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Media & Photography

Develop your artistic, analytical and technical abilities in a wide range of mediums with our Media & Photography courses. From photography and film to web design, our media courses encourage creativity through theory and practice.

technical creativity

Through your photographic work and real world media production briefs, with our Media & Photography courses, you’ll put together an impressive portfolio of work. With access to darkrooms, digital software and state-of-the-art computer suites, your technical abilities in creative production will flourish.

Behind the camera or on the screen, analysis and creativity come together in these constantly eveolving, exciting mediums. You may explore the richness of the history of cinema or explore modern techniques to capture a breathtaking moment.

In the studio, cinema, outside with the amazing pamorama of Cornwall to inspire you, or travelling further afield to London, Rome or New York - your view of life through a lens will be enriched.

Click above to watch our film about studying Media & Photography at Truro and Penwith College and the career and university opportunities available.

Lee Clark, Media and photography programme team leader at Truro College.
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Our innovative visual arts qualifications offer exciting, relevant and challenging opportunities, intended to nurture your creative knowledge, understanding and skills.

Lee Clark - Programme Team Leader, Media & Photography at Truro College

critical theory

As a student of the media and photography department, you’ll also learn to deconstruct and interpret a wide range of mediums. Theoretical study and analysis will develop your critical understanding of media, teaching you to identify the structures and subtexts that underlie media messages.


Whether you’re a film studies student or a photographer, we offer exciting travel opportunities around the world. Previous field trip destinations include London, Rome and New York City. Through our Apprenticeship programme, you can land a real working role in Creative and Digital Media, learning in a professional environment while earning a wage and gaining a qualification.

Courses for adults

If you’re looking to learn or improve your photography skills, we offer part-time courses and workshops here at the College. Discover the traditional techniques of darkroom developing, or learn the basics of digital photography.

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Adult & Professional

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I really liked the range of stuff we covered. We really got to see and learn about every aspect of the games development process. Everybody was really friendly and all of the support staff were great.

Allanah - Level 3 Games Development and Design with the eSports Academy
Allanah stood outside on a balcony


To apply for a media and photography course at Truro and Penwith College, visit the course page on our official college website and complete your application online.

Graduates from media and photography programs at Truro and Penwith College can pursue diverse career paths, including roles in Film and Television, Screenwriting, Visual Effects, Social Media Management, Journalism and more. The field offers a wide range of opportunities in various industries. Visit the Career Zone or to find out more.

Yes, you will be able to exhibit your work and get seen in various exhibitions across Cornwall. Support and guidance are available for you to submit your work into national shows and competitions.

Truro and Penwith College enjoys industry links and partnerships with many local businesses including Cornwall Film Festival, Cornish Orchards, Callestick Farm, Screen Cornwall and more. You will benefit from exposure to a range of industry professionals in talks and workshops as well as off-site creative excursions to Bristol, Tate St Ives, the Barbara Hepworth Museum and London Galleries.

Yes, prospective students can speak to the media and photography department at an open event which are free to attend and take place throughout the year. Visit to see the latest event details. Alternatively, you can contact the academic advisors in the media and photography department at Truro and Penwith College. Check the college website for contact details or reach out to the admissions office, and they will guide you on how to connect with the relevant academic advisors for more information.

We strongly recommend making an application for your chosen course as soon as you can when you are in your final year of school. After you have submitted your application, you will be invited to attend an interview where you can make amendments to your application if need be.

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