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Photography BA (Hons)

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code:

    W640

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Duration:

    3 years full time
    4 years full time (with Foundation)
    4 years part time

  • Starting:

    September

  • Fees UK:

    Full Time: £9,250 Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module Integrated Foundation Year: £6,750

  • Fees International:

    Full Time: £12,900 Integrated Foundation Year: £12,900

  • Location:

    Waterside

Get in touch


For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries

study@northampton.ac.uk
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries

international@northampton.ac.uk
+44 (0)1604 894503

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Overview


Our Photography degree takes a practical approach to exploring the photograph within a range of contemporary practices and contexts. This will extend to a critical understanding of photography subjects and allows the scope for you to develop your creativity and professionalism.

During our undergraduate photography course, we will challenge you to consider traditional silver processes and digital technologies, evaluating photographic production and studying the still image in relation to both the moving image and newer interactive technologies.

Our students also benefit from our industry standard photography studio facilities, which you can explore via the virtual tours below.

We will support you to achieve your career and study ambitions, which is why if you complete our Employability Plus Gold programme or Changemaker Gold certificate alongside your studies and if you haven’t secured full-time employment 12 months after graduating* we will secure a three – six month paid internship for you, or support you into postgraduate study.

*with a 2:2 degree classification or higher

Photography Lab Tour
Photo Studio1 Tour
Photo Studio2 Tour
Dark Room Tour

Updated 15/10/2020

Highlights


Our BA (Hons) Photography programme has been approved by the British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP) as one of the ‘most respected photography courses in the UK’. You can receive a reduced membership at £35* per year (while studying). (*Cost correct as of 2019/20) You’ll be able to gain a BIPP professional qualification alongside your course, at a discounted rate. Professional qualifications can enhance your CV and help you stand out from the crowd when you graduate and pursue a career in photography.

You’ll also have the opportunity to take international study trips and experience local and regional exhibitions. (Subject to current restrictions)

When you study Photography at the University of Northampton, we will also support you to achieve your photography career and study ambitions. The Northampton Employment Promise means if you graduate with a 2:2 degree or higher and complete one of our employability programmes, we’ll secure you a three-six month internship or support you into postgraduate study if you haven’t secured full-time employment within 12 months. HP Laptop and software included with this course. Terms and Conditions apply

Course Content


  • You’ll develop your understanding of the place of photographic work within leisure, commercial and cultural contexts, to understand the impact photography can have and the change it can inspire. We encourage you to explore the photograph within art, editorial, product, services and industry, communications, performance and entertainment. You’ll develop skills independently, so you can work to client commissions and function as a professional following graduation in photography.

    As well as your assessed coursework, we encourage you to present your work to the public. There will be additional costs included in contributing to and setting up exhibitions, such as gallery hire, printing, mounting/framing and transport. These will vary depending on the venue and the number of participants.

    We also organise annual international trips for groups of around 30 students across the arts subjects. These are optional but have proved to be valuable for students’ academic and practical experience. There are usually one or two trips to Europe each year and at least one long haul trip further afield. Study trips to Europe cost approximately £200-250 while trips to America/Asia cost approximately £750-850.

    Want to see some our of students’ work? Follow the University of Northampton’s BA Photography course on Instagram – @uon_photography.

    Local and Regional Exhibition Trips

    All photography students are encouraged to attend exhibition trips that are organized throughout the year. We usually cover the cost of journeys by coach, but you will be expected to pay for any addition journeys by rail. The cost will depend on how far in advance you book tickets, whether you use a student rail card or if underground travel is required. Some of the bigger exhibitions at established institutions will charge an entry fee, which will be reduced if you show your student card.

    External Exhibitions

    As well as your assessed coursework, we encourage you to present your work to the public. There will be additional costs included in contributing to and setting up exhibitions, such as gallery hire, printing, mounting/framing and transport. These will vary depending on the venue and the number of participants.

    Work Experience

    You will have the opportunity to do photography work experience, either paid and unpaid, alongside your studies. Recently, students have had internships and work-based learning with The Prince’s Trust, Macmillan Cancer Charity and The Guardian.

