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Photography: Editorial and Advertising BA (Hons)

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

The course is designed to give you the creative skills and business know-how you need to be outstanding as a professional photographer. You’ll incorporate 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’ll 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.

Our Photography: Editorial and Advertising BA (Hons) course scored 91% for overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2021.

One of the leading professionally-focused BA photography degrees and Winner of the Course of the Year 2021 in the prestigious Association of Photographers Student Awards.

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.

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

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.

Assessment includes coursework, workbooks, portfolios, exhibitions and industry placements.

Photo credit: Callum Spicer, graduate, photo taken in his third year

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

Entry requirements

    • 104 – 120 UCAS tariff points, BCC – BBB at A levels, MMM – DDM at BTEC, or a Merit in your T-Level.

      If you are using a combination of qualifications to achieve the required UCAS tariff points, they must either include at least 2 A levels, a BTEC or an equivalent qualification.

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

    • 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. Also please note – some courses require several years of relevant work experience.

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 2022 Hardwick, Cheltenham W640 £9,250 £15,000
Sep 2023 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.

Students on the MA Photography course looking into a camera

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

Photograph by Morgan Harlow of Ellie Simmons Olympic Gold medalist at the Olympic Aquatic Centre, London.

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.

Student on Photojournalism and Documentary Photography course using camera in the studio at Hardwick

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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