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Media, Journalism and Photography

Media, Journalism and Photography

Welcome to Media, Journalism and Photography

Getting the experience to start a career in media, journalism and photography can be challenging. That’s why we have invested millions of pounds in our photography studios, TV studio, editing suites and production facilities for TV, radio and film to give you the opportunities to train and showcase your work.

Recent opportunities have included filming and reporting on live Sheffield Sharks basketball matches, as well as industry placement projects on short films.

We also host regular news days for our trainee journalists, where a working news office environment is replicated for students who are challenged to keep pace with the constantly evolving world of news.

Media, Journalism and Photography

"Becoming a better photographer is not something that happens overnight. My images have progressed over the course of four years, through trial and error and focusing on improving a different aspect each game."

Harriet Massey, photography student and matchday photographer at Sheffield Wednesday Football Club

Which programme is right for me?

Picking the right programme is the first step in your media, journalism and photography career!

We offer a range of courses starting at Level 1 progressing all the way up to higher education. This means there are no barriers to you achieving your career goals; you can choose the right level of study for you.

What kind of work will I do on a media, photography and journalism programme?

A huge part of the work you will do on any of our creative courses is practical, hands-on experience! We know that getting out of the classroom and into a studio is one of the best ways to help you pick up new skills and embed the theory you've been learning. 

Day to day you'll be learning in our fully equipped TV studio, sound stage, edit suites or photography studios. You'll work on projects that allow you to create and explore your own ideas, whether that's, filming a short documentary or creating a photographic portfolio on a particular theme, all of the work you'll be doing will centre on developing your practical skills.

Trips, Visits and Competitions

One of the best elements of studying a creative course are the huge number of opportunities that come with it! We invest a lot into getting our creative students as much real-world interactions and experience so that you're ready to hit the ground running when it comes to getting a job.

Our media, photography and journalism students will often venture off campus to visit local businesses, speaking to industry employers and getting the low down on what it takes to succeed in the industry.

We encourage students to take part in trips to broaden their experiences - this year media, photography and journalism students have visited the BBC's creative hub, Media City, in Salford; attended the Yorkshire Games Festival at Bradford's Science & Media Museum and taken part in a residential trip to Eyam where they spend a weekend creating their own short horror film!


Our facilities are one of the things that really make us stand out - we've invested millions in our Hillsborough Campus to ensure that our creative media students are learning in a top-class, industry standard environment.

We want to give you every opportunity to develop your talents through hands-on learning experiences, that's why we have dedicated creative spaces so that you can explore new techniques in a huge variety of fields, including:

Fully operational TV studio complete with lighting rig, cameras and sound desk

  • Photography studios (including an on-site dark room for developing photos)
  • Computer suites equipped with the latest editing software
  • Fully stocked equipment store where you can borrow equipment for completing your projects and working off-site






What can I do once I finish my studies?

At the end of the day, we all know that a qualification is just the first step on the road to landing your dream job and kick-starting your career, and we're determined to help you get to where you want to be. A qualification in media, photography and journalism can lead to loads of varied opportunities within the creative industries.

Whether you want to cover breaking news stories as a journalist, create Academy Award-winning films and documentaries, or maybe you want to create your own business, career prospects in this area are on the up, with over 4000 job roles in this field predicted to be available in Sheffield by 2024 and even more people considered self-employed!

Careers advice to help you go further

Choosing a career path when you've only just left school can seem like a daunting prospect, but our Careers Advice Team are on hand to offer you the best impartial careers guidance going. 

They can help you to figure out the kind of jobs that you might enjoy based on your interests, skills and hobbies; or if you already have a pretty good idea of what you'd like to do in the future they can give you some pointers on how to go further and land your dream job. You can talk to them whether you're still deciding on a course or even if you're about to make the jump from education into full-time work.

Example careers

Ever wondered how much an accountant is South Yorkshire earns? Or what skills you need to become a developer?


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Starting Salary

Average Salary

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What Courses are available

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Creative Media Digital Production

Hillsborough Campus
Level 2

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