BA (Hons) Photography

Undergraduate, Full-Time

Start your journey as a contemporary, creative and intelligent photographer and gain experience in a vast range of photographic practices.

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  • Duration:

    4 years

  • Award:

    BA (Hons)

  • Location:

    Merchiston campus

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Course introduction

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

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

As you progress you will 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 six fully-equipped photography studios, a black and white darkroom, high-end professional digital scanners and printers, portable photography lighting and a large range of cameras and camera equipment.

Recent graduates and students have been selected for commissions for the National Galleries of Scotland, 2014; Graduate Artists in Residence at Stills: Centre for Photography, Edinburgh, 2014; the Residency Workshops: Creativity and Photography at Fotofestiwal Lodz 2012; an Internship in the Curatorial Department of Asheville Art Museum, North Carolina, USA; the Documentary Photography Residency at the British School at Rome.

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, portfolios of research, including a dissertation and engage with core professional development skills required for your career.

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.

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, social photography. You could engage with public relations, act as a picture editor, work as a curator or give back through the widening areas of visual education.

Minimum year 1

SQA Higher

BBBC including English or other literary subject*. Art recommended

Adjusted Offer Entry Requirement

BCCC including English or other literary subject*.  Art recommended

You may be given an adjusted offer of entry if you meet specific widening participation criteria as outlined in our contextual admissions policy. Click here for further information about 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*. Art recommended 

New Grading System: 

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


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.

Minimum year 2


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

Literary subjects accepted

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

Other entry requirements

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.

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.

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.

International students

If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your 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 being as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to achieve higher education.

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures and how decisions are made.

Tuition fees
Students from 2017/18 2018/19
Scotland/EU £1,820 £1,820
England Wales and Northern Ireland £9,000 £9,250
Overseas £13,900 £14,350

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