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BA (Hons) Photography

Course overview

Start date

September 2019

Subject area

Art and Design

Attendance

Full-time

Part-time

Learning

On campus

Course summary

As a BA (Hons) Photography student at the University of East London, you will gain advanced skills in photographic production while developing a sophisticated understanding of the history and theory of photography. 
 
You will work on many creative projects but also on collaborative and inter-disciplinary projects throughout the programme, enabling you to develop an understanding of different working practices in creative industries settings. You will have access to not only extensive resources in photography but those of other disciplines, like fine art and print making. In addition, you will be able to take advantage of our extensive links to professional labs and facilities in and around London, as well as London-based practitioners who are leaders in their field. 
 
At the end of the three years, you will have developed your own creative visual language and refined your professional identity for entering the creative industries or post-graduate study. 
 
Graduating with a Photography degree from UEL means that you are not only prepared for your future career but that you will be supported by a network of friends and collaborators from the many disciplines that make up the School of Arts, Technology & Innovation. 
 
We look forward to working with you and supporting you in your journey as a photographer. 

UCAS points

96

Course options

Degree

UCAS code

W641

UCAS points

Less points?

Course options

Degree + Foundation year

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0) 20 8223 3333 or email study@uel.ac.uk

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Industry experts

You’ll have the chance to learn from a team of international practitioners, our successful alumni and leading London photographers and organisations. Each year we also host an innovative week of Detour Ahead guest talks where you will have an opportunity to hear from inspirational photographers, designers, film makers, animators, art directors, picture editors, artists and many more.

Practical experience

You’ll learn a wide range of creative processes and practices from working with medium/large format cameras to interactive digital and moving image projects, enabling you to grow your practice and expand digital potential. 

Career prospects

You will be supported in developing a photography/ creative industries career, following in the footsteps of our alumni who have established successful studio and photography careers. You can see the work of our alumni and some current students here.

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Fees and funding

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will be automatically cancelled.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Maintenance Loan

You can apply for a loan to help with living costs such as food, travel and accommodation. How much you can borrow depends on where you live and study, and whether you are currently on welfare benefits. The maximum loan you can apply for is £12,729.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Supplementary Grants

The government also offer the following additional support:

-          Parent’s Learning Allowance

-          Adult Dependants' Grant

-          Childcare Grant

-          Disabled Students’ Allowance

For further information visit gov.uk/student-finance

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you are applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We have invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2019. If you are awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:

 Ebooks

Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Care Leaver and Foyer Bursary - up to £1,500

Progression Bursary - up to £2,000

Engagement Bursary - up to £2,000

Hardship Bursary - up to £2,000

Helena Kennedy Foundation - £1,500

Going Global – awards range from £300 - £700

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

Vice Chancellor Scholarship - up to £27,750 over three years

Dean Scholarship - up to £13,500 over three years

Civic Engagement Scholarship - £1,000

EU Scholarship (EU Only) - £1,000

ELSEF Scholarship - £1,000

UTC Scholarship - £1,500

Sports Scholarships - up to £6,000

Team UEL Scholarship - £1,000


There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the list below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

Bank Of England Scholarship Programme

European Funding Guide

The Student Disability Association Fund

Sir John Cass’s Foundation

The Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust

The Newby Trust

Walcot Foundation

Scholarships Search

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you are a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
UK
£9,250
You don't need to pay this up front
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will automatically be cancelled.

For information visit gov.uk/student-finance

Please note EU students can only apply for their funding using a paper application form.
To download a form visit www.gov.uk/student-finance-forms

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you are applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We have invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2019. If you are awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:

 Ebooks

Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Care Leaver and Foyer Bursary - up to £1,500

Progression Bursary - up to £2,000

Engagement Bursary - up to £2,000

Hardship Bursary - up to £2,000

Helena Kennedy Foundation - £1,500

Going Global – awards range from £300 - £700

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

Vice Chancellor Scholarship - up to £27,750 over three years

Dean Scholarship - up to £13,500 over three years

Civic Engagement Scholarship - £1,000

EU Scholarship (EU Only) - £1,000

ELSEF Scholarship - £1,000

UTC Scholarship - £1,500

Sports Scholarships - up to £6,000

Team UEL Scholarship - £1,000


There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the list below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

Bank Of England Scholarship Programme

European Funding Guide

The Student Disability Association Fund

Sir John Cass’s Foundation

The Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust

The Newby Trust

Walcot Foundation

Scholarships Search

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you are a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
EU
£9,250
You don't need to pay this upfront
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

At UEL, we understand that studying in another country is a big financial commitment. If you apply early for an undergraduate, you may be entitled to a scholarship of up to £3,000.You can find out more about the international scholarships here.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) also run an Emergency International Fund to assist international students in hardship.