      • Module code: PHO1001
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to support and encourage level 4 students in the exploration of practical skills and the development of visual concepts across a range of contemporary photographic approaches.
      • Module code: PHO1002
        Status: Compulsory
        This module introduces students to the transformative uses of photography. The digital environment has changed the boundaries of what is understood as still photography. In the context of digital creation storage and dissemination of mass-produced imagery the photograph is considered in relation to digital storytelling image libraries and social media.
      • Module code: PHO1003
        Status: Compulsory
        This theory-based module supports practical Level 4 modules. It provides the theoretical foundations and equips the student with skills for image-analysis research and writing. Students are introduced to different theoretical positions and questions concerning the social cultural political and philosophical impact of images from the perspective of producers and viewers.
      • Module code: PHO1004
        Status: Compulsory
        This module establishes a clear introduction to the range of environments contexts and spaces within which the photographic image can be accessed and experienced. It will provide students with opportunities to present and discuss their photographic practice within such contexts including a clear and analytical framework for such presentations.
      • Module code: PHO2001
        Status: Compulsory
        Students are encouraged to engage in a broad framework of art-related contemporary photography underpinned by historical/theoretical contexts. Practical methods are refined through examination of creative concepts and strategies. Investigation into diverse visual arts practices and image-making for arts audiences is supported in the development and delivery of an exhibition/display.
      • Module code: PHO2002
        Status: Compulsory
        This module offers practical experience and insight into a broad range of commercial applications for image making within editorial advertising and product photography including the opportunity to explore the promotional potential of social media and digital platforms. It encourages individuals to respond to contextualised briefs and evaluate client/audience expectations.
      • Module code: PHO2003
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to offer a study of photography as part of visual culture in relation to other Level 5 photography production modules. It provides a critical and theoretical framework within which students can consider the complex roles of the photographic image in historical and contemporary contexts.
      • Module code: PHO2008
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to gain an understanding and to evaluate the structures and organisations which collectively constitute photographic practice at a local regional national and international level. It develops knowledge and skills required to prepare for employment in the cultural and commercial creative industries.
      • Module code: PHO3003
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to develop visual and written presentation skills and strategies to support communication within a range of business and professional frameworks. It focuses on the knowledge and skills required to present a creative profile to support professional practice within the breadth of the photographic industry.
      • Module code: PHO4001
        Status: Compulsory
        This aims to facilitate development and consolidation of the student?s creative and theoretical interests as well as professional aspirations in the production of a new body of work for public exhibition. The module makes complex demands on the student from conceptualisation to dissemination of their work intended for particular audiences.
  • Our BA (Hons) Photography programme has been approved by the British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP) as one of the ‘most respected photographic courses in the UK’.

    BIPP Approved Colleges

    Some of the most respected photographic courses in the UK offer their students the opportunity to gain a BIPP professional qualification alongside their academic achievements. If you are a student at a BIPP approved college you are able to receive a reduced membership at £35* per year (while studying).  (*Cost correct as of 2018/19)

    This means that you’re able to gain a BIPP professional qualification alongside your course, at a discounted rate. Professional qualifications can enhance your CV and help you to stand out from the crowd when you graduate.

  • What jobs can I get with a photography degree?

    With the skills and knowledge developed on our photography undergraduate programs, our graduates have gone on to pursue a wide variety of different photography careers. Opportunities in the field of photography include, but are not limited to;

    • Photographer (event/press/product/etc.)
    • TV camera operator
    • Graphic designer / web designer
    • Video editor
    • Advertising art director
    • Multimedia specialist
    • Museum/gallery curator

    Do you need a degree for photography?

    By studying photography at university, you will build and develop your skills, creativity and technical abilities – which are essential elements to success. You will also have the benefit of accessing our studio facilities, building a portfolio, and participating in external exhibitions to prepare you for your professional career.

    How will I be taught on BA (Hons) Photography?

    We take a range of approaches to your learning, including lectures, seminars, practical workshops, individual tutorials and group critiques, to facilitate critical discussion and analysis. Click to download a helpful PDF of all the equipment you will need in your first year of study.

