Institute of Photography

Working in some of the best university facilities in Europe, you'll develop your photography practice and portfolio by taking on live industry projects and occasional paid briefs via our in-house agency. You'll also go on internships and study visits to places like London, the Galapagos Islands, New York and the Red Sea.

Millipede under ultraviolet light

We’ll help you find your own creative voice, while also teaching you how to thrive in a fast-changing industry.

Our relationships with Hasselblad, Canon, Getty Images, Nikon and many others make our photography facilities some of the finest in Europe. Every large studio, darkroom, process area and piece of photography equipment is designed and calibrated for professional use.

You’ll gain industry insights and inspiration from photographers like Rut Blees Luxemburg and Martin Parr, wildlife filmmakers like Doug Allen, and photojournalists like Antonio Olmos.

Institute of Photography at Falmouth University

Photography courses

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Natalie skinner Bubblegum

Commercial Photography BA(Hons)

From creating photographs and films for high-end advertising and marketing campaigns to producing vi...

Commercial Photography BA(Hons)
Model lying on records with hair spread out over them
Ellie Hope photography

Documentary & Editorial Photography BA(Hons)

On this fast-paced degree, you’ll learn to use the power of photography to communicate with a glob...

Documentary & Editorial Photography BA(Hons)
Illustration students in busy studio at desks drawing.
Illustration students working in a classroom
Illustration students

Integrated Foundation Year BA/BSc(Hons)

Explore your creativity and expand your professional skills by entering the creative industries on a...

Integrated Foundation Year BA/BSc(Hons)
Penguin against a blue sky by James Welch
Marine & Natural History Photography 2024

Marine & Natural History Photography BA(Hons)

Harness your passion for photography and filmmaking to inspire audiences about nature and the enviro...

Marine & Natural History Photography BA(Hons)
Photography student work by Lizzie Blackie
Photography student work by Lizzie Blackie

Photography BA(Hons)

On this dynamic course, you’ll explore the world of contemporary photography and develop a unique ...

Photography BA(Hons)
A student taking a photo standing underneath a sky full of hot air balloons
BA(Hons) Photography (Online) course image

Photography BA(Hons) (Online)

With a distinct focus on global digital communication, this online photography degree will equip you...

Photography BA(Hons) (Online)
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MA Photography. Credit: Elliot Caunce

Photography MA

This Photography masters course supports you to re-imagine your work as a distinct, unique practitio...

Photography MA
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Charlotte Squire

Credit: Charlotte Squire

Photography MA (Online)

Push your practice in bold and experimental directions on Falmouth’s online Photography master’s...

Photography MA (Online)

"This course prepared me artistically, allowing me to explore project ideas and creative concepts, and that has helped me no end. My final year project still gets exhibited now and has helped people gain awareness of me and my work."

Spencer Murphy

BA(Hons) Photography graduate, who has exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery and has The Guardian, The Sunday Telegraph and Creative Review on his client list.

Photography facilities

The Institute of Photography is home to one of Europe's best-equipped photography facilities. Students have access to incredible studio spaces furnished with the latest photography and post-production equipment.

Explore our facilities
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News

Fashion photography student taking photo in studio
Fashion Photography student taking photo in studio

Why I chose to study in Falmouth’s Institute of Photography

08 May 2024

I knew very late that I wanted a career in photography, but I didn’t know my options. The idea of ...

Why I chose to study in Falmouth’s Institute of Photography
Commercial photography

Behind the scenes on a BMW photo shoot with student Hannah Mittelstaedt

23 May 2024

Commercial Photography BA student, Hannah Mittelstaedt, chats to us about what it’s like taking on...

Behind the scenes on a BMW photo shoot with student Hannah Mittelstaedt
Photography student Natalie Persoglio standing next to her award-winning image of two people on a bus
Natalie Persoglio

Online Photography student wins Emerging Artist Award at The Photography & Video Show

24 April 2024

Current Photography MA (Online) student Natalie Persoglio has won the 2024 Emerging Artist Award at ...

Online Photography student wins Emerging Artist Award at The Photography & Video Show
Photography: person holding another person by the wrists
Meltdown - Emily June Smith

Meltdown, Emily June Smith

Falmouth student’s photo series unmasks the reality of growing up with Autism and ADHD

02 April 2024

Introducing 'A Dissonant Past Unmasked' by Emily June Smith.

Falmouth student’s photo series unmasks the reality of growing up with Autism and ADHD
A set of three wooden blocks against a yellow background with a hand in shot holding one block
Chris Finnegan 1

Credit: Chris Finnegan

Photography graduate selected for PhotoIreland FUTURES programme

20 March 2024

Photography MA (Online) graduate Chris Finnegan has been selected for the PhotoIreland FUTURES progr...

Photography graduate selected for PhotoIreland FUTURES programme
Four girls sat by a poolside in Cape Town, South Africa.
Zenande, Sinawe, Zinathi and Buhle at Sea Point Pavilion, Cape Town, South Africa.

Zenande, Sinawe, Zinathi and Buhle at Sea Point Pavilion, Cape Town, South Africa. Photo: Michelle Sank

Photography tutor wins Sony World Photography award

18 March 2024

Michelle Sank, a photographer and online tutor on Falmouth’s Photography MA (Online) course, has w...

