Ravensbourne University London

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Ravensbourne

Digital Photography

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Course summary

Digital Photography is the creation of pictures for use on screen and print platforms. This course is accredited by the Association of Photographers (AOP) and the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) providing graduates with the knowledge and skills needed to work in the photographic industry. Nothing tells a story like a powerful image. Skilled photographers are in demand to capture a moment in time and bring a message to life. With access to a range of gold-standard equipment, the course works with your creative talent, exploring lighting and art direction to create evocative and powerful images. This course is an industry-focused course that provides students with an education in the broader areas of digital photographic practice, as well as the changing methods used in commercial practice. The course is designed to combine practical skills with a knowledge of the critical application of digital photography to explore the creative potential of the camera. Through a mix of practice and theory-based learning, students will be taught to think like a photographer and learn how images are created, shared, distributed, and sold. This course provides an education in the broader areas of digital photographic practice. It gives an understanding of the rapidly changing principles and methods that underpin new and emerging creative commercial practice. Students will be encouraged to develop your own distinctive portfolio and support this with a high level of technical skill, whilst understanding the theory of photography. The course is industry focused, encouraging students to seek opportunities for placements at top London agencies and photographers. It also encourages students to work with other students across the college and across different disciplines.

Course details


Year 1: Themes in Contemporary Culture To Begin (industry i) In the Studio On the Page On the Screen i (capture and workflow) On the Screen ii (digital darkroom) Year 2: Big Ideas and Philosophies/Dissertation Proposal To Advance (industry ii) Elective 01 (Choice of: Developing Raw Files or The Big Project) Cross-Institutional Elective Images that Persuade (advertising) Images that Move (moving billboards) Year 3: Dissertation To Master (industry iii) Your Book (Portfolio) Working with a Client To Launch (portfolio/industry iv)

Assessment method

Formative Assessment is used in all units of the programme as a means to assess your progress relating to unit briefs and an opportunity to offer feedback, feedforward and a diagnostic response. This is typically within a group or individual review held midway throughout each unit though for latter units in level six there are more formative assessment points. Summative Assessment is held in the latter stages of each unit and is the definitive assessment point where each assessment requirement is assessed by the unit leader and typically one other member of the course team though at level six there are at least two other staff members involved in moderation. Written or aural feedback and clear feedforward is given to you shortly after assessment and there are opportunities for tutorials if you need further classification before the start of the next unit.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Students will also be expected to possess five GCSEs (grade C/4 or above) or equivalent (including English) .

Additional entry requirements


Please see our website for advice on how to prepare your portfolio and sketchbook or showreel : - https://www.ravensbourne.ac.uk/study-here/undergraduate/your-interview-and-portfolio/


You will be invited to a friendly online interview which you must pass in order to successfully gain entry to this programme.


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)5.5IELTS 5.5 overall with 5.5 in each subtest.
TOEFL (iBT)72TOEFL IBT with 72 points overall including minimum Reading 18, Listening 17, Speaking 20, Writing 17
PTE Academic42PTE Academic or SELT: 42 overall with minimum 42 in each subtest.
Trinity ISEPassTrinity College London - B2 SELT ISE II. Pass Overall with Pass in each component.

Please view our website for full English Language requirements and options. If you have any questions please email [email protected]

Ravensbourne English Language Requirements


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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £16500 Year 1
International £16500 Year 1

Additional fee information

*All fees shown are correct for 2021/22 academic year and are subject to change.
Digital Photography at Ravensbourne University London - UCAS