    How will I be assessed?

    Theory is assessed through essays, a contextual report and presentations. Practical work is judged through portfolio presentations and exhibitions, and aligned with individual module criteria.

  • The Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) offers a new and exciting route into studying for a degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance.

    If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the admissions requirements we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year programme which includes an Integrated Foundation Year. The Integrated Foundation Year will help you develop the theoretical/practical and academic skills you need, in order to successfully progress to the full award.

    Featuring a reduced tuition fee in the first year, our four-year courses will enable you to successfully follow the degree pathway of your choice while gaining essential study skills. The foundation year of your chosen degree will be studied on a full-time basis and is aimed at supporting the transition to higher education. Years two, three and four are then studied as a standard degree programme.

  • Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer would be BCC at A-Level or DMM at BTEC. In addition, applicants are expected to have studied an Art, Design, Photography or related subject in an A-Level or BTEC level 3 Diploma (or equivalent) or a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.

    Applicants for our photography undergraduate degree course are requested to send in a digital portfolio of their own work in Art and Design, which will then be reviewed by the Photography team. Receiving an offer may also be subject to qualifications and standard entry requirements.

    International students may also submit their portfolio electronically. Students with a relevant HND or Foundation Degree with a suitable profile of achievement may be admitted onto year two or three.

    For more more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

    If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.

    Integrated Foundation Year Entry Requirements

    Admission to this foundation programme is normally DEE at A-Level or MPP at BTEC. However, we would also like to hear from you if you have professional or industry experience instead, a range of other qualifications or self-developed subject knowledge that relates to the programme you wish to study.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands
      for study at undergraduate level.

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

  • UK & EU

    2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module
    Foundation: £6,750 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate)

    Additional Costs

    Study Trips Abroad

    We organise annual international trips for groups of around 30 students across the arts subjects. These are optional but have proved to be valuable for students’ academic and practical experience.

    There are usually one or two trips to Europe each year and at least one long haul trip further afield. Study trips to Europe cost approximately £200-250 while trips to America/Asia cost approximately £750-850.

    Additional costs to be considered (prices can vary):

    • Own camera (cameras are available to loan from the University – with potential added cost for film, paper, external hard drive and SD/CF cards)
    • External hard drive
    • Producing a physical portfolio – both the case and the prints.
    • Printing photographs

    2019/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,400 per 20 credit module
    Foundation: £6,600 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate)

    International

    2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £12,900
    Foundation: £12,900

    2019/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £12,500
    Foundation: £9,800
    For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.

  • You’ll have the opportunity to experience local and regional exhibitions*.

    We usually cover the cost of journeys by coach for exhibition trips within the UK, but you’ll be expected to pay for any additional journeys by rail. Some of the bigger exhibitions at established institutions will charge an entry fee, which will be reduced if you show your student card.

    We also organise annual international trips for groups of around 30 students across the arts subjects. These are optional but have proved to be valuable for students’ academic and practical experience.

    There are usually one or two trips to Europe each year and at least one long haul trip further afield*. Study trips to Europe cost approximately £200-250 while trips to America/Asia cost approximately £750-850.

    *Any planned exhibition visits and study trips will be in line with Government guidelines regarding COVID-19 – please visit our Situation Updates page for further updates.

  • We have a black and white darkroom in line with industry standards. Two large studios (one with daylight, and the other with artificial lighting) provide professional standard facilities for a wide range of studio-based photography using film or digital cameras.

    There is a digital Mac suite, which is a dedicated digital photography training room. You will have access to a range of film and flatbed scanners (including the Hasselblad Flextight Scanner), and fully colour managed computers which are linked to the digital print room. You will also have access to a video editing suite, with industry standard software.

    An in-house exhibition-standard printing and mounting service is also available.

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Careers and Employability


Our Photography degree is excellent preparation for a range of careers in fields such as the commercial and public sectors, marketing, public relations and specialised fields.

You could develop your practice as an independent artist and pursue collaborations, commissions, publication and exhibition opportunities. You would also be well positioned for postgraduate study.