Professional Photography Foundation Degree (Part Time)





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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.


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
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
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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:


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How old will you be when the course starts?

16-18 19+
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