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BA (Hons) Photography with Foundation Year

UCAS CODE: PHO4
TARIFF: 32 - 56
  • Study Mode: Full time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: Four Years
  • Start Date: September 2023

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Would you rather be behind the camera than in the picture? Do you have a passion for photography and how images can make others feel? With our state-of-the-art facilities, industry-expert lecturers and guest speakers, we’ll help you develop your photography skills to a professional standard. We'll give you the theoretical grounding and practical opportunities to add depth and flair to your work.
Our BA (Hons) Photography degree can help you bring your creative ideas from concept and shooting to printing and exhibition, ensuring you’re ready to kick-start your career upon graduation. View our Instagram page.
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We understand that when it comes to deciding where you’d like to study, there are a lot of things to consider. Come along to our Open Day and discover why BNU could be the place for you. You can find out more about your course, meet the course team, and get all your questions answered.

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Application Guide

For everything you need to know about applying, check out our Application Guide. You can find useful information for each stage of your application journey – from before you even apply to what to do if you receive an offer, and everything in between.   

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At BNU, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why we’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities through our SU – all to enrich your university experience.

Why study this subject?

If names like Rankin, David Bailey and Sally Mann are familiar to you and you have a unique eye for imagery, then a degree in photography could be the right path for you.

Whether you want to specialise in editorial, fashion, product, portrait, documentary or arts-based photography, you can develop your skills and unleash your ideas at BNU. With this degree you will have the opportunity to turn your passion into your future career.

Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

With a history of delivering expert craft, art and design education for more than 130 years, Buckinghamshire New University is the perfect place to start your creative career.

Our BA (Hons) Photography course is run by a team of professional experts, practitioners and lecturers, you’ll discover a range of photography styles and media during your time with us, from portrait to product and from print-making to digital technologies. You’ll also have opportunities to take part in guest workshops and masterclasses. With London only a short journey away, you’ll be able to visit endless museums, galleries and visit the surrounding Chilterns for inspiration from the natural environment. As well as this you'll get the chance to work with and collaborate with students from other courses, working on projects with students studying fashion, hair & make-up as well as creative advertising.

Using our professionally equipped facilities you can bring your visions to life. This includes Adobe Creative Suite and Capture One programmes, our professional lighting studios and wet print darkroom.

The course is an accredited member of the Association of Photographers (AOP). The course meets the AOP’s criteria for the appropriate professional development of students during their studies. This accreditation also offers all students on the course their own free AOP membership for the duration of their studies, providing them with additional support and networking opportunities.

The course is an accredited member of the Association of Photographers (AOP). The course meets the AOP’s criteria for the appropriate professional development of students during their studies. This accreditation also offers all students on the course their own free AOP membership for the duration of their studies, providing them with additional support and networking opportunities.

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What facilities can I use?

On this course you’ll have access to our range of industry-standard facilities and kit hire availability, including;

  • Hasselblad and Pentax digital medium format cameras
  • professional lighting studios equipped with Elinchrom and Bowens lighting systems
  • a spacious black & white wet-print darkroom
  • Mac computer suites with Capture 1 software and full Creative Suite package
  • a scanning suite with Epson scanners up to A3 and a high-end Hasselblad Flexitight film scanner
  • a print bureau for large-scale exhibition and portfolio printing.

As well as this you’ll have full access to our base room, where you can hang-out and discuss ideas with your peers and get your head down as you work away on your portfolio. You’ll also have access to a range of cameras (analogue and digital) and equipment available for loan to support your practice.

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Explore

What will I study?

Our course gives you many opportunities to explore the diverse world of Photography. This course takes a strong ‘active learning’ approach, so you’ll have lots of opportunity to build and develop your skills working on your own photography projects.

We’ll help you explore the concepts and contexts behind photography work, so you can find new ways to express yourself, and take your practice to a more dynamic level. You’ll also undertake research to develop a theoretical and critical underpinning of the subject, learning new ways of thinking and working, and pushing traditional boundaries of the medium.

How will I be taught and assessed?

As well as having the space to explore different types of photography, to see where your interests lie, we’ll make sure you understand the business side of working as a professional photographer.

You’ll learn how to set yourself up as a freelancer, and deal with everything from your own marketing, to tax and finance. You’ll learn about the professional bodies that exist to protect photographers’ work and rights, such as the Association of Photographers. We’ll also look at how to develop your presence and present your work on different platforms, from the physical exhibition space to online websites, and how to evolve your practice to cater for different audiences.

Adding to the vast expertise of our teaching staff, we’ll bring in guest lecturers to give you further insights through our dynamic visiting lecture programme. You’ll hear from leading practitioners including artists, curators and professionals working across the industry.

You'll be part of a large and exciting creative community, collaborating with students from other courses, too, working on projects with others studying subjects such as fashion, design or performing arts.

At the end of your course, you’ll exhibit your photography work as part of our popular Art and Design Summer Show. There’s also the opportunity to show your work at other exhibitions, such as, Free Range, the big annual graduate show in London. It’s a chance to showcase your talents outside the University, and potentially catch the attention of future employers and talent scouts.

The tutors have encouraged me to become more confident in myself and my work, by always giving out helpful feedback and advice. This excellent teaching has also made me very eager about pursuing photography as a career.
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BA (Hons) Photography Programme Specification

What are the course entry requirements?

A typical offer will require a UCAS tariff score of: 32 - 56

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year programme including a Foundation Year. If you wish to enquire further, please send your query along with any academic evidence or references to admissions@bucks.ac.uk

Find out more about our General Entry Requirements.

For a course specific guidance sheet on interview technique, please click here.

Modules

This provides a guide of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

Year 1 Modules

Photography, Design and Visual Communication

Preparing for Success: Knowledge & Creativity

Preparing for Success: Self Development & Responsibility

Enquiry Based Learning

Year 2 Modules

Visual Narratives: Stock and Page

Convergence: Moving Image in Photography

Issues in Representation: Key Concepts in Photography

Photography and Emerging Digital Applications

Visual Narratives: Screen and Wall

Issues in Representation: Visual Analysis

Year 3 Modules

Photography for Design, Advertising and Promotion: Editorial

Arts Practices and Methods

Photography and Critical Theory: Concepts, Contexts, Perspectives and Debates

Professional Studies for Photography

Photography for Design, Advertising and Promotion: Campaign and Publicity

Photography and Critical Theory: Genres and Visual Culture

Year 4 Modules

Final Major Project

Professional Practice

Contextual Report

What are the tuition fees

Home

Home, Academic Year 2023 - 2024

£9,250 per year

International

Overseas/International, Academic Year 2023 - 2024

£15,000 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:

0330 123 2023

advice@bnu.ac.uk

What are my career prospects?

Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and effective leaders. We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.

You’ll be in a strong position to go into work as a professional photographer, whether you choose to pursue commercial or creative avenues. You could take your skills into editorial or advertising photography, or move into more creatively focused work, working with galleries or cultural organisations.

Our BA (Hons) Photography course will help prepare you for a range of career possibilities, such as:

•    Editorial Photographer •    Commercial Photographer •    Travel Photographer •    Teacher/Lecturer •    Digital Retouching •    Social and Events Photography •    Picture Researcher •    Exhibition Curator •    Sports Photographer •    Photojournalist •    Photographic Artist

You may also wish to stay on at Buckinghamshire New University and study one of our full-time or part-time postgraduate courses.

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