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Photography

BA (Hons)

Key facts


UCAS code

W640

Start dates

September 2020

Location

Headington

Course length

Full time: 3 years

Part time: up to 6 years

Department

School of Arts

UCAS Tariff Points

112

Overview


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. 

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How to apply


Typical offers

UCAS Tariff Points: 112

A Level: BBC

IB Points: 30

BTEC: DMM

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

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

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

GCSE: English Language at grade 4/C or above

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.

If you are unable to attend in person with your portfolio, you will be invited to submit a digital portfolio.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements.

International qualifications and equivalences

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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 with credit for prior learning. Each application is individually assessed by our credit entry tutors. 

If you would like more information about whether or not you may be eligible for the award of credit, for example from an HND, partly-completed degree or foundation degree, please contact our Admissions team.

We operate the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Application process

Full time Home / EU applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home / EU 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/EU full time
£9,250

Home/EU part time
£750 per single module

International full time
£13,410

Home/EU full time
£9,250 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time
£13,900

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees


2019/20
Home/EU full time
£9,250

Home/EU part time
£750 per single module

International full time
£13,410

2020/21
Home/EU full time
£9,250 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time
£13,900

Questions about fees?

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

Please note tuition fees for Home/EU 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 and EU students at the maximum permitted level.

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.

Financial support and scholarships

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

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

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 3a: Fashion photography

Professional Contexts 3b: Photography & branded content

Professional Contexts 4a: Editorial photography

Professional Contexts 4b: Photography & the developing world

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

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


Dr Alexandra Trott

Alexandra teaches topics on art theory and practice, covering Modern, Postmodern, and Contemporary art.

Read more about Alexandra

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