Why study this course?

This innovative Photography BA degree 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 professional practice, exploring links with other art forms and discovering the history and aesthetics of photography through practice and theory. Visit londonmetarts.photography for a look at our students' work, exhibitions, publications and more.

Our Photography BA degree is accredited by the Association of Photographers (AOP) and was awarded Course of the Year 2022.

Our film production and photography courses are third in the UK for teaching quality and fourth in the UK for student satisfaction in the Guardian University Guide 2023.

More about this course

This forward-looking and progressive Photography BA course will help you to develop an understanding of the diverse range of photographic practices and opportunities open to you. It is centred around each individual constructing a unique and personal creative
identity and understanding how to make the most of this within diverse professional
contexts.

As well as developing your individual creative practice and portfolio, you'll build up a wide array of professional and transferable skills needed for a career as a professional photographer or associated professions, ranging from being a curator, picture editor or art director to a photographer’s agent, producer or retoucher. The degree covers 35mm, medium format both digital and analogue photography as well as large format analogue practices, and is taught at one of the UK’s very few art schools equipped with both colour and black-and-white darkroom facilities.

The course not only enables you to build excellent industry standard photographic skills
and theoretical knowledge to support and extend your creative vision, but also helps you
apply these to moving image work as well as more adventurous and experimental outcomes on the margins of traditional practice.

You’ll be supported by our team of experienced tutors, all of whom are active practitioners carrying out commissions and or regularly showcasing their work nationally and internationally.

You could have the opportunity to take part in both national and international study visits, where you'll learn to apply knowledge to live briefs and other work-related scenarios. Alongside regular, publicly accessible university exhibitions of on-going work, you'll be encouraged to exhibit your own work with London based and national art groups, London Met has strong links with several art groups 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 School.

Assessment

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.

Fees and key information

Course type
Undergraduate
UCAS code W641
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Entry requirements

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)
  • 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 don't have traditional qualifications or can't meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing our Photography (including foundation year) BA (Hons) or Art and Design (including foundation year) BA (Hons) degree.

Accreditation of Prior Learning

Any university-level qualifications or relevant experience you gain prior to starting university could count towards your course at London Met. Find out more about applying for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL).

English language requirements

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Student visa (previously Tier 4) you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. This course requires you to meet our standard requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2023/24 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

This module currently runs:
  • all year (September start)

Critical and Contextual Studies 1 will introduce you to the history and theory of your discipline, its extent and conventions, and its broader social and material context in culture and contemporary practice.

You will be guided towards critical reflections on what you see and learn how to read connections between different ideas. In particular, the module investigates how thinking and articulating ideas about practice in the field of Photography and Fashion Photography might be framed – for example in relation to history, the economy, society and the environment, or through theory and practice. Teaching and learning on the module encourages you to explore these questions in relation to your own background and identity, and to broaden your thinking and understanding of previously marginalised contexts and histories of your discipline.

The module will begin to introduce you to a range of academic skills needed to produce a graduate-level study in their final year. It helps you to develop your own interests, and to reflect on and take responsibility for the development of your own learning.

This module currently runs:
  • all year (September start) - Thursday afternoon

The PH4001 LOOKING AND MAKING 1 module consists of seminars, talks, visits and workshops designed to provide a critical and thematic basis from which students are able to explore and expand their personal creative, critical and contextual basis for future practice.

This module will require students to investigate and reflect upon trends in current practice as well as historical models. Case studies and seminar sessions are intended to encourage engagement with, and understanding of, photographic and aligned creative practices. Students will explore these both through guided research as well as practical making. At the beginning of Semester 1 students will agree a basic group code of ethics for study.

The module is shared by, serves and sustains the Honours awards in the BA Fashion Photography and BA Photography courses, delivered in a seamless and integral relationship with the work of other core modules in the level.

Students engage in a series of research tasks and seminars in order to explore and to critically consider the diverse practices, concepts and aesthetics that underpin photographic and creative practices.

This module currently runs:
  • all year (September start) - Tuesday morning

Focusing on the student’s own evolving photographic practice, the PH4000 Project Work 1 module provides an opportunity for students to develop projects, responding to photography briefs, using technical skills and research methods supported within the course. The module considers the relationship between method, medium and meaning, with reference to relevant theory, as well as traditional and contemporary practices.

The module PH4000 Project Work 1 is shared by, serves and sustains the awards in the BA Fashion Photography and BA Photography courses, delivered in a seamless and integral relationship with the work of other core modules in the level, including the Critical and Contextual Studies modules.

