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Photography: Editorial and Advertising BA (Hons)

What is Photography: Editorial and Advertising BA (Hons)?

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What is Editorial & Advertising Photography? Well, it’s everywhere you look.

Editorial photography tells a story, it is created to inspire, engage and inform the audience. It’s in magazines, in print or online, it’s content creation for social media, Instagram, tiktok, blogs, behind the scenes photography for Films, TV and Brands.

Advertising photography promotes, sells, raises awareness for Brands, products, services, charities and organisations, in print, magazines, posters, sides of buses, and everywhere online, from social media to banner ads.

You will become part of our mutually supportive ‘Ed&Ad Photo’ community that works across year groups, courses and has a fantastic network of alumni all there to encourage the development of your creative and academic practice.

Our students create photography and moving image, for everything from fashion to food, sports to automotive, music to still life, portraits to interiors, so whatever your interests we will help you develop your creativity and learn how to apply this professionally.

Our graduates become successful freelancers and get jobs in photography and the wider creative industries.

Check out our Instagram @edandadphoto to see what our students do and listen to some IG chats with students and graduates of our course.

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.

Study style

Throughout the three years you will meet and hear from many visiting speakers; people who create photography, commission photography and promote photography. Many of whom are graduates of our course, which is particularly inspiring for you, so you can see where your own journeys could lead.

In your first year you’ll learn many new photography skills, using the three professionally equipped photography studios and on location. You will create moving image and still photography, you will develop retouching skills while discovering the subjects and styles you’re passionate about.

Year two is all about building your photography skills and creativity in a professional context. You’ll develop your online presence, website, Instagram etc in preparation for securing work experience matched to your areas of interest and career aspirations.  You will create zines, photo books, moving image and have modules in which you can experiment and have fun exploring photography. With full access to our very well stocked Photography equipment stores you’ll be able to use everything from high-end medium format digital and roll film cameras to large format 5×4 and 10×8 cameras.

In your final year you’ll create your major project work, source your own commission and develop your business know-how. You’ll refine your online presence, take part in an individual professional portfolio review day with a panel of top industry experts. You’ll exhibit your work at your end-of-year degree show in Cheltenham and have the opportunity to exhibit in London these shows attracts creative employers from across the UK. You’ll learn everything you need to know about setting up as a freelance photographer and/or working as an employee.

Assessment includes photography coursework, reflective journals, portfolios, exhibitions and industry placements.

‘The course is industry focused and fosters entrepreneurship and professional working practices. The curriculum content promotes diversity and ethical working practices.’

2021 External Examiner report, Editorial & Advertising Photography. 

Get Photography: Editorial and Advertising BA (Hons) course updates and hear more about studying with us.

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 W640 £9,250 TBC
Sep 2024 Hardwick, Cheltenham W640 TBC TBC

Possible careers

Graduates from this course can go on to work as:

  • Professional Photographer
  • Social Media Content Creator/Manager
  • Film Maker/ Videographer
  • Picture/Photo Editor
  • Stylist
  • Image Re-toucher
  • Photographic Agent/Producer.

Industry links

We have extensive global links with book and magazine publishing houses, galleries, advertising agencies, photography festivals and photographic events. Global brands we’ve 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.




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.

Visit our course blog for the latest updates

Stay up to date with the very latest updates from Photography: Editorial and Advertising by visiting our course blog.

You’ll hear from our lecturers, see examples of student work and find out what some of our recent graduates have been up to.

Visit the course blog

Talk to staff, students and grads on @edandadphoto IGTV series

In Editorial & Advertising Photography we understand what thoughts and questions you may have about investing your time and money in studying a Photography degree.

Those why, what, how, where, when questions.

What do students do after graduating, do they get jobs? – What’s it like being a student on our course? – What do they do and how do they do it? – What are the Halls like? – Will I fit in? – What’s it been like during lockdown?

We’ll talk about all of this and more on ‘INTO, THROUGH & BEYOND’ on IGTV.

Introduction to Moving Image

This film was made by first year students as part of the Introduction to Moving image module. Students worked on live briefs with external clients to create short, moving images pieces for social media and website content.

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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.


You’ll have the opportunity within the second year and third year to carry out work placements in many areas of the creative industries, in the UK or abroad.

We’ll help you find great placement(s) through our excellent contacts and reputation in the industry, and a fantastic community of alumni who are always willing to welcome our current students.




Reece travels the world as a photographer for Lush

Reece is a Photography: Editorial and Advertising Graduate.

“My course leader saw me as an individual, not just a number. Plus, the equipment and studios are second to none – you won’t find that anywhere else so make the most of it!”

Reece has photographed Liam Gallagher, Ed Sheeran, Angelina Jolie and Trevor Noah to name a few. He now travels the world as the ingredient’s photographer for Lush Cosmetics.

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