This course will provide you with the opportunities to engage with diverse and innovative approaches to fashion image- making. It will develop your knowledge and understanding of the lens-based fashion industry, and encourage an experimental, creative approach to produce visually striking photographs and films.

Our vibrant and collaborative learning environment will promote the exchange of ideas, and offers ‘hands on’ industry experience in the form of live briefs, publishing and exhibition opportunities, educational trips and commissions. Collaborating with students across the University and with wider creative communities locally, nationally and internationally is supported.

Your programme of study is informed by current and emerging industry contexts and practices and you will work with highly skilled practitioners and specialist tutors, responding to exciting projects and briefs that develop your creativity, professionalism, preparation for the work place and offer real-life learning opportunities.

The course integrates creative practical projects with analysis of historical, cultural and social contexts of fashion image-making and you will be encouraged to take an experimental and questioning approach to your practice.

We invite internationally renowned speakers to give an insight into current industry practices and offer opportunities to engage with external practitioners. In the past our students have been on study visits
to Paris, Milan and New York, plus day-trips within the UK.


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What You'll Study

Year One — You will focus on the development of your creative potential through a range of briefs and tasks that integrate the acquisition of technical skills with ideas and concepts. You will be introduced to fashion image-making practices, gain an understanding of the roles of extended creative teams. You will work in the photographic studio environment and externally in a range of external locations. An introduction to both the ‘still’ and ‘moving’ image as used in a variety of contexts will be explored to raise awareness of the importance of context for image production.

Year Two — You will experiment with moving image, and digital technology alongside still photography and experimental and innovative approaches to briefs will be encouraged. Collaboration through the management of creative teams will be an essential requirement and there will be a number of opportunities for this. External links with industry will be developed through employer engagement activities, live briefs and industry-facing projects enabling you to be able to recognise potential progression routes and career pathways within the fashion industry.

Year Three — You will 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

Work experience covers a broad range of activities and students are encouraged to undertake work placements during their time at university. As well as guidance from the course team our Careers, Employability and Enterprise team offer support that enhances employability skills and underpins engagement with industry.


Recent student successes include:

  • Student work published by Vogue Italia (online)
  • Student nominated for the PAQ x Puma trainer launch leading to her work being published on the PAQ and Puma social media platforms

Course Specification

Destination Careers

Graduates can find work as freelance fashion photographers, fashion filmmakers, production assistants, art directors, stylists, picture editors, for agencies and in post-production. Graduates may also progress to postgraduate study.

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, for example sketchbooks and notebooks
  • Examples of moving image

At this stage in your career we would much rather see experimental and innovative developmental work rather than all finished work. We would like to see a personal and well presented portfolio. Your portfolio can be print based or digital (please use a laptop or tablet, your images must be downloaded rather than web-based).

We do not need to see all the work you have produced. You should aim to have between 12-20 pieces of work in your portfolio, a combination of personal work and course work.

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

Contact Hours & Teaching/Learning Methods

Undergraduate degree courses at Leeds Arts University are delivered and supported through a range of teaching and learning strategies. Courses 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 course. 100 hours of learning are expected for every ten credits of the course. Each level (year) of the course 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 study, approximately 25 hours are delivered as taught or staff-led sessions and the remaining hours are a combination of other types of supported learning and independent study. Individual courses 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 course, level, aims of module, content of the sessions and progress through an academic year.

For further information visit Undergraduate teaching & learning at Leeds Arts University.

Tuition Fees and Other Costs

Tuition Fees

Our current fees are listed here

Other Costs

Further costs of study are related largely to the costs of materials and depend very much on how individual students choose to respond to University briefs. The costs below are the result of asking our students to state how much they spend during the year and creating an average, as such they are indicative only.

Equipment & Materials

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


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.

We provide support for undergraduate students dependent upon their financial circumstances. Visit Undergraduate Financial Support for further information.

Terms & Conditions and Key Information

Our Terms & Conditions are here.

If you would like to download the Key Information on this course 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.

Questions? Contact

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Please apply direct to the University for our BA (Hons) Fashion Photography course using the links below.

Home/EU applicants

Click here to apply via UCAS

International applicants

Click here to apply directly

If you need any assistance completing the form please contact the Admissions team at or call us on 0113 280 8000.


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