Photography BA(Hons)

2020-21 (also available for 2021-22)

Places available in clearing. Find out more.

Start date

21 September 2020


3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement year

About the course

You’ll probably already have a good eye for composition and creating a photograph. Now you want to build on your practical skills, gaining a better understanding about what’s possible when you become part of this exciting and dynamic subject. Our course is structured to enable you to become a specialist in the dominant visual language of our age. There are careers available in an increasing range of industries from fashion and art, to advertising and education that all require the skills of informed, professional photographic practitioners.

Our BA(Hons) Photography course will give you the chance to -

  • Understand the role of a photographer in today’s society, and the commercial paths available to you. You’ll also be able to explore the history and contemporary practice of photography.
  • Be articulate about your work and be ready to discuss and present your images in a range of situations.
  • Be supported to develop your skills in a modular structure that involves making both still and moving image, whilst also providing you with the opportunity to experiment and collaborate with students from other courses and in live-project scenarios.
  • Be taught by tutors with extensive experience in a range of approaches to image-making and publishing in both the commercial environment and art-based practice.
  • Use our well-equipped digital studios, full of high-spec equipment, with more variety than you’d find in many professional studios. We’ve excellent digital and analogue darkroom facilities and cover all aspects of creative workflow and image output. You’ll be encouraged to develop your creativity and build up a portfolio of your work and establish a presence on all the relevant media platforms. We also have an extensive list of visiting specialists having an input on the course, which enrich the networks you’ll be connecting to as a student with us.

Finally, our photography course is approved by the British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP) giving you the chance to gain a respected BIPP professional qualification alongside your degree.

The Photography department at Huddersfield boasts a vast array of valuable resources and dedicated staff which provides you with all the support you need to excel in your course. Each student has the freedom to develop their own style of photography and progress in their own professional development. I took the opportunity to complete a year in industry which significantly expanded my knowledge in the working world and increased my post graduate employability.

Profile photo of Ellie Johnstone

Ellie Johnstone, Photography BA(Hons), current student

Course detail

Core modules:

Breaking the Photograph

The module aims to introduce you to experimental creative practices as part of the image-making process. Assignments focus on introducing and expanding approaches to producing still and moving image, evaluation and reflection of images produced are also part of the summative submission. You will respond to a number of scenarios surrounding the themes of photographic collage, montage and digital image collision. Initially there is a diagnostic period via peer review sessions which then move towards the early stages of self-directed study, or expression of interest in methods of production and creative realisation. Areas of study: you will be introduced to a wide variety of methods of expression, and be encouraged to engage in a range of image-making techniques that will expand your experience of photography and moving image. You will complete the module with a portfolio of outcomes that explore a range of methods, which evidences practical skills and experimental practices.

Experimental Practices of Photography

The module aims to promote image-based experimentation which, via the application of new skills and approaches, focuses on developing individual responses in the production of still and moving image. The assignment is designed to produce a clear practical outcome, bringing work to a level of finish that will focus on considerations of production. This will consist of a sequence of still images, and a moving image piece, maximum of 30 seconds in duration. You will complete the module with outcomes which positions your practical experimentation as the basis of your future practice. Continuous evaluation and reflection of images produced is also part of peer reviews and summative submissions.

Introduction to Critical Languages

This module will introduce you to the fundamental concepts of photographic theory, research and visual culture studies. You will be guided through the fundamental processes of learning to critically analyse photographic imagery. The key concepts of critical analysis will be introduced through a series of short tasks, based on key texts that are explored through historical photographic imagery. You will also be required to evidence the understanding of these key concepts through responses to set essay briefs. Teaching content is designed to introduce you to the importance of independent research strategies, and informed opinion. There will be regular opportunities for you to present findings to your peer group, to help build confidence and skills of communication through regular practice and feedback. The module aims to promote the important role that critical analysis and research has in building knowledge of individual photographic practice. Within the process of learning about the subject and having the opportunity to communicate this, you begin to formulate your own relationship to an expanded field of photography. Each task focuses on embedding critical practice as part of the skills and abilities required to progress through the course. The summative submission is a portfolio of the tasks that have been part of the learning activities throughout the module.

Introducing Techniques of Photography

This module provides the opportunity for you to create still and moving image with a relevant level of practical and technical competency and knowledge. This begins with a series of workshops, demonstrations and supervised practice. Throughout the module there are a number of formative tasks which provide foundations of practice in both the still and moving image. Formative tasks provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate your developing skills as well as developing new skills. The module aims to promote the important role that technique has in building individual practice. Technique is understood as the creative application of technical skill. The demonstrations are designed to introduce you to technical processes and skills, whilst the workshops provide the opportunity to discuss, evaluate and reflect on your own technical applications. The tasks are designed to instill and build on core foundations of making both still and moving images. The final submission is a portfolio of tasks which have been part of the learning activities throughout the module.

Entry requirements

To find out if you're eligible for this course, please email our Clearing Helpline Team at

In addition to the academic entry requirements, the following requirements apply:

As a centre of creative excellence, we look forward to hearing about your own creative experiments and ambitions through a discussion of your portfolio at interview.

Read our guidance on developing your portfolio and what to expect from your interview.


The course offers an optional one-year (36 weeks minimum) work placement after the second year, in the UK or abroad. This will give you the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience, insight into your chosen career and open up your graduate employment prospects. Our Placement Unit and academic staff have excellent industry links and can support you in applying for and finding your placement(s), as well as during your placement year.

Students on the course have previously taken up placement opportunities with companies including: Photography Works – Mirfield; Box Photographic – Huddersfield; Flawless Photography Studios - Manchester and Chique Photography - Huddersfield.

Alternatively, if you are a student from within the UK or the EU, you could consider starting your own small business by applying for the Enterprise Placement Year in conjunction with the University’s Enterprise Team. You’ll have the opportunity to benefit from business advice, mentoring and networking sessions. You can find out more information on the Enterprise Placement Year here.

You can find out more information on placements here.

My first placement was as an Assistant Photographer in Northumbria and my second was in Palma, Spain where I was the only photographer for a gallery. I would highly recommend people to take the opportunity to do a placement year.

Profile photo of Jessica Sanderson

Jessica Sanderson, Photography BA(Hons), current student

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. The University is joint first in England for the proportion of staff with teaching qualifications (HESA 2020).
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff* have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Student Work

A gallery of work by our Photography students and graduates. Click on each image to find out more.

Your career

This course aims to help you develop the skills needed to go in to roles such as freelance photographer, studio photographer, art director, visual stylist and image maker or manipulator. Previous students have also gone on to work in curatorial scenarios, and galleries or museums, as picture editors and archivists, or as part of social engagement programmes and finally some progress to postgraduate study. This is also a suitable first degree for entry into teacher training. In addition, there is support for students in setting up their own companies.

Some companies our graduates have gone on to work for include JD Sports, Fisheye Studios, Next and Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust in clinical photography.** 


* Percentage of graduates from this course who go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2016/17).

Source: **GEMS

95% Graduates employed*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

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Changes to option modules

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

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In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

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