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Photography BA (Hons)

Photography BA (Hons)

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Key Information

Start date:September

Institutional code:O10

UCAS code: W640

Duration:3 years

Course type:Full Time

Fees per year:£7500

Delivery Method:Face-to-face via Lectures, Seminars and Tutorials

Entry Requirements

96 UCAS points.

Entry onto the BA (Hons) Photography course will be via a successful interview, relevant design qualifications either ‘AS’ and ‘A2’ level, BTEC National Diploma, or GNVQ (level 3) or an equivalent qualification in relevant areas.

Students are also accepted who have appropriate non-standard entry qualifications and/or relevant experience. Please contact the Admissions Tutor for more information.


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Our BA (Hons) in Photography provides a broad and progressive education within the areas of Photography and Digital Imaging for contemporary creative industries. The course will teach you how to understand, interpret and create dynamic visual imagery. Our digital and practical photography degree aims to help you develop a clear understanding of how digital images and photography can be used to communicate and express ideas in the professional world of the creative industries. You’ll develop your creative skills and ability to effectively communicate within your chosen photographic practice.

Intensive workshops, practical work, lectures and seminars will teach relevant self-reflection, peer group evaluation skills to aid your creative visual problem solving. Competition and live client-based briefs will help equip you with the relevant vocational skills and experiences you need to follow a career as a professional photographer and digital image creator. Client-based briefs will help you gain the skills and experiences needed to work as a professional photographer.

We have a strong graduate (alumni) group who once they complete the course have access to the photography studios to aid their career development. Graduates have assisted in teaching workshops helped current students with their projects. Graduates have gone on to work in medical photography and freelance as advertising, wedding and music photographers.

Course Content - Year 1
  • Photographic Production
  • Photography, Narrative and the Everyday
  • Experimental Practice
  • Visualising Ideas
Course Content - Year 2
  • Open Practice
  • Critical Ideas: Exploring Creative Context
  • Critical Practices
  • Industrial Development
Course Content - Year 3
  • Professional Directions
  • Research Project
  • Independent Practice
Placements and Work Experience

Opportunity for external visits will be utilised as well as inviting external guest practitioners to deliver lectures and workshops.

Students are encouraged to seek out placements and work experience and are supported with this as part of their studies. Live and competition briefs are a key element of course content throughout all levels.

What careers can the course lead to?

Photography, Graphic Design, Advertising, Illustration, Branding, Fashion Industry, Artist.

Teaching and Assessment methods

Skills acquisition will be developed throughout the programme using practical briefs as a vehicle for both delivery and assessment. Basic skills development will be the focus of level 4 modules and you will be encouraged to develop and enhance these skills further at level 5.

You will be required to listen to and take part in individual and group critiques and to complete evaluations of the work you have done for each brief. Lectures and seminars will introduce you to historical and contemporary theory and contextual themes. You will be expected to apply this learning to your own work maintaining a continuous link between theory and practice. Moodle will support your learning at all levels as a portal for information and resources and through online discussion forums. At level 6 a more independent ethos is fostered; you will be expected to plan your own learning with support from module tutors culminating in the writing and completion of your honours project.

Facilities particular to the course

A vibrant creative environment, including studios equipped with industry standard software and hardware, will help you to effectively communicate information and ideas appropriate for the modern digital and creative workplace. Photography students have access to Apple Mac and PC suites, printmaking facilities and photographic equipment.

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