BA (Hons) Photography (full-time)
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Sep 2020
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Delivered at Wiltshire College & University Centre's Salisbury campus and franchised by Bournemouth University, this industry focused course is perfect for anyone who wants to work in photography.

The course is validated by The Royal Photographic Society (RPS), The Association of Photographers (AOP) and the British Institute of Professional Photographers (BIPP) and based on over 50 years of experience in educating photographers and film makers, the programme is a careful balance between professional craft, technical mastery, personal experimentation and creative development giving you the best possible foundation for a successful career in photography.

The programme offers a practical hands on course delivered through assignments that require practical and practice based image outcomes supported by written work including industry case study, research development, essay writing and self negotiated investigation.

You will undertake a wide range of projects including professionally guided assignments, research into the industry as well as the production of a professional style portfolio.  

You will also be encouraged to participate in national competitions such as those organised by The Royal Photographic Society (RPS), The Association of Photographers (AOP), Taylor Wessing International Photo Imaging Education Association and the British Institute of Professional Photographers (BIPP) student awards in which the college has a highly successful record.

BA (Hons) Photography Student Work Powerpoint

What will I learn?

Key areas of study include photography production, media theory, research methods, concept development, media concepts and contexts and two collaborative projects.

You will work in fully equipped studios using professional cameras and equipment.  You will also have the opportunity to use the latest digital imaging software alongside more traditional techniques for post-production work giving you more chance to develop creative solutions to contemporary communication challenges.

Students may also submit for their third year graduate portfolios to the British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP) Licentiate member award - LBIPP.

The course is supported by an impressive network of alumni, many of whom have risen to the top of their field. They frequently assist with professional placements and visit the college as guest speakers.

The course includes modules in the following subjects:

Year One:

  • Media Concepts and Contexts
  • Professional Development Plan
  • Introduction to Production Skills
  • Applied Production Skills I
  • Collaborative Project

Year Two:

  • Professional Studies
  • Media Theory
  • Applied Production Skills II
  • Research Methods
  • Photography Project

Year Three:

  • Dissertation
  • Concept Development
  • Graduate Project

Please note:

Modules and course content are subject to change.

Entry requirements

This course requires a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grades A-C to include English and Maths at grade C (4) together with 96-104 UCAS Tariff Points from a minimum of 3 A Levels or equivalent qualifications. 

Preferred subjects are Photography, Art and Design and Foundation Art Diploma.  A level 3 Advanced Diploma in Creative and Media will be considered when combined with other qualifications.

Applicants without the minimum UCAS tariff points will be interviewed and asked to submit a portfolio as part of their application process and decisions of entry will be made on an individual case by case.

If English is not your first language, then you will need to possess IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component or equivalent.

Study, assessment and qualifications

Tutorials, lectures, practice based workshops, industry visits, enrichment activities, student lead seminars and critiques form the basis of the teaching and learning activities within the course.

The onus is self-directed study and practice based engagement supplemented with a minimum of 385 hours staff lead guided learning hours for each year of the course.

Teaching and Learning:
You will be given the opportunity to participate in lectures and workshops, plan and deliver presentations to your peers, research areas of relevance to the degree programme, critically evaluate the validity and implications of information and work with a wide variety of photography hardware and software.

Work Placements:
The course requires a 4 week placement to be taken between the second and third year. Wiltshire College has extensive links with local employers and appropriate placements will be facilitated as far as possible by the College.

Nevertheless, it remains the learner’s responsibility to secure such access in order to complete the assessment on the programme. 

On successful completion of this course, you will achieve a BA (Hons) in Photography, accredited by Bournemouth University.

Additional costs and information

Students may be required to attend an interview and are welcome to apply for this programme through UCAS.

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

The UCAS institution code for this programme is B50.

The UCAS course code for this programme is W640.

Click here for the programme handbook.

The Office for Students (OfS), the new independent regulator for Higher Education in England, has confirmed that Wiltshire College 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?

This course provides you with vital experience and knowledge for entering into a career within a variety of photography specialisms such as advertising, fashion, editorial, medical, journalism, scientific or in general practice or you may wish to consider further study at postgraduate level.

In the past year, some of the college's graduates have won first prize in the photojournalism category of the British Institute of Professional Photography annual awards, had a portrait exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery as part of the Taylor Wessing Exhibition, won British Institute of Professional Photography Student Portfolio of the Year and had a photograph selected for the Summer Show at the Royal Academy receiving a Royal Institution prize.