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Course summary

Are you looking to work in advertising, architecture, sports, fashion or content creation? Want to become a leading commercial photographer? Our bespoke degree will set you up with the technical skills, business knowledge and confidence to work in the fast-paced, high-intensity world of commercial photography. At the University of Cumbria, we have created a cutting-edge, industry-led commercial photography degree which is designed to build your portfolio and launch your commercial photography career. Course Overview On this professionally focused course, you will study commercial photography at university level, learning advanced photographic and lighting skills in the studios and on location. You will understand how to use various camera systems and develop capture techniques, allowing you to become a versatile and original photographer. Digital post-production and editing skills will make your images have impact and be client ready, preparing you to take your portfolio and professional ambitions to the next level. On this course...

  • Be taught by photography tutors who are embedded within the commercial world and have developed excellent commercial connections and professional expertise. Their clients include Nike, Converse, JD Sports, Pfizer and Panda London.
  • Benefit from full access to Cumbria’s dedicated, industry-standard facilities. Our four photography studios come complete with lighting rigs and with iMacs set up for tethered shooting in each.
  • Be able to use large format and 3D printers, with all the tech overload supported by our dedicated photography technicians on hand for support. Our digital facilities are matched by our analogue facilities, giving you the best of both worlds.
  • Have access to a vast selection of camera systems from 35mm analogue, high-end DSLR and medium format digital cameras to help build your skill set.
What you will learn The Commercial Photography programme has been developed in response to the industry's need for more dedicated routes and preparation for employment following graduation. The commercial degree puts emphasis on photographic and editing skills, the knowledge needed to work commercially, working to client briefs and commissions, concept development, and acquiring and applying business skills. All targeted towards preparing a career path via a recognised industry route or a more entrepreneurial approach of a self-employed photographer. By studying this programme, you will become equipped to design and manage a successful career in the commercial photography industry. Year One
  • Photographic Image Capture
  • Digital Image Production with Lighting Design
  • Contemporary Image Theory
  • Cultural Contexts
  • Collaborative Practice
Year Two
  • Commercial Practice 1
  • Media and Moving Image
  • Word and Voice
  • Commercial Practice 2
  • Negotiated Live Project
  • Business Development
Year Three
  • Blueprint of Practice
  • Resolution of Practice
  • Independent Research Paper

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The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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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 £13250 Year 1

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Commercial Photography at University of Cumbria - UCAS