Course Overview

BA (Hons) Photography offers a curriculum where you are in control of your own pathway within the broad context of photography, allowing you to specialise in one of many of the niches of editorial photography such as advertising, fashion, documentary, photo journalism and multimedia.

This course covers both traditional and digital mediums and will allow you to expand your professional and entrepreneurial skills. We emphasise self-motivation and you will be encouraged to take on commissioned work .

Our Photography Department is an active member of the Association of Photographers (AOP), one of the most prestigious professional photography associations in the world.


Course Structure

In Year One, you will enhance your technical abilities whilst developing your communication skills.

In Year Two, you will explore possibilities outside College with agencies and organisations.

In Year Three, you will study in an area of your choice, based on a Proposal of Study that you will have written and developed at the end of your second year.

In Level Four, you will build upon existing skills to enhance your technical abilities, whilst developing your communication skills through theoretical study. Upon progressing to Level Five, you will Begin to explore external possibilities with agencies and organisations, before composing a proposal for your final year of study. Level Six will be largely based on this proposal, and will allow you to focus on your preferred area of the sector, and develop creatively according to your personal choices. 

Modules Covered

Level 4 Modules include:

  • Introduction to Studio Practice
  • Intermediate Studio Practice
  • Introduction to Techniques and Processes
  • Intermediate Techniques and Processes
  • Professional Development
  • Critical Studies

Level 5 Modules include:

  • Advanced Studio Practice
  • Advanced Techniques and Process
  • Professional Development
  • Critical Studies

Level 6 Modules include:

  • Specialist Studio Practice
  • Specialist Professional Practice
  • Specialist Photography Context
  • Critical Appraisal Photography

Learning Methods

An active and collaborative approach to learning is encouraged on this course. Students are encouraged to develop personal and professional independence, and maintain a self-managed approach to learning. This is facilitated through a project based approach to learning, which develops personal autonomy through a variety of individual research topics.

As the course progresses, we place an increasing emphasis on independent learning and critical self-awareness, culminating in the production of a personal and professionally executed final collection and portfolio which demonstrates creativity and a range of appropriate professional skills.

Teaching Methods

Our teaching methods focus on meeting your professional, creative and conceptual development needs. Teaching and learning is directed towards meeting your individual needs and is centred on supporting you in developing your own solutions to design and communication problems. In addition to module teaching staff, you will be advised and supported throughout by a Personal Tutor. Specifically, teaching strategies include lectures, seminars, practical demonstrations, group critiques, live projects and study visits.


You will be assessed by a range of formative and summative assessments, which allow you to continue strengthening your skills as a Photographer. The course is based both on practical and theoretical study, which will be reflected in the method of assessment; practical work will typically be assessed through the presentation of a body of work in portfolio or exhibition form, whilst written work will be presents in essays, reports or journals, including the completion of a dissertation at Level Six.

What's Next?

The course has a proven track record of providing students with a pathway into a broad variety of photographically-based jobs. By the end of the course, you will be able to compete for, and generate your own work.

Did You Know?

The Photography Department within Bradford School of Arts and Media is affiliated to the AOP (Association of Photographers).

As an Arts and Media student you will have the opportunity to learn from both practitioners and experienced professionals. You will work with artists and designers a well as local and national galleries, museums and exhibitions.

You will develop your creative ability within a well-resourced learning environment which offers excellent studio and workshop facilities.

Entry Requirements

80 UCAS tariff points and GCSE English and mathematics at a minimum of Grade C.

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Applications are encouraged through non-traditional routes.  An appropriate level of study will be identified through a portfolio presentation and evidence of professional practice experience at interview.

Applications are also encouraged from those who have completed an Art & Design Access Certificate course.

As part of the application process, you will be required to produce a portfolio of your work.

Information, Advice and Support

Careers Guidance

Help with choosing the right course and with thinking about where this might take you in the future.
Tel: 01274 433043
Email: [email protected]

Learning Support

Support for applicants with a learning difficulty, disability, illness or other learning need.
Tel: 01274 433133
Email: [email protected]

For all other queries call 01274 088088

Fees Information

We believe that quality degrees should not cost the earth. That's why our competitive tuition fees provide you with a quality experience that includes more taught hours than those at most universities, good levels of tutor access, and support with small teaching groups. More information on our competitive tuition fees

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