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BA (Hons) Photography

University of Portsmouth
3-4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

Program description

BA (Hons) Photography

Photography is undergoing a revolution in how images are made, encountered and experienced.

On this BA (Hons) Photography course, you'll gain the knowledge, experience and professional skills you need to work with the latest photographic ideas, techniques, and technologies.

Through research, experimentation, and production, you'll get an advanced grounding in analogue and digital photography and develop a professional, conceptual and aesthetic appreciation of the medium.

You'll engage with modern developments in photography, using our extensive professional photographic facilities and equipment such as our photographic studios, analogue and digital darkrooms, and the latest camera and production equipment. You'll also be introduced to new advancements in photography, such as computer-generated imagery (CGI), photogrammetry and 3D printing, setting yourself apart from others in a challenging job market and preparing yourself for work in the creative industries.

Industry and professional practice is embedded throughout the course, giving you plenty of opportunities to apply your skills and knowledge in situations you'll experience in your photography career. You can also do an optional paid placement year between years 2 and 3.

When you complete the course, you'll be set for working on commissions and self-assigned photography projects, either self-employed or working for a company. You could also continue your studies at postgraduate level.

Admission requirements

Typical offers

  • A levels – BBB–BBC
  • UCAS points – 112–120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent (calculate your UCAS points)
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDD–DDM
  • International Baccalaureate – 25

English language requirements

  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year 1

Core modules in this year include:

  • Creative and Industry Skills
  • Introduction to Photographic Practices and Research
  • Introduction to Visual Culture
  • Professional Practice and work experience

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2

Core modules in this year include:

  • Advanced Skill and Innovation
  • Photographic Critical Practices and Research
  • Photographic Practice and Project Development
  • Professional Experience and Freelance Experience

Optional modules in this year include:

  • Visual Culture: Cult, Taste and Collecting
  • Visual Culture: Performing Identity
  • Visual Culture: Technology and the Image
  • Visual Culture: Visions of the Body
  • Research in the Public Sphere
  • Student Enterprise
  • Professional Experience
  • Engaged Citizenship through Interdisciplinary Practice

Year 3

Core modules in this year include:

  • Advanced Practice Research
  • Major Projects in Photography
  • Professional Practice and Graduate Employability

Optional modules in this year currently include:

  • Blogs, Grants and Catalogues: Writing Visual Culture for the Public
  • Advanced Digital Process
  • Visual Culture: Research Project
  • Visual Culture: Dissertation

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery


  • 3 years full-time
  • 4 years sandwich with work placement

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £9,250 per year
  • International students: £15,500 per year


On this Photography course, you'll:

  • Challenge photographic traditions, think progressively and act radically
  • Gain a thorough grounding in the challenges of image making, including images as documents, narrative, fiction, and physical and virtual objects
  • Through research, experimentation and production, develop your distinct photographic approach within the field of photography
  • Be taught by practising professionals with experience in exhibiting, publishing, curating and writing about photography
  • Access an impressive range of industry-standard equipment, including digital medium format cameras, professional DSLRs
  • Use the latest advanced image processing software, such as Adobe Suite, Capture One, and Cinema4d
  • Enjoy excellent photographic studio facilities, including our photographic studios with flash and tungsten lighting setups and black and white, colour and digital darkrooms
  • Work with pioneering technologies and techniques, such as computer-generated imagery (CGI), photogrammetry, virtual reality (VR) and 3D printing
  • Conceive and produce exhibitions and presentations, promoting your work to the public through industry portfolio reviews and a final-year graduate showcase

Continuing studies

Other graduates have continued their studies at postgraduate level or set up successful businesses with help and support from the University.

Career opportunities

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry.

Previous students have gone on to work as:

  • studio photographers
  • video directors
  • picture editors
  • retouchers
  • photojournalists
  • curators
  • artists
  • fashion photographers
  • teachers/lecturers

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University of Portsmouth

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Why study at University of Portsmouth

Portsmouth is consistently within the top-ranked institutions in the UK for student satisfaction, which is reflected in the teaching quality, but also the experience that students enjoy with us.

Students can live a few minutes' walk away from their faculty buildings on campus, with only a 5-10 min walk to the seaside.

The cost of living and accommodation in Portsmouth are significantly lower than in the larger cities in the UK, meaning you'll be able to live more comfortably here. The city is so compact that you don't need to take any public transport and most students/lecturers get around by bike.

The city has a population of around 200,000 and over 10% of this is made up of our student population. We have 5,000 students from overseas on campus.

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University of Portsmouth

Winston Churchill Avenue
PO1 2UP Portsmouth Hampshire
United Kingdom

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