If you want to work towards a career as a professional photographer or in related media professions this course is designed for you. You are prepared for employment in a range of photographic professions which include commercial, client led practices such as advertising and editorial photography through to documentary photography and personally defined fine art photography, as well as related fields of employment such as production, picture editing, curating and gallery management.
The BA (Hons) Photography Programme is designed for students who wish to work towards a career in photography or related creative industries. Students will explore and evolve their own photographic vision through practice and a structured and negotiable programme of workshops, seminars, lectures and work experience opportunities. Critical enquiry, experimentation and risk-taking are encouraged within an informed and broad-based cultural context, which includes photographic histories, theories and contemporary practices.
The programme prepares students for employment in a range of photographic professions exploring the established photographic genres, encompassing commercial client-led practices or personally defined fine art practice, as well as related fields of employment such as production, picture editing, curating and gallery management.
Graduates will become competent practitioners in photographic processes including both analogue and digital technologies; be conversant with the history of photography and critically aware, being able to evaluate, discuss and analyze the photographic image and the cultural contexts in which it operates. They will have knowledge and understanding of the contemporary world and the key issues and debates, such as internationalization and globalization, the debates concerning the veracity of both image and message, emerging technologies and digital media consumption that are shaping the future of the profession.
Students are encouraged to be ambitious and self-motivated, to understand the importance of collaboration and networking opportunities and to have a flexible approach to problem solving.
Graduates are equipped to pursue a wide variety of careers including self employment as photographers in editorial, advertising, fashion, journalism, publishing; also in allied professions in multimedia, curatorial work, picture research and arts administration. Students might also go on to specialist postgraduate study.
Following an induction week, you will learn the core areas of analogue and digital photography and digital image processes. This includes sessions on lighting, shooting in the studio and on location, digital work flow and how to retouch and manipulate images, technical theory and use of the darkroom. This is accompanied by group projects and presentations of studio/ location work. The study of the history and theories of photography gives you a foundation to your photography practice both in class sessions and through written work. You complete the first year with an emerging independent photography practice which relates to contemporary professional photography.
- Photography Practices L4
- Digital Environment L4
- Media Histories and Culture L4 A
- Photography Projects L4
Year 2 (Level 5)
During year two, you begin to define who you are as a photography practitioner, and to identify your professional goals. You respond to assignments and negotiated projects by considering professional concerns such as markets, audiences, clients and users of the photography industry. Advanced photography and digital imaging skills are taught through lectures, demonstrations, workshop sessions and studio practice. This stage also introduces and develops your professional awareness and provides an opportunity to experience a ‘live’ working environment through regular contact with influential professional photographers. There is scope for work experience and study abroad in Europe or further afield.
- Professional Development L5
- Photography Assignments L5
- Traditions and Locations L5 B
- Negotiated Photography Projects L5
Year 3 (Level 6)
In the final year you develop a professional portfolio of photography with which to launch your career. The portfolio will show your professional versatility by including client led work alongside a self directed work which demonstrates personal vision, media expertise and high professional standards. You also write a dissertation or a report which identifies an area of contemporary professional practice relevant to your work. A key part of your final year study is learning how to operate as a freelancer, interact with clients and approach potential employers. This culminates in the presentation of your portfolio in the degree exhibition which is open to invited media industry employers and the public.
- Professional Portfolio Photography L6 B
- Critical and Cultural Studies L6 A: Degree Essay/Report (Visual Arts)
- Enterprise in the Creative and Cultural Industries L6 A
- Degree Major Project L6 B
- Concepts and Planning L6 A
Course director: David Kinney
Admission requirements and processes
To enrol on the course, applicants have to produce a portfolio of their works and evidence of their English language competence. A grade 6.0 or higher on the IELTS scale is acceptable and the CAE and FCE qualifications are considered. If the applicant cannot produce a certificate, their English is tested together with prospective students who are applying for the Foundation Art & Design Course.
Enrolment is based on the results of portfolio assessment and interview with one of the tutors. Your knowledge and skills reflected in your work should be comparable to the knowledge and skills students acquire at Foundation level. Interviews and portfolio assessments are usually scheduled in the 3 days following the language test.
Transfer to Year 2 will be possible only if a student attended a higher education institution which uses a credit-based system. For these purposes, the number of previously received credits is compared with the number of credits which is necessary for transfer to the relevant stage of a British undergraduate course.
First group of Year 1 BA Photography students starts in September, 2016.
Applications are accepted from March until August 31st, 2016.
Classes begin in September, 2016.
Period of study
Year 1 and Year 2 (Level 4 & 5) of undergraduate courses — 2 years Full-time or 3 years Part-time
Year 3 (Level 6) — 1 year Full-time only
Full-time GBP 5,000/year*
Part-time GBP 3,250/year*
Students as a rule pay their tuition fees once a semester, that is, twice a year, but at their request can choose to pay on a monthly basis.
*This proposal does not constitute an offer, the prices are subject to change. Cost of services and conditions of their provision will be specified in the contract.
What documents are required if you apply
- Online application form
- Copy of previous education certificates and academic qualifications
- 2 photos 3х4 cm
- Copy of your passport
- Personal statement
Applicants who apply for Year 1 of British higher education courses, need to sit the following:
- English exam
- Portfolio assessment
- Entry interview
During the admission exams, the admissions staff will arrange a convenient date and time for demonstration of portfolio and interview, after that, the matriculant will be allowed to pass the English test. English test is not required for students from English-speaking countries or if an IELTS or equivalent certificate is produced.
For Russian residents, interviews are conducted according to the schedule which you can find on our FAD page. The schedule of entry examinations for the BA courses is the same for applicants who apply for the Foundation Art & Design Course (go to the course page).
For international students we can organise the skype interviews. In such cases the portfolio can be sent via email.
Required level of English
IELTS band 6.0 (or equivalent certificate). Along with the IELTS results, the following certificates are also accepted:
- CAE (Certificate in Advanced English) grade C or above;
- FCE (First Certificate in English) grade A.
If a prospective student does not have an IELTS certificate of the required level but successfully passed BHSAD English test as part of BHSAD entrance exams, he/she needs to obtain an IELTS certificate before the start of the first semester on Year 1.
The range of work in your portfolio should cover a broad spectrum of media, materials and approaches. Projects may be submitted in different disciplines including but not limited to graphics, drawing, painting, textile, photography, decorative art, design, web-design, animation. First of all, the admission committee would like to see how you can generate and develop your ideas; that is why, besides finished projects, the portfolio should also include notebooks with sketches, sketchbooks, written works (articles, essays, if any). Please try to present examples of the best and most recent projects which reflect your creative abilities.
Your portfolio needs to be printed (А3 format or larger). Animation and CG works should be presented on CDs or memory sticks. It advisable to show photographs of large works which otherwise would be difficult to transport.
Download presentation with examples and recommendations for portfolio development (PowerPoint, 3,9 Mb).
Prospective students will be asked questions regarding their educational and professional backgrounds in order to make a final decision about admission on to the course. Please be ready to tell the interview panel about yourself, your design experience and projects in your portfolio. You may be asked about the history of creation of a particular work and the context in which it was created. The panel may ask you about well-known designers to learn about the influence of creative activities of other designers and artists on you, the reason why you follow them and the main incentive for your development in terms of your occupation.
Please contact if you have any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org or +7 (495) 640 30 15