University of Derby

Photography (Professional and Applied) University of Derby Degree level: Undergraduate


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This industry-accredited BA Photography (Professional and Applied) degree is very different from other photography degrees. It specialises in developing the creative, technical and business expertise you need to succeed in the exciting and fast-paced image industry.

Although there are hundreds of photography degrees, there are few like this that focus on the commercial aspect of the art form. This has been recognised by industry bodies, the British Institute of Professional Photography and the Association of Photographers, who have endorsed it. BA Photography (Professional and Applied) also includes an optional year in industry to really boost your employability.

BA Photography (Professional and Applied) will suit you if you want to learn how to produce creative photography for a wide range of industries, from advertising to journalism.

We focus on creative problem-solving through project work. You’ll work on real commercial briefs from the outset, dealing directly with clients to produce and present your work. There’s also an inspirational mix of studio workshops, group and individual tutorials, seminars and lectures, insights from visiting photographers and trade suppliers, as well as visits to exhibitions and employers.

The optional year in industry is a brilliant opportunity to build your experience. You could work for local papers and media agencies or in-house for larger organisations. You and your work will be highly visible because we take part in national competitions and festivals, including the acclaimed FORMAT International Photography Festival hosted by Derby’s arts centre, QUAD.

The skills you'll develop on this commercial photography degree are invaluable in areas ranging from commercial and editorial photography to location finding and management, photo retail and image manipulation. Our graduates forge careers in fashion, advertising, documentary and landscape photography.

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 code W640
Institution code D39
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

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

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 112 points Your offer will be based on your predicted grades from your core A2s (full A levels), BTEC Diploma etc. We will accept up to 16 points towards the total from level 3 qualifications such as AS (where those AS levels are not taken on to A2 level), the Extended Project, or Music qualifications.  We usually consider an A Level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria / offer.
A level BBC
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM
Access to HE Diploma D: 15 credits
M: 24 credits
P: 6 credits
Pass Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits with 45 at Level 3
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification

Additional entry requirements



English language requirements

IELTS overall score at a minimum of 6.0; with at least IELTS 5.5 in each band (Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing) or another Secure English Language Test(SELT)at CEFR level B2 or above

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £14,045 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

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University of Derby
Kedleston Road
DE22 1GB

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