You can contact our SMART team on 02082233333 or study@uel.ac.uk

As part of the Tier 4 student visa requirements, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) estimate that you will need £1,265* per month to cover your living costs. It includes expenses for accommodation, food and drink, travel within London, text books, entertainment, clothing, toiletries and laundry. Most Tier 4 students are required to show they have sufficient funds to cover the first nine months of the course before they start- a total of £11,385- in addition to the tuition fees. You can find more information about the specific requirements of the Tier 4 student visa here. The amount that you will spend can vary depending on your lifestyle. The UKCISA International Student Calculator can help you plan and manage your money. Please make sure you also factor in the fees for the visa application and immigration health surcharge when budgeting.

* Please note the Immigration Rules are subject to change and this figure is likely to be increased by UKVI year on year. Please therefore check our ISA pages (www.uel.ac.uk/isa) for more information at the time of preparing your visa application.

Deposits and paying by instalments

International students are required to pay a deposit prior to being issued a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

Your remaining balance will be paid in five monthly instalments over your first term. The first of these instalments must be paid when completing your enrolment on arrival at UEL. Please follow the payment instructions here

After the required payment has been made, you will be asked to complete the online International Student Reply Form to confirm your acceptance of our offer and of our terms of admittance and fees policy.

Our International team at UEL are available for advice and guidance on studying in London, fees, scholarships and visa requirements.

Email: international@uel.ac.uk

Tuition fees
International
£12,100
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Entry requirements

96

New UCAS Points

From
A Level
Must include passes at A2 in at least two subjects.
From
Btec
Extended Diploma or Diploma
From
International Baccalaureate
Diploma with 24 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level
We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths. All applicants are required to attend an interview and submit a portfolio of their work (Please see below for details).

INTERNATIONAL

(Including European Union)

We accept a range of qualifications from across the world. Please see our country pages for information on specific entry requirements for your country.

If you don’t quite meet the academic requirements for this course, you can apply with an additional foundation year. Read more about the International Foundation Programme.

SEE YOUR COUNTRY
Foundation in Art and Design grade Pass and 1 subject at A2 Level

We would like you to submit a digital portfolio of 15-20 photographs. Ideally you should submit a .pdf file or a link to a digital platform containing the requested work.

We would like your portfolio to include:

1)    Your current coursework and /or personal photographic work. We are looking for potential, passion, how you communicate through your images.  

2)    Your portfolio can consist of just digitally shot images. However, if you have shot analogue/ film, please include some of these in your portfolio, including darkroom prints.

3)    We welcome you to include drawings, multi-media work and moving image as part of your portfolio (by e.g. including a link to your work on a YouTube site).

4)    Present work that shows your passion & interest in photography.

5)    Include a sample page/s of your sketchbook/ visual experimentation/ note book.

Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3

We will also consider the UEL New Beginnings pre-entry course

Overall IELTS score of 5.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking (or recognised equivalent).

If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course. Find out more here.

Level 2 equivalences such as Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths, Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy

As an inclusive university we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application (particularly your personal statement) and may ask you to attend an interview or submit a piece of work to help us decide on your eligibility for the course. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team are able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.

You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre. Please click here for details.

What you'll learn

Professional practice is foregrounded throughout the three years of study, enabling you to build a portfolio of work and secure an understanding of industry standards and contemporary practice.  At each level, you will take a contextual studies module, gaining an appreciation of the role of photography in cultural development and the contribution of technological innovations to visual culture.

In your first year (level 4) you will be encouraged to experiment with ideas and explore a range of creative responses. You will be introduced to a series of projects, designed to help you to identify your personal strengths and begin to explore skills appropriate to working in the creative industries. You will have access to our Detour Ahead guest lecture series where industry speakers will help you to identify potential career paths.

In Level 5 we take a more experimental approach, encouraging you to expand on the skills and knowledge gained in Level 4 but with an emphasis on exploring beyond your usual practice. Main topics of study include key developments in current and emerging wider media technologies, and inter- and multi-disciplinary approaches to contemporary practice in photography such as self-publishing, audio and moving image. You will be planning, curating and presenting work to audiences in the form of exhibitions, film screenings or publications. The contextual studies module at this level supports your practical work by encouraging further understanding of the way that images make meaning. You will employ your knowledge by responding to live briefs and collaborating with industry professionals.

