Explore and experiment with photographic practices and be inspired, through the study of photographic theory, to develop your own unique visual language. Become a confident and versatile photographer able to promote your work using professional techniques or find employment in the wider creative industry.
On our BA (Hons) Photography degree, you’ll explore many areas of photographic practice including digital / analogue image-making, experimental crossovers, multimedia, self-publishing and exhibition.
Through continuous experimentation, you’ll be encouraged to refine your photographic style and voice, with plenty of opportunities to explore your emerging practice. Our contextual studies lecturers will guide you to specialist research resources in our well stocked campus library. You’ll be able to explore hundreds of photographers’ monographs and access technical and contextual texts, as well as other online resources, to underpin and expand your practice.
You’ll also learn to adopt a professional approach to your photography practice, covering many aspects of career management such as rights issues, project management and self-promotion through social media.
Our optional modules will give you the chance to further specialise your skillset, with subjects including printmaking, digital arts and the moving image.
All your work will be supported by a team of practising photographers and visual artists, who will share their wide-ranging expertise and experience with you not only in lecturers, seminars and workshops, but also through individual tutorial and studio support.
Our analogue and digital facilities will improve your confidence using industry-standard equipment, including colour and b/w darkrooms; continuous, daylight and flash studios; and a digital post production and printing suite. You can also borrow specialist camera equipment for your work using our dedicated loan service.
Through our unique photography student and alumni network, including Twitter and Facebook, you’ll also have the chance to learn from others who have already started on their path towards becoming a professional photographer.
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Course leader: Kerstin Hacker
Our BA (Hons) Photography will help you prepare for work in the photographic, creative and media industries, or for self-employment as a photographer or artist.
We hold regular career development events which you can take part in while you’re studying with us. Our recent guest speakers have included: Tom Hunter, Jane Hilton, Tim Flach, Hannah Starkey, Carole Evans, Alastair Levy, Mike Crawford and Lillian Wilkie.
You can choose to take up either formal or informal work placements that will help you establish your own professional network, including opportunities such as working for magazines, galleries and photographers.
Around the university you can also take advantage of many opportunities to use and promote your skills, such as working with staff and students to photograph their events, while our dedicated student employment bureau will help you find photographic jobs both in and outside university.
You’ll demonstrate your learning through both written and practical (portfolio) work, helping to prepare you for creating your own professional photography portfolio.
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.
Every year you’ll have the chance to enter a number of national and international competitions, which our students have regularly won or been shortlisted for, as well as those organised by Anglia Ruskin, such as the Eaton Portrait Prize and Sustainability Art Prize.
You can practice your photo-processing work in our black, white and colour darkrooms with enlargers that cater for 35mm, medium format and large format film, as well as three fully-equipped daylight and artificial light studios.
You’ll also have access to our 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.
We have a large stock of photography 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
Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.
We also offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
You will be required to attend an interview of around 20 minutes, during which you will evidence your discussion with a portfolio or, if you are resident outside of the UK, an e-portfolio.
For more information on how to prepare and submit your portfolio please visit our portfolios and interviews page, or go straight to the detailed guidance for BA (Hons) Photography portfolios.
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 email@example.com 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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