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 the subject and allows the scope for you to develop your creativity and professionalism.
Your learning will be informed by historical and current references as well as cultural and social contexts so that you can understand the impact that photography can have and the change it can inspire, as well as developing your professional practice. We will also support you to engage in live projects, competitions and exhibitions so that you are prepared for the professional field of photography when you graduate.
View some of our students’ work from the Degree Show 2016.
Please see below the 2016 Subject Futures Week video, which highlights just some of the creative industry guests who attended to share knowledge and insights with students about the reality of working and life after university.
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Our new campus opens its doors in September 2018 and while Waterside will be home to most of our teaching, we’ll also be making use of the excellent facilities around the town. We’ll also be retaining some facilities at our current campuses (Park and Avenue) on a temporary basis for the initial period. These will mostly be used to offer off-campus accommodation options to make sure we have a great range of rooms to suit everyone.More about our campuses »
The University partners with leading businesses across the industry
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.
We encourage you to develop an independent approach to your learning, with a focus on personal research methods and extending your individual practice through experimentation and critical thought.
Course modules (17/18)
Practice Exhibition (80 Credits)
- Module code: PHO4001
- Core module Y
Career Development in Photographic Practices (40 Credits)
- Module code: PHO3003
- Core module Y
Module information is quoted for 17/18 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.
Links with Cyprus College of Art and Erasmus exchange opportunities to Spain.
Methods of Learning
Much of this course will be practical, culminating in an exhibition and either a professional development portfolio or a dissertation, depending on your strengths and interests. There will be practical workshops on a range of photographic media and studio practice. We also have visiting lectures from a range of industry professionals and artists to form part of your continuing professional development.
Theory is assessed through a contextual report, and/or dissertation and presentations, while practical work is judged through portfolio presentations and exhibitions.
Facilities and Special Features
Facilities available include:
- We have a large black and white darkroom with 13 enlargers catering for dish processing, and a separate colour darkroom with machine print processing. Traditional photographic techniques are catered for with rooms for wet processing, and washing and drying film and prints.
- Two large studios (one day light, and the other with artificial lighting) provide professional standard facilities for a wide range of studio-based photography using film or digital cameras.
- There are two digital suites, the larger of which is a dedicated digital training room – a complete Mac suite of 24 workstations.
- Students 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.
- Students also have access to a specialist video editing suite, with industry standard software.
Special course features include:
- Excellent traditional and digital specialist facilities
- Research active teaching staff
- Talks by visiting artists, photographers and art professionals
- Fine art and commercial approaches to photography
- Liz Wells (ed.) Photography: A Critical Introduction, Routledge: 2004
- Graham Clarke, The Photograph, Oxford University Press, 1997
- David Bate, Photography: The Key Concepts, Berg, 2009
- Juergen Gulbins and Christina Schulz, Digital Photography from the Ground Up, Rocky Nook Publishers, 2008
- Michael Freeman, The Digital SLR Handbook, ILEX, 2005
- Ian Farrell, A Complete Guide to Digital Photography, Quercus, 2011
- Whitney Davis, A General Theory of Visual Culture, Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2011
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.
How to apply
For application information please see our how to apply page.
Standard entry requirements apply. Applicants are expected to have studied a Photography or Art and Design related subject at Foundation Degree level or equivalent, or as a HND.
Applicants are interviewed and are requested to provide a portfolio of their own work in Photography or Art and Design. International students may submit their portfolio electronically.
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
|Part Time:||£1,350 per 20 credit module|
This course is available to international students.
Full-time international tuition fees
For information on our international tuition fees, please see our Tuition fees for international students page.
Please note that tuition fees for EU students will remain the same as UK fees for 2018/19. For more information, please visit the Gov UK website.
How to apply as an international student
For information on how to apply to study with us, please see our How to apply page.
Scholarships available to international students
For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.