Nothing tells a story like a powerful image. Skilled photographers are in demand to capture a moment in time and bring a message to life. With access to a range of gold-standard equipment, the course works with your creative talent, exploring lighting and art direction to create evocative and powerful images.
This course is an industry-focused course that provides students with an education in the broader areas of digital photographic practice, as well as the changing methods used in commercial practice. The course is designed to combine practical skills with a knowledge of the critical application of digital photography to explore the creative potential of the camera.
What can this course do for me?
This course is the destination for budding digital photographers. You will learn to decipher creative briefs, develop your own house style and prepare collections for exhibitions and competitions.
"When I arrived for my interview at Ravensbourne, I fell in love with it instantly. The digital photography course was exactly what I wanted, a course that is completely industry led and gave me access to incredible kit."—Jessica Kelly , Digital Photography BA (Hons) graduate
Top reasons to apply
Accredited by the Association of Photographers (AOP) and the Royal Photographic Society (RPS).
Learn a broad range of skills across photojournalism, editorial, documentary, portraiture, advertising, fashion, music, architecture, picture research and PR.
Industry-focused with placement opportunities within prestigious organisations.
A mix of practice and theory-based learning modules.
Supported by expert teaching staff and visiting professionals.
Students will build fundamental skills in photographic equipment.
They will learn about still and also motion and post-production software alongside a working proficiency and knowledge of the industry.
Students will begin to think about their own practice and build confidence in image generation and platform selection.
Students will gain a greater understanding of equipment and software such as Leica M, Phase One and Hasselblad and Linhof medium format cameras.
They will think about the specialist areas of photography and where they are applied.
This will allow them to enhance their practice and develop their own approach to digital creative work.
We set a variety of live project briefs and encourage students to take up placements in the industry.
Students will bring their learning together in a final major digital photography project, ready for exhibition at the degree show.
By this stage, many students will already be published and working on projects in the creative industries.
Alongside this, they will create a self-initiated, experimental brief that addresses their own personal creative direction, and will form part of your principal working portfolio.
We ask students to show their contextual studies research and thinking in a long-form dissertation.
Successful completion of this course can lead to postgraduate study in MA Design Communication Technology at Ravensbourne.
Key study topics
Through a mix of practice and theory-based learning, students will be taught to think like a photographer and learn how images are created, shared, distributed, and sold.
This course provides an education in the broader areas of digital photographic practice.
It gives an understanding of the rapidly changing principles and methods that underpin new and emerging creative commercial practice.
Students will be encouraged to develop their own distinctive portfolio and support this with a high level of technical skill, whilst understanding the theory of photography.
The course is industry-focused, encouraging students to seek opportunities for placements at top London agencies and photographers. It also encourages students to work with other students across the college and across different disciplines.
Our graduates will be industry-ready to work across a range of areas such as photojournalism, editorial, documentary, portraiture, advertising, fashion, music, architecture, picture research and public relations.
Students will be expected to have five GCSEs (grade C/level 4 or above) or equivalent (including English), and hold at least one of the below or equivalent UK/international qualifications.
2 A levels, grade C or above
4 AS levels, grade C or above
2 vocational A levels, grade C or above
Level 3 Foundation Diploma or National Diploma
Advanced Diploma, grade C or above
International Baccalaureate, 24 points or above
International students will be required to have IELTS with an overall score of 5.5 or above, or TOEFL with an overall score of 72 or above.
If an applicant does not meet the English Language requirement at the point of application, then an additional English condition will be added to any offer of entry. In addition, a pre-sessional English Language course may be offered where appropriate. Eligibility and information will be published on the Pre-Sessional English Language course webpage.
*The above requirements are not exhaustive, and a full list of alternative equivalent qualifications, international qualifications, and additional academic requirements can be found on the Ravensbourne website, or from the Admissions Office if requested.
Students should ideally have a background in art, creative media, or design. Applicants are expected to submit a portfolio of work that shows a range of their skills and demonstrates why they would be a good fit for the course.
We may also consider a combination of portfolio and academic qualifications and take into consideration progress made during studies and/or relevant work experience.
Fees and Scholarships
Annual fee for Home Postgraduate students: £9,250
Annual fee for International Postgraduate students: £16,500
International students making full payment of the above fee by 1 August in the year of entry receive a 5% discount.
International student progressing from Further Education to Higher Education: The cost of the foundation diploma course will be reimbursed over the three years of an undergraduate course. The discount applies for the three years of the undergraduate course and will not be applied to any repeat years.
In addition to any government loans you may be eligible for, Ravensbourne University London has a limited amount of bursaries and scholarships for undergraduate students.
This financial support has been designed to assist in the costs of travel, meals and/or course equipment. Due to restricted funding, and a large number of eligible students, our financial support is limited and is subject to change.
We strongly advise all prospective students to consider all the costs of study including accommodation, travel, equipment, and sustenance whilst undertaking their course and to have alternative means of funding such as part-time work and/or savings.