Course Overview

UK Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £14,400 *
Duration 3 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

Our Photography BA course is a long-established course with an excellent international reputation for its academic and practical teaching. This reputation is reflected in high application rates, a distinguished record of graduate employment in the industries it serves, and in the publication, production and teaching profile of its staff and graduates.

Our course will enable you to develop your creative production skills across a range of photographic and lens-based media, to establish a critically engaged and self-reflective creative practice. It will equip you with the skills to adapt to creative opportunities, participate in contemporary cultural debates, and increase your awareness of the political, ethical and aesthetic implications of your work. You’ll learn to form independent, informed opinions of your own work and that of others.

Our course is renowned for its distinctive philosophy, which aims to provide a holistic photographic education. It combines high levels of technical and visual photographic skills with excellent visual literacy and a critical awareness of visual culture alongside solid professional practice.

You’ll also explore a wide range of relevant contemporary theories and debates designed both to stimulate a critically engaged practice and to better prepare you for a range of related careers.

The course is part of the University's College of Design, Creative and Digital Industries, based at our state-of-the-art Harrow Campus – a cutting-edge creative hub.

Top reasons to study with us

  • Fantastic location -  you'll enjoy all the benefits of studying at our Harrow Campus – just a 20-minute tube ride from London, a global hub for the media and cultural industries
  • Develop your creative production skills – work across a range of photographic and lens-based media to establish a critically engaged and self-reflective creative practice
  • Learn from high-profile experts in photography theory and practice, dedicated to photographic education
  • Photographic pioneers – photographic education at the University of Westminster has a unique depth of tradition. Classes in photography were taught at the Polytechnic Institution, the forerunner of our University, from 1852, and the School of Photography was established in 1883

Course structure

Project-based modules are designed to equip students with the techniques and skills of a variety of digital and analogue photographic media including moving images.

Alongside this, modules with written outcomes reflect on the history and criticism of photography, drawing on a number of related fields including art history, media and cultural theory, and sociology. We celebrate a continual emphasis on personal and professional development throughout the course.

Teaching includes lectures, seminars, workshops, supervised use of facilities, visiting speakers, work reviews, group or individual tutorials and independent study.

You can also apply to study part of Level 5 abroad with one of our overseas exchange partners.

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course.

You are provided with an intensive grounding in the key photographic techniques, theories and concepts, forming the basis for later learning.

Subjects of study include:

  • Photography from Invention to Mass Medium
  • Photography from the Cold War to the Present
  • The Photographic Eye
  • The Constructed Photograph

You are encouraged to push the boundaries of your own photographic practice, and experiment and explore new ways of working including video, camera-less photography and alternative processes. You will also produce project work for specific contexts such as the gallery, magazine, the photobook or the screen. Students are offered options in work placements, group exhibitions, study abroad and collaborative interdisciplinary modules. Subjects of study include:

  • Advanced Concepts in Photography
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Art/Science Collaboration
  • Creative Encounters
  • Exhibition
  • Photography Beyond the Frame
  • Photography for Wall, Page & Screen
  • Professional Practice
  • Vision & Technology

You will focus on the production of two major pieces of self-directed visual and written work. You will work independently, supported by workshops, crits, and one-on-one tutorials, to produce a 10,000-word Dissertation and a Major Project for public exhibition. Professional development continues, to support you in preparing for your careers after graduation. Subjects of study include:

  • Photography Dissertation
  • Photography Major Project
  • Professional Futures

Programme Specification

For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the programme specification.

Careers

Many of our graduates go on to work as photographers and photographic artists, but equally they pursue a range of careers within the broader photographic and creative sectors, as designers, historians, magazine editors, museum and gallery curators, picture editors and researchers, teachers, and writers. Many also go on to postgraduate study.

With a growing global network of 3,000 employers, our Careers and Employability Service is here to support you to achieve your full potential.

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Transferable skills

You'll gain the knowledge and experience to work in roles such as magazine editor, museum and gallery curator, picture editor, teacher and lecturer.

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Industry links

We have industry links with impressive galleries and organisations including The World Photography Organisation, The Photographers' Gallery, and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

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Employers around the world

The University’s Careers and Employability Service has built up a network of over 3,000 employers around the world, helping all our students explore and connect with exciting opportunities and careers

Industry partners

We have strong links within the photographic and creative sector in London and beyond, and the majority of our teaching staff are active practitioners across the different sectors.

We also have close relationships with our alumni and use these links to organise guest talks, work placements and job opportunities for our students.

Our industry partners range from The World Photography Organisation, The Photographers' Gallery, and the Victoria and Albert Museum to well-established practitioners like Nadav Kander, Sarah Pickering, Broomberg & Chanarin and many more.

