Photography (BA Hons)

Photography

BA (Hons)

Acclaimed artists in residence

Learn from internationally renowned photographers - and follow in their footsteps.

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Unique opportunities

Amazing experiences to broaden your horizons and hone your skills.

Person in Amsterdam dressed as a demon.

International trips, exchanges and placements will expand your knowledge, as well as your portfolio.

Photographs hanging on a wall of a gallery.

Challenge your perspective through symposiums, curation, work experience placements and exhibitions. (Photo: Ffion Chant)

Students planning an exhibition.

Make the most of our links with renowned galleries to showcase your work.

A specialist centre

Find everything you need under one roof - from traditional darkrooms, to cutting-edge editing facilities.

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Learn from a Turner Prize-nominated artist

Richard Billingham

Professor Richard Billingham

Professor Richard Billingham shot to fame shortly after leaving art school, with a body of work called 'Ray's a Laugh'.

In 1997, he was awarded the prestigious City Bank Photography Prize, later to become known as the Deutsche Börse. He was then in the Sensations exhibition, which launched the work of the Young British Artists - or YBAs.

In 2001, Richard was nominated for the Turner Prize, for his solo show at the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham.

His work is held in many public collections including The Metropolitan Art Museum (New York), SFMOMA, V&A and Tate Galleries.

Richard has recently written and directed a feature film for cinema called 'Ray & Liz', which will be released in 2018.

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For Ffion, this course has helped her develop her skills, and gain a work placement in conjunction with the BBC.

Course details

Photography studio darkroom.

Course outline

We are in the UK top 20 for film production and photography and 9th for teaching satisfaction according to the Guardian University Guide 2020.

Look at life through a lens. 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.

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. You will produce a rich portfolio of work, research sketchbooks, exhibitions and essays. We scored 91% for learning resources in the National Student Survey 2019.

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. Students have worked with Magnum in New York, Photoworks Magazine and Capture the Event photography (Capture the Event covered the 2012 Olympics). You'll have the opportunity to visit international photo festivals, including the Delhi Photo Festival and Paris Photo.

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

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Study style

Develop your skills through a rich portfolio of work, research sketchbooks, exhibitions and essays. Modules typically include Photography Skills, Critical Ideas in Photography, Collaborative Exhibition Project, Curation, and Professional Development: Portfolio and Funding.

Course modules

You'll study a variety of modules from 'Constructing Narratives' to 'Experimental Approches'.

Take a look at the course content for full details of all the modules you'll study on this course.

Industry links

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.

Careers

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

Study mode

Full-Time

Length

3 Years (Full-Time)
4 Years (Integrated Foundation)

Campus

Centre for Art and Photography, Cheltenham

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2020 entry

Because we want to offer this course to creative students with talent and potential (and because we know that exam grades don't always tell the whole story), we make offers following an interview instead of using tariff points.

You will need to have, or be studying for, a NQF level 3 qualification – that's A-level/BTEC/Welsh Baccalaureate or equivalent.

Once you apply, we will invite you to interview so we can decide whether to make you an offer.

Check out our Interview Guide to learn what to expect and help you prepare.

This course is available with an integrated foundation year to help you prepare.

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.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country.

Grade 4/C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required.
Please contact our admissions team if you have a question.

Fees

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UCAS Codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
BA (Hons) - 3 years full-timeW641
BA (Hons) - 4 years integrated foundationW642

School of Arts

Our School of Arts provides specialist studios with the latest industry technology so you can develop your creative talent. You will collaborate with other artists and designers and be inspired by practising professionals to refine your own authentic voice.

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