Status: Terminato
Course Type: Master Level:
Available Financing:
Tuition: 7.250 $ Duration y/mm: 0/12
Places Available: Credits:
Application Deadline: 15/09/2017 Admissions:
Start Date: 15/09/2017 End Date: 20/08/2018


This course provides a unique combination of professional practice and critical understanding for documentary photographers and photojournalists working in the field of editorial and contemporary media practice.
The course builds on the international stature of the photographic and journalism departments of the University. It is designed to equip you with a sound command of the working methods that will sustain a career grounded in photographic practice – whether as an editorial, commercial or art photographer, picture editor, curator or writer.

The course is especially useful for photographers, media professionals and graduates who wish to broaden their skills and knowledge in the field of editorial and documentary photography.


The emphasis of the course is on contemporary approaches to Documentary and editorial photography (including photo essays and single images for publication), picture editing, critical academic and journalistic writing,the production and design of a magazine, and the major project, as a substantial project, allowing the student to develop their own research and practice.

The primary course resources are those in the Margaret Harker Photographic Centre and J block video facilities, which are equipped to the highest professional standards for both analogue and digital production.

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course. For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the full course document on the master website.

Core modules, semester one

  • Photography for Publication
  • Documentary Storytelling- The pictures Story
  • History and Theory of The Published Page
  • Writing Photography

Core modules, semester two

  • Magazine Editorial Production
  • Writing Photography

Semester three

  • Major Project or Dissetation


You should possess, or be expecting, a good undergraduate degree or, exceptionally, previous relevant experience.
Your previous undergraduate degree does not need to be in film or media. You will need fluent written and spoken English to study at postgraduate level.

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.

Career Prospects

The course gives you a number of key skills that will make you highly employable in the media and publishing industries, whatever area you choose as your speciality, be it photography, book or magazine publishing or web-based publications.
You will create work of high standard to enhance your professional portfolio.


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