Previous guest speakers have included:

  • Amak Mahmoodian
  • Annette Kuhn
  • Broomberg & Chanarin
  • Clare Grafik
  • Darren Harvey-Regan
  • Jananne Al-Ani
  • Lisa Barnard
  • Max Pinckers
  • Poulomi Basu
  • Rut Blees Luxemburg
  • Simon Norfolk Sian Bonnell
  • Trish Morrissey
  • Zelda Cheatle

Job roles

This course will prepare you for roles such as:

  • Magazine editor
  • Museum and gallery curator
  • Photographer 
  • Photographic artist
  • Picture editor
  • Picture researcher
  • Teacher and lecturer

Graduate employment

Graduates from this course have found employment at organisations including:

  • Autograph, London
  • Lux Darkroom
  • Oxfam
  • Pinewood Studios
  • Tate Modern

Graduates have found work placements and assisting opportunities at organisations including:

  • Sunday Times Magazine | NME | BBC | Dazed & Confused
  • Victoria and Albert Museum | The Photographers' Gallery
  • Sony | Pureland Design | Next Level
  • Sian Bonnell | Broomberg & Chanarin | Tom Hunter
  • Nadav Kander | Perou | Sarah Pickering | Jurgen Teller | Massimo Vitali
  • Millennium Images | The World Photography Organisation

Graduate success

Many of our course graduates are successful international photographers, including:

  • Marcus Bohr - Since completing his PhD at Westminster, Marcus has embarked on a Visiting Fellowship at the Australian National University in Canberra
  • Pio De Rose - Based in Italy, Pio’s work has been published in various magazines including Vanity Fair (Italy) and Æ – Another Escap
  • Alessandra Chila - Based in London, Alessandra has worked as a fine art documentary and still life photographer
  • Eleanor Farmer - Eleanor gained a role as Multimedia Project Manager at Oxfam, commissioning story-gathering assignments
  • Ilan Godfrey - In 2012 Ilan was awarded the Ernest Cole Award for his work ‘Legacy of the Mine’ which was published simultaneously in the UK and South Africain 2013
  • Paula Gortazar - Paula's work has been widely exhibited in Canada, the USA, the UK and Spain and is published internationally. She is returning to Westminster to study for a PhD in Photography
  • Laura Guy - Laura went on to undertake doctoral research at Manchester School of Art
  • Espen Haslene - Espen is the creator of TUNDRA, a company producing illustration, animation and video for cinema and television
  • Nicole Heiniger - Nicole is based in São Paulo, where she's worked on portraiture, beauty, advertising and high-end fashion photography
  • Constanza Isaza - Constanza has participated in various group exhibitions and a solo exhibition in Medellín, Colombia. She also participated in artist residency programmes in Italy, Canada and the USA
  • Holly Birtles - In 2011 Holly completed an MFA at The Slade School of Fine Art, which was the beginning of her ongoing project photographing and defacing portraits of operatic singers
  • Jason Larkin - Jason has been widely published (including in the New York Times Magazine, the Monocle, and the National Geographic), and has collected a number of awards
  • Isabelle Lesser - Isabelle is based in Phnom Penh where she has set up Asia Motion, Cambodia’s first photographic and video agency
  • Sam Mellish - Sam has worked as a commercial, editorial and documentary photographer based in London. His clients include Red Bull and Vans
  • Kit Oates - Kit went on to be a portrait and commercial photographer for magazines, NGOs and businesses, including Comic Relief, Salvation Army, and the Guardian/Observer
  • Peter Watkins - Peter is a photographer living and working in London. He studied an MA in Photography at the Royal College of Art
  • Chu Yinhua - Chu uses photography to explore different ways of seeing, treating the photographic image as a fragment frozen and extracted from the flow of time. Her work has been published in magazines and exhibited internationally
  • Tereza Zelenkova - Tereza’s work is now in the Fotomuseum Winterthur and the Saatchi Gallery collections
  • Jessica Klewicki Glynn - Jessica is an American photographer specialising in interior design and architectural photography
  • Jan Stradtmann - Jan is a German photographic artist currently working in Berlin
  • Stella Baraklianou - Stella has worked as a photographic artist and lecturer in photography at the School of Art, Design and Architecture at the University of Huddersfield
  • Tina Remiz - Tina is a freelance photographer and journalist, specialising in reportage and portraiture

International Opportunities

Many of our courses offer international study and work experiences, and the University provides other global opportunities that all students can apply for - so whatever you're studying, you'll have the chance to go abroad.

Opportunities could include:

  • Taking part in semester or year-long exchanges at institutions around the world
  • Attending an international summer school or field trip
  • Developing your CV through volunteering or work placements abroad

International experience broadens horizons, boosts self-confidence, and improves global understanding, alongside being fantastic for your career.

