Photography at Nottingham Trent University - UCAS

Course summary

Explore all aspects of what it means to be a professional photographer in the 21st Century on this degree course. Learn practical skills including exposure and metering, digital workflow, colour and black and white printing, studio lighting, large and medium format, planning and installing exhibitions, professional photographic portfolio development and moving image. You’ll work across the subject of photography choosing to focus on areas such as art, documentary, editorial, commercial, advertising and critical writing on photography, tailored to your own personal interests and career aspirations. With access to traditional and digital photographic facilities with industry-standard equipment, you’ll learn how to use and adopt skills to develop your creativity, working between analogue and digital. Explore a range of self-directed learning experiences combining practice with theory, enabling you to develop the creativity and autonomy to establish your own photographic practice. Our graduates are leaders within the creative industries and you will be joining an extended alumni club who help us to create opportunities for you in terms of work experience and graduate career prospects. Key features .

  • Work with industry-standard facilities, learning skills in traditional photographic methods, digital media and emerging technologies.
  • Work broadly across the subject, including art, documentary, editorial, advertising and fashion photography, and critical writing.
  • Develop your professional skills through work experience placements, industry competitions, and collaborations with organisations.
  • Benefit from our guest lecturer series, with speakers from a range of photographic practices.
  • Opportunity to apply for a European or international exchange to one of our partner institutions, such as RMIT in Australia.
  • Take part in the development and organisation of a photography festival in your final year, showcasing your work at venues across Nottingham, with further opportunities to exhibit at other graduating events.
  • Alumni have gone on to roles such as creative director at Jamie Oliver and companies such as Getty Sports Images.
  • NTU is Ranked 12th in the UK for Art and Design. (The Complete University Guide 2021).
  • NTU is ranked in the top 15 universities in the UK for Design and Crafts (14th). (The Guardian University Guide 2021).
Assessment Assessment is 100% through coursework. You will receive feedback throughout each module and will be awarded a grade. Employability Graduate destinations include; casting director, commissioned by Vogue; EC Language Centres, photographer and filmmaker; assignment editor, Getty Images; photographer, Press Association; Vogue magazine, picture researcher; fashion photographer; re-toucher, Ted Baker; creative artworker, Agency 4; and picture editor, Press Association.


[Year One]

  • Conversations with Photography (20 credit points, full year)
  • Exploring Photography (100 credit points, full year)
[Year Two]
  • Photography and the World (60 credit points, full year)
  • Futures (20 credit points, full year)
  • Co Lab: Research, Exploration and Risk-taking (20 credit points, half year)
  • Optional module. You will also choose one 20-credit module from:
Critical Histories Materials and Making Publishing: Experimental Formats Typography: Use and Expression Ethical DesignTelling Stories Digital Marketing and Communication The Art of the Video Interview [Final Year]
  • Writing Photography (20 credit points, full year)
  • Photography Final Project (80 credit points, full year)
- Futures II (20 credit points, full year)

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

A lower offer may be made based on a range of factors, including your background (such as where you live and the school or college you attended), your experiences and individual circumstances (you may have been in care, for example). This is called a contextual offer and we get data from UCAS to make these decisions. NTU offers a student experience like no other, and this approach helps us to find students who have the potential to succeed here, but may have faced barriers that can make it more difficult to access university. We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations. Please contact Nottingham Trent University Admissions team for further information.

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Student Outcomes

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Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
Go onto work and study

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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
EU £17900 Year 1
International £17900 Year 1

Additional fee information

Tuition fees are payable for each year that you are at University. The level of tuition fees for the second and subsequent years of your undergraduate course may increase in line with inflation and as specified by the UK government.
Photography at Nottingham Trent University - UCAS