Students are encouraged to develop as autonomous learners, taking increasing responsibility for the progress of their project work. Students will be expected to consider and construct critical connections between Level 4 modules.

This module aims to enable students to investigate and learn key skills of interpretation and knowledge in the development of individual photographic practice. Through assigned briefs and projects, the module aims to provide a framework to develop concepts and principles in visual practice relevant to contemporary debates in photography. Building upon skills acquired in the other subject specific modules, the module aims to facilitate learning in the selection, testing and informed use of materials, equipment, facilities, research and processes relevant to their enquiry into and interpretation of the theme of a given project. One key objective of the module is to give the students opportunities to present their project work to an audience of peers.

This module currently runs:
  • all year (September start) - Tuesday morning

The PH4002 Techniques: Photography module introduces students to and engages them with digital and analogue photography and approaches to photographic production. Focusing upon key skills and concepts, the module introduces students to relevant photography materials, processes and techniques for the development of ideas and photographs, enabling students to make informed connections between intention, process, and outcome.

The module involves a series of demonstrations and practical tasks, introducing and developing basic skills and techniques relevant to photography practice and supporting the development of individual briefed projects in PH4000.

PH4002 Techniques: Photography serves and sustains awards in the BA Photography and BA Fashion Photography courses, delivered in a seamless and integral relationship with the work of other core modules on Level 4. Students are expected to investigate and develop critical and aesthetic working relationships between and across the Level 4 modules.

This module aims to enable students to apply photography processes and techniques effectively, with students learning to operate digital and analogue cameras with fluency and control, to use workshop facilities, darkrooms, studios and equipment with confidence and ease and to understand good working practices within digital workflows.

The module thus aims to give maximum opportunities in the practical aspects of photography, enabling students to craft photographs by their careful printing and finishing, with due attention to professional and organised archiving.

Year 2 modules include:

This module currently runs:
  • all year (September start)

Critical and Contextual Studies 2 will continue to critically engage you in the history, theory and practice of your discipline, its extent and conventions, and its broader social and material context in culture and contemporary practice. You will build on studies undertaken in Level 4 and develop into independent thinkers, capable of selecting an appropriate topic and producing a sustained piece of independent study in the form of a dissertation in Level 6.

The module aims to situate your own ideas and practice within the process of constructing knowledge about your discipline. It rehearses the analytical and discursive skills you need to become knowledgeable about the authorities, objects and methods in your field and to understand the roles, locations and responsibilities of important players within it. In particular, the module encourages you to weigh and understand the broader ethical questions relevant to your discipline, and to become conversant with the themes and current debates that animate it. The module recognises that you are an active contributor in this process: what you bring to the construction of knowledge counts – and how effectively you are able to construct and apply this knowledge depends on how well you understand the field of your discipline.

You will be encouraged to think creatively and take responsibility for the development of your own learning. Critical and Contextual Studies for second year students is structured in order to foster confidence through applying analytical skills to a growing body of knowledge, and expressing this through debate, discussion and public presentation.

This module currently runs:
  • all year (September start) - Monday morning

The PH5001 LOOKING AND MAKING 2 module consists of seminars, talks, visits and workshops designed to provide a critical and thematic basis from which students are able to explore and expand their personal creative, critical and contextual basis for future practice.

This module will require students to develop and test ideas that reflect upon trends in current practice as well as historical models. Case studies and seminar sessions with practitioners are intended to encourage engagement with and understanding of photographic practices. Students will explore these both through open ended research as well as practical making.

The module is shared by, serves and sustains the Honours awards in the BA Fashion Photography and BA Photography courses, delivered in a seamless and integral relationship with the work of other core modules in the level.

Allied to Critical and Contextual Studies modules, the intention is for PH5001 LOOKING AND MAKING 2 to inform future approaches to the Level 6 Final Major Body of Work.

The module aims to enable students to develop key skills and knowledge in critical thinking as well as in the concepts and principles of photography. The module also aims to provide students with information about Looking and Making for later recall in the application of critical thinking for the building of the practical, conceptual and contextual
boundaries within which they then create and make their own work.

This element of the curriculum also aims to develop the key skill of understanding the use of reflection in order to connect learning experience, successes and challenges to the improvement of future performance

This module currently runs:
  • all year (September start) - Monday afternoon

PH5002 Professional Practice 1: Photography enables the development of practical and skills in contemporary photographic practice and begins to build the basis of professional understanding that will enable students to pursue careers in the creative sector upon graduation. Practical and professional practice tasks and work related learning enable students to engage with learning by doing in order to gain the foundation of the knowledge and capabilities necessary to realise their creative practice within diverse professional contexts.