Find out more about our international opportunities, including funding options and where you can go.

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Course Leaders

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We provide the opportunity for our students to explore their potential as photographers,  image-makers and writers within the constantly changing world of contemporary photography and visual culture.

Rachel Cunningham

Visiting Lecturer

Rachel Cunningham is a senior lecturer in photography at the University of Westminster.  She studied fine art at Middlesex University before working in the photographic industry for several years. She continued with her studies with an MA in Photographic Studies form the University of Westminster and an MA in Contemporary Art Theory at Goldsmith’s University of London.

Her photography practice explores the construction of myths through representation. She is particularly interested in myths created through photography, painting and literature. Her work has been selected for a number of exhibitions and is held in private collections both in the UK and abroad.

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Andre Pinkowski

Senior Lecturer

Andre Pinkowski is Senior Lecturer in Photography at the University of Westminster. Before graduating at Goldsmiths University of London with his MA, he studied at the University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld, Germany, as well as at the Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, USA.

He is the academic lead of FOLIO and was instrumental in its implementation. FOLIO is the digital platform at the University of Westminster in which students can share and present their work, create their online journal and find news about their chosen discipline.

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Alongside studios, dark rooms, print and finishing facilities, our photography facilities now feature an expanded digital suite and high-end equipment for digital imaging.

Why study this course?

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Fantastic London location

You'll enjoy all the benefits of studying at our Harrow Campus – just a 20-minute tube ride from London, a global hub for the media and cultural industries.

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Develop your creative production skills

Work across a range of photographic and lens-based media to establish a critically engaged and self-reflective creative practice.

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Specialist facilities

You'll have access to a suite of studios, dark rooms, print and finishing facilities and an extensive range of high-end digital imaging equipment.

Online open days

Join us at an online open day and get a feel for student life at the University of Westminster.

You'll get a chance to: 

  • Speak to our academic staff
  • Take a virtual reality tour of our student halls
  • Ask us any questions you may have about student finance and accommodation

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Facilities

The luxuriously appointed photography area - with its suite of studios, dark rooms, print and finishing facilities and its extensive range of equipment - now includes an expanded digital suite and has invested in new high-end equipment for digital imaging.

Entry Requirements

  • A Levels – CCC to BBB
  • International Baccalaureate – 96 to 120 UCAS Tariff points from the IB
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – MMM to DDM
  • BTEC Diploma – DD to D*D*
  • Access – 96 to 120 UCAS Tariff points from the Access course

In addition to one of the above, you should have: 

  • GCSE English Language grade 4/C – IB grade 4 Higher level, GCSE Maths Pass – IB Pass

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

We also welcome applications from students who are taking a combinations of qualifications listed above. For further information, please contact Course Enquiries.

Applicants should also have a good portfolio of practical work. Applicants must demonstrate a strong interest in both practice and theory, have a high standard of oral and written English, and submit a portfolio. A short essay may be set for applicants.

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process

  • International Baccalaureate – 96 to 120 UCAS Tariff points from the IB

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

Applicants should also have a good portfolio of practical work. Applicants must demonstrate a strong interest in both practice and theory, have a high standard of oral and written English, and submit a portfolio. A short essay may be set for applicants.

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Fees and Funding

UK tuition fee: £9,250 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about undergraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

International tuition fee: £14,400 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

International student funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

Teaching and assessment

Below you'll find examples of how marks have been calculated and study time distributed in the past. Changes to assessment weights and division of study time may be made in response to feedback and in accordance with our terms and conditions.

How you'll be taught

Teaching methods across all our undergraduate courses focus on active student learning through seminars, workshops, problem-based and blended learning, as well as group work. Teaching will be informed by our research, giving you the benefit of the knowledge of current theories and, where appropriate, their practical application.

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How you'll be assessed

Assessment methods across our undergraduate courses may include essays, reports, presentations, case studies, videos, podcasts and posters, as well as time-constrained in-class tests and exams.

 

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Supporting you

Our Student Hub is where you’ll find out about the services and support we offer, helping you get the best out of your time with us.

  • Study support — workshops, 1-2-1 support and online resources to help improve your academic and research skills
  • Personal tutors — support you in fulfilling your academic and personal potential
  • Student advice team — provide specialist advice on a range of issues including funding, benefits and visas
  • Extra-curricular activities — volunteering opportunities, sports and fitness activities, student events and more

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Course location

Harrow is our creative and cultural hub, home to most of our arts, media and digital courses. It houses state-of-the-art facilities for every discipline, including project and gallery spaces, film studios, creative labs, collaborative learning spaces, and the creative enterprise hub.

Harrow Campus is based in north-west London, just 20 minutes from the city centre by train.

For more details, visit our Harrow Campus page.
 

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