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Course summary

This course is based in superb facilities with staff who practise in the industry, so you can be assured of an exceptional learning experience. The focus is on providing you with the technical and creative skills you will need to become a successful practitioner in this industry. This means fulfilling client briefs on time and within budget, while producing stunning high-quality images - or documenting the world around you through your vision. This BA (Hons) Photography programme integrates creativity with practical skills – designed to prepare you for employment in the creative imaging industry. Our course has been developed in consultation with professional practitioners, trade bodies, online-content producers and industry partners. Throughout the course, you are able to access to Canon, Sony, Hasselblad and Phase One camera systems plus a range of industry-standard photographic equipment. You may also use a fully equipped professional studio, which is designed to prepare you for the industry. Our graduates have gone on to undertake post-graduate training and/or work in a wide range of careers including: fashion, television and media, wedding photography, car advertising, sport/extreme sport, social portraiture, photo retouching, music publishing, E-commerce and education. All students are offered bespoke training to a professional standard in Capture 1, Adobe Lightroom and the Adobe Creative Suite.


In your first year (Level 4):

  • Core Photographic Skills
  • Digital Workflow and Studio Lighting
  • Creative Thinking
  • Photography Genres
  • Medium and Message
In your second year (Level 5):
  • Moving Image Production
  • Creative Discussion
  • Specialist Photographic Practice
  • Future Industries
In your third year (Level 6):
  • Project Research and Development
  • Dissertation Report
  • Professional Practice Skills
  • Final Major Project
- Exhibition

Assessment method

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

How to apply

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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 UK. However, we can accept applications from those have evidence of pre-settled status to live, work and study in the UK. Please contact [email protected] for more information.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

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.

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

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Unistats information

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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

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 and/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]
Photography at The Northern School of Art - UCAS