Solent University (Southampton) has opted into the TEF and received a Silver award.
This one year degree gives experienced photographers the opportunity to ‘top up’ their existing skills and qualifications into a full honours degree and spend a year producing work for their portfolio. A degree in photography from Solent University will help position you at the cutting edge of this medium, preparing you to enter the world of work having received training from experienced practitioners on a wide range of techniques and equipment.
Key to securing these opportunities is creating a rich and varied professional portfolio. Solent’s teaching team will guide students through this process, ensuring that they have the creative freedom to make a portfolio that best represents their own unique style, while at the same time demonstrating that they are a competent, adaptable and employable practitioner.
Students may also get the opportunity to exhibit work in our purpose built Solent Showcase gallery. Not only is this a great chance to get work seen by the public, it also teaches valuable curation skills.
Regular lectures are often supported by a programme of industry guest speakers, which in the past have included appearances from Richard Billingham, Catherine Yass, Charlotte Cotton, Ori Gersht, Brian Dillon, Peter Fraser, Dan Holdsworth, Chrystel Lebas, Jeremy Millar, Sophy Rickett, Margaret Salmon and Tom Hunter. These speakers, as well as the regular teaching team, focus on contemporary photographic debates and industry best practise, as well as essential business skills and entrepreneurship.
Think a career as a photographer might be for you? With first-class facilities and a unique emphasis on freelance work, Solent University’s photography top up programme can help you to turn your existing experience into a full honours degree and take your first steps into the industry.
Core unitsContemporary Studio Practice Image, Text Analysis 1 Image, Text Analysis 2 Final Major Project
How to apply
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!
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This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office. We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.
|UCAS Tariff||Not accepted|
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Additional entry requirements
Interview and portfolio viewing
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9,250||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9,250||Year 1|
Additional fee information
Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.
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Main Contact - Admissions and Enrolment Team
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