Prepare yourself for work in the field of photography by developing your individual visual language through experimentation and exploration. Learn about the history of photography, technique and concepts. We’ll give you access to the equipment and expertise you’ll need to succeed in this adventurous industry.
This course will give you a thorough grounding in all areas of photography, including both analogue and digital image-making techniques and crossovers. You’ll explore related fields such as moving image, exhibition and installation, fully preparing you for a successful career in photography and the visual arts.
Through lectures, seminars, workshops, one-to-one studio dialogue and individual tutorial support, you’ll develop your own visual language, underpinned by a greater understanding of historical and contemporary issues that you’ll gain in theory sessions.
You’ll learn from practising photographers and visual artists, who’ll share their wide-ranging expertise and experience with you. You’ll also have the chance to work independently, developing your ideas and putting them into practice.
Cambridge School of Art is a diverse and dynamic art school, with many opportunities to work with students from other courses, cultures and backgrounds.
National Student Survey, 2015
Our students usually go on to employment in the photographic, creative and media industries, or are self-employed photographers and artists.
We hold regular career development events which you can take part in while you’re studying with us.
You’ll demonstrate your learning through both written and practical (portfolio) work.
Cambridge School of Art has been inspiring creativity since 1858 when it was opened by John Ruskin.
Engaging with current debates surrounding contemporary practice and with the state-of-the-art facilities, Cambridge School of Art houses light, bright studios, industry-standard film and photographic facilities, and 150-year-old printing presses alongside dedicated Apple Mac suites. Our digital art gallery, the Ruskin Gallery, exhibits both traditional shows and multimedia presentations, from national and international touring exhibitions and our own students.
We are the only university in Cambridge offering art and design courses at higher education level. A tight-knit community of artists, academics and over 900 students, we collaborate across our University, the creative industries, and other sectors. Cambridge is a centre for employment in the creative industries and there are rich opportunities for collaboration with the city’s entertainment, technological, scientific, arts and heritage industries.
Our graduates have a history of winning national and international awards and an excellent employment record. They include Pink Floyd's Syd Barrett and Dave Gilmour, Spitting Image creators Peter Fluck and Roger Law, and illustrator Ronald Searle, the creator of St Trinian's.
We’re part of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences, a hub of creative and cultural innovation whose groundbreaking research has real social impact.
Choose from formal and informal professional experiences that will help you to establish your own professional network. Opportunities such as working for magazines, galleries and photographers will be available throughout your studies.
Every year you’ll have the opportunity to enter a number of national and international competitions, which our students have regularly been shortlisted for or won, as well as those organised by Anglia Ruskin, such as the Eaton Portrait Prize and the Student Sustainability Prize.
You’ll have access to computer laboratories equipped with Apple Macs, A4 and A3 flatbed scanners, 35mm, medium format, large format scanners, and printers capable of calibrated wide format up to 44in width.
A CGI/HDRI research lab is integrated into our specialist facilities.
You’ll work in black, white and colour darkrooms with enlargers catering for 35mm, medium format and large format film, as well as three fully equipped daylight and artificial light studios.
We also have a large stock of equipment that you can borrow, including digital cameras (DSLRs and medium format), large format cameras, lenses, light meters and lighting kits.
For more information about tuition fees, including the UK Government's commitment to EU students, please see our UK/EU funding pages
Costs depend on the direction and ambition of your work. We suggest budgeting approximately £250 for materials and work-books in the first year.
Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.
If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.
You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter for undergraduate courses. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
We offer most new undergraduate students funding to support their studies and university life. There’s also finance available for specific groups of students.
Grants and scholarships are available for:
We've a number of scholarships, as well as some fee discounts for early payment.
You must submit a portfolio of work that demonstrates:
If you’re invited to interview you’ll receive a letter with more information about our portfolio requirements.
If you’re an international applicant, please host your portfolio online if possible and let us know the URL, or email it to us as a PDF. We’ll also accept CDs or hardcopy sent by post to our International Admissions Office, but please note that these will not be returned to you.
For more information, please download our digital portfolio pack.
Important additional notes
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for undergraduate courses.
If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.
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