University Centre Leeds, Leeds City College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: The Open University

Photography (Top-Up)

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Course summary

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The BA (Hons) Photography Programme delivered in the studios and darkrooms at the Park Lane Campus, as well as in the University Centre. By this stage of your career you should have a focus of what area of photography you want to pursue. Whatever this passion is, the course will steer you towards to your own career trajectory. Current staff have a wide range of photographic experience, from documentary and portraiture, fine art and fashion, to more commercially orientated work. Staff will assist you with ideas and allow you to build a final major project. The course comprises of five modules with photographic concepts are at the heart of the course. The outcomes for these include exhibitions and portfolio reviews. It is assumed that you have understood the basics of camera functions during your Foundation Degree or HND and this course will push your critical understanding of what a photographic project is and knowledge of other practitioners. The teaching on the course is front loaded which means that the core of the teaching takes placing the first semester with supportive tutorials guiding you through the second semester; this allows you to become an autonomous learner which is supported by tutorials, critiques and visiting lecturers. We feel that students should exhibit their work as much as possible, with students taking part in at least two exhibitions during their year of study. The BA Students work together to produce a mini-students photographic festival in May. The course offers a number of visiting speakers throughout the year, these have included Ian Beesley, Murat Özkasim, Juno Calypso, Danny North, Simon Roberts and John Angerson. Staff who deliver on the course is a mixture of academic and practicing photographers. All staff are currently working on and exhibiting projects. The course runs several trips each academic year, these have included: London, Paris, Budapest, Berlin and New York City. The focus of these trips is to see engaging works at a range of galleries as well as to see and photograph different cultures. We also visit Art and Photography festivals including the Liverpool Look Festival and Derby Format Festival.

Course details


The modules you will study are designed to give you an advanced experience in photographic skill, focusing on processes, ideas and concepts. This is underpinned by academic, historical and contextual modules, with a focus on work related learning. Modules: •Exploratory Photographic Practice •Personal Photographic Project •Research Project •Making a Professional Network •Professional Practice

Assessment method

You will be assessed in a variety of modes. This will vary depending on the style of module, you will be expected to undertake written work in the form of blogs, workbooks and essays. Presentations and portfolio reviews, along with practical submissions.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeW641
Institution code L21
Campus nameQuarry Hill Campus
Campus codeQ

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

Leeds City College and it's various centres welcome students from across the EU and international students who are already residing in the UK. The College is not currently recruiting students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) whose immigration permission is for education only.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level Not accepted
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Not accepted
Access to HE Diploma Not accepted
Scottish Higher Not accepted

A typical offer is likely to be 40% pass at Foundation Degree or a pass profile in a relevant HND, together with 5 GCSEs at grade C or above including English (Maths isn’t required). International qualifications will be assessed against these criteria. Speakers of other languages need to have an IELTS score of at least 6.0 or a recognised level 2 English qualification. All students must be able to demonstrate either by qualifications or testing that they have the required literacy skills to complete the course. All students are to present a portfolio and supporting academic text. This is undertaken during an interview or correspondence for distance applicants.

Additional entry requirements



Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £7950 Year 1
England £7950 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7950 Year 1
Scotland £7950 Year 1
Wales £7950 Year 1
Channel Islands £7950 Year 1

Additional fee information

Fees are charged per academic year. There are additional costs associated with the practical elements of this programme, which may include: Photographic film & paper Printing costs Framing and display of work Optional trips and visits These costs will be led by the nature of the work that you produce, however you will be expected to meet the costs of production of photographic projects.
Photography (Top-Up) at University Centre Leeds, Leeds City College - UCAS