The module builds on the key technical skills and concepts introduced at Level 4 providing students with a sustained and in-depth engagement with the world of work in photography by asking students to self-organise for contact with diverse specialist and non-specialist audiences. Technical competence is enhanced and advanced while exploring the range and application of photography practice.

The PH5002 Professional Practice 1: Photography module serves and sustains an award in the BA Photography and BA Fashion Photography courses. It is delivered in a seamless and integral relationship with the work of other core modules on Level 5. Students are expected to investigate and develop critical and aesthetic working relationships between and across the Level 5 modules.

The module aims to enable students to develop key subject-specific skills and knowledge in the concepts and principles of photography only, as they apply to the world of work in that discipline. Through mastering the organisation of cameras, photography equipment, materials and post-production workflow, this module’s objectives are to enable students to develop the key cognitive skill of applying what is learned in the photography studio to novel situations in the presentation and display of work to new audiences or a wider public. The module also aims to provide students with work-related learning about creating an online presence to develop a public professional profile, with a view to creating a sustainable legacy of career assets to aid employability.
Students will work collaboratively in order to create printed publications and/or exhibitions for public dissemination.

This module currently runs:
  • all year (September start) - Thursday morning

Focusing on the student’s own evolving photographic practice, the PH5000 Project Work 2 module provides an opportunity for students to develop and to explore their creative identity through responding to photography briefs and using technical skills and research methods supported within the course. The module considers the relationship between method, medium and meaning, with reference to relevant theory, as well as traditional and contemporary practices.

The module PH5000 Project Work 2 is shared by, serves and sustains the awards in the BA Fashion Photography and BA Photography courses, delivered in a seamless and integral relationship with the work of other core modules being studied in the level, including the Critical and Contextual Studies modules.

Students are encouraged to act as autonomous learners, taking increasing responsibility for the progress of their project work. Work from this module is contextualised in the form of a printed publication.

This module aims to enable students to continue to build and to develop key skills of interpretation and knowledge in the development of individual photographic practice and creative individual identity. Through assigned briefs and projects, the module aims to provide the basis for students to both consolidate and develop further concepts and principles in visual practice relevant to contemporary debates in photography. Building upon skills acquired in the other subject specific modules, the module aims to facilitate learning in the selection, testing and informed use of materials, equipment, facilities, research and processes relevant to their enquiry into and interpretation of the theme of a given project.

Year 3 modules include:

This module currently runs:
  • autumn semester - Wednesday morning
  • autumn semester - Wednesday afternoon

Critical and Contextual Studies: Dissertation in Level 6 offers you an opportunity to develop a sustained enquiry into a topic you choose because it particularly interests you. Building on critical and academic skills gained during two years of previous study, the module encourages you to develop an awareness of issues around which there is some debate, uncertainty or contest. Based on this awareness, you will develop a set of research questions which constitute the topic of your study. This topic can be theoretical, historical, or technical and you may, with guidance, decide to engage with an area of scholarly interest outside the territory of your degree course.

You will develop your topic and respond to your research questions in the form of an extended critical study or Dissertation (6,000–7,000 words). Through this study you demonstrate that you can thoroughly research a topic, use appropriate methods of investigation, and work in a methodical and organised way to develop a coherent argument or line of thought. Teaching and Learning on the module is designed to support you in this process through a combination of seminars, workshops, academic skill sessions and one-to-one supervision; as well as a series of formative and summative assessments which prepare you for the final submission.

The final form and presentation of your Dissertation can reflect a broad range of approaches to research and writing. It may include visual materials or other non-written forms of presentation as long they support your enquiry and comprise an integral part of the whole. By prior approval at the start of the module, your research can be part practice-based, and include primary research and fieldwork.

By virtue of the sustained, independent nature of the learning and substantial final output, the dissertation is also intended to prepare you for possible postgraduate study

This module currently runs:
  • all year (September start) - Monday morning

The PH6001 LOOKING AND MAKING 3 module consists of seminars, talks, visits and workshops. Students build on the critical and thematic basis for their personal creative, critical and contextual practice explored and expanded at Level 5.

Within this module students are required to both build and consolidate a contextual and creative framework for their practice as well as critically evaluating their wider research and creative interests in order to place and understand their own practice within photography as a contemporary discourse.

In investigating Looking and Making 3, the module will require students to consolidate and develop ideas that reflect upon trends in current practice as well as historical models. Case studies and seminar sessions with practitioners are intended to encourage engagement with and understanding of photographic practices. Students will explore these both through open ended research as well as practical making.

