Photography BA(Hons)

2019-20 (also available for 2018-19 and 2017-18)

2018-19 (also available for 2019-20 and 2017-18)

2018-19 (also available for 2017-18)

This course will enable you to create, learn new skills and achieve a level of excellence. Your studies will be informed by leading practitioners, giving you the chance to build a career in this exciting, ever-evolving and expanding subject.

It’s not too late to apply for September 2018. Find out more

Start date

17 September 2018


3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement year

Entry requirements

A Level - BBB


See full entry requirements



Places available (subject to change)


Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 472114

About the course

In the age of social media, you'll have the opportunity, through studying photography, to become an expert in the dominant visual language of our era. There are potential careers available in an increasing range of industries from fashion and art to advertising that require the skills of educated, professional photographic practitioners. This course could help you get there.

Our Photography BA(Hons) course will give you the chance to understand the role of a photographer in today’s society, and the commercial and creative paths that are available to you. Through a combination of technical instruction, creative experimentation and critical reflection this course is designed to help you find your creative voice and transform your initial interest into a career.

You’ll be supported to develop your practical skills through individual project work. You will join a wider creative community of fellow photographers, artists and designers putting together books, exhibitions and even short films. Through an engagement with the history of photographic practices, you’ll develop a sophisticated understanding of this fascinating subject and be able speak about your own work with authority.

Our tutors have experience from a range of disciplines, from documentary making to commercial photography and fine art. And we’ve invested in our digital studio, equipping it to an extremely high standard, with more equipment than you’d find in many professional studios. You’ll be encouraged to unleash your creativity and build up a portfolio.

The course is one of only ten in the UK that are approved by the British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP) and gives you the chance to gain a respected BIPP professional qualification alongside your degree.

The course offers a high standard and level of investment in facilities, equipment and technical support, which alongside our staff experience and expertise, means students can achieve high technical, creative and professional standards.

Richard Mulhearn

Richard Mulhearn, Course Leader


The course offers an optional one-year (48 weeks) 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.

I secured a placement with Set Visions, a studio specialising in commercial and room set photography. It refined my photographic knowledge and skills and I worked on many different shoots, producing the basis of my commercial portfolio. I’d recommend a placement year to anyone!

Josh Wilde

Josh Wilde, Photography BA(Hons), placement with Set Visions, Bradford

Entry requirements

BBBat A Level or equivalent

120 UCAS tariff points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications

DMM in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

  • Pass in Diploma Foundation Studies in Art and Design combined with A Level or BTEC qualifications, to total an equivalent of 120 UCAS tariff points.
  • Pass Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits at Merit or above.
  • 120 UCAS tariff points from International Baccalaureate qualifications.

Candidates for whom English is not the first language are required to have International English Language Testing System (IELTS) at a score of 6.0 overall and no less than 5.5 in any component (academic or general test).

You will also be required to attend a satisfactory interview, when strong emphasis will be placed on the quality of your portfolio.

Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.

Explore our facilities

Explore the facilities and technical resources available to art, design and architecture students at the University of Huddersfield including laser cutting and 3D printing.

You’ll see the spaces in which our students work from design suites to textile workshops and photography studios, plus examples of the inspiring work they produce.

Course Detail

Core modules:

Photography Process and Workflow 1

This module will focus on the relationship between photography, electronic imaging, digital manipulation and professional practice. It is designed to provide you with the technical competences and visual analytical skills required to support your learning throughout all aspects of the degree course. You will be introduced a broad range of industry standard photographic equipment, photo-processing software and professional working practices. Your assessments will look into portfolio development, technical proficiency, and compilation of supporting technical and conceptual sketchbooks. (100%)

Photographic Theory and Practice

This module introduces you to the fundamental concept of Genre as a ‘type’ of cultural product. You will be asked to respond to briefs to advance your own technical and conceptual skills. The theoretical component of the module will introduce you to the notions of History and Theory, to elucidate their meaning, implications and application to photographic practices and modes of image analysis. You will be assessed on the production of a sketchbook, diverse coherent and consistent photographic portfolio, and one short academic essay.(100%)

Digital Media Design Foundation Studio Practice

This studio module is 100% portfolio work and it enables you to explore themes that are pertinent to contemporary digital media design. Using both analogue and digital processes you will have the opportunity to learn creative strategies for developing your individual practice. You will be encouraged to demonstrate the ability to create simple 2D and 3D forms, simple animations related to narrative tradition, simple typographic and image based forms, simple motion graphic works related to time-line traditions and simple designs and programmatic forms for screen based generative, interactive and mobile work.

26.3% of the study time on this course is spent in tutorials, lectures, seminars, workshops etc.

You'll have the opportunity to learn through lectures, studio-based projects, workshop demonstrations and practical sessions. An optional supervised fieldwork visit to a major overseas location normally takes place in Year 2.

We support you and monitor your progress throughout the course, and your assessment will include production of photographic images in the studio, developmental studio work, exhibition and presentation of your work, as well as written assignments. Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

You'll be taught by staff who are highly experienced and regarded within their fields and who, alongside their academic qualifications, hold prestigious professional qualifications including Associateship Level Member of the British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP), Accredited Phase One Certified Professional (POCP) and Apple Certified Support Professional (ACSP).

Inspirational field trips to destinations of educational and cultural significance are a component of the course and will be funded by the University. Study trips may include visits to galleries, museums, and exhibitions. Examples of recent trips include The National Media Museum, Bradford; Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield; the Brighton Photo Bienniel, Brighton; and the Format Photography Festival, Derby.

Some students have won bursaries to continue their work post course, attending portfolio events and taking part in exhibitions held abroad, which have included Beijing, Seoul and New York.

Further information

The teaching year normally starts in September with breaks at Christmas and Easter, finishing with a main examination/assessment period around May/June. Timetables are normally available one month before registration. As this is a full-time course, you may have to attend every day of the week.

Your course is made up of modules and each module is worth a number of credits. Each year you study modules to the value of 120 credits, adding up to 360 credits in total for a bachelor’s qualification. These credits can come from a combination of core, compulsory and optional modules but please note that optional modules may not run if we do not have enough students interested.

If you achieve 120 credits for the current stage you are at, you may progress to the next stage of your course, subject to any professional, statutory or regulatory body guidelines.

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 number one in England for the proportion of staff with teaching qualifications (HEFCE, 2016).
  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 BA(Hons) students and graduates. Click on each image to find out more.
You can see work from across the School of Art, Design and Architecture on our gallery page.

Your career

We know you’re coming to university to undertake your course, meet new people and broaden your horizons. However, we also help you to focus on life after you have graduated to ensure that your hard work pays off and you achieve your ambition.
So while you’re here (and even after you graduate) the Careers and Employability Service offer professional help, support and guidance, including industry-supported workshops, careers fairs and one-to-one guidance sessions. Find out more about the Service.

* Percentage of graduates from this subject area who go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (DLHE Survey 2014/15).

90%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.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

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

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

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