Photography tutor wins Sony World Photography award
Underwater photography by Marine & Natural History Photography BA student Flora Tomlinson Pilley
Flora Tomlinson-Pilley - Underwater Photography

Imagination category winner, by Flora Tomlinson-Pilley

Students impress industry judges at underwater photography Red Sea exhibition

22 February 2024

Industry judges were impressed by students' underwater photography work, which was captured during t...

Students impress industry judges at underwater photography Red Sea exhibition
Student Lucy sat on a small boat on a lake
Lucy Morris

Why I chose to study a Photography degree online

18 January 2024

Photography BA(Hons) (Online) student Lucy talks about how joining Falmouth's online community is he...

Why I chose to study a Photography degree online
Woman wearing hijab standing in the sea. Portrait of Britain 2023 winning photo by Peter Flude.
'Naseema Begum' by Peter Flude

'Naseema Begum' by Peter Flude 

Falmouth graduate Peter Flude announced as 2023 Portrait of Britain winner

17 January 2024

The winning portrait was originally commissioned by Guardian Labs.

Falmouth graduate Peter Flude announced as 2023 Portrait of Britain winner
Piccadilly Circus billboard displays work by Photography graduate Serena Brown as part of the Mayor of London's 'London for Everyone' campaign.
Serena Brown - London for Everyone

Photography graduate's work lights up Piccadilly Circus on NYE

04 January 2024

Serena Brown's work lit up Picadilly Circus this New Year's Eve as part of the Mayor of London's 'Lo...

Photography graduate's work lights up Piccadilly Circus on NYE
View Point book
View Point book

View Point by Jo Bradford

Phone photography making an impact in new book by Associate Lecturer

04 December 2023

Associate Lecturer on BA Marine & Natural History Photography Jo Bradford has had a new book publish...

Phone photography making an impact in new book by Associate Lecturer
Jane Morgan Isles of Scilly diving shot
Jane Morgan Isles of Scilly diving shot

Glimpses below the waves: Falmouth’s Jane Morgan featured in Dive Travel Adventures

14 November 2023

Falmouth’s Dive Safety Officer and Diving Technician Jane Morgan, has been featured in the latest ...

Glimpses below the waves: Falmouth’s Jane Morgan featured in Dive Travel Adventures
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Jenna Hinton

Graduate Spotlight: Photographer Jenna Hinton is forging ahead with her career

06 October 2023

We're chatting to BA Commercial Photography graduate Jenna Hinton about her new role at post-product...

Graduate Spotlight: Photographer Jenna Hinton is forging ahead with her career
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Gina Goodman photo - jellyfish - MNHP

'Ocean Chapel' by Gina Goodman

Falmouth lecturer recognised at International Photography Awards 2023

29 September 2023

Gina Goodman has been awarded Honourable Mention at the International Photography Awards 2023.

Falmouth lecturer recognised at International Photography Awards 2023
Serena Brown's younger sister photographer in Ghana while visiting thier grandmother - Taylor Wessing Photo Portrait Prize Shortlisted Image by Serena Brown
Serena Brown - Me Nana Fie

© Serena Brown

Serena Brown named as finalist for Taylor Wessing Photo Portrait Prize 2023

31 August 2023

Find out more about the Falmouth graduate's shortlisted work.

Serena Brown named as finalist for Taylor Wessing Photo Portrait Prize 2023
Two sunbathers lying on scorched grass
Jordan Pettitt

Friends sunbathe on the dry grass of Southampton Common which resembles a sandy beach during the hot weather as Hampshire and other neighbouring counties were hit with a hosepipe ban in 2022 to protect low reservoir and river levels.

Falmouth photographers among the best in British press photography

31 August 2023

Two photographers from Falmouth’s Press & Editorial Photography BA(Hons) course have been shortlis...

Falmouth photographers among the best in British press photography
James Bannister, male with brown hair, smiling at the camera
Ones To Watch- James Bannister

Ones to Watch | Photographer James Bannister

01 August 2023

Meet James Bannister, a graduate from our BA(Hons) Photography course who has paved a way for himsel...

Ones to Watch | Photographer James Bannister
AOP Student Award Gold winning entry from Falmouth Photography student Alexander Norman
Alexander Norman - Photography Student - I Float Alone

Photography students win Gold and Silver at AOP Student Awards

29 June 2023

Photography students Alexander Norman and Olivia Eden have won Gold and Silver respectively in the 2...

Photography students win Gold and Silver at AOP Student Awards
Portrait of women by the sea
Emily Barlow work

Commercial Photography student selected for Canon Student Development Programme 2023

22 June 2023

It’s been an exciting few months for Commercial Photography BA(Hons) student Emily Barlow. We spok...

Commercial Photography student selected for Canon Student Development Programme 2023
A Falmouth University Commercial Photography student editing a photograph of a watch on a large screen
Commercial Photography watch on screen

What is Commercial Photography?

12 June 2023

Course Leader, Anthony Prothero explains what commercial photography is and why it’s a vital tool.

What is Commercial Photography?
Dr Catarina Fontoura
Dr Catarina Fontoura

From Polaroids to creating positive change: an interview with Dr Catarina Fontoura

26 May 2023

Catarina Fontoura is an artist, educator and writer. With an abundance of experience across photojou...

From Polaroids to creating positive change: an interview with Dr Catarina Fontoura