This course will develop your knowledge and understanding of the lens-based fashion industry, and encourage an experimental, creative approach to produce visually striking images and films.

Our vibrant and collaborative learning environment will promote the exchange of ideas, whilst supporting your engagement with a diverse range of fashion practices.

Through the production of fashion film you will investigate the relationship of moving images to the photographic still image. You will deepen your knowledge of stylistic and aesthetic approaches within fashion imagery, and have opportunities to collaborate with designers, stylists, art directors, make-up artists and models to produce fashion images.

We encourage you to take on new challenges and creative risks in response to briefs. You will be able to pursue genre specific areas of interest and be guided in the production of a portfolio that showcases contemporary fashion practices.

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 photography 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 — We will give you the experience of working creatively on location and in the studio, 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

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.

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 can find work as freelance fashion photographers, fashion filmmakers, 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, 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

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.

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