This is a top-up version of our Photography BA (Hons) degree. A top-up degree is the final year (Level 6) of an undergraduate degree course and is for those who have a foundation degree, Higher National Diploma or equivalent qualification, or those wishing to study the final year of their degree in London.
This innovative Photography BA (Top-up) 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.
London Met is ranked fourth in the UK for fine art and photography in The Guardian's university league table.
In the most recent Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of all 2017 Photography BA (Hons) graduates were in work or further study within six months.
This 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, allowing you to construct a unique and personal creative identity and develop an understanding of how to make the most of this within diverse professional contexts.
On this top-up degree, you'll develop your individual creative practice and portfolio and learn the transferable skills needed for a career as a professional photographer or in an associated profession.
The degree is taught at one of the UK’s few art schools to be 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. You’ll also explore 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 or regularly showcasing their work nationally and internationally.
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:
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 as well asmature 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 our 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.
Example modules include:
"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
The Photography BA (Top-up) 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 attended The Cass include Paddy Jolley, Sam Taylor-Wood, Suky Best and Leticia Valverdes.
This degree is also excellent preparation for postgraduate study.
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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If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.
Non-EU applicants looking to study part-time should apply direct to the University. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, please be aware that you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.
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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23 May 2019
Cass Fine Art tutor co-curates avant garde alternative to Eurovision Song Contest.
Fine Art student awarded a fellowship and will be spending a month in Venice conducting research.
15 - 17 May 2019, 3-6pm
Open Field Artist in Residence Programme. Private View: 9 May, 5-8pm.
Students from The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design showcase their talent with a season of summer events.
29 April 2019, 6pm
Cass hosts in conversation event for Association of Photographers (AOP).
25 March, 6pm-8pm
Cass partners Association of Photographers (AOP) for an event as part of their 50th Birthday celebrations.
13th December, 5pm-8pm
Festive fine art open studio at Aldgate Bauhaus promises a feast of student creativity
16-29 November 2018
The Cass hosts national exhibition of graduate photography work organised by leading online platform.
29 November, 6.30pm
Celebrated photographer Tom Hunter to deliver annual lecture at The Cass organised by London Independent Photography.
Photography exhibition launches with packed Private View and career celebrations for Mick Williamson and David Hobson.
8 October - 1 November
Exhibition for Photomonth celebrating the work of leading photographer and long serving undergraduate course leader Mick Williamson.
Experimental film by Cass photography course leader selected for IWM ( Imperial War Museum) Short Film Festival
14 September 2018
Cass photography alumnus and lecturer takes part in panel discussion at Museum of London , to coincide with major exhibition featuring his work
Latest yearbook celebrates student work and achievements in 2017-18 academic year.