BA (Hons) Photography (Full-time) - 2018 Entry

Clearing places available for September

Reasons to study Photography

  • Evolve your own unique style and personal visual language in our dedicated studios with colour and monochrome dark rooms.
  • Lecturers are experienced industry experts, passionate about photography.
  • Acquire and develop the skills, theoretical and practical knowledge needed for you to become a successful photographer.
UCAS Code: W640
Institution Code: S51
Start/End Date: September 2018 - June 2021
Duration: 3 years full-time
Campus: Town Centre Campus
Course Contact: John Callaghan
01744 623252
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University of Chester

The modern world is full of imagery and taking photographs has become part of everyday life. However, understanding how to interpret these images and creating them as an extended body of work are key for a successful career within the photography industry.

The BA (Hons) Photography degree at University Centre St Helens will develop your passion for photography and provide you with a good balance of theory and practice. It covers a whole host of specialist disciplines within the field of photographic image making, using both analogue and digital processes and a hybrid approach to using both.

The degree has been designed to develop your technical photographic knowledge and critical understanding needed to become a successful photographer. Students have the opportunity to exhibit their work at end of year exhibitions across Liverpool and the surrounding area. You also will have the opportunity to compete in competitions such as the D&AD awards and the Association of Photographers (AOP) Student Awards 2018.

Course in-depth

What will I study?

Year 1

The first year focuses on enabling you to better articulate ideas and concepts. This is accomplished by ensuring the craft and art of photography are integrated within teaching and learning. Photography has been set within a historical and social context. A sound understanding of the visual language of photography also features. This helps ensure you can better articulate concepts and relay visual messages to your intended audience. You will develop a clear understanding of your dual role as a service provider and a creative artist. You will also be made aware of the career opportunities and work placement opportunities available to you. In essence, you will be provided with the skills and knowledge of how to take photographs.

Year 2

The second year provides a focus for more specialist work. You are encouraged, whenever appropriate, to work on live projects. At this stage you are expected to manage photographic activities. This involves briefing colleagues, monitoring the way activities are carried out and making any necessary changes in organisation. This approach to your work prepares you for a world where informed judgement and the confidence to resolve new challenges are seen as the norm. In essence, you are required to answer the question 'why' you are taking photographs.

Year 3

The third year further develops your ability to work independently but with supervision. The essence of this year is to put into practice everything learnt in the prior two years and develop an individual theme to your own work. This can then be taken into the final show at the end of the year. You will also be required to develop your portfolio at this stage of the degree and submit an extended piece of written work.

How will I study?

Teaching takes place in a purpose-built environment with excellent facilities including purpose built photography studios and colour and monochrome dark rooms, which will enable you to evolve your own unique style and personal visual language. Learning will be theoretical and practical through lectures, workshops, seminars, group critiques, self-directed learning, peer group learning, written work, oral presentation, library and gallery study, presentations, group work, visits and guest lectures.

The Creative Arts department is friendly and approachable and of a size that enables us to know our students personally and be able to respond to their needs.

How will I be assessed?

Assessments are varied and designed to ensure you acquire a range of skills, particularly those required by industry. You will engage in group critiques, seminar presentations, essays and one-to-one tutorial support sessions, which will offer verbal feedback via an on-going basis throughout the academic year.

A final year show in the third year will allow you to display your work to a wider audience, including influential industry advocates.

Who will be teaching me?

A highly experienced, passionate and enthusiastic lecturing team with a wide range of interests reflecting all areas of photographic practice will work with you. Outside of their academic commitments, teaching staff are also active in their own research. In addition, staff have a substantial amount of industry experience working for publications such as ID Magazine, FACE Magazine and SAAB Magazine, with work published both nationally and internationally.

Ref: Keith Roberts



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Why study Art and Design with us?

Creative Environment

You will develop your skills and creative voice in specialist studios and workshops.

Exploration of Techniques

You will explore a wide range of materials, techniques and skills to enhance your portfolio. 

Work Experience

You will have the opportunity to work on live projects and briefs with local employers.


You will take regular trips to galleries, lectures and workshops for inspiration.

Employer Links

You will be taught by industry experts with strong local and national employer links.

Progression Routes

Our excellent progression routes can lead to an apprenticeship, university or employment.