The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)Photography

Why choose this course?

This course allows you to access state-of-the-art photographic studios and camera equipment, whilst creating a portfolio of work that engages with the key ideas and concepts within contemporary photographic practice and future employment.


In an evolving and fast-changing multimedia industry you will remain one step ahead of competitors by focusing on practical photographic assignments and live commercial photographic briefs.

You will explore photography as a medium of communication in a number of professional work based settings and employment opportunities.

You will learn how to use a contemporary photographic studio and have access to computer-based design programmes and digital manipulation software, as well as developing a variety of project management, assignment planning and interpersonal skills.

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What happens on the course?

This is a practical photography course that guides students through to a final year of personally directed projects. Every student graduates with a portfolio and knowledge of their career options.

Part of this process is the increasing awareness of the global contexts of photographic images and the impacts of social networks and media. The contextual work is about the greater need to be able to describe and differentiate personal practice in an increasingly overcrowded market.

The course builds from some introductory and contextual modules through to modules where being aware of the portfolio and project management of personally developed projects is essential.

Some example modules include:

  • Level 4: The photography studio and its contexts; sketchbook practice; developing ideas and projects; documentary and identity projects
  • Level 5: Critical issues in image and art practice; networking and off site projects; the use of text with image - both on and off line
  • Level 6: Portfolio; Exhibition and Curating; Commercial Assignments

Why Wolverhampton?

  • We offer regular visits to exhibitions, as well as field trips and lectures from visiting professional photographers
  • This course has professional affiliation to the Association of Photographers and is recognised as one of their recommended courses, visit:
  • State-of-the-art photography studios, including: 8 Contemporary industry standard professional photographic studios and Digital Medium Format cameras Pentax 645z

“The strong work ethic and encouragement to think outside the box, championed by my lecturers at the University of Wolverhampton allowed me to push myself and not be afraid to travel in order to make my work stand out. Without this there is no way I would’ve felt comfortable enough to photograph the things that got my portfolio noticed and ultimately set myself on the path I have found myself today.” Henry Langston, Host-Producer, Vice News.

What our students think

"Without the University of Wolverhampton I wouldn’t have gained as much experience as I have! They gave me opportunities which look really good on my CV; including working at The Photography Show the last two years. Last year I did a live shoot on the catwalk stage which required me talking to an audience of photographers about my brief for Billingham Bags. I worked closely with Fashion and Textiles too, and my images for them got chosen for Clothes Show Live 2014 over other students in my group." Brodie Weatherill, 2015 graduate

“I really enjoyed working in the dark room and getting to develop my own work, it was often tough but always rewarding. I picked a photography course as I wanted to learn something new at university, rather than study something I was already good at or had experience with and so I always enjoyed learning about photographers and the different styles of photography from its inception. I knew very little to begin with so I always felt like I was learning.” Henry Langston, 2009 graduate.

'The Creative Industries module combined with opportunities for work placement has been the making of my freelance career. - Lukasz Gajdek (Graduate 2011)

Career path

This is an ideal course for students who wish to progress onto careers within the Creative Industries. In fields such as professional studio management, assisting with fashion, product or still-life shoots, journalism, both news and music, as well as many related careers in curating, arts project-management and teaching.

Students who graduate from our course are going to become freelancers in many forms, either as sole traders who run their own studios or as a team working for larger institutions. Being able to communicate ideas, concepts and projects visually and verbally are key qualities.

The course supports professional practices and employment opportunities through:

- Live project briefs, for example with the Birmingham Jazz and Blues Festival and the Clothes Show Live

- A professional placement module

- Off-site individual and group exhibitions

- Submissions to national and international competitions

- Publications both online and offline

- Talks from industry speakers, for example editors from Dazed and Confused and Creative Review Magazine.

- The use of our state of the art studio facility.

Recent graduates have gone on to become successful professional and freelance photographers working in advertising, photo-journalism, fashion and editorial, documentary, studio portraiture, and as fine art curators. These graduates have gone on to work for Vice Magazine, the Light House Media Centre and the Arts Council. A number continue to postgraduate level or undertake PGCE's.

“The work that they produced is excellent, they have some stunning shots. It is a great pleasure to work with the students of photography from the University, and we’d be pleased to offer shooting opportunities for the future events." Director of the Birmingham Jazz & Blues Festival.

What skills will you gain?

  • Engage with the ideas and concepts within contemporary photographic practice.
  • Explore photography as a medium of communication in a number of professional settings.
  • Practical work introduces you to cameras of all formats both in the studio and on location.
  • Gain access to industry standard design programmes and digital manipulation software.
  • Build a portfolio of images for competition and publishing success

Who accredits this course?

This course is accredited to the Association of Photographers:

Entry requirements

2017 Entry

  • CCC from ‘A’ levels
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade MMM, BTEC QCF Diploma grade DD
  • Access to HE Diploma full award (Pass of 60 credits - of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at level 3 including 18 at Merit or Distinction)
  • Successful completion of the foundation year of our BA (Hons) Art and Design with Foundation Year guarantees entry on to this course
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here
  • Successful completion of the International Foundation Year in Arts guarantees entry on to this course

Other Requirements

Applicants will also be required to provide satisfactory reference. Those meeting the entry requirements may be shortlisted for a Portfolio Review.

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see for further information.

Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

Course fees and finance

2017/8 Home/EU International
Full time £9,250 £11,475
Part time # £2,835

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2017/8. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact 01902 321150

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

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