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Key facts

UCAS code


Start dates

September 2022 / September 2023



Course length

Full time: 3 years

Part time: up to 6 years


School of Arts

UCAS Tariff Points



On this course you will explore the evolving role of photography in the 21st century while developing a distinct identity as a photographer. This course balances academic study with hands-on photographic practice. Our teaching focuses on photography as a profession and a visual language appropriate for the creative industries. This course will support you in developing a professional practice centered around your passions. 

The course is flexible, with the opportunity to specialise in:

  • fashion
  • still-life
  • portraiture
  • sports
  • interiors
  • music
  • food
  • documentary
  • contemporary art practice.

You will learn a broad range of skills from moving image production to concept generation, social media implementation, and analogue and darkroom practice. 

You will learn from leading photographers and creatives working within the creative industries. You will gain strong technical, creative and communicative skills, all informed by an understanding of photography as a visual language in the 21st century. 

See our students' work by visiting @photooxbrookes on Instagram.

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How to apply

Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. The combination of A-level grades listed here would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

For more information about how we are supporting applicants impacted by Covid-19, please see our information for applicants page.

Standard offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 112

A Level: BBC

IB Points: 30


Contextual offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 88

A Level: CCD

IB Points: 27


Further offer details

We welcome applications from candidates with alternative qualifications, and from mature students.

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

Selection process

Applicants are offered places through:

  • a portfolio review. The portfolio should comprise a range of photographic work. Additional visual work in other media and within online platforms may also be included such as Instagram, online blogs, YouTube and moving image. Workbooks/sketchbooks should also be presented evidencing research, reflection and analysis.
  • an interview with a member of staff from the programme.


English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements.

International qualifications and equivalences


English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Many of our courses consider applications for entry part-way through the course for students who have credit from previous learning or relevant professional experience.

Find out more about transferring to Brookes. If you'd like to talk through your options, please contact our Admissions team.

Application process

Full time Home (UK) applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home (UK) applicants

Apply direct to the University

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time applicants can also apply through UCAS

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

International / EU full time

Home (UK) full time
£9,250 (subject to OfS confirmation, Sept 2021)

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module (subject to OfS confirmation, Sept 2021)

International / EU full time

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

2021 / 22
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

International / EU full time

2022 / 23
Home (UK) full time
£9,250 (subject to OfS confirmation, Sept 2021)

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module (subject to OfS confirmation, Sept 2021)

International / EU full time

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Please note tuition fees for Home students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning Home students at the maximum permitted level.

Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Additional costs

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.

The published course and module descriptions were accurate when first published and remain the basis of the course, but the University has had to modify some course and module content in response to government restrictions and social distancing requirements. In the event of changes made to the government advice and social distancing rules by national or local government, the University may need to make further alterations to the published course content. Detailed information on the changes will be sent to every student on confirmation in August to ensure you have all the information before you come to Oxford Brookes.

Learning and assessment

This course is structured around a sequence of six photography projects. Your learning will incorporate creative experimentation, critical and historical approaches, professional standards and technical methods.

The Photography projects focus on the development of your practice, voice and identity as a photographer. 

The Histories and Theories modules are linked to practical work, bringing depth, intelligence and insights to your practice. This will ensure the development of transferable skills, so that you can graduate confident, articulate and culturally aware in preparation for a wide range of career opportunities. 

Professional Contexts modules are about the process of translating great ideas, personal interests and creative work into realisable, professional propositions. You will develop a range of practical skills in order to do this. 

Student taking pictures with a camera

Study modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Photography Project 1: The self & the other

Professional Contexts 1: Exhibiting Photographs

Histories and Theories 1: The politics & poetics of looking

Photography Project 2: Location & environment

Professional Contexts 2: Modes and sites of publication

Histories and Theories 2: Space, place & culture

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Photography Project 3: Mediation & moving image

Professional Contexts 3a: Photography and the Creative Industries

Professional Contexts 4: Professional Practice

Histories & Theories 3: Media, culture & communication

Photography project 4: Visual narratives & cultural contexts

Histories & Theories 4: Ethics, politics and visual narratives

Optional modules

Professional Contexts 4a: Editorial photography

Year 3

Compulsory modules

Photography Project 5: Research & development

Written Research Project

Photography Project 6: Independent Practice

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

Learning and teaching

The first year provides opportunity to explore your passions and interests outside of photography. You will use your interests to identify an area of specialisation. This will provide you with the basic skills and insights fundamental to aspects of photographic practice and theory. You will have the opportunity to explore moving image creation, visual narrative, darkroom practice and digital workflow.

In the second year you will develop your specialisation, further evolving your own interests and career trajectory. You will create your own website, an online presence through social media channels and undertake a work placement within the creative industries.

The final year is made-up of modules that encourage confidence and independence. It culminates with an in-depth critical analysis dissertation, and an opportunity to develop a self-directed body of work with which to showcase your development. An end of year degree show will allow you to present your portfolio to industry.


Assessment methods used on this course

You are assessed on coursework only. This will include a final body of practical work and a dissertation. 

After you graduate

Career prospects

You will graduate with an informed knowledge of the industry and strong technical competencies. Your specialisations and industry understanding will allow you to stand out from the crowd. You will have developed your practice, voice and identity as a photographer and visual communicator. The course has strong links with the creative industries, locally, nationally and globally, who offer a rich network of expertise and support, bringing invaluable first-hand accounts of professional life and offering perspectives throughout the three years of the course.

Potential career options include: photographic practice, publishing, marketing, television production, film production, post-production, design studios, social media, photo editor/researcher, curation, press relations and teaching.

Our Staff

Grant Scott

Grant Scott, BA Photography Subject Coordinator, specialises in photography, the moving image, visual narrative and professional practices, and teaches across the course. He is a working photographer and has written three books on photography including 'The Essential Student Guide to Professional Photography'. Grant is also the founder/ curator of and the presenter/producer of the weekly podcast 'A Photographic Life'.

Read more about Grant

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