BA (Hons) Photography


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Program Description

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Currently, the university is planning for students starting in September 2020 to be able to join us on campus and will be following guidance from the government. 


You’ll develop a highly personal, unique and creatively aspirational practice while perfecting the practical skills and understanding to apply your vision to a range of contexts within the creative industries. Whether you pursue a career in advertising, editorial, fashion, or another role in the creative industries, your style will be unmistakable.

Your photography skills

As you hone your craft you’ll learn how to commercialise your creative output, thinking about how to apply your approach to briefs and the needs of clients to produce aspirational work that has application in a range of industries.
Access to a wide range of industry-level photographic and lighting equipment throughout your degree will give you the tools to produce imaginative and original images to the highest possible standards. Pushing the boundaries of photographic practices, you’ll learn how to produce compelling photography using whatever technology is most suitable to support your creative vision.

Your photography future

Reflecting the industry today by employing predominantly digital technology, this undergraduate photography course will see you actively engage in the rapidly developing nature of photography and exploring the possibilities of new and emerging technologies such as digital moving images and CGI.
With a visiting industry guest speaker featured almost every week and regular opportunities to receive feedback from current practitioners, business skills like self-promotion, networking and client management are front and centre throughout your degree, meaning you’ll graduate with momentum as you enter the industry.

Graduates work in a broad range of careers including:

  • Photographer
  • Photographic Assistant
  • Art Director
  • Image Producer
  • Picture Editor
  • Digital Retoucher
  • Picture Librarian
  • Curator
  • CGI Artist
  • Teaching Technician
  • Digital Assistant
  • Photographer’s Agent
  • Picture Researcher
  • Studio Assistant

Course content

Year 1

  • Explore your individual approach to photographic practice through a range of projects
  • Learn to strengthen your understanding of the communicative aspects of photography through subtle changes and the use of visual elements, technique and context
  • Work with studio and location lighting, digital cameras and large format inkjet printers
  • Develop production and post-production skills in the Digital Darkroom

Year 2

  • Explore the application of your creative practice within professional contexts including fashion, advertising and editorial projects
  • Apply your visual approach across a range of genres utilizing new and emerging technologies - digital moving image and CGI
  • Investigate the opportunities of collaborative practice to develop your ideas and image-making beyond the boundaries of photography
  • Enter national competitions like AOP Awards, D&AD and Canon Shoot Like a Pro

Year 3

  • Apply your unique individual approach - informed by your interests and passions - to the production of a professional portfolio
  • Develop your understanding of the photographic industries and build your networks
  • Gain entrepreneurial and employability skills
  • Participate in a London graduate showcase, presenting the very best work to industry
  • Prepare a detailed Research Report that informs your professional practice

Entry Requirements

Typical UK offers

A / AS Levels – GCE
GCE A/AS Levels 3 A-level qualifications at grades BBB, at least one of which must be in an art, design or media related subject. Where candidates are not taking 3 A-levels, NUA will consider combinations of A-level/AS-level and other Level 3 qualifications.

BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF or RQF)
Distinction, Merit, Merit in an art, design or media related subject

BTEC Diploma (QCF or RQF)
Distinction*, Distinction* in an art, design or media related subject

UAL Extended Diploma

UAL Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

UAL Level 4 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Art and Design)

International Baccalaureate Diploma
A minimum of 32 points

NUA welcomes applicants of all ages from all backgrounds. Your application will be primarily assessed through interview and portfolio review so even if you have no formal qualifications or do not meet our typical offers it can still be worth applying.

If you are studying at the time of your application and your interview is successful, it is likely that you will receive a conditional offer.

If the qualification that you are studying is not shown, do not worry as we are able to accept other pre-entry qualifications as well as combinations of different qualifications. Please do contact our Student Recruitment Team if you have any queries.

International applications

We accept qualifications from all over the world, to find our entry requirements from a specific country, please check our dedicated international pages.

Most international students are required to hold an English language qualification. Applicants are required to have a minimum UKVI approved IELTS exam score of 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each section. Equivalent English language qualifications are acceptable such as, IB English language syllabus A or B/English Literature (Grade 4).

You can email us on if you’d like to discuss your application individually.

Last updated May 2020

About the School

Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) has established itself in arts, design and media education for over 170 years. But while our history can be traced back to 1845, our outlook is forward-thinking.

Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) has established itself in arts, design and media education for over 170 years. But while our history can be traced back to 1845, our outlook is forward-thinking. Read less