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BA (Hons) Commercial Photography

Develop the professional skills for a successful career. From building a distinct portfolio through to pitching and quoting for commissioned work, and an in-depth look at the production stages involved in all areas of the commercial photography industry.

  • UCAS Code:
    W641
  • Institution:
    B50
  • Delivery:
    Full time according to Funding Council definitions

Why study BA (Hons) Commercial Photography?

  • Study and challenge a range of photographic genres including documentary, editorial, advertising, fashion, product and portrait photography 
  • Produce individual and collaborative authored work to a high commercial standard 
  • Develop specialist knowledge, skills and opportunities required to pursue your commercial ambitions 
  • Gain an understanding of the photography industry through examining a range of historical, social cultural, ethical and topical debates 
  • Enter national and international competitions such as those organised by the Royal Photographic Society, the Association of Photographers and the British Institute of Professional Photography

Find out more about the content of this course.

Please note: This course is delivered at Wiltshire College & University Centre, Salisbury. Please visit their website to book onto one of their Spring Open Days.

State-of-the-art-facilities

You'll work in fully equipped studios and have access to state-of-the-art facilities including a post-product computer suite, a range of high-end professional cameras (all formats) and lighting equipment. You'll also have the opportunity to use the latest digital imaging software as well as traditional techniques for post-production work, increasing the opportunities for creative solutions to contemporary communication challenges.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2021, September 2022

Location:

Wiltshire College and University Centre, Salisbury

Duration:

3 years full-time with a 2-week placement, or 4 years full-time with a minimum 30-week placement

Required subjects:

All subjects considered

Entry requirements:

For September 2021 and September 2022 entry: 104 - 120 UCAS tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

For September 2021 and September 2022 entry: If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each component or equivalent. For more information check out our International entry requirements.

Course details

On this course you will be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students.

You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry. 

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed by coursework culminating in your final year research project, and you will also undertake group work and written exams. The assessment methods for each unit can be found in the programme specification for your course.

Download the programme specification (pdf 704kb)

Placements

We recognise that placements are extremely valuable and can give you a head start when it comes to your future career. That’s why we offer every new student the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of their course.

We will provide a great deal of support to help you find the most appropriate work placement for the subject you’re studying and the career you’re interested in, which means you could be based anywhere in the UK, or even overseas.

Find out about BU students’ experiences on placementsAll you need to know about placements

Your application

This course will suit applicants who:

  • Demonstrate both intellectual and creative abilities
  • Show experience of Photography
  • Have an appreciation of the academic underpinnings of photography
  • Possess a strong awareness of the visual communications industry
  • Demonstrate good technical and communication skills.

How to applyBU Academic Excellence Scholarship

Entry requirements

Careers

There is always demand for talented photographers and this degree will prepare you for work in this varied and exciting industry. Once you graduate, you can apply for roles with established studios, with large organisations that require staff photographers, with photo libraries or agencies, or can forge your own career as a freelancer.

Careers advice, resources, events and job opportunities

Costs and fees

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. You can find full information about funding your studies and paying your fees in our undergraduate fees and funding section. Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise. 

Our staff

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Please note that staff can change.

Statistics shown throughout this page are taken from Unistats and BU institutional data unless otherwise stated.