Buckinghamshire New University

Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

Course Overview Would you rather be behind the camera than in the picture? Do you have a passion for photography and what images can make others feel? With our state-of-the-art facilities, industry-expert lecturers and guest speakers, we’ll help you develop your photography skills to a professional standard. We'll give you the theoretical grounding and practical opportunities to add depth and flair to your work. Our BA (Hons) Photography degree can help you bring your creative ideas from concept and shooting to printing and exhibition, ensuring you’re ready to kick-start your career upon graduation. Why study at Buckinghamshire New University? With a history of delivery expert craft, art and design education for more than 130 years, Buckinghamshire New University is the perfect place to start your creative career. Our BA (Hons) Photography course is ran by a range of our professional experts and lecturers, you’ll discover a range of photography styles during your time with us, from portrait to product. You’ll also have the opportunity to take part in guest workshops and masterclasses. With London only a short journey away, you’ll be able to visit endless museums, galleries and landscapes for inspiration. As well as this you'll get the chance to collaborate with students from other courses, working on projects with students studying film and TV production, creative advertising, graphic design and fashion and textiles. The course is an accredited member of the Association of Photographers (AOP). What facilities can I use? Our Photographic students can benefit from a remarkable, fully-equipped photographic studio on the High Wycombe Campus. The studio has been specifically designed to meet your needs by using effective light diffusing methods. To ensure a high quality of results, a wide range of professional equipment is also available to hire from the studio. As well as this we have a fully equipped darkroom, with numerous enlargers so you never have to go without. We also offer inhouse printing facilities. On this course you’ll have access to our range of industry-standard facilities and kit hire availability, including;

  • Hasselblad and Pentax digital medium format cameras
  • professional lighting studios equipped with Elinchrom and Bowens lighting systems
  • a spacious black & white wet-print darkroom
  • Mac computer suites with Capture 1 software and full Creative Suite package
  • a scanning suite with Epson scanners up to A3 and a high-end Hasselblad Flexitight film scanner
  • a print bureau for large-scale exhibition and portfolio printing.
As well as this you’ll have full access to our base room, where you can hang-out and discuss ideas with your peers. What will I study? Our course gives you many opportunities to explore the diverse world of Photography. This course takes a strong ‘active learning’ approach, so you’ll have lots of opportunity to build and develop your skills working on your own photography projects. We’ll help you explore the deeper meaning and concepts behind photography work, so you can find new ways to express yourself, and take your practice to a more interesting level. You’ll also undertake research to develop a contextual underpinning of the subject, learning new ways of thinking and working, and pushing traditional boundaries. As well as having the space to explore different types of photography, to see where your interests lie, we’ll make sure you understand the business side of working as a professional photographer. You’ll learn how to set yourself up as a freelancer, and deal with everything from your own marketing, to tax and finance. You’ll learn about the professional bodies that exist to protect photographers’ work and rights, such as the Association of Photographers. We’ll also look at how to work on different platforms, from galleries to websites, and how to evolve your practice to cater for different audiences.

Course details


Year one Visual Narratives: Stock and Page Convergence: Moving Image in Photography Issues in Representation: Key Concepts in Photography Photography and Emerging Digital Applications Visual Narratives: Screen and Wall Issues in Representation: Visual Analysis Year two Photography for Design, Advertising and Promotion: Editorial Arts Practices and Methods Photography and Critical Theory: Concepts, Contexts, Perspectives and Debates Professional Studies for Photography Photography for Design, Advertising and Promotion: Campaign and Publicity Photography and Critical Theory: Genres and Visual Culture Year three Final Major Project Professional Practice Contextual Report

How to apply

This course has limited vacancies, and is no longer accepting applications from some students. See the list below for where you normally live, to check if you’re eligible to apply.






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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

For information about applying to Buckinghamshire New University as an International applicant, please visit https://www.bucks.ac.uk/study/international

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the three-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a degree course, can apply for a four-year programme including a Foundation Year.

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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 £14250 Year 1
International £14250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Sponsorship information

Buckinghamshire New University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships. For more information, please visit https://www.bucks.ac.uk/study/fees-and-funding/financial-support-bursaries-and-scholarships

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