Photography - BA Hons Degree

Course Code: VL1HE16

UCAS Code: W640


Next available course:

Start DateLocationDuration / Fees
14/09/2020University Centre3 Years / £8,335 per year Apply
14/09/2021University Centre3 Years / £8,750 per year Apply
How you will study with B&FC for the 2020/21 academic year.

Course Overview

Photography graduates need to be prepared for a more varied, ever-changing and challenging work environment than ever before.

Our aim is for you to develop a broad range of transferable skills including creative thinking and enterprise skills to give you the confidence to use them with the flexibility to create and support a successful career.

As the industry and its supporting technology is ever-changing, we have developed a responsive curriculum by utilising visiting industry professionals as a vital resource and information base that has enabled us to inform and deliver appropriate industry content.

As a student on the BA (Hons) Photography programme, you may have the opportunity to sign up for inspirational study visits to exhibitions and festivals including Berlin, Barcelona, Paris Photo, and New York, where you could have the opportunity to exhibit your work and develop international contacts.

With your broad skills, industry connections and growing self-confidence, you will graduate from this programme as a photography specialist, able to progress to post-graduate study and meaningful employment, or directly to into industry, where you will make a significant impact in academic, creative or other professional sectors.

The industry focus of the programme is maintained by teaching and technical staff who are themselves practitioners and who ensure that the programme of study is both current and relevant.

The wide range of specialisms offered by the teaching staff and technicians ensures that you are offered a rich range of options, allowing you to specialise in areas that suit your personal and professional needs as you progress through the programme.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 96 UCAS points in an appropriate discipline excluding Functional Skills and GCSE English Language at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent).

Applicants who are able to demonstrate relevant work/life skills or knowledge will also be considered on an individual basis.

All applicants will be given the opportunity to attend a workshop. Alternatively, if you are unable to attend, we will view your work online. For further details, please see

Qualification Obtained

BA (Hons) Photography

Career Options and Progression

Assessment Methods


Most courses are assessed via a combination of coursework and exams – the percentage weighting of each of these is outlined below. Coursework might range from written tasks and assignments to the collation of a portfolio of evidence based around a work placement. Coursework differs from exams in that it is usually non-timed and carried out independently.


Exams are formal, timed written assessments, carried out in a controlled environment and overseen by one or more invigilators. They assess your grasp of the theory and underpinning knowledge related to your chosen career area. The opposite of practicals, they require you to set out your practical understanding within an academic context. Some courses have no exams – the exam/coursework ratio is outlined below.


Practical assessments identify your technical ability to apply theory to hands-on tasks in your chosen career area. They can be timed or non-timed and involve observation of your practical skills and competencies, either in a work-based environment or a dedicated College setting that closely resembles the workplace. Practical work-based assessments are supported and carried out by a trained assessor.

Assessment MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6

Course Structure

Level 4 Modules

Critical and Contextual PerspectivesVL4MD02120Mandatory
Introduction to Studio PracticeVL4MD02220Mandatory
Introduction to Location PracticeVL4MD02320Mandatory
Exploring Technical Creative Practice PhotoVL4MD02420Mandatory
Collaborative Approaches to Creative PracticeVL4MD02520Mandatory
Engaging the ArchiveVL4MD02620Mandatory

Level 5 Modules

Critical and Contemporary PerspectivesVL5MD02820Mandatory
Making an Impact Balancing Risk and CreativityVL5MD02920Mandatory
Photograpgy and Critical ExplorationVL5MD03020Mandatory
Photography and Publication Disseminating Your WorkVL5MD03120Mandatory
Exploring Creative and Professional PracticeVL5MD03220Mandatory
Critical PerspectivesVL5MD03320Mandatory

Level 6 Modules

Test Bed Planning for Professional PracticeVL6MD01540Mandatory
Synthesising Research and PracticeVL6MD01640Mandatory
Launch Pad Exhibition Curation Self PromotionVL6MD01720Mandatory
Independent Research ProjectVL6MD01820Mandatory

Teaching and Learning Methods

Scheduled Learning

Scheduled time relates to the time you spend in directed study with the guidance and support of our academic tutors. Scheduled learning can take a variety of forms and will vary from one course to the next, but may include lectures, seminars, tutorials, project supervision, demonstrations, studio or workshop time, fieldwork and external visits.

Independent Study

Higher education courses rely on students undertaking work outside of formal, scheduled sessions and this is generally categorised as independent study. Independent study might include preparation for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading or practice, completion of assessment tasks and revision.


Many of the degree programmes at B&FC incorporate opportunities for work placements to provide you with the opportunity to link your studies to relevant professional practice in a real work environment. Our programme teams are able to offer support in securing an appropriate work placement where it forms part of your programme, and will work closely with you during the placement to ensure that the opportunity allows you to develop personally, professionally and academically.

Learning MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6

Industry Placement and Field Trips

Other Costs and Equipment Needed

Expert Tutors

All staff involved in the delivery of higher education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.

Tuition Fees

Regulation and Accreditation

Terms and Conditions

Programme Handbook

Programme Specification