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.

Foundation Year: We have a Foundation Year option for students who do not meet the entry requirements for the degree course. This additional year of study will give you a grounding in the media & communication skills required for this course, building your confidence, knowledge and skills for further study. After successful completion of the Foundation Year, you will progress to the full degree. If you apply to study the full degree and do not meet the academic entry requirements, our admissions team may consider your application for the Foundation Year and notify you accordingly.

Please note that the Foundation year for this course is not recruiting for September 2024 entry. Please register your interest and we will let you know if applications open for September 2025 entry.  

Photographic storytelling

Whatever the discipline, be it documentary, fine art, portraiture, fashion or product, lifestyle, events and even architecture, photography allows you to take on the role of a storyteller. As a BU student, you’ll learn to interpret photography and develop your photographic skill set and style as you tell your own visual stories.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2024, September 2025


Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus


3 years full-time with a 4 week placement, or 4 years full-time with a minimum 30-week placement. Foundation Year: 4 years full-time with a 4 week placement, or 5 years full-time with a minimum 30-week placement

Required subjects:

All subjects considered

Entry requirements:

For September 2024 and September 2025 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 2024 and September 2025 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.