Professional Photography Foundation Degree





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About the course

Photography is everywhere and touches all our lives. Digital imaging is now mainstream although film-based photography still retains an important presence.

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.

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


Benefits for Students

As a student of City of Bristol College, you will have free access to:

The Latest Adobe Creative Cloud Applications, including Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, After Effects, Premier, Dreamweaver, Animate and many many more. You will also have access to Adobe Online and use of Adobes online platforms and cloud storage space for all your work and resources. This would normally cost you £15 per month but is absolutely free as part of your course

Microsoft Office, which includes Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint, as well as access to Office 365, which gives you online access to the web-based applications and 1TB of personal cloud storage space.

Entry Requirements

Students usually need one or more of the following

  • 56 UCAS points
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma
  • Related employment and qualifications welcomed
  • Overseas students must have IELTS 6.0 or equivalent
  • 4 GCSEs grade A*-C or equivalent to include English and Maths

You will need an interview for this course

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

Part-time applications are made through the College.

For a part-time application form and further information:

Call : 0117 312 5000
Email :

How Is this course assessed?
  • 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 course fees printed below are per academic year only.


Year 1: £4,000

Year 2: £4,000

Year 3: £4,000


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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