Photography BA (Hons)

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Overview

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Degree

UCAS code: W641 112 UCAS points
  • BA (Hons) Photography, home applicant, full time

    • Home Applicant
    • Full time, 3/4 years
    • Pound 9250 per year
  • BA (Hons) Photography, home applicant, part time

    • Home Applicant
    • Part time
    • Pound 2310 per 30 credit module
  • BA (Hons) Photography, international applicant, full time

    • International Applicant
    • Full time, 3/4 years
    • Pound 14580 per year

Degree with foundation year

UCAS code: W642 64 UCAS points
  • BA (Hons) Photography, home applicant, full time

    • Home Applicant
    • Full time, 4/5 years
    • Pound 9250 per year
  • BA (Hons) Photography, international applicant, full time

    • International Applicant
    • Full time, 4/5 years
    • Pound 14580 per year

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What makes this course different

  • Student satisfaction

    100% overall satisfaction in the 2020 National Student Survey

  • Annual newspaper publication

    Be involved in producing interdisciplinary student-led publications.

  • Global photography optional module

    A theory-into-practice module in your final year that focuses on cultural debate and diverse practices.

Course modules

In your first year, you will gain an understanding of the role of research in professional practice and in supporting the development of creative projects. You will experiment with ideas and explore a range of responses through projects designed to help you identify your strengths and begin to explore skills appropriate to working in the creative industries. Workshops and projects will include analogue and digital photographic techniques and processes, as well as studio and location lighting. The cross-disciplinary Professional Practice: Mental Wealth and Cultural Manoeuvres sessions will allow you to further develop your analytical skills and engagement with the creative industries. At each level, you will take a contextual studies module, gaining an appreciation of the role of photography in cultural development and the contribution of technological innovations to visual culture.

In the second year, a more experimental approach is taken, where you expand on the skills and knowledge gained in the first year but with an emphasis on exploring areas beyond your usual practice. You will have opportunities for advanced image production and experimentation, refining your approach to photography and developing your style. Contextual studies and research-into-practice modules allow for cross-cluster fertilisation of ideas and will support your understanding of your practice. Working on cross-collaborative projects will help to develop your professional skills, especially in our flagship Mental Wealth module where you will take on the role of a 'producer'. Elective workshops and projects in both your first and second year of study include e.g., printmaking, 16mm film, art therapy, digital fabrication, InDesign, AR/VR and more, allowing you to develop extended skills for the 4iR (Fourth Industrial Revolution).

In your final year of study, you will produce an independent major project, proposed and owned by you, presented as a professional outcome at the degree showcase. The final Mental Wealth module will prepare you for gaining employment, self-employment, entrepreneurship or postgraduate study. Level 6 allows you to focus on your career ambition and develop a professional outcome to fulfil your aspirations. The modules in level 6 are designed to be inclusive of each student's discipline and respond to differentiated assessment needs. You will have the option of working towards an Extended Research Project. This is a written project, allowing you to contextualise your practice through research into a subject of your choice. The Global Photography option module examines the emergence of globalisation as a fundamental force in reshaping the production, dissemination and reception of contemporary photography, focusing on cultural debates and diverse - and often non-western - practices in the expanded field. The photography research into the practice route is assessed as a new media project, responding to the expanded practices of photography and the development of new media as part of the photography discourse.

NOTE: Modules are subject to change. For those studying part time courses the modules may vary.

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Your future career

We will prepare you for changes in digital technology and distribution in photography. You'll be ready for the opportunities presented in multi-disciplinary and expanded practice, aided by the high-quality moving image capabilities of the current DSLR cameras.

Industry links

Well-known external creatives regularly visit the photography department to deliver talks and workshops. Recent visitors include: Emma Bowkett (Director of Photography FT Weekend Magazine), Mike Trow (previously a picture editor at British Vogue), Aron Mörel (Morel Books), Steve McLeod (Photographer and Director of Metro Imaging), Nick Dunmur (Association of Photographers), Hannah Watson (Director of TJ Boulting Gallery), Sabina Jaskot-Gill (Curator, Photographs, National Portraiture Gallery) Azeema Magazine.

Graduate employers

Our alumni have found success with their own studios: White Rabbit in Shoreditch and Espero Studios off Brick Lane were both set up by UEL Photography entrepreneurs.

Job roles

Many of our graduates have gone on to carve out successful careers that include:

  • Documentary directors
  • Studio and production managers
  • Re-touchers and image makers
  • Videographers
  • Freelance camera operators
  • Production assistants
  • Producers
  • Stylists
  • Designers

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.

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How we support your career ambitions

We offer dedicated careers support, and further opportunities to thrive, such as volunteering and industry networking. Our courses are created in collaboration with employers and industry to ensure they accurately reflect the real-life practices of your future career and provide you with the essential skills needed. You can focus on building interpersonal skills through group work and benefit from our investment in the latest cutting-edge technologies and facilities.

