Photojournalism (P5036)

15 credits, Level 4

Autumn teaching

This module introduces you to the skills, theory and ethics of photojournalism in the digital age. You will study the history of photojournalism and its differences from other forms of photography. You will learn how to handle a DSLR camera as well how to appreciate news photos critically. The emphasis is on photographic content, and you will produce photos from a variety of areas within photojournalism including news events, features and portraits. You will also examine the impact of the changing role of technologies, such as social media, the mobile phone, and Photoshop on photojournalism practice.


100%: Practical (Workshop)


100%: Coursework (Essay, Portfolio)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 117 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2022/23. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: