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BA (Hons) - single

School of Arts

What will you study
This course balances academic study with hands-on photographic practice. It incorporates critical & historical approaches, and professional standards and methods. There is opportunity to specialise in international development or fashion, brand or editorial photography. You will learn technical skills including printing, mounting and digital content management, and professional skills in time and budget management, legal and ethical concerns, pitching, negotiating and collaborating. The final year culminates in an in-depth critical analysis and intensive period of producing a high quality, original portfolio of work.

What next?
You will graduate with valuable knowledge of the industry and strong technical competencies. Your specialisations will allow you to stand out from the crowd. You will have developed your practice, voice and identity as a photographer and you will be able to translate ideas and creative work into realisable professional propositions. The course has strong links with photographic thinkers and makers, nationally and locally, who offer a rich network of expertise and support, bringing invaluable first-hand accounts of professional life and offering perspectives on your developing projects.

Typical offers

UCAS Tariff points: 112

Available start dates

September 2019 / September 2020

Teaching location

Headington Campus

Course length

  • Full time: 3 years
  • Part time: up to 6 years

UCAS code


For full application details, please see the 'How to apply / Entry requirements' section.

  • The course is flexible with opportunity to specialise. Optional modules provide students with skills and experience to prepare for  successful careers in fashion or brand work, editorial photography or international development. 
  • You will undertake independent research tasks and projects, which will build your confidence, self direction and independence.
  • The course has strong links with photographic thinkers and makers, nationally and locally, who offer a rich network of expertise and support, bringing invaluable first-hand accounts of professional life and offering perspectives on your developing projects. 


The curriculum balances study and hands-on practice in three complementary areas- creative, technically adept photographic practice; critical and historical approaches; and professional standards and methods. 

The programme is structured around a sequence of six photography projects (each one a module), enriched with Histories and Theories and Professional Contexts modules. 

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, to 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 and creative work into realisable, professional propositions. You will develop a range of practical skills in order to do this. 

Study modules

The first year is a year of grounding; providing you with skills and insights into fundamental aspects of photographic practice and theory.

In the second year you specialise, engaging with photography in a range of contexts, delevloping your own interests and career trajectory. It includes a set of 4 optional modules to support this.

The final year is made up of modules that encourage confidence and independence. It culminates with an in-depth critical analysis, and an intensive period of self-directed production in which you showcase your creative and professional development by producing a high quality, original portfolio of work.

Year 1

All Year 1 modules are compulsory:
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

As our courses are reviewed regularly, the module list you choose from may vary from that shown here.


Years 2 and 3

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

Year 2 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

As our courses are reviewed regularly, the module list you choose from may vary from that shown here.


Study abroad


Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:

  • studying at a Brookes partner college
  • studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Programme changes

On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website. For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.

Tuition fees

Home/EU - full time fee: 2019/20: £9,250

Home/EU - part time fee: 2019/20: £750 per single module

International - full time: 2019/20: £13,410

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 in the 'This course in detail' window above.

Questions about fees?
Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Funding and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see:

Typical offers

UCAS Tariff points: 112

A-Level: BBC or equivalent

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.

IB Diploma: 30 points


Applications are welcomed from candidates with alternative qualifications, and from mature students.

Specific entry requirements

GCSE: Mathematics and English Language at grade 4 (or 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 may also be included.
  • an interview with a member of staff from the programme.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements

Pathways courses for international and EU students

If you do not meet the entry requirements for this degree, or if you would like more preparation before you start, you can take an  international foundation course. Once you enrol, you will have a guaranteed pathway to this degree if you pass your foundation course with the required grades.

If you only need to meet the language requirements, you can take our  pre-sessional English course. You will develop key language and study skills for academic success and you will not need to take an external language test to progress to your degree.

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.

How to apply

International applicants

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

Oxford Brookes operates 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.