Fashion Photography - BA (Hons)
Why study this course?
With strong industry links and a team of internationally renowned academics and practitioners, the Fashion Photography BA degree encourages you to approach photographic practices through challenging and exciting projects. You'll gain an in-depth understanding of visual aesthetics, concepts, and techniques of image production and consumption. You'll also gain proficient knowledge of conceptual and technical skills essential in today’s fast-paced, image-led world, developing innovative and highly creative work through industry-facing projects.
You'll have access to high-end facilities and equipment such as photographic studios and industry standard cameras, film processing suites, black and white and colour darkrooms as well as digital processing suites.
The course channels aesthetic understanding and creative development through industry-linked project briefs. We offer strong links with practitioners and the course features portfolio reviews, visiting lecturers, exhibitions and studio visits.
Each year, students are offered a yearly trip to Paris Photo (additional fees apply).
There are no exams on this course. Instead, you'll be assessed through practical and written coursework at the end of each year and throughout the course. You’ll be given valuable verbal and written feedback as your work progresses.
You'll be assessed through a combination of diagnostic, formative and summative methods, and you're expected to participate reflectively in assessment. Self-evaluation is an aspect of a number of modules. You'll use the criteria given to reflect upon your development on the module. This, together with the assessment teams written assessment report, forms the basis at Levels 4 and 5 for discussion at assessment feedback sessions.
Formative assessment is built into all modules and is designed to provide you with feedback on progress and inform development. You're expected to maintain appropriate records of your work as it develops within each module, throughout all levels and to take part in regular tutorial, critique and seminar discussions regarding your own and others’ coursework. These sessions have a diagnostic function aimed at enabling you to meet the intended learning outcomes of each module.
Summative assessment provides a measure of achievement made in respect of performance in relation to learning outcomes. On completion of each level, you'll be required to submit a portfolio of your work on each module together with all supporting material. Assessment criteria reflect the learning outcomes for each level.
In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:
- a minimum of grades BBC in three A levels in art or design subjects (or a minimum of 112 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma/Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Progression Diploma or Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits)
- English language GCSE at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent)
Applicants with relevant professional qualifications or extensive professional experience will also be considered on a case by case basis.
We encourage applications from international/EU students with equivalent qualifications. We also accept mature students with diverse backgrounds and experiences.
Suitable applicants living in the UK will be invited to a portfolio interview. Applicants living outside the UK will be required to submit a portfolio of work via email.
If you do not have traditional qualifications or cannot meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing the Film, Photography and Media Extended Degree (with Foundation Year).
All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirementss.
Year 1 modules include:
- Studio Practice 1: Ways of Seeing existing
- Studio Practice 2 (photographic techniques)
- Studio Practice 3: Negotiated practical project and proposal
- Critical and Contextual Studies 1
Year 2 modules include:
- Studio Practice 4: Themes
- Studio Practice 5: Personal project
- Studio Practice 6: Photography: Project
- Critical and Contextual Studies 2
Year 3 modules include:
- Project Development
- Final Project
- Professional Practice: Research
- Critical and Contextual Studies 3 - Dissertation
At a time when the skills of flexible working are in demand, photography graduates are well-positioned to succeed in the contemporary world of work.
Graduates of the Fashion Photography BA degree have a high rate of employability, and success stories include roles in picture editing, post-production, fashion and editorial photography, galleries, magazines, modelling agencies, picture libraries and in technical and creative industries.
Careers open to graduates of this course include fashion and the visual arts as freelance or in-house photographers, magazine editors, art directors, media and advertising professionals as well as careers in further and higher education.
You could also progress to further study at MA and PhD level.
Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.
Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2018. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.
All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of- the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.
Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.
Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.
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How to apply
If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.
UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.
Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.
When to apply
The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.
If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.