BA(Hons) Photography

Course TitleBA(Hons) Photography
QualificationUWE Bristol Bachelor’s Degree
Credits360 UK Credits (180 ECTS)
Duration3 Years, Full-time Study
Entry RequirementsStated in the text below
Language of InstructionEnglish
Tuition Fees€6950
State GrantUp to €3417
Next Start DateOctober 2019

Course Insight

Our popular BA(Hons) Photography course will develop your creativity and give you the high-level practical skills needed to become a successful photographer. You will be able to work across all areas of the discipline, from editorial and documentary to fashion, advertising, and art. You will be encouraged to transform your broad-based photographic practice into an individual visual style.

The course incorporates all the factors you need: a vibrant, collaborative environment, relevant facilities, supportive workshop instruction and expert input, all underpinned by theory and critique. At its core are creative projects in still and moving imagery, involving exciting opportunities in contemporary lens-based media. Dialogue with journalists, designers and performers will expand and deepen your practice. You will have access to professional standard photographic equipment and will receive one-to-one support from experienced technical and academic staff.

Teaching and Learning

Most of your learning will take place in a course-specific environment aimed at project-related outcomes organised into specific modules. Teaching sessions include workshops, seminars, group and individual tutorials and lectures. The principal teaching and learning method used is the tutor group, which meets regularly to discuss student work and other course-related issues. You will also attend lectures and seminars with students from other creative disciplines and you will develop a rigorous critical and analytical approach to your own work and the work of others. This will foster a culture of collaboration between disciplines which will be very valuable to you when you leave university.

As well as technical workshops and other practical elements include the development of professional skills; such as creating and maintaining a strong online presence, personal branding and promotion tactics, costing and invoicing protocols, networking strategies, communication skills, collaborative approaches and presentation techniques. 


All modules are assessed according to the level of attainment achieved in relation to the specific learning outcomes of that module. These learning outcomes will be made available to students. A range of assessment methods are used including assessment by presented project work, essays and research presentations. Students are expected to critique and analyse their own work and relate it to the broader context of photography and related media. Marks from modules undertaken in both Years 2 and 3 will contribute to your final degree classification.

Enrolment and Duration

This is a 3-year full-time programme comprising of 12 modules. Each year commences in early October and runs for a period of 32 weeks. Students may enroll up to 2 weeks before the course starting date, however, early enrolment is advised as places are limited.

Entry Requirements

Due to the creative nature of the course, you will be considered on your own individual merit and potential to succeed. We may make different offers where appropriate to candidates who have a strong portfolio, or substantial relevant work/other experience and whose motivation and skills would enable them to succeed on the course. In your application, please give full details of any relevant work experience and qualifications (including modules and units).

Candidates must also be at least 17 years of age by 1st September of the year they wish to enroll and must hold a Secondary School Diploma with an overall final grade of 17.0 or higher and will also be required to provide evidence of proficiency in the English Language.

Graduation Requirements

To achieve the BA(Hons) degree award in Photography, students are required to complete all modules within the full duration of the course, earning a total of 360 credits. In the case where a student withdraws from the course or suspends study indefinitely but has successfully completed all first-year modules (120 credits), they will be awarded the Certificate in Interior Design; The same applies to students who withdraw after successfully completing all modules in both Year 1 and Year 2 (240 credits) where they will be awarded the Interior Design Diploma.

Where Next?

Photographers can apply their skills in varying fields including advertising, fashion and freelance event photography. Graduates wishing to further their education in this field will already have acquired the necessary skills and knowledge, gained on this course, to be able to comfortably advance their studies at postgraduate level.