Please note: from September 2019, this course will be known as Professional Photography for the Creative Industries.
Learn from photographers who have worked for Vogue, Tatler and Getty Images. You will have ample opportunity to work with big brands, with recent collaborations including Converse, Superdry, AllSaints, SHOWstudio and Lululemon Athletica. Students have produced and exhibited work in Milan, New York, Shanghai and Vancouver.
This course incorporates all forms and genres of still and moving-image making – from fashion to music, sports to food, interiors to celebrity, beauty to travel, and more. You will learn from leading industry professionals and gain high-profile professional contacts. Developing your own industry-facing portfolio, you will be able to gain live commissions while studying. You'll hear from practitioners in lectures including internationally-recognised photographers, make-up artists, magazine editors, retouchers and art directors. Recent guests include the Condé Nast creative director Fiona Hayes as well as photographers Chris Floyd, Peter Dench, Niall McDiarmid, David Eustace and Ciara Leeming. An exciting field trip to VanArts in Canada will further inspire you, with students previously receiving live briefs from international brands while there. There are also trips to London and Paris Photo.
In your first year you'll be supported to explore moving and still image and develop retouching skills while discovering the subjects and styles you're passionate about. Year two is all about building your skills and creativity in a professional context. You’ll create your own portfolio website in preparation for securing work experience matched to your career aspirations. In your final year you’ll source your own commission and develop your business know-how. You’ll learn everything you need to know about setting up as a freelancer photographer. To mark the end of your degree, you’ll exhibit your work at your end-of-year degree show in London that attracts creative employers from across the UK. This has included photographers Jonathan Gregson, David Eustace, SHOWstudio, production house StanleyPost, TaylorJames, The Forge & art directors from Hearst & IPC magazines. You can find out more about the Photography staff and see student work on our blog
The course is designed to give you the creative skills and business know-how you need to be outstanding as a professional photographer. Assessment includes coursework, workbooks, portfolios, exhibitions and industry placements. Our equipment is among the best in the industry – Canon and Nikon DSLR's, and Hasselblad and Mamiya medium format digital cameras. You will use Capture One Pro, Premier Pro and Photoshop for post-production work. You will benefit from three well-equipped studios as well as traditional darkrooms, black and white printing equipment, an open-access digital suite with Macs and dedicated teaching spaces.
Take a look at the course map for a breakdown of modules that you'll study to complete the course. Some modules are compulsory, but in some cases you can also choose modules which interest you from outside your core area of study.
Tariff information for 2018 entry*
112 tariff points
BBC at A levels, DMM at BTEC or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.
2018 UCAS tariff table
Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants. To find out more, please email our enquiries team.
International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country.
If you do not meet the academic and English language requirements, you should consider a preparation course at INTO University of Gloucestershire, which will help to prepare you for study on this degree. INTO University of Gloucestershire is based at our Park campus and offers a range of courses including International Foundation Art, Design and Media and International Year One Art, Design and Media.
Grade C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required.
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|UCAS codes available for this subject|
|BA (Hons) - 3 years full-time||W640|
- Professional photographer
- Picture/photo editor
- Image retoucher
- Photographic agent
- Shoot producer
I'm a photographer at SuperDry. I love the variety of my work, shooting products, people and catwalk shows!
My favourite topic on my degree was digital manipulation and editing. It’s been hugely useful in my career. In my first year, we went back to basics with film to understand camera mechanics. Our lecturers were brilliant. They were motivating and creative with industry experience. We were a close-knit student community. Our final year photography show was in Covent Garden, London. Professionals from Canon and Phase One came. I exhibited light painted images from my final year project.
We have extensive global links with book and magazine publishing houses, galleries, advertising agencies, photography festivals and photographic events. Global brands we have worked with include Converse (China), Superdry (UK), Specialized (US) and Lululemon (Canada). Placement opportunities have included working at magazines and newspapers such as InStyle, Mail on Sunday, The Guardian, Vanity Fair, and Vogue. Many students get commissions from their placement organisations while studying and move into full-time work with them on graduation. Students also gain valuable experience meeting and assisting photographers and exhibiting work in London, Milan, Paris, New York, London, Shanghai and Vancouver.
“I’ve worked as an art director on magazines such as Elle and Tatler, and I continue to work as an editor, creative director and photographer for high profile clients such as Vogue, Glamour and Instyle. I was also a finalist in the John Kobal Portrait Awards. I’ve written a number of books, including Professional Photography: The New Global Landscape Explained and The Essential Student Guide to Professional Photography. My work is in a number of permanent collections, including MOMA, New York and The Tate, London.”
The only UK-based photography editorial and advertising course to receive the Creative Skillset accreditation - the creative industry hallmark for excellence. Our students graduate as highly employable professionals with the ability to carve out successful freelance careers.
One of the UK's leading professionally-focused BA photography degrees
Our external examiner reported ‘the standards shown here at the University of Gloucestershire must be among the highest in the field of commercial-learning BA photography courses’.
Engage with the world of professional photography
Through our extensive connections, you'll have exciting opportunities to work on live briefs from top global brands such as Converse, Specialized and Superdry. You can also exhibit your work abroad in locations such as Shanghai and Vancouver.