Photography degree – BA (Hons) – Bath Spa University (2023)

Engage with photography in an experimental, creative and critical environment.

  • Hands-on, experiential approach with the emphasis on developing your individual interests and ability.
  • Opportunities to work on live briefs and a range of professional workshops with our industry partners.
  • Great links including the Royal Photographic Society and Association of Photographers.

Photography at Bath Spa Universitygives you space to explore,actively enquire, challenge and define the role of the photographic image.

We’re committed to teaching the craft of photography. Analogue techniques are thoroughly explored and equip you to engage more proficiently with digital methods. We explore the ways in which digital technological change impacts on photography, and we also fully utilise new technologies.

The curriculum is broad, with an emphasis on practical learning. Content is delivered by a team of full-time and visiting specialists who are active practitioners and researchers in the field.

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Study options

Integrated Foundation Year (UCAS code: WPQ5)

The preliminary and intensive Integrated Foundation in Art and Design is designed to develop your ideas, skills and confidence in readiness for progressing to year one of your degree programme.

Professional Placement Year (UCAS code: WPQ4)

This year provides you with the opportunity to identify, apply for, and secure professional experience, normally comprising one to three placements over a minimum of nine months. Successful completion of this module will demonstrate your ability to secure and sustain graduate-level employment.

By completing the module, you'll be entitled to the addition of 'with Professional Placement Year' to your degree title.

Before your Professional Placement Year, you'll work to secure your placement, constructing a development plan with your module leader and your placement coordinator from our Careers and Employability team.

On your return to University for your final year, you'll submit your Placement Portfolio, detailing your development on your placement, for assessment.

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What you'll learn

Overview

You’ll develop your creative ability and technical skills through a range of set and self-directed projects. Modules cover broad contexts of photography including fashion, documentary, landscape, portraiture and editorial.

Course structure

Year one
You’ll look at fundamental photographic principles and practice, and develop an awareness of photographic practice within the creative industries. You’ll gain practical and technical skills. You’ll learn to research visually and analytically and evaluate your work with tutor guidance. Modules cover darkroom, studio and portable lighting as well as a wide range of digital darkroom techniques. Year two
You’ll develop detailed knowledge of major theories relating to photographic practice, and a deeper awareness of social and ethical implications for the photographic industry. You’ll negotiate activities with tutors, and will be able to analyse, synthesise and evaluate work more independently. Studio modules offer tutorial-led project work and incorporate professional workshop sessions led by industry practitioners. Visiting lecture and masterclass speakers have included: Ian Teh, Jem Southam and Andy Sewell,Nick Wapling, Celine Marchbank, Jack Latham and many more.

Year three
You’ll become more confident in identifying and defining complex visual solutions and have the freedom to define your own area of practice. You’ll apply appropriate knowledge and practical skills to produce your own body of work. You’ll be able to initiate, manage and critically evaluate your work and that of others, and demonstrate an informed knowledge of contemporary professional practice and the issues and debates that provide a context. The year ends with a public exhibition of portfolio work.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is entirely by coursework.

How will I be taught?

Teaching takes place through critiques, tutorials, presentations, lectures, self-directed learning and peer review.

Throughout the course you’ll develop your craft and individual photographic interests through practical project work. You’ll explore the contextual framework of photography through Historical and Critical Studies modules and gain industry awareness through Professional Practice modules.

Course modules

This course offers or includes the following modules. The modules you take will depend onyour pathway or course combination (if applicable) as well as any optional or open modules chosen. Please check the programme document (below the main image on this page) for more information.

Modules for the integrated Foundation year option are listed on the Integrated Foundation Year for Art and Design page.

Year one (Level 4) modules

  • Photographic Practice 1: The Photographic Image
  • Photographic Practice 2: Identity and the Camera
  • Photographic Practice 3: Image and Context
  • Photographic Practice 4: Perception of Place
  • Professional Contexts 1
  • Introduction to Visual and Material Culture: Art and Photography.
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Year two (Level 5) modules

  • Photographic Practice 5 Narrative: Fact
  • Photographic Practice 6 Narrative: Fiction
  • Photographic Practice 7: Object, Figure, Space
  • Professional Contexts 2
  • Photography: Contemporary Issues and Practice
  • Professional Placement Year.

Year three (Level 6) modules

  • Individual Practice: Portfolio 1
  • Individual Practice: Portfolio 2
  • Individual Practice: Major Project
  • Professional Contexts 3
  • Visual and Material Culture: Final Study.

