BA (Hons) Photography

Undergraduate, Full-time

Photography BA (Hons)



One of the top 10 UK universities for Film Production & Photography

The Guardian University Guide 2018

Overview

This course is industry facing and provides the professional, technical, contextual and creative skills necessary for a career as a photographer.

You'll be encouraged to think critically and creatively, developing your skills so that you are able to convey your ideas through your practice.

As you progress you'll increasingly define your own area of study. By identifying and working to your strengths, you'll develop an individual creative practice so that by graduation you'll be capable of a high standard of creative output.

Edinburgh Napier is extremely well resourced and we teach to a high technical standard. This is a means to an end in facilitating the translation of ideas through the art and craft of photography.

The course has recently moved to a newly-built specialist photography facility, which includes five fully-equipped photography studios, a black and white darkroom, dry to dry colour film processor, high-end professional digital scanners and printers, portable photography lighting and a large range of analogue and digital cameras and camera equipment.

Photography students grouped around laptops, working on a project

Mode of Study:

Full-time

Duration:

4 years

Start date:

Sep

UCAS code:

W640


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Course details

What you study

Year 1

  • Key technical concepts of photography
  • Creative techniques of photography
  • Research and communication skills
  • Introduction to the histories of photography

Year 2

  • Studio and environmental portraiture
  • Still life
  • Constructed photography
  • Editorial
  • Landscape
  • Histories and theories of photography

Year 3

  • Individually tailored photography projects to specific briefs
  • Advanced methodologies relevant to photography
  • Exhibiting, presenting, printing and digital distribution
  • Critical and analytical skills required to support research
  • International exchange opportunities

Year 4

You'll research, develop and produce a body of photographic work, your own bespoke portfolio, a dissertation, and engage with core professional development skills required for your future career.

The course and our recent students and graduates have achieved notable successes, including:

  • Awarded Widening Access prize at The Herald Higher Education Awards 2017
  • Short-listed for Sony Student World Photography Awards, 2017
  • Short-listed for the Peaches and Cream 2017 competition and exhibition, Millennium Images
  • Selected for Internship at the J Autumn Fashion Show, Paris, 2015
  • Achieved Collaboration Award, Creative Edinburgh Awards, 2015
  • Winner of the Jill Todd Photographic Award, 2015
  • Selected for commissions by the National Galleries of Scotland, 2014
  • 'Documentary Photography Residency' at the British School at Rome, 2013
  • Accepted for 'Residency Workshops: Creativity and Photography' at FotoFestiwal Lodz, 2012
  • Internship in the Curatorial Dept. of Asheville Art Museum, North Carolina, USA, 2012
  • Young Photographers' Alliance Best Fashion/Portraiture Series, 'Small Prints', organized by Humble Arts Foundation and Magenta Flash-Forward Awards, 2011
  • calendar How you’ll be taught

    Academic modules are taught through a combination of formal and active lectures, seminars, group and individual tutorials, while practical modules combine these methods with workshops, demonstrations, exercises, film screenings, presentations and supervised sessions.

    Academic and practical modules may include visits to galleries and other places of interest, and a regular visiting lecture programme will expose you to a wide-range of approaches and practices in the Creative Industries. There is also an element of individual and group-based self-directed study and research together with appropriate tutor support.

  • note and pen Assessments

    You will be assessed on the submission of creative practical work, supporting documentation and essay assignments. These outcomes are measured against students' original intentions, learning contracts, project briefs, self-assessment and supporting research material (sketch books, diaries, logs).

    Assessment may also be based on the submission of other documentation such as technical and creative workbooks, workshop journals, production and project dossiers and case studies. The personal development and engagement of students is also assessed through technical exercises, oral presentations and participation in and group critiques.

  • study abroad Study abroad

    We have excellent international exchange links with universities all over the world, including:

    • Ryerson University Toronto, Canada
    • University of Applied Sciences Europe, Berlin, Germany
    • Minerva Academie, Groningen, Netherlands
    • Dun Laoghaire Institute of Arts Design & Technology, Dublin, Ireland
    • Ontario College of Art & Design, Toronto, Canada.

Popular modules

Year 1

  • Photographic Reading and Writing
  • Creative Practice 1
  • Workflow and Creative Camera techniques
  • Histories 1: Photography
  • Applied Camera Techniques
  • Creative Practice 2

Year 2

  • Histories 2
  • Photography
  • Photo: Studio
  • Photo: Landscape
  • Theory for Photo Practice
  • Sequences and Seriality
  • Photo: Constructed

Year 3

  • Editorial and Documentary Photography
  • Collaboration and Investigation: Site and Context
  • The Image and The Archive
  • Scoping Industry
  • Globalising Feminism
  • Photo Practice 3

Year 4

  • Project Preparation Photography
  • Dissertation Photography
  • Professional Development Photography
  • Portfolio Photography
  • Final Project Photography

Disclaimer

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

As part of the selection process suitably qualified applicants will normally be invited to submit a portfolio/attend an interview. This applies to all years of entry.

Mature Applicants

Applications from mature applicants are welcomed and, where appropriate, the minimum entry requirements can be replaced by the recognition of prior learning and experience, such as knowledge and skills gained outside of formal learning situations.

Minimum year 1

SQA Higher

BBBC including English or other literary subject*. 

Adjusted Offer Entry Requirement

BCCC including English or other literary subject*.

You may be given an adjusted offer of entry if you meet specific widening participation criteria as outlined in our contextual admissions policy. For further information see our entry requirements and admissions policies.

A Level

CCC including English or other literary subject*. Art recommended

Irish Leaving Certificate

Pre-2017 Grading System:

B1, B3, B3, B3 at HL including English or other literary subject*.

New Grading System:

H2, H3, H3, H3 at HL including English or other literary subject*.

HNC

Pass HNC in related subject with Grade B in the graded unit.

BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3

Minimum grades MMM (Merit, Merit, Merit) in a related subject.

BTEC (QCF) Diploma

Minimum grades D*D (Distinction*, Distinction) in a related subject.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Award of Diploma with 27 points overall including three HL subjects with grades 6,5,4 including HL English or other literary subject* at 5.

Literary subjects accepted

*Modern Studies, History, Psychology, Sociology, RMPS, Theology, Media Studies, Philosophy, Politics, Sociology, Geography, Latin and Classics.

Minimum year 2

HND

Pass HND in related subject with Grade B at SCQF Level 8 in all graded units.

English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English. Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2018/19 2019/20
Scotland/EU £1,820 £1,820
England Wales and Northern Ireland (RUK) £9,000 £9,250
Overseas £14,350 £14,925
RUK Students starting in 2018/19 will be invoiced the 2018/19 fee for 3 years of their 4 years of study. Students starting in 2019/20 will be invoiced the 2019/20 fee for 3 years of their 4 years of study.


Frequently Asked Questions about Fees
Information of Bursaries and Scholarships

Careers

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Career opportunities

You’ll be prepared for a position in the highly competitive media and creative industries in Scotland and around the world. Students from the course are established in many areas of the industry and internationally.

Graduates enter the fields of freelance photography, including advertising, architectural, commercial, editorial, fashion photojournalism, and social photography. You could engage with public relations, act as a picture editor, work as a curator, pursue roles in creative agencies, or give back through the widening areas of visual education.