The BA (Hons) Fashion Photography course will ensure you experience the exciting processes involved in the production of fashion images, and help you to understand how to be innovative and visually communicate in a dynamic way. We aim to inspire you in your practice to take risks and experiment as your skills and knowledge evolve during your time at Leeds Arts University. The course will create a vibrant learning environment for the exchange of ideas and concepts between peer groups, tutors and industry professionals, to encourage engagement with the many diverse areas of fashion practices.

We’re looking for applicants who have an interest and enthusiasm for fashion imagery and are looking to develop a professional practice within this specialist subject area. Fashion photography/film is an innovative area of the creative industries.

This exciting course will encourage you to experiment with your approach to image making in order to create visually striking images and films. You will have access to a range of industry-standard digital equipment and technologies for the production and distribution of your work. Through the production of fashion film you will investigate the relationship of moving images to the photographic still image. You will be able to explore stylistic and aesthetic approaches within fashion imagery for your area of specialist interest. The course will ensure you graduate with a portfolio that has currency for contemporary fashion practices and industry.

This is an exciting course that will develop your knowledge and understanding of fashion in relation to the expectations and working methods of the lens-based fashion industry. You will have opportunities to collaborate with designers, stylists, art directors, make-up artists and models, for the production of fashion images. We aim to build your confidence to enable you to take on new challenges and increase your capacity for taking creative risks in solutions to briefs. You will be able to pursue genre specific areas of interest as you progress through the course and into industry.

Our programme of internationally renowned speakers will ensure that you are aware of current industry practices and will give you the opportunity to engage with external practitioners. In the past our photography students have been on study visits to Paris, Tokyo, Berlin and New York, plus day-trips within the UK.

You will be able to use our extensive range of industry standard equipment and facilities. You’ll have access to 35mm, medium and large-format cameras, medium-format digital camera backs, digital SLRs and video. You’ll use our fully equipped lighting studios, our infinity cove, and specialist darkroom facilities.

We also have a colour-film processor, Hasselblad scanner, a digital video-editing suite and DV cameras, and our Apple Mac suites feature industry-standard software.

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What You'll Study

Year One — We will give you the experience of working creatively with a range of digital equipment and technology as currently employed within the fashion industry. Your critical judgments will be enhanced through developing your understanding of the visual language
and contextual theory for fashion images. Opportunities for collaborative projects will ensure that teamwork becomes a key part in the production of a range of visual outcomes.

Year Two — ‘Moving image’ will be explored in depth alongside the ‘still image’ to recognise the distinctive qualities and uses of the different formats. External links with industry will be encouraged through work experience and undertaking case studies. You will then be able to start to recognise progression routes and career pathways within the fashion industry.

Year Three — You’ll continue your practice to build an extensive portfolio, and contribute to the end of year show. You will identify future career paths for progression into industry and prepare an appropriate portfolio of work to enable this. Establishing industry contacts and opportunities for external collaborations/live briefs will enhance the range of opportunities available upon graduation.

Work Experience

Alongside your core study you are encouraged to negotiate your own work experience, industrial research and visits. Typically this will start in year two, but we encourage you to negotiate other work experience to maximise your exposure to professional practices.

Course Specification

Contact Hours & Teaching/Learning Methods

Undergraduate degree programmes at Leeds Arts University are delivered and supported through a range of teaching and learning strategies. Programmes are made up of modules, these are elements of study that are taught and assessed separately. Each module carries a clearly identified credit value, the accumulation of which will allow you to progress to the next level of the programme. 100 hours of learning are expected for every ten credits of the programme. Each level (year) of the programme is made up of 120 credits and therefore requires 1200 hours of learning. This equates to 40 hours of study per week throughout the academic year.

For every 100 hours of learning, approximately 25 hours are delivered as taught or supported sessions and remaining hours are allocated for studio/workshop access and independent learning. Individual programmes have their own learning cultures based on their specific use of the teaching and learning methods listed here. These methods feature differently depending on the programme, level, aims of module, content of the sessions and progress through an academic year.

