MA in Documentary Photography and Photojournalism


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Program Description

Course summary

The course explores documentary photography and photojournalism as exciting and expanding mediums, through a combination of practice-based teaching and discussion of critical contexts.
We take each applicant on their own merit. This can include students of documentary photography or photographers in general who are interested in specialising in this area and developing their practice.
Also welcome are artists who wish to focus their activities on more social practice, and individuals from other disciplines, who wish to explore the subject area at a post-grad level.
The Documentary Photography and Photojournalism MA allows students to explore society through a photographically-related practice and within critically-informed ways that maintain connections with the issue, yet also consider fresh visual approaches to the subject matter.
We explore the idea that documentary practice and photojournalism are situated within their own histories and may take many forms in the 21st Century.

Course structure

All modules involve classroom teaching, tutorials, seminars, workshops, group work and your own fieldwork and are designed to equip you with advanced ways of working and negotiating your practice. We take the view that the work you make from the beginning of your studies with us is the potentially valid currency for external use.

We encourage you to explore the production of a body of documentary/photojournalistic works through the development of personal practice in the real world by:

  • Creating an informal learning agreement which emphasises a real-world engagement
  • Exploring appropriate responses to given situations
  • Exploration of documentary and photojournalistic methods
  • Challenging expectations.

Students choose from the modules below acquiring 180 credits to complete the course and choose from either Final Major Project or Dissertation as their final module.

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Core Modules
  • Independent Practice
  • The Photo Book
  • History and Theory of the Published Page
  • Writing Photography
  • Orientation
  • Final Major Project
  • Dissertation
Optional modules
  • Contemporary Debates
  • Photography and Aesthetics


Career path

The emphasis of the course is on the development of your work, through experimentation, and knowledge creation as understood within contemporary approaches to documentary and photojournalistic practice.

In addition, technical skills are acquired enabling the photographic production of works and involving competent use of a variety of hardware, software, including Premiere editing software, InDesign, advanced Photoshop and so on.

As well as photographic skills, the MA involves the development of various other areas such as management of large and small scale projects, direction, curating, facilitatory methods (such as in educational or community roles), advocacy, and experience of the group and collaborative working.

Our priorities are that we hope that our graduating student will be able to function as a still photographer, documentary film-maker, artist and/or writer. We would imagine our graduate to be a well-rounded and confident individual with adaptability, facilitating new ways of seeing.

Career development centre

Our Career Development Centre has just been shortlisted for the Best University Careers Service in the National Undergraduate Employability Awards for 2017.

With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we are here to help you succeed.

In 2015–16, we helped over 1,500 students find work placements across a range of sectors, with 250 employers attending 14 on-campus skills and careers fairs.

As a Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.

We can help you:

  • find work placements related to your course,
  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience,
  • find international opportunities to enhance your employability,
  • market yourself effectively to employers,
  • write better CVs and application forms,
  • develop your interview and enterprise skills,
  • plan your career with our careers consultants,
  • meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events throughout the year.

Last updated Mar 2020

About the School

The University of Westminster is a dynamic international education institution with a distinguished 175-year history. With three campuses in central London (Cavendish, Marylebone and Regent) and one i ... Read More

The University of Westminster is a dynamic international education institution with a distinguished 175-year history. With three campuses in central London (Cavendish, Marylebone and Regent) and one in Harrow, it is home to over 20,000 students from over 150 nations. Read less