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Media, Journalism and Photography

Media, Journalism and Photography

Welcome to Media, Journalism and Photography

Starting 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

Why should I study at The Sheffield College?

  • Train for a range of careers including as a film producer, photographer, journalist and more
  • Train in our TV studios with audio room and lighting rig, photography and podcast studios and more
  • Be taught by industry specialists who are passionate about your progress
  • Our qualifications have been designed with employers so they are industry standard and you’re studying the latest topics
  • Study all the way to degree level
  • Fantastic work placement opportunities available at our top employer partners
  • English and maths support is available to all students

Study our university level qualifications

There’s a pretty big misconception about getting a degree level qualification; you have to go to university to get one. Quite simply, that’s not true!

At UC Sheffield, you can join an increasing number of students who are choosing to study university level qualifications in a wide range of career driven courses with us.

Our qualifications include:

  • HNC in Creative Practice
  • BA (Hons) Creative Practice: Media Production (Top-up)
  • BA (Hons) Creative Practice: Photography (Top-up)

Yorkshire Film and TV Academy

The Yorkshire Film and TV Employer Skills Academy was launched in September 2021 to give our students access to bootcamps, masterclasses and special events with some of the biggest employers around such as Channel 4 and Air TV.

Opportunities for our students include visits to current sets and studios, industry workshops, visiting speakers and reviews of project pitches hosted by Screen Yorkshire and their partners.

All of our creative students can join the Academy to support their studies.

Who we work with

Our students have fantastic opportunities to work and learn alongside some of the best employers in the region, including:

  • Sheffield Sharks
  • Hallé Orchestra
  • NCTJ
  • UAL

Where will I be studying?

Our students study at our Hillsborough Campus in our TV studio with lighting rig and audio room, photography studios and editing suite, podcast studio, and Mac suites.






Work-related activity, trips and visits

Our media, journalism and photography students are constantly out gaining experience and putting their newly developed skills to the test. When you work in the creative sector, building your network of contacts is really important as these contacts often provide job opportunities. The experience that you build with us is the start point.

Here are some recent examples of the experiences, trips and visits our students have been on:

  • Most years, TV and film students head down to the City Hall to film the Hallé Youth Orchestra so that it can be live streamed to audiences
  • Alternatively, you’ll find them down in the plague village of Eyam, directing, shooting and editing scary shorts for our HorrorFest
  • Our photographers spend a lot of time courtside, snapping Sheffield Sharks matches, as well as collaborating with other creative students at college to help showcase their project work
  • In journalism, students have this year visited the Telegraph offices and House of Commons in London, undertaken placements at Bolsover TV and reported on the Rugby League World Cup at Sheffield’s EIS

What can you do after?

Many people in this industry are self-employed, giving you loads of freedom to be creative and work in the roles that inspire you most, such as

  • TV producer
  • Director
  • Audio engineer
  • Photographer
  • Journalist (broadcast, digital, etc.)

After finishing their studies with us, many students go on to university or into employment.

Careers advice during your studies

Need a hand figuring out your career plan?

Our Careers Advice Team are available throughout your studies to provide advice and guidance.

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What Courses are available

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Photography and Journalism

Hillsborough Campus
Level 2

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