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

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

Blend the traditions of visual documentary storytelling with exciting innovations in
contemporary photography, design and production.

Emphasis on creativity, learning in context, professional practice, specialist technical skills and project development.

Introducing boomsatsuma's brand new...

Documentary Photography and Print BA (Hons)

Our brand new Documentary Photography and Print programme equips you with an expanded, interdisciplinary art practice, which blends the traditions of documentary storytelling with the most exciting innovations in contemporary photography, print design and production. We offer a platform where you learn to think critically, articulate independent ideas through project work, gaining technical skills and engaging with theories of art, representation and culture.

Through courses and workshops, provided by major photographers on the international scene, you will become seasoned in the various editorial and artistic fields of publishing and documentary photography. Uniquely, you will be immersed in the professional world, through continual involvement in exhibitions, publications and assignments commissioned by outside institutions.

Working on multiple projects throughout the curriculum you will acquire skills that will serve to produce a portfolio of actual professional practice to the highest technical and aesthetic standards. Training at boomsatsuma will give you a wide range of opportunities to choose from upon graduation, whether it be working on commissions or personal projects, in art direction or moving images and will equip you for progression onto internationally renowned MA programmes.


Collaborative projects will see you come together to create an agency producing two photographic books and two magazines each year, developing skills in design, photographic critique and print production.

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Course Structure

Year one

You'll learn skills that combine both theory and practice. These include studying a range of technical photographic, cinematographic, design and print processes, and exploring the relationship between idea, material and form.


You'll explore conceptual development, and learn a range of skills in analogue and digital technologies. You'll also develop skills in research and contextual studies, and develop an understanding of your market. You'll also learn essential skills on how to reflect on your creative process.

Year two

You'll study photographic and design based practice, exploring both the material and technical. A combination of theory, practice and skills based modules will enable you to generate ideas, explore the relationship between photographic practice and technology, and create multiple photographic projects.

Year three

The final year of study is structured around independent learning, leading to the development of a major project and portfolio. A combination of theory, practice and skills based modules are offered, as well as specialist diploma work and studio modules.

You'll also study post production, editing, sequencing and production of original outputs in a range of material forms and technologies.


The course will provide you with a range of opportunities, contributing to the future development of your practice. It will help you develop the skills you need in preparation for a range of employment possibilties within the creative industries. These include:

  • Professional Contexts written into all practice based modules, which assist you in finding experience with an employer or a public platform for your practice

  • A Professional Contexts Facebook group, to help you explore professional opportunities where staff, students and alumni all contribute

  • Industry-led lectures and workshops to provide valuable insight into creative networks, professional bodies, organisations, arts funding opportunities, competitions and artists residencies

  • Live industry briefs and external opportunities explored in portfolio modules

  • Opportunities for students to work collaboratively and showcase their practice in a public forum

  • Producing a twice yearly magazine and two photographic editions to be sold at book fairs including Bristol on Photobook and Offprint Tate

  • Opportunities to assist in the inner workings of the Royal Photographic Society, be it through installation of exhibitions, invigilations, tour guides or shadowing

  • Access to a variety of opportunities, including starting a business, part-time employment, volunteering and placements through the university Careers office

Interviews for the 20 spaces available on our course start from 1st September 2020.


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