Photography - BA Hons Degree

Course Code: VL1HE13
UCAS Code: W640

Next available course:

Start DateLocationDuration
09/09/2019University Centre3 YearsApply

Course Overview

The BA (Hons) Photography aims to develop practical photography skills while embracing the wider skills associated with a lifelong career in the Creative Arts industry. The first year will see you explore the fundamental principles of photography while in the second year you will develop your skills through a wide variety of live, professional briefs.

Your final year brings together your creative journey and culminates with a major exhibition in a high profile gallery. Recent venues have included Manchester and London. Your individual body of work will lay the foundations for your professional direction. This flag ship programme has produced highly acclaimed photographers many going on to win national and international acclaim.

Entry Requirements

2018 Entry

A minimum of 96 UCAS points in an appropriate discipline excluding Functional Skills and GCSE English Language at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent). Applicants who are able to demonstrate relevant work/life skills or knowledge will also be considered on an individual basis. All applicants will be given the opportunity to attend a workshop or send in their work electronically.

Qualification Obtained

BA (Hons) Photography

Career Options and Progression

Assessment Methods


Most courses are assessed via a combination of coursework and exams – the percentage weighting of each of these is outlined below. Coursework might range from written tasks and assignments to the collation of a portfolio of evidence based around a work placement. Coursework differs from exams in that it is usually non-timed and carried out independently.


Exams are formal, timed written assessments, carried out in a controlled environment and overseen by one or more invigilators. They assess your grasp of the theory and underpinning knowledge related to your chosen career area. The opposite of practicals, they require you to set out your practical understanding within an academic context. Some courses have no exams – the exam/coursework ratio is outlined below.


Practical assessments identify your technical ability to apply theory to hands-on tasks in your chosen career area. They can be timed or non-timed and involve observation of your practical skills and competencies, either in a work-based environment or a dedicated College setting that closely resembles the workplace. Practical work-based assessments are supported and carried out by a trained assessor.

Assessment MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6

Course Structure

Level 4 Modules

Applied Creative Photographic PracticeVL4MD01820Mandatory
Inter Disciplinary SkillsVL4MD01920Mandatory
Studio Intro Professional PhotographicVL4MD01620Mandatory
Thinking and MakingVL4MD01420Mandatory
Location Visual Language ConceptsVL4MD01720Mandatory
Photography Critical ContextualVL4MD01520Mandatory

Level 5 Modules

Photography Critical ContemporaryVL5MD02220Mandatory
Research into PracticeVL5MD02120Mandatory
Professional Practice EmployerVL5MD02620Mandatory
Risk and CreativityVL5MD02320Mandatory
Photography and Narrative Applied PractVL5MD02520Mandatory
Critical ExplorationVL5MD02420Mandatory

Level 6 Modules

Test Bed Project Planning PathwayVL6MD01140Mandatory
Independent Research ProjectVL6MD01020Mandatory
Launch Pad Professional PracticeVL6MD01320Mandatory
Professional Pathway SynthesisVL6MD01240Mandatory

Teaching and Learning Methods

Scheduled Learning

Scheduled time relates to the time you spend in directed study with the guidance and support of our academic tutors. Scheduled learning can take a variety of forms and will vary from one course to the next, but may include lectures, seminars, tutorials, project supervision, demonstrations, studio or workshop time, fieldwork and external visits.

Independent Study

Higher education courses rely on students undertaking work outside of formal, scheduled sessions and this is generally categorised as independent study. Independent study might include preparation for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading or practice, completion of assessment tasks and revision.


Many of the degree programmes at B&FC incorporate opportunities for work placements to provide you with the opportunity to link your studies to relevant professional practice in a real work environment. Our programme teams are able to offer support in securing an appropriate work placement where it forms part of your programme, and will work closely with you during the placement to ensure that the opportunity allows you to develop personally, professionally and academically.

Learning MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6

Industry Placement and Field Trips

Other Costs and Equipment Needed

Expert Tutors

All staff involved in the delivery of higher education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.

Tuition Fees

Regulation and Accreditation

Terms and Conditions

Programme Handbook

Download Full Course Details