Professional Photography Foundation Degree Level 4 & 5





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About the course

This course uses its unique city centre location to maximise the creative opportunities on offer to you. We have established links with commercial photographers and studios, business support organisations, new web and press news services, innovative photography groups and organisations, exhibition spaces and visual festivals.

Our dedicated dark room and photography studio encourages the use of both digital and analogue techniques.  

The course encourages your own creative and individual approach to photography whilst also developing your awareness of its commercial context and potential.

Please note the course fees printed below are per academic year only. 

Entry Requirements

Students usually need 56 UCAS points normally made up from:

  • A BTEC National Diploma in a related subject
  • AS/A2 (including a related subject or subjects)
  • A full Access Diploma in an appropriate pathway
  • Mature applicants with relevant experience and/or related qualifications are welcome to apply
  • All existing skills and potential will be considered at interview 

 You will need an interview for this course 

UCAS Application Code

Institution name: BCBC
Institution code: B77
Course code: W641
Campus code: C
Short code: FdA/PP
Application: UCAS
What will I do on this course?

Modules may include:

  • Photographic Techniques
  • Visual Language
  • Professional Studies
  • Silver-based Imaging
  • Digital Imaging
  • Studio Photography
  • Location Photography
  • Critical Paper
  • Specialist Practice
  • Independent Practice
  • Professional Development
  • Mediation

Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The programme specification represents the latest course structure and may be subject to change.

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Who is it for?

This course is for you if you wish to develop your creative and academic skills as well as your technical skills. You will be encouraged to work on ‘live’ briefs throughout the course, set by our industry partners, which link real world experience with assignment work. These often work to a tight deadline with feedback to fully reflect a working brief. There are also written and research elements to each assignment which encourage your thinking, reflection and project awareness and in your second year, you will research develop and write an extended essay.

As fitting an area where technology evolves quickly, we update our course content regularly. On the course, you may have opportunities to make photobooks, edit video, process and print films in the college’s darkrooms and shoot in a professional studio, in addition to developing your own unique photographic perspective on the world.

You’ll also develop an understanding of how to run a small business and of how to promote yourself and your work in a competitive visual market.

How to apply

Full-time applications  through UCAS:

Clearing is open until 30th September

For further information contact the UCAS Student hotline: 0371 468 0468



How Is this course assessed?

This course is assessed through a combination of:

  • Group work
  • Coursework
  • Practical
  • Presentations
What could I do next?

On successful completion of the course, you may be able to progress on to the BA (Hons) Photography degree at Plymouth University or to a course at another university. Please note there is a deadline for progression applications and places may be subject to availability. Many of our former students work in the creative industries in and around the city and many students go on to be independent freelance photographers.

Additional cost

Although we have an equipment store which can loan much of the necessary equipment to students, and the faculty supplies darkroom chemicals, the course requires significant use of other equipment and materials which must be supplied by the student. Students can expect additional costs of up to £100 per practical module for consumables, plus students will need a Digital SLR camera and a computer with Photoshop or similar software (these can be bought after starting). The costs are an approximation depending on the direction of your individual projects.  

The course fees printed below are per academic year only.


Year 1: £6,000

Year 2: £6,000


You may be eligible for a student loan, Student Finance can be contacted on 0300 100 0607

Further information can be found here:


You will need an interview for this course



How old will you be when the course starts?

16-18 19+
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