Career Zone

This digital platform provides you with careers and employability resources, including: 

  • Jobs board for internships, placements, graduate opportunities, flexible part-time work
  • Mentoring programmes for insight with industry experts 
  • 1-2-1 career coaching services
  • Careers workshops and employer events 
  • Learning pathways to gain new skills and industry insight

Mental Wealth programme

Our Professional Fitness and Mental Wealth programme which issues you with a Careers Passport to track the skills you've mastered. Some of these are externally validated by corporations like Amazon and Microsoft. 

 

Our Mental Wealth programme

We are careers first

Our teaching methods and geographical location put us right up top.

  • Work-based projects
  • Networking and visits to leading organisations
  • Support in starting a new business
  • London on our doorstep

How you'll learn

Our innovative Technology Enhanced Active Learning (TEAL) approach enhances face-to-face learning by providing students with scheduled on-campus contact hours and additional learning opportunities. Through our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), students can access course materials and resources beyond their scheduled hours. We offer access to industry-standard technology and specialised spaces to prepare students for their future careers. Dedicated time for activities and development, along with a holistic approach to learning, fosters academic, personal, and professional growth. Students benefit from career support through on-campus and virtual Career Zones, personalised support services, and a dedicated online portal, Track My Future (TMF).

    Guided independent study

    When not attending timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This is a key part of university-level work. It will typically involve reading journal articles and books, preparing for seminars, preparing coursework assignments, and arranging independent skills practice sessions with your peers. In your final year, much of your independent study will be focused on your research project.

    Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, the library, and Moodle.

    Academic support

    Students are supported with any academic or subject-related queries by an Academic Advisor, module leaders, and former and current UEL students. 

    If you need a bit of extra help with certain skills such as academic writing, English, maths or statistics, our Academic Tutors offer workshops, drop-in sessions and one-to-one appointments to help our students achieve their potential. You can receive advice and guidance on all aspects of the IT systems provided by the university from our IT Service Desks located on all three campuses. 

    Our Student Support hubs in Docklands and Stratford feature centralised helpdesks to cater for your every need. UEL provides also support and advice for disabled students and those with specific learning difficulties (SPDs).

    Facilities

    • Large professional advanced shoot studio with rigged lights 
    • Large immersive studio with continuous lights and green screen 
    • Black and white darkroom and film processing area 
    • Digital darkroom
    •  High-quality digital printer for portfolio and exhibition printing 
    • Large format printer for poster printing 
    • 3D Fabrication facility including 3D printers and laser cutters 
    • Photography store containing a wide range of equipment for loan including high-end DSLR cameras, medium and large format analogue cameras, Bowens and Pro-Foto portable lighting kits, Tascams and microphones (for audio), fig rigs, tripods and much more.

    Workload

    Each year you will spend around 300 hours of timetabled learning and teaching activities. These may be lectures, workshops, seminars and individual and group tutorials. Contact hours may vary depending on each module.

    The approximate percentages for this course are: 

    • Year 1: scheduled teaching - 300 hours; guided independent study - 900 hours. 
    • Year 2: scheduled teaching - 300 hours; guided independent study - 900 hours.
    • Year 3: scheduled teaching - 300 hours; guided independent study - 900 hours. 

    Your timetable

    Your individualised timetable is normally available to students within 48 hours of enrolment. Whilst we make every effort to ensure timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week between 9.00am and 6.00pm. For undergraduate students, Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities, but there may be occasions when this is not possible.

    Class sizes

    The size of classes can vary depending on the nature of the course, module and activity. This can range from large groups in a lecture theatre setting, to smaller groups taking part in seminars and collaborative work.

How you'll be assessed

You'll be required to present work for assessment in the form of exhibition, portfolio presentation, oral presentation or in the form of an evaluative learning journal, report or essay. 

The course includes 20-credit and 40-credit modules which are assessed at the end of each term. The marks from the second and third years are used to formulate your final degree award. 

Feedback is provided within 15 working days in line with UEL's assessment and feedback policy.

Campus and facilities

Docklands Campus, London, E16 2RD

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What our students and staff say

Male student holding camera with female behind him
The best institution I could attend. I know everyone, and everyone is really friendly and caring. The other day I thought, this is going to end; I was almost crying; it has been going great!

Danilo Zocatelli Cesco

BA (Hons) Photography

Experiments with Truth Karin
Studying at UEL has been the best decision I ever made. I was unsure if I would fit in as a mature student, but my age provided me with experience that was an advantage. I worked well with my fellow students and my lecturers. I have learned so much about photography, but also about subjects relating to photography like putting together books and curating exhibitions, which has and continues to benefit my career. Studying here has improved my knowledge and technical skills as well as my confidence, giving me contacts in the industry and a bunch of new, creative friends."

Karin Bultje

BA (Hons) Photography graduate