Anyone can press the button on a camera. Our BA (Hons) Photography course will encourage you to critically consider every aspect of this art form, from the composition, to the audience and post-production.

You’ll learn about the world of visual language and image making, from art direction to curating, and learn to use a wide range of traditional and digital formats and equipment.

We’re looking for students with a range of interests and an open mind, who embrace broader practices around photography, which is becoming increasingly important as photographers work across genres.

This is an outward-looking course, designed to maximise your employability or freelance success on graduation. Beside learning extensive technical skills, you’ll benefit from enterprise and business skills (including copyright and licensing), networking, mentoring, work experience opportunities and guest speakers. Collaborations with students on other courses will help you to build a diverse portfolio of experience.

Our programme of internationally renowned speakers has included Martin Parr, Ewen Spencer, Julian Germain, Anouk Kruithof, Cristina De Middel, Guy Martin, Thijs Groot Wassink (WassinkLungdren), Simon Roberts and Kevin Cummins. In the past there have been study visits to Paris, Los Angeles, Berlin, Shanghai, Tokyo and New York, plus day-trips within the UK and to the Format International Photography Festival in Derby.

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What You'll Study

Year One — You’ll focus on developing your technical photography skills and learn about historical and contemporary perspectives on photography. You’ll develop your studio practice and photographic workflow.

Year Two — This is a more conceptual year which also builds on your own specialist photographic practice. You’ll learn business skills for freelancing or running your own business, and guest speakers will relate their own experiences. You’ll respond to live commercial/community briefs and you’ll have the opportunity to arrange work experience.

Year Three — You’ll continue your practice to build an extensive portfolio, and contribute to the end of year show. A module will develop your professional practices, and you’ll be encouraged to seek feedback from industry on your work.

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.

Accolades

Students have won a raft of international awards and gained industry attention, including:

  • Student work selected for Prix de la Photographie Paris 2019

  • Winner of Vogue Talent 2018

  • Two alumni won British Journal of Photography Portrait of Britain awards 2018 and were included in the book published by Hoxton Mini-Press

  • Student work featured on i-D Italy in 2017

  • Student work selected by Mike Trow, Picture Editor, British Vogue and Anne Lyden, International Photography Curator, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, published in Source Photographic Journal in 2016

  • An international competition to photograph the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship in Sweden, leading to regular work as a sports photographer

  • A competition to participate in a Magnum Photos workshop at Goa Photo Festival in Panaji, India with Magnum Photographer, Stuart Franklin (winner 2015)

  • RPS Photobook Competition (winner, selected by Gerry Badger)

  • The Clothes Show Live Young Fashion Photographer of the Year

  • WPO People’s Choice Video Award

  • The Fuji Student Photographer of the Year

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. 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.

Destination Careers

Graduates have gone on to work as freelance photographers, for agencies, in galleries and curating, and in post-production. Graduates may also continue 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

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

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.

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

Apply Now

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

Home applicants

Click here to apply via UCAS

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 or call us on 0113 202 8000.

 

Duration
3 Years
Study Mode
Full Time
Term Starts
September
Institution Name
Leeds Arts University
Institution Code
L28
UCAS Code
W642
Awarded by
Leeds Arts University

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