Commercial Photography with Integrated Foundation Year at University of Cumbria - UCAS

University of Cumbria

Degree level: Undergraduate

Commercial Photography with Integrated Foundation Year

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Course summary

Whether you’re into architecture, advertising, a fashion influencer or a product photographer, our bespoke commercial photography degree will set you up with the skills, knowledge and confidence to become a photographer 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 course, designed to launch your career in professional photography, image making and content creation. Course Overview On this commercial photography course with an integrated foundation year, 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 studio lighting to make your images pop, as well as professional post-production and editing skills to give your images the final finishing touches, taking your portfolio to the next level. On this course you will...

  • 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 By joining the Integrated Foundation Year pathway, you will have the same access to facilities as any other student in the Institute of Arts, but you will have the added advantage of working closely alongside graphic design, illustration, fine art, and photography IFY students, seeing how different disciplines approach visual enquiry and problem-solving. You will work with a range of tutors and technical staff who will guide and support you in building your skills, knowledge, and confidence, establishing a wide lifelong network of creative colleagues, and creating a portfolio of art and design work that will act as a springboard onto the next level of the course.
  • Making Images
  • Visual Enquiry
  • Environment
  • Portfolio and Progression
Year two
  • Photographic Image Capture
  • Digital Image Production with Lighting Design
  • Contemporary Image Theory
  • Cultural Contexts
  • Collaborative Practice
Year three
  • Commercial Practice 1
  • Media and Moving Image
  • Word and Voice
  • Commercial Practice 2
  • Negotiated Live Project
  • Business Development
Year four
  • Blueprint of Practice
  • Resolution of Practice
  • Independent Research Paper

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £13575 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

These fees are for the first year only. For years 2 - 4, the BA or BSc fee will apply. Visit for more information about student fees and finance, and for details about our alumni discount.
Commercial Photography with Integrated Foundation Year at University of Cumbria - UCAS