This is a top-up version of the Photography BA (Hons) degree. A top-up degree is the final year (Level 6) of an undergraduate degree course and is for those who have a foundation degree, Higher National Diploma or equivalent qualification, or those wishing to study the final year of their degree in London.
You’ll develop essential digital and analogue photography skills alongside moving image expertise, as well as learning about professional practice, exploring links with other art forms and discovering the history and aesthetics of photography through practice and theory.
More about this course
This course will help you to develop an understanding of the diverse range of photographic practices and opportunities open to you. It is centred around each individual, allowing you to construct a unique and personal creative identity and develop an understanding of how to make the most of this within diverse professional contexts.
On this top-up degree, you’ll develop your individual creative practice and portfolio and learn the transferable skills needed for a career as a professional photographer or in an associated profession.
The degree is taught at one of the UK’s few art schools to be equipped with both colour and black-and-white darkroom facilities.
The course not only enables you to build excellent industry standard photographic skills and theoretical knowledge to support and extend your creative vision, but also helps you apply these to moving image work. You’ll also explore more adventurous and experimental outcomes on the margins of traditional practice.
You’ll be supported by a team of experienced tutors, all of whom are active practitioners carrying out commissions or regularly showcasing their work nationally and internationally.
Accreditation of Prior Learning
Any university-level qualifications or relevant experience you gain prior to starting university could count towards your course.
The modules listed below are for the academic year 2022/23 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.
Year 3 modules include:
Critical & Contextual Studies 3: Dissertation (Art) (core, 30 credits)
Major Project (core, 30 credits)
Methods and Enquiry 2 (core, 30 credits)
Professional Practice 2: Photography (core, 30 credits)
The Photography BA (Top-up) course opens up a number of job roles in the photography and creative industries, enabling you to pursue a career in magazines or newspapers, editorial or freelance photography, archive work, photo libraries, education or local or national arts organisations.
Previous students have gone on to find work at a diverse range of companies and have taken up roles such as photographer, curator, photojournalist, web designer and videographer. Others have used the transferable skills they developed through this
This degree is also excellent preparation for postgraduate study.