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About this course

Accreditations and partnerships:

The UK Socrates-Erasmus Council
Association of Photographers
  • Entry year: 2016/17
  • Course code: W640
  • Applications: UCAS
  • Level: Undergraduate
  • Tariff points: 280
  • Department: Film and Journalism
  • Campus: City Campus
  • Duration: Three years full-time. Approximately six years part-time.
  • Delivery: Part-time, Full-time
  • Study abroad: Yes
  • Programme leader: Jim Campbell
  • Key fact: This course is affiliated with the leading professional body for photographers in the UK and beyond, the Association of Photographers.


Why BA(Hons) Photography?

Our popular BA(Hons) Photography will develop your creativity and give you the high-level practical skills needed to become a successful photographer. You will be able to work across all areas of the discipline, from editorial and documentary to fashion, advertising and fine art.

You will be encouraged to transform your broad-based photographic practice into an individual visual style. On graduation, you will have built a unique and compelling body of work for the marketplace.

Why study this course?

The city of Bristol is a vibrant arts and media community, which will challenge and inspire you. Photography is based at Bower Ashton Campus, part of the City Campus, where exceptional facilities and resources include state-of-the-art digital media studios, while production and fabrication workshops offer a combination of traditional tools and the latest technology.

The course incorporates all the factors you need: a vibrant, collaborative environment, state-of-the-art facilities, supportive workshop instruction and expert input, all underpinned by theory and critique. At its core are creative projects in still and moving imagery, involving exciting opportunities in contemporary lens-based media. You will receive one-to-one support from our excellent technical and academic staff.

Have a look at some of our student's work on our blog Over Here Please.

Real-world experience

We have strong links with industry, undertaking projects with partners in the UK and overseas, and there are numerous opportunities for work experience. You will also work to briefs set and assessed by external individuals and organisations throughout the course. These could include photographers, filmmakers, publishers, clothing labels, product designers, theatre groups, musicians or festivals.

Regular guest speakers include celebrated photographers, art directors, picture editors, art buyers, curators, agents, publishers and prop designers, and you will visit photographers' studios, agencies and picture libraries. Following your major final-year project, you will be encouraged to exhibit in Bristol and London. Crucially, you will have developed an outstanding imaging process and portfolio.

Where it can take you

Our graduates work in fields ranging from editorial and fashion to movie stills and medical photography. Employers include the BBC, Sunday Times Magazine, the Tate and the National Portrait Gallery, Olympics 2012, British Journal of Photography, Aardman Animations and the Department for Education. They have also established important collectives and exhibiting networks such as One Giant Arm and Splash and Grab.

Senior Lecturer Angus wins national photography award in its inaugural year.

Watch our film to find out more about Film, Photography and Animation at UWE Bristol.

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