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

Contact Hours and 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.

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. At the start of the first year you will be provided with a starter kit of equipment and materials that will help you during the first few months of the course. You will be provided with basic materials to help you complete set briefs. As you progress through the course, you will incur additional costs depending on the level and complexity of the work you are making and the materials you use.

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 £20-£30 plus £100 for external hard drive
  • Level 5 (Second Year) Printing and materials costs - Approximately between £20-£100
  • Level 6 (Third Year) Printing and materials costs - Approximately between £20-£200

Computers & Digital Equipment

Our course is offered using a blended learning model which means you will need to access some course materials and video conference using a computer or mobile de-vice (eg laptop, tablet or smartphone). If you are intending to buy a computer for your studies we suggest that you wait until you commence your studies. You will quickly find out what you need and what you don’t need. The Course Team will be able to offer you advice on what to buy and where to purchase it from based on your creative needs and budget. If you do not have access to a mobile device and are unable to afford one you may be eligible for further support from our hardship fund, more information can be found here.

Educational Visits & Offsite Activities

Due to current travel restrictions and the uncertainties caused by the pandemic no residential trips are planned for the autumn 2020 term. This situation will be assessed and reviewed as the course progresses so that opportunities for educational visits further afield can be explored. Costs for such trips are in addition to other costs but attendance is not mandatory.

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

Terms & Conditions and Key Information

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

UK applicants

Click here to apply via UCAS

International applicants

Applications for 2021 entry open soon

If you need any assistance completing the form please contact the Admissions team at or call us on 0113 202 8000.


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