University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Photojournalism & Documentary Photography (Swansea College of Art) University of Wales Trinity Saint David Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

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Studying Photojournalism & Documentary photography at Swansea gives you the opportunity to be part of a vibrant, innovative course with a passion for photography at its core.

Photography can change the way we look at and perceive the world. Using image and text, exhibitions, moving image/multimedia, and applying journalistic principles to assigned briefs and self-initiated ideas, you will develop the ability to interpret and understand the role images play in defining society and our relationships with each other.

As well as photojournalism, our graduates go on to a wide range of successful careers, including editorial and commercial photography, picture editing and research, curating, publishing, journalism and teaching.

Course details


The modular structure allows engagement with a wide range of relevant assignments that will develop your visual ability, but also theory, research and transferable skills. Students have the opportunity to apply to study abroad for part of their second year. Modules include: Photography Production; Documentary Practice; Visual Studies; Ways of Thinking; Photojournalism in Context; Individual Practice; Ways of Perceiving; Developing a Unique Voice; Collaborative Photographic Practice; Visual Enquiry; Creative Research; Contemporary Narratives; Professional Photographic Practice; Research Practices; Marketing & Self Promotion; Advanced Creative Enquiry; Major Project and External Liaison; and, Dissertation.

Assessment method

Assessment is carried out through coursework, both written and practical. There are no exams on this course. Students are formatively assessed throughout a module; summative assessment takes place at the end of a module. Teaching and learning methods:


Often to introduce the fundamental concepts at the start of projects.

Group tutorials

Occasionally with whole classes, usually with 5 or so students, to encourage the sharing of ideas and introduce the principles of group critique.

Individual Tutorials

An advantage of our small class groups – more prevalent at Levels 5 and 6. Students benefit from focused in-depth discussion about their work with a range of tutors.


Often the preferred method of assessment at Level 4, allowing contributions from the rest of the cohort and a development of critical discussion that will continue across the 3 years of the course.


Delivered to teach specific skills to students, group size will depend on subject can include project work. Not always formally marked but a necessary to ensure that skill development feeds into your practice.


Formal presentations by students to peers and staff are used for research and development through to finished work. The presentation is an ideal vehicle for developing individual confidence and transferable skills.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code J316
Institution code T80
Campus name Dynevor, Swansea
Campus code V

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 120 points Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications and portfolio of work.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,000 Year 1
EU £9,000 Year 1
International £11,500 Year 1
England £9,000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,000 Year 1
Scotland £9,000 Year 1
Wales £9,000 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Provider information

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University of Wales Trinity Saint David
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SA31 3EP

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0300 500 5054