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Photography BA (Hons)

What is Photography BA (Hons)?

Express your creativity and communicate your ideas through photography. This broad-based photography degree will allow you to explore and develop expertise in a range of photographic genres that will enable you to turn your passion and creativity into a career path.

Our Film Production & Photography courses are ranked in the top 20 in the UK for student satisfaction and career prospects by the Guardian University Guide 2022.

Studying and researching photography, you’ll develop unrivalled technical and artistic skills, using dedicated facilities including traditional wet darkroom processing labs, large studios and industry-standard computers, software spanning all forms of image manipulation and film, video and animation.

You’ll explore still and moving photography, exhibition work, installations and curation and produce a rich portfolio of work, research sketchbooks, exhibitions and essays.

Study style

You’ll learn from award-winning staff and work with prestigious brands. Lecturer Professor Richard Billingham is a Turner Prize-nominated artist and one of our highly-acclaimed staff.

We scored 91% for learning resources in the National Student Survey 2019.

You can find out more about the Photography staff and see student work on our blog.

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Entry requirements

    • 96 – 120 UCAS tariff points, CCC – BBB at A levels, MMM – DDM at BTEC, or a Merit in your T-Level.

      Entry to this course is by interview. Check out our Interview Guide to learn what to expect and help you prepare.

    • We welcome applicants with a pass in a relevant Foundation or Extended Diploma (Level 3 or 4).

    • English Language or Literature and Maths Grade 4/C in GCSE (or equivalent) are normally required.

    • This course is available with an integrated foundation year to help you prepare. A degree with an integrated foundation year starts your studies with a year spent learning the skills required to progress onto a full honours degree. You will develop valuable study skills, communication, team work and problem-solving techniques which help to build your confidence and prepare you for the rest of your course.

      Typical offers
      48 UCAS tariff points, DD at A levels, PPP at BTEC or a Pass in your T Level.

      Grade C/4 in English Language/Literature and Mathematics, or equivalent (e.g. Level 2 Functional Skills).

    • We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants, although some entry requirements may still apply for Professionally Accredited Courses. We accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas and make offers on an individual basis.

Course modules


Fees and costs

See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.
Start date Location UCAS code Fee (UK)
per year
Fee (international)
per year
Sep 2023 Hardwick, Cheltenham W641 £9,250 £15,450
Sep 2024 Hardwick, Cheltenham W641 TBC TBC

Possible careers

Graduates from this course can go on to work as:

  • Photographer (studio, journalism, product, lifestyle, fashion, commercial, location)
  • Curator
  • Digital Imaging Specialist
  • Exhibiting/Publishing Artist.

Industry links

We have strong international links with arts schools, universities, museums and collectives in Australia, USA, Canada, Bangladesh, India and the Netherlands. This includes Magnum in New York, Photoworks Magazine, Delhi Photo Festival, Paris Photo, Berlin Transmediale, Capture the Event (sports photography for 2012 Olympics), David Cook (food photographer), Clifton Cameras, Athens Community Arts, and Hardwick Gallery.

Work with famous brands and international projects

Work with prestigious brands such as Magnum in New York, Photoworks Magazine, National Geographic, Mead Gallery and Capture the Event (sports photography including 2012 Olympics). Visit international photo festivals, including Delhi Photo Festival, Paris Photo and Berlin Transmediale.

Learn from a Turner Prize-nominated artist

Learn from award-winning staff. Richard Billingham is a world-renowned photographer, film-maker and artist who has been a Turner Prize nominee and winner of the prestigious Deutsche B’rse Group photography prize. His work has also been held in many major collections such as the Metropolitan Museum in New York and the V&A in London.

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Ranked in the top 20 in the UK for student satisfaction and career prospects

Our Film Production & Photography courses are ranked in the top 20 in the UK for student satisfaction and career prospects by the Guardian University Guide 2022.

Trips and experiences

You’ll have the opportunity to visit international photo festivals, including the
Delhi Photo Festival and Paris Photo.


As part of your course you can gain valuable experience on an optional placement year.

  • Duration – 12 months, full-time (minimum 35 hours a week)
  • Location – popular destinations include the UK, USA, China and Europe
  • Visa – you may need a visa if you’re on placement abroad
  • Finance – your tuition fee is reduced for your placement year – and you can still apply for a maintenance loan and get money advice
  • Placement support – we’ll help you find a great placement and get the most out of the experience

"I chose to study photography in this context as I always felt I wanted to use photography as an artist… I wanted my work rooted within that medium."

Former student, Felicity Hammond, has earned a number of high-profile accolades since graduating. She has been a nominee for the Saatchi New Sensations Prize and she won the RCA Metro Prize for her work ‘Restore to Factory Settings’. In 2016, she was showcased as part of the British Journal of Photography’s International Photography Awards.

Her work has been exhibited widely, including stints at the South Kiosk Gallery at Unseen in Amsterdam, at the Saatchi Gallery in London and at the Lowry in Manchester.

Felicity Hammond, Photography student

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