BA (Hons)

Documentary Photography and Print. 


Discover a new approach to photographic education through an exciting and innovative use of photography, cinematography, print design and production.

  • Delivered by the award-winning Samuel Fordham and Jamie E Murray in proud partnership with The Royal Photographic Society.

  • Build an expanded, interdisciplinary art practice to increase your employability upon graduation.

  • Emphasis on specialist technical skills and professional practice to identify and help you succeed in your future career.

Our brand new (BA Hons) Documentary Photography and Print programme has been co-created with our leading industry partners to place you in the heart of the professional world and give you the skills, knowledge and networks to start a career in this exciting and fast-paced industry.

You will explore the history and future of documentary storytelling and develop specialist skills in both photography and cinematography, engaging in the production of long-term photographic projects and documentary cinema. Crucial to the programme is the introduction of cross-functional skills, where you will gain in-depth knowledge of graphic and interactive design, 3D imaging, photobook making and virtual reality sequences to further increase your employability within the industry.

We cap our annual intake of students to twenty, placing emphasis on tailored student tuition and giving you the time, space and support to grow into your identified future career.


HOW LONG? Three years   WHERE? Tobacco Factory, Southville, Bristol   UCAS CODE BS06   


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course overview.

You will develop critical understanding in the creation of both photographic and cinematic documentary projects. Through the continual creation of short assignments, semester and year-long projects, you will gain detailed knowledge, along with the skills, techniques and processes necessary for employment in the industry. To prepare you for the professional working environment, the course is structured over four days.

Cross-functional skills equip you with a wider, interdisciplinary skillset, ranging from book making, graphic design, interaction design, 3D imaging and virtual reality sequences.

Block weeks introduce you to collaborative practice, giving you the freedom to experiment and take risks whilst also building your professional network of photographers and artists working on the international scene.

Through our industry partner, The Royal Photographic Society, you will engage with the varied events and exhibitions programme in the heart of Bristol's thriving photography scene: home of Bristol Photo Festival and Books on Photography festival.

course structure.

year one.

  • Cross-functional skills in photography, graphic design, computer generated 2D/3D imaging and interaction design.

  • Work on weekly and fortnightly live editorial briefs for publication.

  • Create two long-form photographic / visual arts projects for exhibition.

  • Develop skills in the art of cinematography and produce a cinematographic sequence for screening in our 4K cinema.

  • Develop knowledge of key movements in photography, design and digital cultures.

  • Collaboratively produce two magazines and two photobook editions through intensive weekly workshops with key industry professionals.

year two.

entry requirements.

  • A level - CCC

  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) - MMM

We’re proud to welcome applications from all subject backgrounds at boomsatsuma, and consider them on individual potential. Whether having previously studied STEM, arts or humanities subjects, applicants are invited to an interview or audition with us to demonstrate this, as well as communicate what inspired them to apply to us.

When applying through UCAS, use our institution code: B20 and course code: BS06. UCAS entry requirements are primarily made up from Level 3 qualifications such as, but not limited to BTEC Diplomas, A Levels or a Foundation Diploma.


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application and typical offers.

  • Cross-functional skills in bookmaking, magazine creation, VR sequencing and moving image.

  • Work on weekly and fortnightly live editorial briefs for publication.

  • Create a yearlong photographic / visual arts project for exhibition or installation.

  • Create a cinematographic and sound sequence.

  • Deepen your knowledge on contemporary critical and photographic discourses.

  • Intensive workshop weeks with international artists.

year three.

  • Create a final major project through digital and printed media.

  • Design a traditional linear narrative to stage virtually.

  • Final major project disseminated as an exhibition or installation in virtual and real-world scenarios.

course fees.


uk students full time

2021/22 Entry

Year 1 - £9,250

Year 2 - Published Jan 2022

Year 3 - Published Jan 2023

2022/23 Entry

Year 1 - Published Jan 2022

Year 2 - Published Jan 2023

Year 3 - Published Jan 2024


international students full time

2021/22 Entry

Year 1 - £14,925

Year 2 - Published Jan 2022

Year 3 - Published Jan 2023

2022/23 Entry

Year 1 - Published Jan 2022

Year 2 - Published Jan 2023

Year 3 - Published Jan 2024

We ask for an additional £200 annual studio fee, which covers the cost of all photographic film, paper and prints in the Photographic Practices module.

course leader

samuel fordham.


Samuel Fordham is a multidisciplinary artist working with photography, text, video and sound. A graduate of the MA Photography programme at UWE Bristol, Samuel has developed a research-based practice focused on telling intimate and often hidden stories highlighting issues surrounding childhood, family welfare and equality.

His projects are produced across platforms as installations, books and films. His work has been shown internationally in the UK, China, Canada, France, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Ireland, Switzerland and Portugal. His work has been selected, shortlisted and nominated for awards including AOP Emerging Talent Award, Paris Photo Carte Blanche, Magenta Foundation Flash Forward, Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Grand Prix Images Vevey, C/O Berlin Talent Award, Kaunas Photo Star Award, Production Paradise Emerging Talent Award, AOP Student Award and the Genesis Imaging Postgraduate Bursary.

Fordham’s work has recently been placed in the Government Art Collection and has been featured in publications including, e-flux, It’s Nice That, The British Journal of Photography, Fisheye, Creativeboom, RPS Journal, B-24/7 and The Bristol Magazine.



jamie e murray.

Jamie E Murray’s work centres around storytelling. Drawing on ideas from history, he is interested in the persistence of stories and their relevance to humanity. Looking towards the notion of documentary within contemporary photography he feels it is important to engage with subjects in a number of ways, not being afraid to confront, collaborate with and record the experiences he has.


Jamie has received a BA (Hons) in Documentary Photography from the University of Newport, and an MA in Photography from UWE, Bristol. He also works on commissions and as a lecturer.

experience and opportunities.

The course will provide you with a range of opportunities to participate in external projects, such as events, exhibitions, open studios, placements and publications. These opportunities contribute to the future development of your practice and facilitate your skills development in preparation for a broad range of employment possibilities within the creative industries. These include:

  • Professional Contexts - written into all practice-based modules at levels 4, 5 and 6, which assist you in finding experience with an employer or a self-initiated public platform.

  • A Professional Contexts Facebook group page, which is an active blackboard for professional opportunities. Staff, students and alumni all contribute to this forum, this page is administered by the course leader.

  • Industry led lectures and workshops establish external relationships and provide valuable insight into creative networks, professional bodies, organisations, arts funding opportunities as well as competitions and artists residencies.

  • Live industry briefs and external opportunities are explored in portfolio modules at levels 4, 5 and 6 and students engage in block weeks across all three years of the program, which lend themselves to public exhibiting. This is an opportunity for students to work collaboratively and showcase their practice in public forums. 

  • Students produce a twice-yearly magazine and two photographic editions, to be sold at book fairs including Books on Photography and Offprint Tate. 

  • Students assist The Royal Photographic Society with projects, designing and creating resources for a number of exhibitions.

  • The University careers office provides access to a variety of opportunities, including starting a business, part-time employment, volunteering and placements.

  • We aim to take at least one international and one UK field trip each year, visiting festivals such as Paris Photo, Unseen Amsterdam, International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, EMOP Berlin, FORMAT, Photo London and many more.

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Interviews for our course start from 1st September 2020.

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