Skip to main content

BA (Hons) Photography

Explore different styles and forms of photography while developing a portfolio that showcases your individual skills. You'll graduate as an enterprising and entrepreneurial photographer capable of working in and shaping the future of the media industries.

  • UCAS Code:
    W690
  • Institution:
    B50

Why study BA (Hons) Photography at BU?

  • Explore photography as a craft and a business, through a combination of practical and theoretical approaches 
  • Access industry standard digital cameras, lighting, studio space and image manipulation software throughout your degree 
  • Work alongside internationally recognised lecturers and practitioners 
  • Emphasis on real-world collaboration with others
  • Choose optional specialist units in a particular area of interest in more detail to match your career ambitions 
  • Make invaluable industry connections during a work placement in industry.

Find out more about the content of this course.

Industry-standard facilities

The practical studio elements of the course are delivered in the Poole Gateway Building, which opened in spring 2020. This houses various studio spaces, editing workstations and the kit store. We have a range of digital cameras and professional lighting to support your studies and enhance your portfolio.

Getting hands-on experience with the same equipment used in industry settings prepares you for both your time on placement and your future career.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2021, September 2022

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

Duration:

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

Required subjects:

All subjects considered

Entry requirements:

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

Course details

On this course you will usually 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 and research students. 

Download the programme specification (pdf 373kb)

Placements

At BU, 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.

You could even choose to undertake your placement abroad, giving you the opportunity to develop yourself personally, academically, and professionally and gain skills to help you stand out in the job market.

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

Your application

For BA (Hons) Photography, we are looking for applicants who can:

  • Demonstrate a passion for photography, either through influences or experiences
  • Demonstrate examples of engaging with photography beyond your educational curriculum
  • Genuinely reflect on your positive attributes, but also what you want to come to university to improve upon

How to apply

Entry requirements

Careers

This course seeks to generate enterprising and entrepreneurial practitioners that are not only geared up to work in industry as it currently stands, but to have an active role in shaping how it may be in the future.

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. That’s also where you’ll find information about the scholarships and bursaries on offer – including unlimited Academic Excellence Scholarships for UK, EU and International students.

Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise, and we’re committed to ensuring there are no hidden extra costs while you’re at university – that’s why we’re clear about what you can expect us to cover, and what your cost of living will be. 

Find out more about budgeting and living expenses

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.