Opportunities

Study abroad

You’ll have the opportunity to study in a wide range of locations around the world. Our students have completed exchange programmes in a variety of countries including Spain, Sweden and the USA.

Fieldwork

From year one to three, you’ll have opportunities to participate in local and international fieldwork opportunities across the BA (Hons) Photography modules. Please note that you’ll have to pay for international study visits. Recent international fieldwork destinations have included New York and Iceland.

Work placements, industry links and internships

The course works closely with a variety of industry partners and associations such as the Royal Photographic Society and Fox Talbot Museum. There are opportunities to work on live project briefs, participate in work experience, and collaborate with a wide range of industry practitioners.

Careers

Graduates of Photography at Bath Spa University have entered careers in:

  • photojournalism
  • fashion photography
  • product photography
  • portrait photography
  • photo editing
  • editorial design
  • advertising
  • curation
  • art direction
  • marketing
  • studio management
  • teaching

Competitions and awards

You can apply for The Porthleven Prize: an opportunity for Bath Spa University students to take part in a fully-funded ten day residency based in a Cornish Studio, with travel, accommodation and other expenses included.

Course delivery in 2022/23

Our focus is on providing the best possible in-person experience for you and your peerswhilst maintaining the most successful aspects of online delivery that we know will benefit your learning. Learn moreby reading our programme delivery statement.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

As a BAPhotography student you’ll benefit from access to comprehensive digital workshops and specialist art and design facilities, including:

  • Our student service point at Locksbrook where you can purchase subsidised art and design materials, hire out equipment for free and collect Library resources
  • Access to our well-stockedLibraryat Newton Park
  • Specialist technicalworkshopsacross all of art and design
  • Access to studio space where you can work on projects and refine your practice.

Resources

BA (Hons) Photography students can hire out equipment using SISO, Bath Spa University’s free equipment loan service. We have excellent studio spaces and workshop facilities in specialist craft areas, such as darkrooms, lighting studio’s, photo etching, photo publishing and digital print.

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Locksbrook campus

Locksbrook Campusis a Grade II listed building designed by Nicholas Grimshaw in 1976. It has now been transformed into an innovative, open plan space, redesigned to meet 21st century environmental standards, with technical workshops surrounded by flexible studio spaces and large social areas.

Locksbrook has received both aRIBA South West Award 2021 and RIBA National Award 2021, recognising and celebrating what an amazingly inspirational space it is to come together to design, make, do, create and learn in.

Locksbrook Campus

Fees

Please note: Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland are not generally eligible for the UK (Home) fee status. Please refer to the international student rate. Irish citizens and those granted Settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme are eligible for UK (Home) fee status. There are also other circumstances where this may apply: See UKCISA for more information.

UK students full time

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Year 1 £9,250
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UK students part time

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Year 1 £4,625
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International students full time

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Year 1 £16,075
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All students full time - with professional placement year

During the placement year, the fee is reduced to 20% of the full time fee. Otherwise, fees are the same as for full time study. This applies to UK, EU and International students.

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Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

We’re looking for highly motivated individuals who have a deep sense of curiosity and willingness to learn. You should be organized, self motivated and disciplined.

Typical offers

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:

  • A Level - grades BBC-CCC preferred including a Grade C in Photography or related subject.
  • BTEC - Extended Diploma grades from Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM) to Merit, Merit, Merit (MMM) in a related subject, or evidence of experience in Art or Photography.
  • T Levels – grade Merit-Pass (C+) preferred in a relevant subject.
  • International Baccalaureate - a minimum of 27 points are required in addition to a HL Photography/Art subject at grade 6.
  • Access to HE courses - typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher) together with evidence of experience in Photography.

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants

IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

Course enquiries

For further information about the programme or entry requirements, please email us at admissions@bathspa.ac.uk.

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Click the 'apply now' button in the centre of this page.

Need more guidance? Head to our how to applypages.

Interview and portfolio guidance

Applicants will be invited by email to interviewand will be required to bring ahigh quality portfolio in support of their application. Portfolios should demonstrate your passion and motivation. We recommend that you present an edited selection of your most successful photographic work at interview. Print presentation is recommended and should be accompanied by evidence of your research and working methods, for example, process journals and research folders.

Get ahead

We recommend that applicants undertake a pre-degree foundation diploma in Art and Design in addition to the above qualifications but will consider applications without this.

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FAQs

What is BA Hons Photography? ›

BA (Hons) Photography at London College of Communication is an ideas-driven, multi-genre photography course which combines practice, theory, professionalism and technical expertise. You'll graduate as a critically engaged creative who is conceptually driven and professionally focused.