In your final year of study (level 6), you will embark on your final major project, an independent body of work which you will develop from concept to professional outcome. You will be supported by gallery and studio visits, advanced production workshops and a portfolio review where your work will be assessed by visiting alumni and invited industry guests as well as staff from across the school. You will be researching critical debates on how photography is produced and understood. You will work collaboratively towards your Degree Showcase at the end of the year, gaining skills in curation and publicity. This is the culmination of your studies and a chance to exhibit your work to family, friends and the general public.

Throughout your studies you are encouraged to enter photography competitions and submit your work to publications. Cathal Abberton, who graduated from our programme  in 2017,  was awarded the BJP Breakhtrough Undergraduate Single Image award for his portrait ‘Leo’ from a wider series called Solo in Calabria .

There are regular opportunities for study trips. The programme aims each year to run an optional visit abroad, visiting exhibitions and undertaking photography excursions and shoots. Past visits have included a collaborative project with the students from ISFCI in Rome, a cross-institutional pin up with photography students from Turku University of Applied Sciences, Finland and a studio visit to a Hollywood filmmaker and photographer located in Berlin.

Our students have regularly received awards for travelling to conduct independent photography projects across the world funded by the University Going Global initiative. 

What you'll study and when

We consistently review our courses to ensure we are up-to-date with industry changes and requirements from our graduates. As a result, our modules are subject to change.

Art & Design Studio (core)
Art & Design Workshop (core)
Contextual Studies (core)
Photographic Investigations

Photography Processes

Creative Futures

Contextual Studies: History of Photography
Expanded Photographic Investigations

Advanced Photographic Processes

Creative Industries

Contextual Studies: Contemporary Photography

Photography: Independent Major Project

Communities, Collaboration and Creative Careers

Contextual Studies: Global Photography

Dissertation

How you'll be assessed

You'll be required to present work for assessment in the form of exhibition, portfolio presentation, oral presentation or in the form of an evaluative learning journal, report or essay.

The course includes 30-credit and 45-credit modules which are assessed at the end of each year. The marks from the second and third years are used to formulate your final degree award.

Course specification Foundation Year Specification

How you'll learn

You’ll be given the opportunity to have personal and supportive tuition from an international team of professionals renowned in different areas of photography. Their expertise will guide you through your course.

Many well known external creatives regularly visit the photography department delivering talks and workshops. Recently these have included Martin Parr, Lydia Goldblatt, Laura Pannack, Tim Flach and Tom Hunter and Mike Trow (picture editor at British Vogue). We also work closely with our graduates to share their experience and knowledge with you, and great opportunities to visit and learn from our extensive industry contacts.

We are based in Becton, close to the Olympic Park in East London with easy access to all areas of London. You will be part of East London creative hub where many galleries, photography studios & exhibitions are on offer. You will be introduced to East London printing and processing labs and have access to top framers and photographic supplies. We encourage you to build connections with East London not only creative but also with the wider public in mind.

We present outstanding facilities that include spacious darkroom, studios including green screen, film and TV facilities. We have a large equipment store where you can book out free cameras, lighting kits, sound recorders and specialist equipment.  Our well-resourced library overlooks the City Airport and is open 24/7 term time. You will work with a team of technical support and well known practitioners and who will work closely with you throughout the three years of your degree. The University support includes a writing centre and learning assistance. 


Your future career

Our course shapes and nurtures top-quality photographers. Don’t just take our word for it, though. When photography icon and East End boy David Bailey collected his honorary doctorate from UEL in 2014, he and National Portrait Gallery director Sandy Nairne praised the exceptional standard of our students’ work.

It is little wonder that so many of our graduates have gone on to carve out successful careers in various areas of the business.

Recent success stories include a graduate who worked on movie location in New Zealand photo-graphing The Hobbit. Another did a similar job at Shepperton Studios for the latest Star Wars film.

Meanwhile, Ken Kamara, who worked with Rankin during his course, has been assisting several top photographers on major ad campaigns.

Some of our alumni have set up their own studios to take family and social portraits. Another group set up the innovative new fashion magazine, Tirade.

Every year, our students’ work is featured at the influential Free Range Art and Design show in Brick Lane and some graduates have been snapped up by impressed employers who attend.

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Our international team travel overseas regularly to meet prospective students and attend recruitment fairs. Our academics also give regular lectures overseas and are happy to speak to prospective students. In addition, we have a large worldwide network of advisors who can provide guidance and support with applying to study at the University of East London. 

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