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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary


Photography is undergoing a revolution in how images are made, encountered and experienced.

On this BA (Hons) Photography course, you'll gain the knowledge, experience and professional skills you need to work with the latest photographic ideas, techniques, and technologies.

Through research, experimentation, and production, you'll get an advanced grounding in analogue and digital photography and develop a professional, conceptual and aesthetic appreciation of the medium.

You'll engage with modern developments in photography, using our extensive professional photographic facilities and equipment such as our photographic studios, analogue and digital darkrooms, and the latest camera and production equipment. You'll also be introduced to new advancements in photography, such as computer-generated imagery (CGI), photogrammetry and 3D printing, setting yourself apart from others in a challenging job market and preparing yourself for work in the creative industries.

Industry and professional practice is embedded throughout the course, giving you plenty of opportunities to apply your skills and knowledge in situations you'll experience in your photography career. You can also do an optional paid placement year between years 2 and 3.

When you complete the course, you'll be set for working on commissions and self-assigned photography projects, either self-employed or working for a company. You could also continue your studies at postgraduate level.

What you'll experience

On this Photography course, you'll:

  • Challenge photographic traditions, think progressively and act radically
  • Gain a thorough grounding in the challenges of image making, including images as documents, narrative, fiction, and physical and virtual objects
  • Through research, experimentation and production, develop your distinct photographic approach within the field of photography
  • Be taught by practising professionals with experience in exhibiting, publishing, curating and writing about photography
  • Access an impressive range of industry-standard equipment, including digital medium format cameras, professional DSLRs
  • Use the latest advanced image processing software, such as Adobe Suite, Capture One, and Cinema4d
  • Enjoy excellent photographic studio facilities, including our photographic studios with flash and tungsten lighting setups and black and white, colour and digital darkrooms
  • Work with pioneering technologies and techniques, such as computer-generated imagery (CGI), photogrammetry, virtual reality (VR) and 3D printing
  • Conceive and produce exhibitions and presentations, promoting your work to the public through industry portfolio reviews and a final-year graduate showcase

Careers and opportunities

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry.

Previous students have gone on to work as:

  • studio photographers
  • video directors
  • picture editors
  • retouchers
  • photojournalists
  • curators
  • artists
  • fashion photographers
  • teachers/lecturers

Other graduates have continued their studies at postgraduate level or set up successful businesses with help and support from the University.

After you graduate, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 15,500per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Portsmouth

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  • Campus address

    University of Portsmouth, University House, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth, Portsmouth, PO1 2UP, England

Around 5,200 of the university's 29,000 students come from 150 countries around the world. The Global Community networking scheme helps them to meet.
The University of Portsmouth Global team is dedicated to supporting international students from enquiry, through application and arrival, to graduation.
International students can get specialist advice on matters including visas and immigration, settling in to the UK and adjusting to a new culture.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    52nd out of 102 7

  • Entry standards

    / Max 196
    123 64%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    77 77%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.04 81%



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