Photography | BA (Hons) Degree (full-time course)
Why this course?
This course allows students to develop as photographic artists, documentary photographers and visual communicators.
We also offer a part-time Photography BA (Hons) degree programme. This is taught over 5 years.
- Photographic Arts training
- Professional studios with infinity wall, lighting and effects machines
- Digital production suites
- Visual communication skills
- Darkroom/alternative printing
Validated by University of the Arts London (UAL)
This programme is validated by University of the Arts London (UAL). UAL is a leading education provider in the creative arts, ranked second in the world for art and design (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021). They oversee the standards and quality of our curriculum, which enriches your overall learning experience.
See the full list of our creative arts degrees
alumni Views Marika AlgarThe course helped me to not only create but to develop my confidence. Working with clients and pitching was so rewarding! We were able to see how the work would be received in the professional world and that we what we were learning had real relevance.
alumni Views Dan EllyotI transferred from a major university and straight away I knew I was right to make the change. The staff were able to move me forward, motivate me and support my learning. I was able to pursue my own ideas and vision alongside developing my commercial skills.
alumni Views Hamish KilburnThe course taught me about professional working. I learned a lot about how to handle myself in the work place. Feedback was really important to me and it was great to be part of a group that were ambitious and driven. I enjoyed the course immensely.
Each application will be assessed individually, including a review of your grades, interview, portfolio/audition and any experience.
Typical entry requirements are below but offers may vary:
- a relevant A-Level or Level 3 Extended Diploma
In exceptional circumstances, if you do not meet our entry requirements, your application may still be considered if you demonstrate additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by:
- related academic or work experience
- the quality of the personal statement
Portfolio and interview
You will also be required to provide a portfolio and interview for this course. Please bring a small portfolio of your work to your interview, along with some written work which you feel is appropriate to the course.
Entry guide for more information about the range of qualifications we accept (including English language requirements for international students).
Year 1: The first year engages you in learning about the photographic medium through technical development and encourages that development of individual style and direction for each photographer.
Year 2: The second year develops further technical skills, whilst refining your photographer direction. This year allows you to experiment and to engage in a wide range of photographic practice. Direction is guided by staff, but is driven by innovation. Increasingly students in the second year are exploring areas such as cinemagraphs, moving images and holograms during the year.
Year 3: The third year encourages students to specialise in areas of photography that interest you, developing intellectual, innovative, creative and practical skills specific to their specialisms. You will engage with live projects, developing entrepreneurial skills and independent practice to achieve professional work and enriched contacts within industry.
You will work with visiting practitioners, as well as our academic staff who have specialist professional experience, to develop major photographic projects, work collaboratively and to create opportunities to develop as a photographer. The course allows for individual development, for a range of experimental, explorative projects that are then developed into a specialist portfolio and major exhibition.
You will develop strong technical skills, a broad range of photographic skills. The course is heavily practical, with opportunities for students to work in a range of photographic genres.
- Three professional studios
- Infinity studio
- The black portrait studio
- TV Studio (with product table for professional shots)
- Range of cameras including full frame digital, and a range of lenses from wide angle to telephoto
- Full digital post production capabilities, professional lighting and effects machines (wind machines etc)
- Dark rooms
Previous students have worked with:
- Andy Earl -British music photographer
- Heather Angel - Wildlife photographer
- Richard Grange - Press photographer
- Syd Shelton - Documentary photographer
- Malcolm Glover - Fine Art photographer.
Contact time and study hours
A full-time student can expect to have around 2 days of timetabled teaching contact per week. You will have approximately 40 hours of timetabled teaching contact for each 20 credit module. This is supported by independent self-guided study.
Teaching and assessment methods
We use a variety of teaching methods, including:
- practical workshops
- group study/peer reviews
- self-directed study
Assessment methods vary between units but could include:
- photographic portfolios
- project work
- research proposal
- written assignments
Work by our students was recently chosen to dress the outside of Brighton’s iconic i360 attraction
Video tour of our campus
See students from different courses using the facilities at our creative arts specialist campus
- Photographer's assistant
- Freelance photographer
- Portrait photographer
- Specialist photographer (sports, music, fashion, editorial, events, travel, food, architecture, wildlife, forensics)
- Picture desk
- Photo editor
- Press photographer
- Digital design
Students have worked commercially for photographers, magazines and taken on commission work. Several students have become freelance photographers, with some working in partnerships formed during the course.
Some of our recent alumni success stories
- Alumnus Hamish Kilburn is Editor of Hotel Magazine.
- Alumnus' Charles Shepherd and Ben Denton run a successful photographic and filmmaking business called Room C.
- Alumnus Gemma Clarke is a successful dance photographer - gemmaclark.co.uk