Photography - BA (Hons)
Why study this course?
This innovative Photography BA undergraduate course is taught in the heart of London's art and media hub where you'll find inspiration all around you. You'll develop essential digital and analogue photography skills alongside moving image expertise, as well as learning about the industry, exploring links with other art forms and discovering the history and aesthetics of photography through theory and practice. In the most recent (2015-16) Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.
On this forward-looking Photography BA undergraduate course you'll develop the creative practice and portfolio needed for a career as a professional photographer. The degree covers both digital and analogue photography, and is taught at one of the UK’s few art schools equipped with both colour and black-and-white darkroom facilities.
As well as gaining vital practical experience through studio and workshop sessions, you’ll study the relevant theory and contemporary practice within the industry. You’ll also have the opportunity to find out how photography is linked to moving image and other art forms, as well as putting your own knowledge into practice through collaboration with students on other art-based courses.
We'll introduce you to how the industry works so you can learn about the advantages offered by digital and social media, as well as honing the writing skills you’ll need to create funding proposals, promotional copy and artist statements.
As you progress through your undergraduate degree, you’ll be able to focus your learning on your personal areas of interest. You will network, discuss and explore ideas while also participating in relevant field trips and workshops.
Within the School, you’ll be supported by our team of experienced tutors, all of whom are active practitioners and regularly showcase their work nationally and internationally.
Alongside regular University exhibitions of your on-going work, which will be open to the public, you’ll be encouraged to exhibit your own work through the local arts groups we work with, including Alternative Arts, Photomonth Festival, Four Corners Film and Photography, London Independent Photographers and the Uncertain States group. You’ll also have access and the chance to contribute to the East End Photography Archive at The Cass.
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.
In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:
- a minimum of grades CCC in three A levels in art or design subjects (or a minimum of 96 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)
- GCSE English at grade C (grade 4) or above (or equivalent)
- portfolio interview
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 requirements.
If you're studying full-time, each year (level) is worth 120 credits.
Year 1 (Level 4) modules include:
- Critical and Contextual Studies 1
- Studio Practice: Ways of Seeing
- Studio Practice: Photography Workshop
- Studio Practice: Photography Professional Practice
Year 2 (Level 5) modules include:
- Critical and Contextual Studies 2
- Studio Practice: Photography Workshop
- Studio Practice: Photography Professional Practice
- Studio Practice: Photography Personal Projects
Year 3 (Level 6) modules include:
- Critical and Contextual Studies 3: Dissertation
- Final Project: Development, Exhibition and Display
- Photography: Professional Practice
"This is an enjoyable and rewarding course which provides an exciting engagement with current photography practice. It allowed me to develop my own approach to the discipline, equipping me with a range of subject-specific and transferable skills. It also provided me with the experience and confidence to go on to my MA."
Elizabeth Vicary, former student
The Photography BA course opens up a number of job roles in the photography and creative industries, enabling you to pursue a career in magazines and newspapers, editorial and freelance photography, archive work, photo libraries, education and local or national arts organisations.
Previous students have gone on to find work at a diverse range of companies and have taken up roles such as photographer, curator, photo journalist, web designer and videographer. Others have used the transferable skills they developed through this course to fulfil roles in local government, teaching and entrepreneurship.
This degree is also excellent preparation for postgraduate study.
We're investing in an exciting, multimillion pound transformation of the London Metropolitan University campus, between 2016 and 2020. We’re moving all of our activity to one place, our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching locations 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.
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News and success stories
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Join The Cass for its annual Fine Art and Photography open studio event on Thursday 22 March
9- 17 March 2018
The work of Paola Leonardi focuses on the people and places at the edges of Europe.
Image of a statue with a santa hat on his head and surrounded by snowflakes.
Thursday, 14 December, 3-8pm
The twelfth annual open studios at Calcutta House features exhibition by Fine Art BA and Photography BA students and a pop up exhibition by first year architects.
Susanna Edwards has been asked to use her expertise to visualise what Southampton will be like in 2117.
image of shibori banners flapping in wind in the street
School celebrates it's coming together with series of exhibition and events attended by hundreds.
hose at night with one window illuminated
New solo exhibition of night photography by The Cass alumnus David George.
In celebration of its students, alumni, new home and London Design Festival, The Cass plays host to a series of exhibitions and workshops this September.
The third edition of the annual yearbook celebrating the diverse world of The Cass is now available.
Art courses ranked second best in London again for student satisfaction, while the School of Computing and Digital Media's Maths course scores 10/10 for ‘Value Added’.
Until Saturday 4 March 2017
The latest exhibition in The Cass Foyer Gallery features new work by postgraduate photography students.
Photograph of greenery in a park in the East End
10 November - 2 December 2016
East End Scores presents four personal views of the East End in relation to the London 2012 Olympics.
Photograph showing a string of lights and plug through a doorframe
9 November 2016, 6.30 to 9.30pm
Peter Fraser will discuss his new work Mathematics, followed by a question-and-answer session and book signing.
Close up of Thom Yorke, lead singer from Radiohead
Exhibition by photographer and The Cass technician Sebastian Edge includes unseen portraits of Radiohead.
3 to 28 October
Cass MA alumni Moé Sekiya and Jordanna Greaves collaborate on an exhibition for Photomonth 2016.
Meet the team
Date 2 May 2018 Time 1:00 PM Venue London Metropolitan University
Old Castle Street
This Mini Open Day is for those who are interested in studying with us on Art, Architecture and Design subjects (see subject area list below). We know that going to university is... more