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The Commercial world relies on powerful imagery to give news stories and brand messages impact.
Whether it’s socially concerned documentary or dramatic contemporary fashion imagery, commercial photography has the ability to communicate its message. On this course we aim to develop a visually expressive generation of fashion, documentary, editorial, portrait and advertising photographers. We’re looking for people who want to push creative boundaries, challenge industry perceptions and set the agenda for future generations of commercial photographers.
Our students go on to create images for international magazines and newspapers, picture desks, ad agencies, fashion houses, and more. You’ll gain a broad understanding of photographic practice and theory as we guide you towards a career in the creative industries. You’ll graduate confident in the creative and critical visual language needed to work with teams in your chosen field.
What you will study
The course aims to provide a wide range of undergraduate students with the opportunity to develop a specialist career in photography, by nurturing technically proficient and professionally astute photography students as they mature into critically aware creative decision makers. You’ll gain a broad understanding of photographic practice and theory as we guide you towards a career in photography and the creative industries.
The course will enhance your understanding of the creative industries and the roles within them by expanding your professional knowledge and identifying your individual career potential. It will also promote your personal development by undertaking academic and creative research which could lead to further study at postgraduate level. You'll develop your abilities in visual communication and photographic presentation. You’ll enter the industry confidently, invested in the creative and critical visual language needed to effectively collaborate within your field of practice.
Approximately 68% of your time will be contact hours, including scheduled teaching sessions, but also supervised time in the workshop or studio, and the remainder will be independent study. 100% of assessment for this course is coursework based.
You can choose to complete your degree in one of the following named awards:
BA (Hons) Commercial Photography (Advertising)
BA (Hons) Commercial Photography (Fashion)
- BA (Hons) Commercial Photography (Documentary/Editorial)
By the end of the course you will be able to...
Apply creative photographic ability, evidencing professional levels of ability, independent thought and understanding during the production of work.
Apply professional understanding when identifying career opportunities, and placing own work within the creative/photographic industries.
Apply a critical and theoretical understanding of photography within historical and contemporary contexts, offering opportunities to study at Masters Level.
- Show evidence of effective problem solving, research, communication and presentation skills through applying creative and conceptually considered solutions to professionally focused briefs.
Studios and resources
The photography facilities at AUB recently underwent a multi-million-pound development and refurbishment, which saw the creation of brand new digital suites, a collaborative specialist photography hub and brand new colour printing facilities. You’ll have access to seven dedicated photographic studios and specialist photographic equipment.
Coursework and practical work
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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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
- Year 2
- Year 3
**Please see AUB's website for a full list of our entry requirements, including tariff points where applicable.**
We are happy to accept a wide range of qualifications, including but not limited to: A Levels, BTEC Extended Diploma, OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma, BTEC Subsidiary Diploma(s), Access to HE courses, Scottish Highers, IB Diploma Programme, Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. We can also accept many EU and International qualifications. See website for details. Email Admissions (email@example.com) with any queries about entry requirements.
We welcome applicants who are currently studying or who have gained a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design and this qualification meets our level three entry requirements. This is a recommended qualification for many of our courses but it is not a compulsory qualification.
Other relevant and equivalent Level 3 qualifications are considered on an individual basis and we are happy to accept applicants with a combination of Level 3 qualifications. Please check your qualifications using UCAS Tariff calculator and remember we are looking for the equivalent of 3 A levels if you are combining Level 3 qualifications.
AUB tailors its offers to the qualifications an applicant is studying and looks for applicant to be studying a relevant creative subject. AUB makes offers based on up to three A Levels or equivalent Level 3 qualifications with the most UCAS Tariff points attached to them to give applicants the best chance possible at achieving our required tariff (120 UCAS Tariff points in most cases).
Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this coursehttps://aub.ac.uk/apply/undergraduate/entry-requirements/
Additional entry requirements
We invite as many applicants to attend an interview as possible and will hold the majority of interviews January – March. If you have been selected for interview we will email you and details will be sent via AUB’s application portal, MyApplication. Admissions will send you full details of the date and time of the interview, plus what to bring and how to get to AUB. For most courses, unless specified, you will be required to bring a portfolio of work as part of your interview and you will need to follow the portfolio guidance for the course. AUB is flexible, so if you cannot attend your allocated interview date you can request it is rescheduled.
We invite a small group to each interview slot and you will be taken to the relevant course area. Normally this will begin with a brief talk about the course and then the academic staff will look at your portfolio. This might be a group session where you are all asked to contribute and talk about your work. Or you may be seen on a one-to-one basis to discuss your work. Interviews are your opportunity to demonstrate to us your self-motivation and commitment to your area of study. Be ready to talk about your influences, who inspires you and why (think about your cultural interests such as gallery visits, exhibitions, cinema, theatre or literature). It’s important that you contextualise your work. We also expect you to have an awareness of contemporary practice in your chosen subject area. Interviews are also your opportunity to ask any questions you have about the course.
As a specialist art and design institution, the portfolio forms a big part of our admissions process. Each course has different guidelines for what the course team expects to see in your portfolio and you can find these on our website. It is important to read the portfolio guidelines and select pieces for your portfolio accordingly so you bring with you a good range of work which meets the course team’s expectations.
Portfolios should contain a variety of different work, showcasing your creative ability and capacity to work in different media. Include sketchbooks and idea journals as well as examples of ‘work in progress’ to show the development and journey of a project. We recognise that everyone has different skills, portfolios and experiences, so what we look for is potential through a broad range of work that expresses the scope of your creative experiences and shows evidence of enquiry and experimentation.
If you are outside the UK or can’t attend an interview Admissions will ask you to submit a link to an electronic portfolio and full details of how to submit this will be sent to you by Admissions.
English language requirements
|Cambridge English Advanced||C||Overall score of 180|
|Cambridge English Proficiency||C||Overall score of 200|
|IELTS (Academic)||6.0||6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component (reading, writing, speaking and listening)|
|PTE Academic||54.0||A minimum of 51 in each component|
AUB can also accept International Baccalaureate English Language B or English Language and Literature A at Higher Level grade 4 or Standard Level grade 5. We may also accept TOEFL iBT scores of 80 or above for entry to degree courses; however we would prefer one of the above qualifications. TOEFL is a test of American English and is not classified as a Secure English Language Test (SELT) for Tier 4 Visa applicants. IELTS, Pearson and TOEFL scores must be less than two years old at the start of the course to be valid.
English language requirements
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9,250||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9,250||Year 1|
Additional fee information
Clearing contact details
Admissions staff available Monday - Friday 08:30 - 17:00
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