Photography and Visual Arts for the Creative Industries 

Photography and Visual Arts courses

Develop your creativity in Photography or Visual Arts and work alongside inspiring academics, giving you opportunities to build your work portfolio and exhibit in inspiring spaces.

You’ll work and study in studios, workshops and gallery spaces, using industry-standard equipment and during your course you’ll build professional connections, which will give you the edge in your chosen discipline.The Bradford School of Art was established in 1904. Esteemed alumni like David Hockney and Andy Goldsworthy studied here, and recent graduates have gone on to work for a range of industry giants.

Bradford is home to several museums and galleries, and our students have had their work exhibited at the National Science and Media Museum, Bradford Industrial Museum and the Impressions Gallery.


Explore studio and location photography whilst becoming skilled in digital image creation. We’ll show you how to develop your skills into commercially successful products and how to transfer your skillset into a career in this industry.

Building your portfolio, you’ll be encouraged to collaborate with photographers you admire, helping you become an industry professional.

Visual Arts

Discover the many facets of fine art, crafts and design. You’ll develop your skills by specialising in or working across a range of disciplines and choose from the following:

  • 2D/3D media
  • Ceramics
  • Digital Media
  • Drawing
  • Printmaking
  • Textiles


I was pleased with the equipment provided - from iMac computers to Bowens monolights and darkroom enlargers.

Anna Kornatovska, University Centre Bradford College graduate and freelance photographer



Earning potential

The average salary for graduates is 30% higher than for non-graduates aged 25-30.

Average salaries per annum 
Advertising Art Director£18,000 to £100,000
Photographer£14,000 to £50,000
Photographic Technician£14,000 to £35,000

Our graduates

After seven years of travelling and working abroad, Claire Epton returned to education and studied for a BA (Hons) in Photography, making some fantastic industry links which benefitted her career. Claire Epton

As a student I’ve got into some great places, such as photographing Monster Trucks, the (Leeds) Paralympic homecoming from London 2012, the Leeds Sports Awards 2013, and many more. I’ve also had some mentors that work for top newspapers and photo agencies, including News of the World, Getty Images and Reuters. Whilst at Bradford College I met with the Bradford City Football Club photographer, he took me to a game and I was hooked! Not long after that, I took over from him as their official club photographer.