Leeds Arts University

Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

Be inspired by a stunning world of visual language and image-making on our photography degree course. From art direction to curating, you will experience a wide range of traditional and digital formats and equipment to produce an impressive portfolio of work. We welcome students with a broad range of interests and an open mind. In today’s industry, it is vital you embrace broader practices. Photographers are increasingly employed across genres, from fine art and documentary to fashion and commercial work. This is an outward-looking course designed to maximise your employability or freelance success on graduation. You will critically consider every aspect of this art form on this course, from composition to the audience and post-production. You will work in industry-standard facilities using sophisticated lighting and camera equipment. Besides learning extensive technical skills, you’ll also benefit from enterprise and business skills including networking, mentoring, and work experience opportunities. Internationally renowned speakers have wowed past students, including Martin Parr, David Brandon Geeting, Erik Kessels, Ewen Spencer, Haley Morris-Cafiero, Sohrab Hura, Julian Germain, Anouk Kruithof, Cristina De Middel, Guy Martin, Thijs Groot Wassink (WassinkLundgren), Simon Roberts and Kevin Cummins. We place emphasis on international employability and collaboration, with previous study trips to Paris, Los Angeles, Berlin, Shanghai, Tokyo, and New York, plus day-trips within the UK and to the Format International Photography Festival in Derby. Educational visits can take various formats, including physical and virtual experiences.

Course details


Year One – The course begins with a focus on developing your technical photography skills and historical and contemporary perspectives on photography. You will gain knowledge about iconic photographers and image impact while developing practical competencies across all aspects of photography, from lighting to photographic workflow. Year Two – This is a more conceptual year that builds on your specialist photographic practice and interests. You’ll learn business skills for freelancing or running your own business, and professional guest speakers will relate their own experiences and insights. You will respond to live commercial and community briefs and are encouraged to arrange work experience in the industry. Year Three – In your final year, you will continue to build an extensive and impressive portfolio of work. Collaborations with students on other creative courses will help you build a diverse breadth of experience and contribute to your end of year show. You will develop your professional practices through specific degree modules and be encouraged to seek feedback from industry on your work. Our impressive sector networks and focus on employability give you a great platform as a skilled photographer starting out in this exciting field.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Our undergraduate minimum requirements are: - 112 UCAS points from any combination of A Levels/T Level/Extended Diploma/Foundation Diploma. One qualification should be in a relevant subject; or - BBC from three A Levels; or - A minimum of one Distinction and two Merits (DMM) from an Extended Diploma or a Merit from a UAL Extended Diploma or T Level in a relevant subject; or - 112 UCAS points from a recognised Access to Higher Education course specialising in art and design with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3; or - An international equivalent to 112 UCAS points in a subject related to your proposed course of study. Please see our Information by Country pages for more information. All home applicants aged under 21 must have GCSE English at Grade 4/Grade C or above, or English Functional Skills Level 2 at Pass. International applicants must have a minimum IELTS overall score of 5.5, with no individual component below 5.5 (or recognised equivalent). Examples of work For all BA (Hons) degree courses (with the exception of BMus (Hons) Popular Music Performance) you will need: - To set up your portal - You will then be asked to submit a maximum of six examples of work from your portfolio for consideration. The files should be no larger than 30MB in total and it is essential that no more than six examples of work are uploaded. English You’ll need to have passed GCSE English Language or English Literature at grade C/grade 4 or above, or English Functional Skills Level 2 at Pass. For mature students, an Access to Higher Education qualification in art and design will also be acceptable to demonstrate English language ability. For mature students who are unable to provide formal evidence of an appropriate standard of English, the University may request completion of its own English proficiency test. Foundation Diploma If you’re studying an accredited Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, you’ll need a minimum of 112 UCAS tariff points. This is collated from the Foundation Diploma plus your A level or Extended Diploma results. You’ll also need a GCSE grade A*-C/grade 4 or above in English Language, English Literature or equivalent (see above), or English Functional Skills Level 2 at Pass. Extended Diploma You’ll need a minimum of 1 Distinction and 2 Merits (DMM) from an Extended Diploma in a relevant subject or an overall Merit from a UAL Extended Diploma. You’ll also need a GCSE grade A*-C/grade 4 in English Language, English Literature or equivalent (see above), or English Functional Skills Level 2 at Pass. A-levels You’ll need 112 tariff points from your A level studies, typical grades required are BBC. One qualification should be in an art and design or related subject. You’ll also need a GCSE grade A*-C/grade 4 in English Language, English Literature or equivalent (see above), or English Functional Skills Level 2 at Pass. Access to Higher Education You’ll need to have passed a recognised Access to Higher Education course specialising in art and design with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3. A combination of pass, merit and distinction to total 112 tariff points. Scottish Higher Leeds Arts University welcomes applicants with the BTEC/Scottish Higher National Certificate (HNC). Please contact the university to confirm the specific entry requirements for your chosen course.

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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
International £16000 Year 1
EU £16000 Year 1

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Photography at Leeds Arts University - UCAS