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5 reasons I chose to study Photography at BNU

5 reasons I chose to study Photography at BNU

1. Someone willing to take a chance on me

I assumed that as a mature student with my grades, I'd have no chance of getting onto a degree without taking a foundation year. I conducted a few interviews, but BNU was the only course that offered me a position on the three-year course.

I've been a photographer since I was 17 years old, and my enthusiasm is evident in my portfolio, which I hope will continue as I advance with the support of my tutors.

Head shot of a woman's side profile looking out onto trees
A girl pressing her hand against a window whilst staring out into the distance

2. Range of topics to learn

BNU offers a variety of techniques to its students, ranging from analogue to digital, but it isn't only about the industry; they also teach theory and how you may approach photography in new ways and apply theory to the skills you learn.

We learn all about cutting edge technologies such as CGI to old school analogue technology ranging from 35mm to 8x10. We also learn printing such as silk screen printing and solar plate etching and these are the things I love most.

3. Brand new course, brand new facilities and equipment

When I was considering BNU, I discovered that I would be the first to try out the photography course, which meant using brand new equipment. There are state-of-the-art facilities, including two fantastic studios and a brand-new darkroom with the most up-to-date equipment available. At the moment, in addition to my Canon 7D, I'm also borrowing a Nikon D780, which takes amazing shots.

Photography Studio
Photography Dark Room

4. Students’ Union

When you enrol you become a member of the Bucks Students' Union at no cost and you get access to lots of services, all of which are provided free of charge.

BNU’s Student Union is in the top 5 in the UK and offers us so many opportunities such as joining a society which I did recently, trying a sport you have never tried before and loads of different types of socials during the week.

5. Location

When I was 18 I moved to Bognor Regis which was a two hour train journey to get into London, now I’m only a 30-minute journey and I absolutely love it! As a photographer, I have managed to visit London frequently, and with my train pass it’s only £20 for a return ticket and use of the underground and buses. The High Wycombe area is surrounded by rivers and countryside and it's my favourite thing to photograph.

train station - student railcard