Can I do BA in photography? ›

Bachelor of arts in photography is a three-year undergraduate degree programme. The programme is offered in a full-time mode by various institutes offering this programme. After completing the programme aspiring candidates can find themselves working as different photographers according to their specialisations.

Is Bath Spa Uni a good uni? ›

Bath is ranked as the second safest university city in England and Wales, and the sixth safest university city in the UK according to the Complete University Guide. It's a truly great place to live - the mix of tourists and students generate a friendly and bustling atmosphere that you won't find anywhere else.

Is Bath Spa University good for art? ›

Best university for Art in the South West

We're top in the South West for Art according to the Guardian University Guide 2021. They also ranked us in the top 25 for Art in the UK!

Do you need to go to uni for photography? ›

You can learn everything you need to learn about photography through Youtube these days. You could attend a few workshops lead by photographers in the industry, and you'd learn just as much. But everyone learns in different ways. Everyone is so different full stop.

WHAT A levels do you need for photography? ›

However, if you plan to apply to a photography degree or higher education course, you need five grade 9-4 GCSEs (A*-C) (this might vary slightly depending on the institution)[viii]. These GCSEs should include Maths and English, in addition to 2 or 3 A levels (one must be in art, design or media).

Is photography a good career? ›

So, as an overall answer regarding the question “Is Photography a Good Career?” Yes, it is! As long as the earnings of a photographer, in general, are concerned, a photographer in the USA can earn about $30-40k per year.

Is Bath Spa hard to get into? ›

A wide range of courses, allowing for study into incredibly specific topics. The main issue with the university is the wait time for wellbeing appointments, as it can take up to four months to even get a foot in the door. This means that if you do need help, it is very difficult to achieve.

Is the university of Bath a Russell Group? ›

For instance, universities like Bath are often considered to be Russell Group but Bath is not a Russell Group university!” Bath, along with St Andrews, are indeed often mistaken for members of the Russell Group because of their high performance across the board in various league tables.

What is Bath university famous for? ›

National rankings
  • 1st for Architecture and Criminology.
  • 2nd for Psychology, Sociology, and Sports Science.
  • 3rd for Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.

What is the acceptance rate for Bath Spa University? ›

Acceptance rate was 12%. Bath Spa University was ranked in 2017 as one of the top five creative universities in the UK by Which?'s student survey.

Is Bath Spa university accredited? ›

Bath Spa University College was a UK government-recognised body that gave awards between 1992 and 2005. Its qualifications are verified by: Bath Spa University Bath Spa University is a UK government-recognised university or college which currently gives degree awards.

Does Bath Spa University have a gym? ›

Based on Newton Park campus, the Students' Union facilities include The SU bar and kitchen, gym and shop.

Where can I study photography in the UK? ›

Top Five UK Universities for Photography
  • Robert Gordon University. Robert Gordon University is based in Aberdeen, Scotland, and offers a one-year BA Commercial Photography course. ...
  • University of Westminster. ...
  • De Montfort University. ...
  • University of Lincoln. ...
  • Coventry University.
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What is BSC photography? ›

Bsc Photography (Bachelor of Science in Photography)

Candidates will have diverse knowledge about the digital techniques used in still, landscape, and portrait photography. Skills like management, innovative thinking, critical-thinking, and entrepreneurship are enhanced through this course.

Which degree is best for film industry? ›

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in cinematic arts, film, and television production is a truly one-of-a-kind program that takes most students four years to complete. Offered by the School of Cinematic Art, this degree blends training in the liberal arts with specialized courses in the profession.

How much do photographers get paid UK? ›

In full-time employment, early career salaries are typically between £16,000 and £22,000. Salaries can increase to anywhere from £25,000 to £65,000. The top end of the scale is typically for those who have a strong reputation and are highly sought-after, which takes years of experience.

Do photographers make good money? ›

Full-time photographers can typically make anywhere between $30,000 and $75,000 per year, and some make even more than that. Many photographers prefer to transition into photography part-time so they can get an idea of if it will be financially sustainable as a career.

Are photographers in demand? ›

Employment of photographers is projected to grow 17 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations. About 12,700 openings for photographers are projected each year, on average, over the decade.

What type of photography is most in demand? ›

Commercial photography is one of the highest paying photography jobs. Specialists can expect to earn around $100,000 per year (salary + license fees for the right to use their photos).

Is it hard to make it as a photographer? ›

Being a professional photographer is not just happily snapping some photos, collecting money, and then spending all of that money on anything you'd like. There are expenses, lots and lots of expenses. There are boring, repetitive tasks. There are hours spent doing behind the scenes stuff.

