Photography (with Foundation Year) at University of East London - UCAS

Course summary

Can you imagine a world without photographs? We are looking for a new generation of photographers who understand how photography shapes the world and want to know how to push the boundaries, explore new processes and use their knowledge to work for change. We will support you to gain advanced skills in photographic production, while developing a sophisticated understanding of the historical and contemporary uses of photography. As part of the unique Art and Design subject area, you will have opportunities to collaborate on inter-disciplinary projects, preparing you to engage in a competitive job market equipped with skills for the fourth industrial age (4iR). You will develop a professional photography portfolio reflecting both your specific interests and your career aspirations whilst gaining confidence in a wide range of creative practices from medium/large format cameras, self-publishing, audio and moving image production to e.g. 3D fabrication. You will also have access to one of the largest darkrooms in London to explore analogue photography.


Foundation Year: Professional Life (Mental Wealth) (Core), Art & Design Workshops, Processes & Skills (Core), Art & Design Studio Practice & Portfolio (Core), Art & Design Specialist Workshops, Processes & Skills (Core), Art & Design Specialist Studio Practice & Portfolio (Core), Art & Design Contextual Studies (Core) Year 1: Professional Life 1 (Mental Wealth) (Core), Practice 1 (Core), Contextual Studies 1 (Core), Research into Practice 1 (Core), Experimentation and Application 1A (Core), Experimentation and Application 1B (Core) Year 2: Professional Life 2 (Mental Wealth) (Core), Design Investigation 2 (Core), Contextual Studies 2 (Core), Design Integration 2 (Core), Advanced Experimentation and Applications (Animation) (Core), Advanced Practice (Core), Optional placement (Optional) Year 3: Professional Life 3 (Mental Wealth) (Core), Integrated Technology (Core), Independent Major Project Part A (Core), Design Investigation 3 (Core), Art & Design Studio Practice & Portfolio (Core), Research into Practice 3 – Global Photography (Core), Research into Practice 3 – Extended Research Project (Core) For more information about individual modules, please visit our course pages via the link below.

Assessment method

You'll be required to present work for assessment in the form of exhibition, portfolio presentation, oral presentation or in the form of an evaluative learning journal, report or essay. The course includes 20-credit and 40-credit modules which are assessed at the end of each term. The marks from the second and third years are used to formulate your final degree award. Feedback is provided within 15 working days in line with UEL's assessment and feedback policy.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

For detailed information on entry requirements for our courses, please see the individual course pages. We consider a range of UK and worldwide qualifications at the appropriate level and also take relevant work experience into account when considering an application. Many courses have a Foundation Year option for those students whose qualifications do not meet the BA or BSc entry requirements. Applicants should have, or be working towards, grade C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent Level 2 qualification such as Functional Skills Level 2 in English and Mathematics or Key Skills Level 2 in Application of Number and Communication) Entry requirements are intended only as a guide for applicants. They are not a guarantee of an offer, nor of the conditions that may apply. When making a decision on your academic suitability, we will make an assessment of you as an individual and will use information other than qualifications; which may include predicted grades, performance at Level 2, relevant work experience, previous study at degree level, personal statement, references and any portfolio, written test or interview, to make our decision. If you have any questions, please contact a member of our Applicant Relations Team from Monday to Friday (9am–5pm) on +44 (0) 20 8223 3333 or

Additional entry requirements


Applicants are required to attend an interview for discussion of their portfolio of work.


Your portfolio should contain between ten and fifteen printed images that demonstrate your interest in photography, using digital and/or traditional analogue techniques. It should be between ten and fifteen sheets in length. Our recommended size for photography portfolios is A3. We are interested in all types of photographic practice, including commercial work, art photography, portraits, fashion, sport, documentary, etc. Your portfolio can also include evidence of any art and design projects that you have undertaken. This can include drawings, print-making or work in any other media that you are interested in. We would also like to see your sketchbooks / journals to see how you develop your ideas. At interview you should be prepared to discuss your work, ideas and ambitons. You should also be able to discuss the photographers who influence you.

Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £14580 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £14580 Year 1

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Photography (with Foundation Year) at University of East London - UCAS