BA (Honours) Photography

Year of Entry 2024/25
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BA (Honours)

Photography

Course in clearing Full-time Art and design

Advance your skills, business acumen and critical understanding as an independent photographer — and work towards your creative and professional goals.

Places available in clearing

Apply for a place on this course starting in 2024. Get started with our online form, or call 0330 024 6390.

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We are unable to accept applications from international students through clearing. Please complete our international application form instead.

 

Everything you need to know...

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    What is the fee?

    Home: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
    International/EU: £16,655 per year (£1,200 for placement year)

  • Time

    How long will I study?

    3 / 4 Years

  • Location

    Where will I study?

    City Campus

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    What is the UCAS code?

    W640

  • Date

    When do I start?

    September 2024

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    Placement year available?

    Yes


Course summary

  • Acquire digital and traditional photographic analogue skills, digital capture and production and image management and manipulation, using industry standard equipment.
  • Develop core practical skills through creative professional practice and a critical engagement with image making.
  • Refine your ability to solve problems, manage complex projects, and communicate your ideas effectively.

Engage with a distinctive, independent approach to a wide range of photographic contexts with this professional and practice-based degree. You are encouraged to take risks in a highly creative environment, developing your understanding and knowledge of the medium to enable you to fulfil your potential in the constantly-evolving discipline of photography.


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How you learn

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

You learn through a creative, practice-based approach to self-directed production which emulates the independent nature of professional practice within photography. This is underpinned through an exploration of historical and contemporary approaches and relevant theoretical issues in order to help situate your work in a critical context.

You learn through

  • specialist workshops
  • technical surgeries
  • large group lectures
  • smaller group seminars
  • group critiques and review sessions
  • individual tutorials

There are opportunities to study abroad at one of our partner universities with the possibility of funding through the Erasmus+ programme (until 2023) or the Turing Scheme.

Course leaders and tutors

Stephanie Hartle
Stephanie Hartle
Senior Lecturer

Senior Lecturer

Applied learning

Work placements

The course has established professional working relationships with a number of photographic professional partners including the Photographers' Gallery, the National Media Museum, Site Gallery, Millennium Galleries, The Hepworth Wakefield, Village Bookshop and Gallery, and Impressions Gallery.

Field trips

Throughout the programme you will have the opportunity to attend national and international photography and art events which will broaden your understanding of the wider photographic industry, its stakeholders and key requirements (additional costs may apply).

Networking opportunities

A number of industry days and events (Grad Talk, Pathways) are held on campus where you can network with and attend talks and workshops run by creative media industry professionals and organisations. You will also have access to guidance from our professional careers and employment service, CV preparation and interview practice, an annual programme of employer recruitment fairs, and an online graduate vacancy service.

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Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • documentary
  • fine art
  • fashion and advertising
  • editorial
  • press and photojournalism
  • general and social portraiture
  • scientific and medical
  • stills for film and video productions
  • post-production (picture editing, processing, printing and finishing)
  • picture research and publishing
  • curatorial and gallery contexts

Graduates of this course have gone on to work for

  • S1 Artspace
  • Webber Agency
  • Gill Turner Photo Agency
  • The Lowry
  • Wex Photo Video
  • Apple
  • Salt-Street Productions
  • American Golf
  • Pinkbike
  • Alpkit
  • JD Official
  • Size Official
  • Boohoo
  • Flannels
  • THG Studios
  • NHS England
  • Mission Foodservice
  • My-Furniture.com
  • Frasers Group

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Howard Street
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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • two industry-standard photography studios
  • portable lighting equipment
  • a dedicated digital darkroom including scanning, processing and printing facilities
  • colour and black and white analogue darkrooms with enlargers from 35mm to 5x4
  • black and white print darkroom with both wet and machine process facilities
  • an extensive lending store where you can borrow industry standard equipment such as cameras, lenses and tripods

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Entry requirements

All students

We will offer flexibility on our usual entry requirements for clearing applicants. Please call us on 0330 024 6390 to discuss your options and apply.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Modules

Important notice: The structure of this course is periodically reviewed and enhanced to provide the best possible learning experience for our students and ensure ongoing compliance with any professional, statutory and regulatory body standards. Module structure, content, delivery and assessment may change, but we expect the focus of the course and the learning outcomes to remain as described above. Following any changes, updated module information will be published on this page.

You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Photography: Analogue Practices
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Photography: Digital Techniques And Skills
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Photography: History - Practices And Debates
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Photography: Introduction To Critical Analysis
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Photography: Professional Development (Production And Output)
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Year 2

Compulsory modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Photography: Advanced Techniques And Skills
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Photography: Concepts And Questions
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Photography: Contemporary Photographic Practice
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Photography: Professional Application - External Exhibition
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Photography: Research And Reflection
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Year 3

Optional modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Placement Year
Credits -
Assessment
Final year

Compulsory modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Photography: Critical Research Project
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Photography: Independent Practice
Credits 60
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Photography: Independent Practice Preparation
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Photography: Professional Practice
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2024/25 is £9,250 per year. These fees are regulated by the UK government and are therefore subject to changes in government policy. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £16,655 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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How tuition fees work, student loans and other financial support available.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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