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Photography

BA (Hons)

Undergraduate degree - single honours

  • UCAS codes: Institution B20, Course WPQ3 or WPQ4 (with professional placement year)
  • Photography handbook

Key facts

Award
BA (Hons) Photography
School
Bath School of Art and Design
Campus or location
Sion Hill
Course length
Three years full time, or four years full time with professional placement year.
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: WPQ3 or WPQ4
Campus Code: A,BSU

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. Typical offers include A level grades BCC with a Grade B in Photography or related subjects preferred.

View typical offers for more information.

Engage with photography in an experimental, creative and critical environment.

  • Hands-on, experiential approach with the emphasis on developing your individual interests and ability.
  • Opportunities to work on live briefs and a range of professional workshops with our industry partners.
  • Great links including the Royal Photographic Society and Association of Photographers.

Studying Photography at Bath Spa University is a space for active enquiry, challenging and defining the role of the photographic image.

We’re committed to teaching the craft of photography. Analogue techniques are thoroughly explored and equip you to engage more proficiently with digital methods. We explore potential directions in which digital technological change impacts upon photography and fully utilise new technologies.

The curriculum is broad, with an emphasis on practical learning. Content is delivered by a team of full time and visiting specialists who are active practitioners and researchers within the field.

“The lectures at Bath Spa University have supported and inspired me in my time here. I have made many friends for life along with industry connections. This has been an experience of a lifetime that I will never forget.”

Photography student

What you'll learn

Overview

You’ll develop your creative ability and technical skills through a range of set and self-directed projects. Modules cover broad contexts of photography including fashion, documentary, landscape, portraiture and editorial.

Course structure

Year One
You’ll look at fundamental photographic principles and practice, and develop an awareness of photographic practice within the creative industries. You’ll gain practical and technical skills. You’ll learn to research visually and analytically and evaluate your work with tutor guidance. Modules cover darkroom, studio and portable lighting as well as a wide range of digital darkroom techniques.

Year Two
You’ll develop detailed knowledge of major theories relating to photographic practice, and a deeper awareness of social and ethical implications for the photographic industry. You’ll negotiate activities with tutors, and will be able to analyse, synthesise and evaluate work more independently. Studio modules offer tutorial-led project work and incorporate professional workshop sessions led by industry practitioners. Visiting lecture and masterclass speakers have included: Ian Teh, Jem Southam and Andy Sewell, Nick Wapling, Celine Marchbank, Jack Latham and many more.

Year Three
You’ll become more confident in identifying and defining complex visual solutions and have the freedom to define your own area of practice. You’ll apply appropriate knowledge and practical skills to produce your own body of work. You’ll be able to initiate, manage and critically evaluate your work and that of others, and demonstrate an informed knowledge of contemporary professional practice and the issues and debates that provide a context. The year ends with a public exhibition of portfolio work.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is entirely by coursework.

How will I be taught?

Teaching takes place through critiques, tutorials, presentations, lectures, self-directed learning and peer review.

Throughout the course you’ll develop your craft and individual photographic interests through practical project work. You’ll explore the contextual framework of photography through Historical and Critical Studies modules and gain industry awareness through Professional Practice modules.

Opportunities

Study abroad

Students within the programme have recently studied in Chicago and Madrid. Our Study Abroad and Erasmus exchange programmes offer opportunities to study in the USA, China, Norway, Spain, Italy and beyond.

Field trips

From year one to three, you’ll have opportunities to participate in local and international field trips across the BA (Hons) Photography modules. Please note that you’ll have to pay for international study visits. Recent international field trip destinations have included New York and Iceland.

Work placements, industry links and internships

The course works closely with a variety of industry partners and associations such as the Royal Photographic Society and Fox Talbot Museum. There are opportunities to work on live project briefs, participate in work experience, and collaborate with a wide range of industry practitioners.

Careers

Graduates of Photography at Bath Spa University have entered careers in:

  • photo journalism
  • fashion photography
  • product photography
  • portrait photography
  • photo editing
  • editorial design
  • advertising
  • curation
  • art direction
  • marketing
  • studio management
  • teaching

Competitions and awards

You can apply for The Porthleven Prize: an opportunity for Bath Spa University students to take part in a fully-funded ten day residency based in a Cornish Studio, with travel, accommodation and other expenses included.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

Sion Hill Campus

Palace Yard Mews

Sion Hill Library

Minerva (VLE)

Resources

BA (Hons) Photography students can hire out equipment using SISO, Bath Spa University’s free equipment loan service. We have excellent studio spaces and workshop facilities in specialist craft areas, such as darkrooms, lighting studio’s, photo etching, photo publishing and digital print.

Fees

UK and EU students full time

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9,250
Year 2 Published Jan 2019
Year 3 Published Jan 2020
Material fees
Year 1 £160
Year 2 £165
Year 3 Published 2019

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021
Material fees
Year 1 £165
Year 2 Published 2019
Year 3 Published 2021

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2020
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2022
Material fees
Year 1 Published 2019
Year 2 Published 2020
Year 3 Published 2021

UK and EU students full time - with placement year

During the placement year, the fee is reduced to 20% of the full time fee. Otherwise, fees are the same as for full time study.

International students full time

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £13,900
Year 2 Published Jan 2019
Year 3 Published Jan 2020
Material fees
Year 1 £160
Year 2 £165
Year 3 Published 2019

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2022
Material fees
Year 1 £165
Year 2 Published 2019
Year 3 Published 2021

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2020
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2022
Material fees
Year 1 Published 2019
Year 2 Published 2020
Year 3 Published 2021

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

We’re looking for highly motivated individuals who have a deep sense of curiosity and willingness to learn. You should be organized, self motivated and disciplined.

Typical offers

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:

  • A Level - Grades BCC including Grade B in Photography or related subjects preferred
  • BTEC -  Extended Diploma grades Merit, Merit. Merit (MMM) in a related subject in addition to other qualifications or evidence of experience in Art or Photography.
  • International Baccalaureate - A minimum of 27 points will be required in addition to a HL Art subject at grade 6 and evidence of further experience in Art & Design or Photography.
  • Access to HE courses - Typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher)  in addition to other qualifications or evidence of experience in Art or Photography.

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants
IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Click the 'apply now' button in the centre of this page.

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply pages.

Interview and portfolio guidance

Applicants will be invited by email to interview at our Sion Hill campus and will be required to bring high quality portfolio in support of their application. Portfolios should demonstrate your passion and motivation. We recommend that you present an edited selection of 8 to 12 of your most successful photographic work at interview. Print presentation is recommended and should be accompanied by evidence of your research and working methods, for example, process journals and research folders.

Get ahead

We recommend that applicants undertake a pre-degree foundation diploma in Art and Design in addition to the above qualifications but will consider applications without this.

Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk
Course leader: Kellie Hindmarch
Email: k.hindmarch@bathspa.ac.uk

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