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Develop advanced photography skills, and gain a wide-ranging understanding of contemporary photographic culture, on our inspiring BA Photography degree course.  

You’ll be on the doorstep of London’s vibrant creative scene, with some of the world’s leading magazines, agencies, studios and galleries within easy reach. 

While developing your photography and technical skills, you’ll become adept at using 35mm film cameras, film processing equipment, DSLR cameras, medium and large format cameras, and studio and location lighting.  

You'll learn to use all the relevant software packages, including Photoshop and Capture One, as well as developing digital darkroom skills and practical skills, such as project management, presentation and problem solving. 

On campus, you'll have access to two industry-standard studios, a darkroom and two Mac suites that will facilitate your work. 

On the theoretical side, we’ll explore contemporary and historical photographic practices and their diverse uses in cultural fields such as journalism, fine art, fashion, editorial, advertising and web design.  

You'll learn about the relationship between photography and disciplines such as cultural studies, anthropology and philosophy; and become familiar with the work of key theorists and practitioners involved in the ongoing development of the field, such as Roland Barthes, and Broomberg and Chanarin.  

Central to the course is the development of your own portfolio of work. For the past seven years, final-year students have exhibited their work at Free Range in Brick Lane, which provides an ideal platform for exposure, as well as opportunities to meet vital industry contacts. 

We offer opportunities to explore career options, so you can assess your choices, evaluate your strengths and weaknesses, and learn how to present an excellent application. There are also opportunities to undertake a work placement. 

Develop advanced photography skills, and gain a wide-ranging understanding of contemporary photographic culture, on...

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Course Content

Year one 

  • Undertake practical projects exploring both analogue and digital photography. Projects can involve producing prints, photobooks and working with image and text.  
  • Start building key technical skills in areas such as software, camera work and lighting.  
  • Other modules cover theoretical materials on visual culture, with the aim of developing your analytical and written skills. 

Year two 

  • Focus your practical and conceptual skills in a number of different areas, including working with portrait, landscape and documentary photography.  
  • Other modules currently include Visual Storytelling and Image and Appropriation. 

Year three 

  • Develop and produce your own body of high-quality work to an industry-level standard.  
  • Continue building your portfolio or your critical understanding of photography.  
  • Choose to carry out an extended piece of written research, supported by our team of expert staff. 

Year one  Undertake practical projects exploring both analogue and digital photography. Projects can involve producing prints, photobooks and working with image and text.   Start building key technical skills in areas such as software, camera work and...

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Entry Requirements

Specific entry requirements:

Offers are typically based in the range of 112 points from A-levels, BTEC diplomas, UAL diplomas, the International Baccalaureate or equivalents. Our offers are not solely based on academic results; we also take your skills, achievements and life experience into consideration. 

You may be invited to share your portfolio if you have one.

Specific entry requirements: Offers are typically based in the range of 112 points from A-levels, BTEC diplomas, UAL diplomas, the International Baccalaureate or equivalents. Our offers are not solely based on academic results; we also take your skills, achievements and life experience into consideration.  You may be invited to share your portfolio if you have...

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