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BA (Hons) Journalism with Photography

A picture tells a thousand words. With this degree, you can make that happen.

In partnership with Fotonow

Entry requirements

Three A-levels at grades CCC or above.

Or BTEC triple grades MMM or above.

Or Access 23-45 D/M with min 6D.

And GCSE English Language at grade 4 or grade C or above.

An interview is required.



UCAS points 96

UCAS code JPT1

Duration Three years full time

Course Summary

Reporting the news accurately and with a passion for the truth is essential in turbulent political times. On our BA (Hons) Journalism with Photography you'll work with the other Journalism students, learning all the relevant skills of modern journalism, but with a distinct focus on photography.

Editors are aware that the right picture sells a story and are looking for people with the right skillset to capture this. To help you develop those skills we partner with Fotonow, specialists in photography for social interest stories. You will also develop powerful writing, editing, film-making and people skills.

You'll benefit from our close-knit industry links. You'll train in our own studio, The Workshop, on the BBC campus in Plymouth, as well as the Fotonow studio and in our on campus media centre.

Why this course at Marjon?

Close industry links including working at our studio on the BBC campus in Plymouth.

24/7 access to media facilities and borrow kit for free.

Current journalists and experienced academics teaching you.

Industry links providing work and classroom experience.

Dynamic community based photography projects where you learn through doing.

Small teams where staff can really help you to develop your work.

Modules for this course

Course Snapshot

In first year you will learn about the fundamentals of journalism and working in the media. You will learn the technical skills to capture great photos and look at how good photos make good stories. In second year you will learn advanced camera techniques with a focus on documentary photography and digital storytelling. In third year you will learn about photography in marketing, magazine production and take on a dissertation project.
Sarah McAdam - Course Leader


This course is perfect if you're curious about

What impact can photography and storytelling have on communities?

How can I tell important stories through photography?

How is journalism changing to adapt to the digital age?

What do you want to tell the world?

What can you see that no one else has spotted?

How do I create breaking news stories?

What might you become?

You might become a journalist or photo-journalist working locally, nationally or internationally, with a particular focus on telling stories through photography. Your skills would be transferable to many industries but particularly marketing or events.

In partnership with:


Fotonow is a Plymouth based social enterprise, they specialise in community focused photography and film projects that drive social action. They work across the South West on a wide array of projects.

How you’ll be taught and assessed?

How will you be taught?

Teaching includes practical, workshops and seminars.

How will you be assessed?

This course is 100% coursework.

Course leader

Sarah McAdam

Sarah McAdam is a journalist and photographer with a wide range of experience from shooting bands and gigs, documentary projects and editorial material for magazines. Her specialism is in documentary photography and sound as a way of telling stories.

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Fees and funding

Fees UK students: £9,250 per annum

Fees for International students: £12,000 per annum

Funding available for this course


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