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BA (Hons) Commercial Photography (full-time)

Key course information

Photography and Graphics


3 years

University Level

9250.00 per year

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Course Overview

Delivered at our Salisbury campus, this course aims to produce graduates who engage with the world with intrigue, expressive freedom, intellectual curiosity and ethical awareness.These attributes should allow you the creative independence to work as an imaginative, collaborative, reflective and confident photographic practitioner: contributing to and helping shape the creative industry.Through guided learning and self-directed investigation, the course allows you to study and challenge a range of photographic genres: including documentary, editorial, advertising, fashion, product and portrait photography.Underpinning the course is a business-driven approach to applied academic research and professional investigation.

What will I learn?

The course typically involves modules in the following subjects:

Year One:
- Introduction to Photographic Practice
- Approaches to Commercial Practice
- Professional Development
- Moving Image 1
- Image Concepts and Contexts

Year Two:
- Applied Photographic Practice
- Collaborative Project
- Moving Image 2
- Investigating Industry
- Media Theory

Year Three:
- Concept Development
- Graduate Project
- Research Project
- Commercial Contexts

Please note:

Modules and course content are subject to change.

Entry Requirements

104 - 120 UCAS tariff points including a minimum of 2 A Levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM.

GCSE English Language or English Literature and Mathematics grade 4 (or grade C in the old grading system) or equivalent qualifications at Level 2 of the National Qualifications Framework.

IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component or equivalent.

We also take the equivalent English Language qualifications set out in document 3H - Standards of English for International Students and English Language Qualifications.

In addition to the criteria above, you may be assessed by means of an interview or submission of work. The interview will examine motives, background and professional competence as well as gauging standards of comprehension and intellectual range.

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

Teaching and Learning:

You will develop your commercial potential by contextualising genre practices and recognising current issues and topical debates - such as the role played by commercial photography in representing gender, race, diversity and sustainability across the global marketplace.

The course will explore the role of both photographic and post-production practices in shaping emerging aesthetics and contextual decision-making, discuss topical business practices (within the creative industry) and examine the social/cultural associations underpinned within each professional genre.

You are required to complete a work placement (the minimum requirement is a 2 week ‘short’ placement and students are encouraged to complete the placement between years 2 and 3.). Successful completion of a short placement is a graduation requirement

As an alternative to the short placement, and with sufficient notice, you may undertake a 30-week ‘sandwich’ placement. The sandwich placement must take place between years 2 and 3 and be in the broad area of photography.

To be allowed to proceed to year 3, you must:
• Complete a minimum of 30 weeks satisfactory work experience (‘sandwich placement’ students)
• Complete the placement logbook satisfactorily which may include assignments relating to the nature of your work and the organisation you are working in.
• Satisfactorily meet the performance criteria of the placement as determined by the completed assessment forms from the company and you.

The supervised work placement draws on some, or all, of the modules studied in the first two years of the programme: providing you the opportunity to develop an understanding of commercial photography, whilst offering a learning platform for prospective integration into a working professional practice.

The placement should emphasize an understanding of your acquired skillset (through years 1 and 2) whilst demonstrating an insight into the final year 3 modules, dissertation research and the context of work experience towards future employment.

Additional Costs and Information

You may be required to attend an interview and you can apply for this programme via the UCAS website.

The UCAS institution code for this programme is B50.

The UCAS course code for this programme is W641.

You can contact the college on +44 (0)1225 756200 or email for more information.

The cost of this programme is £9,250 per year.

You may be required to purchase relevant textbooks as recommended by individual lecturers.

The Office for Students (OfS), the new independent regulator for Higher Education in England, has confirmed that Wiltshire College & University Centre is successfully registered as a provider for Higher Education and that students are eligible for funding and student support from Student Finance England. Please visit for more information.

What Could I Do Next?

On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses

Progress to a master’s degree or obtain the BIPP Associate and Fellowship professional distinctions qualification (Portfolio based).

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