The module is shared by, serves and sustains the Honours awards in the BA Fashion Photography and BA Photography courses, delivered in a seamless and integral relationship with the work of other core modules in the level.

Allied to Critical and Contextual Studies modules, the intention is for PH6001 LOOKING AND MAKING 3 to form the basis of the students creative, critical and contextual framework for their practice.

The module aims to enable students to apply key skills and knowledge in critical thinking as well as in the concepts and principles of photography. The module also aims to provide students with information about Looking and Making for later recall in the application of critical thinking for the building of the practical, conceptual and contextual
boundaries within which they then create and make their own work as future creative sector professionals.

This element of the curriculum also aims to develop the key skill of understanding the use of critical reflection in order to connect learning experience, successes and challenges to the improvement of future performance

This module currently runs:
  • all year (September start) - Thursday morning

Focusing on the students’ photographic and creative practice, the PH6000 Major Project module provides an opportunity for students to create a substantial final major body of work based on their individual creative identity and aligning to their aspirations for their future careers within the creative sector. In Semester 1, presentations, workshops, tutorials, group critiques and seminars support students to develop a proposal and plan outlining research and experimentation in order to initiate the substantial Final Major Body of Work.

The module requires students to critically consider their work in relation to method, medium and meaning, with reference to relevant theory, as well as traditional and contemporary practices. It aims to enable students to apply and consolidate key skills of interpretation and knowledge in the development of individual photographic practice and creative individual identity. Through critically evaluated research and testing, students demonstrate the application of the key skills acquired in the other subject specific modules in order to create a resolved Final Major Body of Work.

The module PH6000 Major Project is shared by, serves and sustains the awards in the BA Fashion Photography and BA Photography courses, delivered in a seamless and integral relationship with the work of other core modules being studied in the level, including the Critical and Contextual Studies modules.

Students are encouraged to act as critical and independent learners, taking increasing responsibility for the progress of their project work.

This module currently runs:
  • all year (September start) - Monday afternoon

The PH6002 Professional Practice 2: Photography serves and sustains the award in the BA Photography course only, delivered in a seamless and integral relationship with the work of other core modules being studied in the level, including the Critical and Contextual Studies modules.

Students are expected to synthesise and consolidate the experience and knowledge gained over the course, contextualising own practice within photographic frameworks such as commissions, publications, competitions, exhibitions. Students will explore career paths and outline how to continue to develop in a professional capacity, employing a range of subject-specific and transferable skills in communication, negotiation, analysis, project planning and project management.

The module supports students in acquiring coherent and detailed knowledge of specific skills appropriate to individual career aspirations, building key knowledge and skills in order to be autonomous, self-directed professionals able to plan and pursue individual
Students will have the opportunity to reflect on and so demonstrate their proactive approach to developing professional practice and personal professional development throughout their studies in the form of an illustrated presentation.

What our students say

"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, Photography graduate

Where this course can take you

The Photography BA course course opens up a number of job roles in the photography and creative industries, enabling you to pursue a career in magazines or newspapers, editorial or freelance photography, archive work, photo libraries, education or 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.

Successful artists who have studied here include Paddy Jolley, Sam Taylor-Wood, Suky Best and Leticia Valverdes.

This degree is also excellent preparation for postgraduate study.

Important information about this course

We're committed to continuously improving our degree courses to ensure our students receive the best possible learning experience. Many of the courses in our School of Art, Architecture and Design are currently under review for 2023-24 entry. We encourage you to apply as outlined in the how to apply section of this page and if there are any changes to your course we will contact you. All universities review their courses regularly and this year we are strengthening our art, architecture and design courses to better reflect the needs of employers and ensure you're well-equipped for your future career.

Important information about the teaching location of this course

We currently have three locations in Holloway, Aldgate and Shoreditch. As we evolve as a University, we'll be reviewing the use of these spaces to ensure all our students have access to the facilities and study areas they need to succeed. This means the campus where this course is taught may change over time.

The experience of our students will always be our top priority and we'll notify applicants and students of any changes to their teaching location at the earliest opportunity.

Additional costs

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 applicant wanting to study full-time starting in September, you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified. If you're an international applicant wanting to study full-time, you can choose to apply via UCAS or directly to the University.

If you're applying for part-time study, you should apply directly to the University. If you require a Student visa, please be aware that you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.



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.

To find out when teaching for this degree will begin, as well as welcome week and any induction activities, view our academic term dates.

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