BA (Hons) Photography

Photography embraces everything from commercial image making in areas such as fashion, editorial or advertising, through to exhibition-based art practice. This variety is reflected our BA (Hons) Photography, which is one of the most highly regarded photography courses in the UK.

Our photography degree takes a broad approach; this allows you to nurture your creativity and work towards a specialist area. You’ll gain skills in digital photography and traditional analogue techniques, as well as in other related media such as moving image and sound.

This mainly practical photography degree is underpinned by the history of photography and visual culture, and as well as contextual elements. Studying these will encourage you to think critically about photography and its impact on culture and society.

We work closely with commercial and artistic clients to produce live briefs, which are opportunities to work on ‘real world’ briefs and assignments that will boost your employment prospects. Many of our photography graduates are prominent figures in the industry. Recent alumni include Matt Damsell, Senior Digital Designer at River Island; Lucy Gold, freelance interior stylist and photographer; Lisa-Jane Meates, freelance commercial photographer; and Michelle James, Photographic Manager at Kurt Geiger.

Studying Photography in Cardiff, you’ll be a part of our inspiring community and have the chance to collaborate with other creative industries students such as artists, actors, writers and musicians.

What you will study

The first year of the photography degree introduces and explores key concepts that are relevant to contemporary photographic practice through challenging practical projects. All practical modules, whether based in fashion, advertising or fine-art photography, will develop your technical skills and provide stimulating assignments to develop your creativity.

As you move through the photography course, you will reinforce your emerging photographic practice through a sound knowledge of the history of photography and an awareness of contemporary developments in the medium. The contextual elements...

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The course is taught by a dedicated team of tutors many of who are accomplished photographers, writers or curators who will help you develop your vision to the best possible outcome. We also invite people from the photographic industry to come to talk to you as part of a lively visiting lecture programme.

Geraint Cunnick, Academic Subject Manager
Ian Wiblin, Senior Lecturer
Celia Jackson, Senior Lecturer
Pauline Dalgleish, Lecturer
Andy Pearsall, Lecturer
Jeff Wookey, Lecturer
Jack Weekes, Technical...

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Work and Study Placements

We take pride in our links with industry, and provide numerous opportunities for our students to work with creative professionals through live projects. Recent partnerships have included The National Trust; Willis Newson – UK’s leading Arts & Health consultancy;
Ally Capellino, fashion designer; Griffin menswear and Sebastian Professional.

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This course is taught at: Cardiff Campus


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Tuition Fees

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  • Full Time 3 Years Start Date: Sep 2016
    • Full Time 3 Years Start Date: Sep 2017

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