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Centre for Art and Photography, Cheltenham

One of the leading professionally-focused BA photography degrees, we’re ranked in the top 10 for photography degrees by Guardian University Guide 2016.

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We develop professional photographers who create inspirational, creative images for global brands.

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Immerse yourself in whatever genre of photographic work you're passionate about. Gain the professional insight, connections and experiences you need to excel as a commissioned photographer. Placement opportunities have included working at InStyle, Company, Men's Health and Period Living magazines, as well as SHOWstudio and post-production house, Stanley's Post.

Students also gain valuable experience meeting and assisting photographers, working within fashion, portrait, music, interiors, extreme sports, food and still-life photography in London and abroad.

You'll hear from a range of industry professionals and specialists at guest lectures. Past guests include the Condé Nast global creative director Fiona Hayes, photographers Chris Floyd, Peter Dench, Niall McDiarmid, David Eustace and Ciara Leeming. You'll meet and hear from internationally-recognised make-up artists, stylists, picture editors, retouchers and art directors. You'll have the opportunity to exhibit your work at your own degree show in London and in Cheltenham. Students have worked on live briefs and exhibited work in London, Shanghai, with Vancouver this year and Delhi in 2016. Alongside this, there's a yearly trip to Paris for the prestigious Paris Photo. The course continually adapts to meet the demands of a constantly-evolving industry, giving you the skills you need to become a professional photographer. This includes the introduction of moving image creation, the use of social media and the creation of an online presence.

Study style

The course is designed to give you the creative skills you need to excel professionally. Assessment includes a wide range of outcomes including coursework, work books, portfolios, exhibitions and industry placements. In addition, you'll have ample opportunity to work on live briefs for top brand names throughout your degree. 

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2016 entry*

280 tariff points

Typical offers

BBC at A levels, DMM at BTEC or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.

2016 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.

For international students please see entry requirements in your country for full details.

Grade C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. If you don't meet your tariff points total we may still consider your application. Please email our admissions team for further information.

* Selection by portfolio and interview

Tariff information for 2017 entry*

112 tariff points

Typical offers

BBC at A levels, DMM at BTEC or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.

2017 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.

For international students please see entry requirements in your country for full details.

Grade C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. If you don't meet your tariff points total we may still consider your application. Please email our admissions team for further information.

* Selection by portfolio and interview

Details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.

UCAS codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
Single Honours - 3 years full-timeW640

Careers

  • Professional photographer
  • Picture/photo editor
  • Stylist
  • Image retoucher
  • Photographic agent
  • Shoot producer

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Student Focus

Mark Brown

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.

Industry links

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) and Specialized (US).

Programme specifications

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Staff Profile

Grant Scott

“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.”

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One of the UK's leading professionally-focused BA photography degrees

In response to the high-quality of work created within the course, our external examiner reported ‘the standards shown here at the University of Gloucestershire must be among the highest in the field of commercial-leaning BA photography courses’ (external examiner report: Jim Campbell 2014).

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Creative Skillset accredited

The only photography editorial and advertising course to receive the Creative Skillset accreditation in the UK - the creative industry hallmark for excellence.

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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, Vancouver and Dehli.

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