For further information see our Undergraduate teaching & learning at Leeds Arts University document.

Destination Careers

Graduates will be able to work as freelance fashion photographers, fashion film-makers, production assistants, art directors, picture editors, for agencies and in post-production.

Entry Requirements

We’re looking for students with the best potential to succeed - irrespective of their background. That’s why we welcome a wide range of qualifications and experience.

Click here to view our entry requirements

Portfolio Guide

A well presented portfolio says a lot about an applicant and their work. Our guidance is not meant to limit your creative statement.

In general terms however we would expect the following:

  • Examples of your photographic practice that demonstrates a range of skills
  • Examples of idea development
  • Sketchbooks and notebooks
  • An example of your written work

At this stage in your career we would much rather see experimental and innovative developmental work rather than necessarily all finished work showing a final solution. We would like to see a personal and well presented portfolio.

We do not need to see all the work you have produced.

We also run a range of daytime and evening portfolio development courses specialising in preparation for further and higher art and design education. For more information on current courses please click here.

Interview Guide

When you arrive at reception you will be met by a member of the course team who will take you to the studio. You will be part of a small group of applicants who have been given the same half day interview slot.

You and the rest of this group will be given an overview of the course. You will have the opportunity to ask questions. You will then have a personal interview with your work.

Since we interview several students in one half day session, you should be prepared to be in the University for up to two and a half hours. If you have had to travel long distances and have a train pre-booked, please let us know in advance and we will try to arrange the timing of your interview so you can get away in time.


This is identified from one or more of the following:

Skill and inventiveness in the use of lens based media.

  • Samples of work

The ability to generate and develop a range of creative ideas in response to briefs.

  • Samples of work

Evidence of research skills, with an awareness of the work of current practitioners in lens based media.

  • Samples of work
  • Interview
  • Personal statement

Ability to communicate ideas and interests effectively.

  • Interview
  • Personal statement
  • Written work

Tuition Fees and Other Costs

Tuition Fees

Our current fees are listed here

Other Costs:

Equipment & Materials

You will be provided with the basic photographic materials within modules at Level 4 to produce work. You may wish to experiment and explore materials further than what is provided which will incur additional costs. At Levels 5 and 6 you will choose the format you work with and the format for final outcomes. This will influence the amount you will spend at each level.

  • Level 4 (First Year) printing and materials costs approximately £80; £100 for external hard drive.
  • Level 5 (Second Year) printing and materials costs approximately between £20 and £200 
  • Level 6 (Third Year) printing and materials costs approximately between £20 and £400 

We are an Apple Mac centric institution. If buying a computer students may want to consider waiting until they have enrolled as educational discount is available through the Apple educational portal. Students will need to consider purchasing the licence for Adobe Creative Cloud software which students can get at a discount on once they have enrolled on to the programme.           


In the first year we visit Featherstone Castle in Northumberland for two nights, the cost is approximately £55.

Level 6 are expected to participate in the visit to Paris for the Paris Photo and Offprint events in November. The cost of this is approximately £270.

There are a number of opportunities to attend residential visits overseas (not compulsory). The cost for these trips will be influenced by the destination. We anticipate a European and international trip within each year.

Terms & Conditions and Key Information

Our Terms & Conditions are here.

If you would like to download the Key Information on this programme click here.

International Opportunities / Visiting and exchange students

We are delighted to welcome undergraduate visiting and exchange students from Europe and around the world who would like to spend a semester or a full academic year taking credits from our exciting range of courses. You will be fully integrated into the academic and social life of the University during a period of full-time supervised study and your credits transferred back to your home institution.

You can join us through programmes such as Erasmus+, individual university partnerships or as an independent applicant. Please see here for more information and how to apply.

Leeds Arts University students interested in spending some time overseas can find information on the international opportunities available during your course here.

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