Engage with diverse and innovative approaches to fashion image-making through this course. You will develop your knowledge and understanding of the lens-based fashion industry and cultivate an experimental approach to produce striking photography and films.

Our vibrant and inclusive learning environment promotes the exchange of ideas and freedom of expression through photography. We offer hands-on experience in the form of live briefs, publishing, and exhibition opportunities, educational trips, and commissions. Collaborating with students across the University and with global creative communities is greatly encouraged.

Your programme of study and group tutorials are informed by current and emerging industry developments. You will work with highly skilled practitioners and specialist tutors who are also experienced photographers. Responding to exciting project briefs generated by commercial brands, designers, or publications, you will push your creativity, professionalism, and benefit from real-life learning opportunities.

The course integrates creative, practical projects with analysis of historical, cultural, and social frameworks within fashion image-making. We want our students to embrace an experimental approach and question approaches to practice. You may work in the studios with high-tech cameras and lighting or loan kit for exciting location work.

We invite internationally renowned speakers to give industry insight and offer opportunities to engage with external practitioners. In the past, students have visited Paris, Milan and New York, plus day trips within the UK. Educational trips and experiences can take a variety of formats, including physical and virtual activities.


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

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International applicants

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If you need any assistance completing the form please contact the Admissions team at admissions@leeds-art.ac.uk.

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What You'll Study

Year One – Develop your creative potential through a range of briefs and tasks that integrate technical skills with abstract ideas. You will be introduced to fashion image-making methods and gain an understanding of the roles of extended creative teams. Learn about lighting techniques and work in a range of locations. An introduction to both the ‘still’ and ‘moving’ image as used across various platforms will be explored to raise awareness of the importance of context for image production.

Year Two – You will investigate the moving image and digital technology alongside still photography. Experimental and innovative approaches to international briefs are celebrated. Collaboration through creative teams is an essential requirement, and there will be many opportunities for this. Employer engagement activities and industry-facing projects boost your industry links and open progression routes and career pathways within the fashion industry.

Year Three – Your confidence will grow as your work is critiqued and you receive constructive one-to-one feedback. The course culminates with an extensive photographic portfolio that contributes to a spectacular end of year show. Your in-depth understanding of Fashion Photography and real-world experiences will solidify your successful future career pathway.

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)
  • Vogue Arabia
  • The Telegraph Magazine
  • Boys by Girls Magazine
  • L’Officiel Singapore
  • The Face
  • Elephant Magazine

Two students were also nominated for Graduate Fashion Week awards in Photography and Fashion Communication.

Course Specification

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. Around 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. Teaching is split over 2 semesters; each semester has 13 weeks of teaching and 2 weeks of assessment.

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

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.

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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 and 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

The University pays a contribution to the costs of materials each year of study along with a further payment at Level 6 to help prepare your portfolio and/or promote your work professionally.

Computers and Digital Equipment

Teaching and learning are supported through access to some online events and learning materials. This might include visiting speakers or the chance to review lectures that have been recorded. The University also uses a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) to support learning. There are a range of computer facilities across the University available to access Monday to Saturday including weekday evenings. If you are intending to buy a computer we suggest you wait until you start your course. You will quickly find out what you do and 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.

Books, Online Subscriptions and Competitions

There is an extensive range of books, text and online resources available through our Library. There will also be opportunities to submit to national and international com-petitions and live projects as part of your course. These resources are directly re-lated to your studies and highlighted in modules as you progress through the course. Throughout your time on the course, you may choose to purchase your own copies of key texts, subscribe to online networks and enter non-compulsory competitions. These may cost up to an additional £100 per year.

Educational Visits and Off-Site Activities

Educational visits to enhance your experience may take place throughout the course and can range from a visit to a UK conference, exhibition or gallery, to a European or international study trip. All trips requiring a student financial contribution are optional and costs will always be kept as affordable as possible. We do not guarantee that we will run international visits. The decision is made annually based on availability, cost and the number of students required to make the trip viable.

We provide support for undergraduate students dependent upon their financial circumstances. Visit Undergraduate Finance 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.

Questions? Contact international@leeds-art.ac.uk

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