The Northern School of Art

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Arts University Bournemouth

Commercial Photography

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Course summary

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This commercial photography degree is based on bringing together creativity and practical skills intended to prepare you for employment in the creative imaging industry. We provide superb facilities and practicing industry-experienced staff for an exceptional learning experience. You will explore the technical and creative skills you need to become a successful practitioner in the commercial photography industry - fulfilling commercial and client briefs on time and within budget - whilst producing stunning high-quality commercial images using film or digital photography. All students become members of the Association of Photographers (AOP) and have the opportunity to become a Phase One Certified Professional. Throughout the programme, you will have access to Canon, Sony, Hasselblad, Phase One cameras and a range of industry-standard photographic equipment. You will also have access to a fully equipped professional studio that is designed to prepare you for work. During the final year, you’re given the opportunity to show your portfolio to a range of visiting professionals.

Course details


First Year: • Digital Photography and Workflow • Commercial Lighting • Introduction to Critical Thinking • Digital Enhancement and Retouching • Genres in a Commercial Context Second Year • Fashion Photography • Advertising and Product Photography • Critical Thinking and Contemporary Photography • Advanced Enhancement and Retouching • Negotiated Project Final Year • Project Research and Preparation • Dissertation/Report • Final Major Project • Final Show and Portfolio

Assessment method

In course assessment. Each module is assessed upon completion and given a percentage mark.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeW642
Institution code C71
Campus nameThe Northern School of Art
Campus codeH

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

International applicants

We do not currently accept students from outside of the EU.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 96 - 112 points UCAS tariff points can be made up of a mixture of Level 3 qualifications.
A level CCC - BBC
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMM - DMM
Access to HE Diploma Pass Access to HE Diploma
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Pass Foundation Diploma

Your potential is our main focus when assessing your suitability for the programme you have applied to. Because of this, we take into account all aspects of your application and not just your academic profile. If you are a mature applicant (i.e. 21+ years), we will place more emphasis on your portfolio and the skills and experience you can demonstrate at interview. Your portfolio, which you bring to interview, is an integral part of the assessment. It should demonstrate your current skills, interests and knowledge where appropriate. It is also expected that you will bring evidence of written work to interview and/or have a Level 2 qualification in English/Literacy.

Additional entry requirements



Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

As with most creative programmes delivered at higher education, this programme will have additional costs such as material and basic tools and contribution towards educational visits to ensure successful completion of the programme. The School offers financial support packages to help with this, whether this be through means-tested bursaries, scholarships or grants. In addition, the School offers subsidised resale of course materials, free use of studios etc. More detailed information is provided at the interview stage; however, if you require this sooner please contact [email protected] Unfortunately The Northern School of Art can no longer accept applicants from students who are not UK residents.
Commercial Photography at The Northern School of Art - UCAS