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Course summary

Explore the traditions of documentary storytelling along with the most exciting innovations in contemporary photography, print design and production

  • Delivered by boomsatsuma, Bristol, in partnership with the Royal Photographic Society.
  • Distinctive, sector-leading and practice-based curriculum design derived from current trends, and focusing on future growth.
  • Emphasis on creativity, learning in context, professional practice, specialist technical skills and project development.
Taught by boomsatsuma at Tobacco Factory in Bristol. Our exciting, innovative Documentary Photography and Print course offers a new approach to photographic education. Created with leading industry partners, this course will equip you with an expanded and interdisciplinary art practice, place you in the heart of the professional world and give you the skills, knowledge and networks to start a career in this fast-paced industry. You’ll explore a wide range of skills, gaining an in-depth knowledge of photography and cinematography, along with graphic and interactive design, 3D imaging, photobook making and virtual reality sequences - all of which will boost your employability within the industry. You’ll learn how to think critically and articulate independent ideas through making work, as you engage with theories of art, representation and culture.


In your first year you'll receive an introduction into the production of photographic projects. You’ll learn how to design and shoot your first major project and experience how professional photographers approach commissions for publication. In your second year you'll work with real clients to level up your photographic and professional skills. You'll also discover ways to showcase your projects to the world through exhibitions, magazines and photobooks. In your third year you'll design and build your final photographic project ready for graduation, publication and exhibition. Explore your own specific research interests in the fields of photography, design and print production through the creation of your dissertation.

Assessment method

This course is a mirror of industry. You’ll be working on projects constantly, completing self-devised, in-house and live client briefs as well as building the wider creative skills necessary for a career in the contemporary photography world. Creativity is at the heart of what we do. There are no exams and you will be assessed purely on the work required in each module.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

120 Level 4 credits from an equivalent qualification.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Documentary Photography and Print at Bath Spa University - UCAS