- Study Mode: Full time
- Location: High Wycombe
- Duration: Four Years
- Start Date: September 2022
Would you rather be behind the camera than in the picture? Do you have a passion for photography and how images can make others feel? With our state-of-the-art facilities, industry-expert lecturers and guest speakers, we’ll help you develop your photography skills to a professional standard. We'll give you the theoretical grounding and practical opportunities to add depth and flair to your work.
Our BA (Hons) Photography degree can help you bring your creative ideas from concept and shooting to printing and exhibition, ensuring you’re ready to kick-start your career upon graduation. View our Instagram page.
We understand that when it comes to deciding where you’d like to study, there are a lot of things to consider. Come along to our Open Day and discover why BNU could be the place for you. You can find out more about your course, meet the course team, and get all your questions answered.
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Why study this subject?
If names like Rankin, David Bailey and Sally Mann are familiar to you and you have a unique eye for imagery, then a degree in photography could be the right path for you.
Whether you want to specialise in editorial, fashion, product, portrait, documentary or arts-based photography, you can develop your skills and unleash your ideas at BNU. With this degree you will have the opportunity to turn your passion into your future career.
Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?
With a history of delivering expert craft, art and design education for more than 130 years, Buckinghamshire New University is the perfect place to start your creative career.
Our BA (Hons) Photography course is run by a team of professional experts and lecturers, you’ll discover a range of photography styles during your time with us, from portrait to product.
You’ll also have the opportunity to take part in guest workshops and masterclasses. With London only a short journey away, you’ll be able to visit endless museums, galleries and landscapes for inspiration.
As well as this you'll get the chance to collaborate with students from other courses, working on projects with students studying film and TV production, creative advertising, graphic design and fashion and textiles.
Using our professionally equipped facilities you can bring your visions to life. This includes Adobe Creative Suite programmes and our professional studios and wet print darkroom.
The course is an accredited member of the Association of Photographers (AOP). The course meets the AOP’s criteria for the appropriate professional development of students during their studies. This accreditation also offers all students on the course their own free AOP membership for the duration of their studies, providing them with additional support and networking opportunities.
What facilities can I use?
On this course you’ll have access to our range of industry-standard facilities and kit hire availability, including;
- Hasselblad and Pentax digital medium format cameras
- professional lighting studios equipped with Elinchrom and Bowens lighting systems
- a spacious black & white wet-print darkroom
- Mac computer suites with Capture 1 software and full Creative Suite package
- a scanning suite with Epson scanners up to A3 and a high-end Hasselblad Flexitight film scanner
- a print bureau for large-scale exhibition and portfolio printing.
As well as this you’ll have full access to our base room, where you can hang-out and discuss ideas with your peers and get your head down as you work away on your portfolio. You’ll also have access to a range of cameras (analogue and digital) and equipment available for loan to support your practice.
What will I study?
Our course gives you many opportunities to explore the diverse world of Photography. This course takes a strong ‘active learning’ approach, so you’ll have lots of opportunity to build and develop your skills working on your own photography projects.
We’ll help you explore the concepts and contexts behind photography work, so you can find new ways to express yourself, and take your practice to a more dynamic level. You’ll also undertake research to develop a theoretical and critical underpinning of the subject, learning new ways of thinking and working, and pushing traditional boundaries of the medium.
How will I be taught and assessed?
This course is offered as a four-year programme, including an initial Foundation Year. The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate degree. As well as having the space to explore different types of photography, to see where your interests lie, we’ll make sure you understand the business side of working as a professional photographer.
You’ll learn how to set yourself up as a freelancer, and deal with everything from your own marketing, to tax and finance. You’ll learn about the professional bodies that exist to protect photographers’ work and rights, such as the Association of Photographers.
We’ll also look at how to work on different platforms, from galleries to websites, and how to evolve your practice to cater for different audiences.
Adding to the vast expertise of our teaching staff, we’ll bring in guest lecturers to give you further insights through our dynamic visiting lecture programme. You’ll hear from leading practitioners including artists, curators and professionals working across the industry.
You will be part of a large and exciting creative community, collaborating with students from other courses, too, working on projects with others studying subjects such as fashion, design or performing arts.
At the end of your course, you’ll exhibit your photography work as part of our popular Art and Design Summer Show. There’s also the opportunity to show your work at other exhibitions across London including the Free Range show for graduates. It’s a chance to showcase your talents outside the University, and potentially catch the attention of future employers or creative bodies.
BNU is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.
We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.
Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student, to increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.
The tutors have encouraged me to become more confident in myself and my work, by always giving out helpful feedback and advice. This excellent teaching has also made me very eager about pursuing photography as a career.Izzy Marksell
What are the course entry requirements?
A typical offer will require a UCAS tariff score of: 32 - 56
Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year programme including a Foundation Year. If you wish to enquire further, please send your query along with any academic evidence or references to email@example.com
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This provides a guide of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.
Year 1 Modules
Photography, Design and Visual Communication
Preparing for Success: Knowledge & Creativity
Preparing for Success: Self Development & Responsibility
Enquiry Based Learning
Year 2 Modules
Visual Narratives: Stock and Page
Convergence: Moving Image in Photography
Issues in Representation: Key Concepts in Photography
Photography and Emerging Digital Applications
Visual Narratives: Screen and Wall
Issues in Representation: Visual Analysis
Year 3 Modules
Photography for Design, Advertising and Promotion: Editorial
Arts Practices and Methods
Photography and Critical Theory: Concepts, Contexts, Perspectives and Debates
Professional Studies for Photography
Photography for Design, Advertising and Promotion: Campaign and Publicity
Photography and Critical Theory: Genres and Visual Culture
Year 4 Modules
Final Major Project
What are the tuition fees
Home, Academic Year 2022 - 2023
£9,250 per year
Overseas/International, Academic Year 2022 - 2023
£14,250 per year
What are my career prospects?
Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.
You’ll be in a strong position to go into work as a professional photographer, whether you choose to pursue commercial or creative avenues. You could take your skills into editorial or advertising photography, or move into more creatively-focused work, with galleries or cultural organisations.
Our BA (Hons) Photography course will help prepare you for a range of career possibilities, such as:
- Editorial photographer
- Commercial Photographer
- Travel Photographer
- Digital Retouching
- Social and Events Photography
- Picture Researcher
- Exhibition Curator
- Sports Photographer
You may also wish to stay on at Buckinghamshire New University and study one of our full-time or part-time postgraduate courses.