BA (Hons) Photojournalism (Full Time)

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This is a dynamic and diverse degree, designed in partnership with key industry figures.

You will develop your skills as a photojournalist through a rigorous and innovative programme of study that combines demanding photographic and multimedia assignments with an interdisciplinary grounding in critical theory. You will gain at least 120 hours of valuable work experience and develop an impressive portfolio.

Students work on industry-led workshops that feature real-time client briefs and will benefit from the distinctive range of opportunities offered to develop industry-relevant skills. The course’s innovative approach encourages students to develop a wider vision of the potential of photo…

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This is a dynamic and diverse degree, designed in partnership with key industry figures.

You will develop your skills as a photojournalist through a rigorous and innovative programme of study that combines demanding photographic and multimedia assignments with an interdisciplinary grounding in critical theory. You will gain at least 120 hours of valuable work experience and develop an impressive portfolio.

Students work on industry-led workshops that feature real-time client briefs and will benefit from the distinctive range of opportunities offered to develop industry-relevant skills. The course’s innovative approach encourages students to develop a wider vision of the potential of photojournalism. You will move beyond documentary and reportage forms to produce multimodal media projects in a range of exhibition forms and distribution modes – digital portfolio, exhibition, website, book and online magazine.

Emphasis is placed on the fact that in a networked society of Twitter, blogs and social networking, photojournalists, along with their print and broadcast colleagues, need to find new ways of telling stories.In line with the vision of the University, the course fuses academic rigour and professional practice. It starts from the premise that, as it deals with socio-political issues, photojournalism has a defining conceptual and ethical dimension. The theoretical programme combines a thorough grounding in relevant debates in the fields of philosophy, politics and media theory with an examination of the representation of war, conflict and crisis in literature and visual arts.

In the final year of the course, students, in negotiation with staff, initiate personal production projects that integrate creative practice and intellectual research.

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Industrial focus

In addition to the work placement scheme, Solent offers an extensive programme of high-profile guest lecturers. Recent speakers have included professionals from IPC Media, Bauermedia, Dennis Publishing, Ink Publishing, BBC, ITV News, Sky, The Independent, and numerous high-profile media personalities.

Course content

Year 1

Six core units:

  • Photojournalism: The Professional Context
  • History and Theory of Photojournalism
  • The Photojournalist’s Toolbox
  • Photojournalism: The Multi-Platform Approach
  • Introduction to Video and Photography
  • War, Conflict, Crisis and Culture.

Year 2

Five core units and two option units:

  • Producing the Package
  • Developing the Brand
  • Contemporary Photography Issues and Practices
  • Documenting Reality
  • Critical Perspectives.

Options:

  • Photography Practice
  • Persuasion and Propaganda
  • Layout and Design
  • Making Magazines
  • Fashion in Film and Fiction
  • Global Affairs
  • The Body, the Magazine and Difference
  • Fashion and Visual Merchandising
  • Health Journalism
  • Education Journalism
  • Magazine Production
  • Music and Society
  • Presenting Skills
  • Lifestyle Journalism
  • Introduction to Fashion and Styling
  • Music Journalism
  • Sports Journalism
  • Web Layout and Design
  • Fashion Strategy
  • The Sporting Image
  • News and Journalism
  • Curriculum Plus units.

Year 3

Five core units and two option units:

  • Dissertation
  • Life as a Freelance
  • Keeping it Legal
  • Photojournalism: Broadcast Production
  • Photojournalism: Major Production.

Options:

  • Fashion and Editorial Styling
  • Digital Photography
  • Reporting Politics
  • Fashion and Difference
  • Buying, Forecasting and Trend Analysis
  • The Fame Game
  • The Title Race
  • Advanced Visual Merchandising
  • Advancing Technology
  • Key Characters in Journalism
  • Science and Technology Journalism
  • Journalism in Film
  • Business Journalism
  • Travel Journalism
  • Changing the World
  • Writing Criticism
  • Investigative Journalism
  • Fashion and Styling
  • Creative Entrepreneurial Freelance Practice
  • Curriculum Plus units.

Why choose Solent?

  • An industry-standard study environment with access to the latest technology.
  • Opportunity to visit Paris, New York and the Far East for photojournalism project.
  • Key industry speakers on a weekly basis, plus established links with industry, providing regular ‘live’ briefs.
  • Solent is an exam centre for the National Council of Journalists, allowing you to sit NCTJ exams.

Assessment

Research projects, portfolios, presentations, essays, reflective journals, live briefs and simulated industry practical production.

Projects/work experience

In addition to the work placement scheme, live projects with real clients are an important feature of this course.

Key career skills

Photography, presentations, teamwork, creative thinking, analytical skills.

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