BA Honours in Photography

University of Westminster - Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design

Program Description

BA Honours in Photography

University of Westminster - Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design

This is a course in the creative and critical practice of photography. You will develop your own visual practice through an appreciation of the history of the medium and a critical understanding of its wider social and cultural significance. You will also explore a wide range of relevant contemporary theories and debates designed both to stimulate a critically engaged practice and to better prepare you for a range of related careers. Additionally, you will gain cognitive and transferable skills necessary for lifelong personal and professional development.

Many of our graduates go on to work as photographers and photographic artists, but equally, they pursue a range of careers within the broader photographic and creative sectors, as designers, historians, magazine editors, museum and gallery curators, picture editors and researchers, teachers, and writers. Many also go on to postgraduate study.

This is the only BA Photography degree course in the UK, which offers both three years full-time and four-years part-time study. Part-time students are taught one day a week with further access to the facilities. Applicants should apply to the most appropriate route, but can also change route should their circumstances change. Course content is the same in three years full-time or four years part-time study.

Course content

The Photography BA Honours will enable you to develop your creative production skills across a range of photographic and lens-based media, to establish a critically engaged and self-reflective creative practice. It will equip you with the skills to adapt to creative opportunities, participate in contemporary cultural debates, and increase your awareness of the political, ethical and aesthetic implications of your work.

The course is part of the University of Westminster’s School of Media, Arts and Design, based at our state-of-the-art Harrow Campus – a cutting-edge creative hub, and one of the leading media, arts and design educational facilities in Europe.

Practical modules are designed to equip you with the techniques and craft skills of a variety of digital and analogue photographic media including video. You are encouraged to develop a creative, critically informed and self-reflective approach to your practical work. Alongside this, theory modules reflect on the history and criticism of photography, drawing on a number of related fields including art history, media and cultural theory, and sociology.

You will learn to form independent, informed opinions of your own work and that of others. There is a continual emphasis on personal and professional development throughout the course.

Subjects of study

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Credit Level 4

This level provides you with an intensive grounding in the key photographic techniques, theories and concepts, forming the basis for later learning.

Subjects of study include:

  • Photography from Invention to Mass Medium
  • Photography from the Cold War to the Present
  • The Photographic Eye
  • The Constructed Photograph

Credit Level 5

At this level, you are encouraged to push the boundaries of your own photographic practice, and experiment and explore new ways of working including video, camera-less photography and alternative processes. You will also produce project work for specific contexts such as the gallery, magazine, the photobook or the screen. Students are offered options in work placements, group exhibitions, study abroad and collaborative interdisciplinary modules.

Subjects of study include:

  • Advanced Concepts in Photography
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Vision and Technology
  • Photography for Wall, Page and Screen
  • Art/Science Collaboration
  • Creative Encounters
  • Exhibition
  • Photography Beyond the Frame
  • Professional Practice

Credit Level 6

At this level, you will focus on the production of two major pieces of self-directed visual and written work. You will work independently, supported by workshops, crits, and one-on-one tutorials, to produce a 10,000-word Dissertation and a Major Project for public exhibition. Professional development continues, to support you in preparing for your careers after graduation.

Subjects of study include:

  • Photography Dissertation
  • Photography Major Project
  • Professional Futures

If you study part-time you will study the same content, spread over four years.

Westminster electives

As part of your course, you can take elective modules. Electives are an exciting opportunity to widen your experience at university and to gain skills and knowledge that will help make you more employable.

Professional Recognition

The course is accredited by Skillset: the Sector Skills Council (SSC) for the creative industries.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
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9,250 GBP
Home/EU: £9,250 - Overseas: £12,500
United Kingdom - London, England
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