Photography

​What types of degree can you get in photography?

Many universities offer a BA photography degree course and some universities may also offer subjects such as photojournalism and documentary photography, editorial and advertising photography or commercial photography:

BA (Hons) Photography

A broad-based photography degree will allow you to explore and develop expertise in a range of photographic genres.

Find out more about our BA (hons) Photography degree

BA (Hons) Photojournalism and Documentary Photography

Work on documentary projects and learn how to be a successful photojournalist or documentary photographer.

Find out more about our BA (hons) Photojournalism and Documentary Photography degree

BA (Hons) Photography: Editorial and Advertising / Commercial Photography

Learn all forms and genres of still and moving-image making. This may include fashion, music, sports, food, interiors. Develop your own industry facing portfolio.

Find out more about our BA (hons) Photography: Editorial and Advertising degree

Who would study a photography degree?

If you are interested in a career in an art, media or design then consider a photography degree. A photography degree course is well suited to creative students whose A level subjects include art, design or media.

What are the benefits of a photography degree?

One of the benefits of a degree in photography is that you will be able to create an impressive portfolio which you can use when you look for a job after you graduate. You will also have access to the latest technology and studio equipment so you can produce high quality photos for your portfolio.

During your degree you will have professional photographers as your mentors who will assess your work and give feedback. You can then use the feedback to make your photos even better.

Getting a degree in photography means you will learn about different types of photography genres and gain a wider range of skills which will help with future career opportunities.

What career options are there with a photography degree?

There are a number of different careers that are available to photography graduates:

  • Photographer (studio, journalism, product, lifestyle, fashion, commercial, location)
  • Curator
  • Digital imaging specialist
  • Exhibiting / publishing artist

What are the entry requirements for a photography degree?

When you apply for a photography degree you may be selected to attend an interview. You may be asked to talk about your interest in photography, your influences and aspirations. You will need to demonstrate a range of work in a portfolio, not just coursework but work initiated by you to demonstrate your ability to think for yourself.

Why choose University of Gloucestershire for your photography degree course?

BA (Hons) Photography: We are in the UK top 20 for film production and photography according to the Guardian University Guide 2020. Learn from award-winning staff and work with prestigious brands. Explore still and moving photography, exhibition work, installations and curation. We scored 91% for learning resources in the National Student Survey 2019.

BA (Hons) Photojournalism and Documentary Photography: Exploring through your lens, you’ll have the opportunity to work on documentary projects abroad with recent third year projects being undertaken in Thailand, the Caribbean, Iceland, the Philippines and Israel. Learn from working photographers who work for clients such as Time Magazine, the Sunday Times, the Football Association and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

BA (Hons) Photography Editorial and Advertising: Winner of the course of the year award (Association of Photographers student awards 2018), you’ll learn from photographers who have worked for Vogue, Tatler and Getty images. You will have ample oppo​rtunity to work with big brands, with recent collaborations including Converse, Superdry and AllSaints. Students have produced and exhibited work in Milan, New York, Shanghai and Vancouver.

The next steps

Interested in studying photography at university and applying for one of our photography courses? Applications for undergraduate photography degrees are made through UCAS, while applications for postgraduate photography degrees are made directly to the university. You can find out more about applying for an undergraduate or postgraduate degree using the links below, where you’ll also find details about how to get in touch with our admissions team if you have any further questions.

Find out more about applying for an undergraduate degree

Find out more about applying for a postgraduate degree