What is a degree in photography called? ›

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography programs generally focus on hands-on instruction in the technical and creative aspects of the visual art. Courses may include photography techniques, studio lighting, color theory, graphic design, digital photography, and artwork critique.

How much do photographers make? ›

According to Salary.com, the average annual salary for a photographer working in the US in 2020 was $66,116. The pay grade for photographers varies across the scale, though; the top ten percent of photographers earned $83,367 in the same year, while the bottom ten percent took home around $40,767.

What is the degree name of photography? ›

Photography can be pursued as both arts and science. The undergraduate photography courses are BFA in Photography and B.Sc. in Photography, for arts and science respectively.

Is there any future in photography? ›

But if you're willing to put in the hard work and be creative, photography can turn into a rewarding profession for you. You can choose to be self-employed and run your own studio or you can take up freelancing projects. You can also start as an assistant with a professional photographer.

Is Bath university posh? ›

There is no denying that there are some very 'posh' areas of Bath and that some people have a lot of wealth. However, in my opinion the university is certainly not elitist or 'posh'. Of course there are students from private schools but I have never experienced any sort of social divide.

What is the top 10 university in UK? ›

Here are the best global universities in the United Kingdom
  • University of Oxford.
  • University of Cambridge.
  • University College London.
  • Imperial College London.
  • University of Edinburgh.
  • King's College London.
  • University of Manchester.
  • University of Glasgow.

Do Bath spa give unconditional offers? ›

Bath Spa University's perspective on unconditional offers:

One of the elements includes offering applicants a 'guaranteed place'. This accounts for the sudden rise in 'offers with unconditional components' from less than 1% to 8%.

What is BSC photography? ›

Bsc Photography (Bachelor of Science in Photography)

Candidates will have diverse knowledge about the digital techniques used in still, landscape, and portrait photography. Skills like management, innovative thinking, critical-thinking, and entrepreneurship are enhanced through this course.

What is journalism photography? ›

Photojournalism is the process of story telling using the medium of photography as your main story telling device. While a journalist will use their pen and paper to tell stories, a photojournalist will use their camera to capture the visual representation of a story.

Where can I study photography in the UK? ›

Top Five UK Universities for Photography
  • Robert Gordon University. Robert Gordon University is based in Aberdeen, Scotland, and offers a one-year BA Commercial Photography course. ...
  • University of Westminster. ...
  • De Montfort University. ...
  • University of Lincoln. ...
  • Coventry University.
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Where can I study photography in Scotland? ›

Results for Undergraduate Photography Courses in Scotland
  • Edinburgh Napier University. UCAS points. ...
  • Robert Gordon University. UCAS points. ...
  • Glasgow School of Art. UCAS points. ...
  • Dumfries and Galloway College. UCAS points. ...
  • City of Glasgow College. ...
  • Edinburgh College. ...
  • Fife College. ...
  • Forth Valley College of Further and Higher Education.

What is the degree name of photography? ›

Photography can be pursued as both arts and science. The undergraduate photography courses are BFA in Photography and B.Sc. in Photography, for arts and science respectively.

What is BA in visual arts and photography? ›

Bachelor of Visual Arts or B.V.A. is a four-year undergraduate course based on the learning of various art forms like drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, video, photography, filmmaking, crafts, and architecture and design.

How do I become a photo journalist? ›

Follow these steps to begin your career as a photojournalist:
  1. Learn the basics. Before you can become a photojournalist, you must learn how to take photos. ...
  2. Consider earning a degree. Most photojournalism jobs value experience over education. ...
  3. Obtain an internship. ...
  4. Grow your network. ...
  5. Create a portfolio. ...
  6. Start your job search.

How do you travel as a photographer? ›

General Travel Photography Tips for Beginners
  1. 1) Know Your Camera.
  2. 2) Focus on the Golden and Blue Hours.
  3. 3) Plan Your Shots.
  4. 4) Learn About Composition.
  5. 5) Framing, Framing and More Framing.
  6. 6) Move Your Feet.
  7. 7) Ask People for Permission.
  8. 8) Use a Tripod.
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Can you study photography at uni? ›

When studying for a Photography degree, many universities will offer you the chance to work in industry-standard studios, alongside industry-standard equipment, to equip you with practical experience.

How do I become a photographer in Scotland? ›

Most professional photographers have taken a college or university course to develop their technical skills. You can enter some Photography National Certificate or National Qualification courses (SCQF level 5) with no formal qualifications but most courses require National 4/5 qualifications (SCQF level 6).

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