Fashion Photography BA(Hons)

Fashion Photography_Main
Penryn Campus
3 years full-time
Direct line
01326 254350

Join the next generation of creative image-makers, at the centre of one of the most dynamic and high-growth visual terrains: fashion. Whether it's captivating photography, moving image or alternative photographic processes, fashion photography has the power to define cultural aesthetic.

Being largely practice led, you'll blend creativity with frontline technology across a range of media, growing a knowledge base underpinned by cultural studies. We'll help you develop the skills, confidence and imagination to make your mark in this exciting but highly competitive world.

Through the industry-led curriculum, you'll learn about fashion style and its relationship to culture, and become equipped to work on location as well as in the studio. You'll engage with both analogue and digital image-making, as well as learn to produce a fashion film. You'll form vital working networks with stylists, model agencies, hair and make-up artists, fashion designers, set builders and web designers. You'll be immersed in the professional world.

Approaching the production of fashion imagery from a critical as well as experimental point of view, you'll explore the latest image-making techniques such as 3D scanning using software algorithms, photogrammetry or projection mapping.

You'll have the opportunity to think about the world of fashion photography from an interdisciplinary point of view, exploring practices of the still and the moving image as well as performance, installation and digital media. You'll be encouraged to seek international work experiences to gain a diverse and global understanding of the industry. We'll help you to develop a strong professional identity and an individual portfolio that showcases your distinctive style as an image-maker. 


  • Professional photography facilities
  • Live client briefs
  • Opportunities to attend fashion weeks
  • Tuition in professional skills from studio and location practices to high-end retouching and fashion film

Fees, Costs and Funding

Tuition fees 2018-19

£9,250 - full-time UK/EU

£15,000 - full-time international

Typical course costs

£300-£600 - Recurring annual costs

£200-£300 - One off costs for the course duration (compulsory trips, final portfolios or shows, etc)

£1,750 - Optional study visits and placements for the course duration

Additionally, if you need to bring equipment or materials with you, these will be outlined in your Welcome Letter

The figures above don't include accommodation and living costs


For information about funding available, please visit our undergraduate funding page

How to Apply

You'll need to apply via ucas using University code F33, and course code W641 

For detailed information on the application process and entry requirements, use our application guidance.

Successful applicants will then be invited to attend an interview. For details on what to expect and how to prepare, read our course interview information.


All UK/EU applications must be made through UCAS by 15 January. Late applications will be considered if there are places available on the course.

International fee payers may apply after the deadline but are encouraged to apply as early as possible, to have plenty of time to make visa and travel arrangements.

Course-specific tasks

This course requires all eligible applicants to bring a portfolio of work to interview. See our portfolio advice 

Applicants who are based outside of the UK may request an online interview.

Once you've applied, we'll email you with a personal login for the Falmouth Applicant Portal where you will see more information about these requirements.

Entry Requirements

A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points for entry to undergraduate courses, primarily from Level 3 equivalent qualifications such as A levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma.

You can check how many points your qualifications are worth using the online UCAS Tariff Calculator
Due to the creative nature of our courses, you will be considered on your own individual merit and potential to succeed. We encourage you to get in touch if you are predicted points below this range, thinking about transferring from another institution, or if you have other qualifications or professional experience as we may be able to consider you. More information is available on our Apply page
English language requirements
You must have a minimum of Grade 4 (or C) or above in GCSE English Language, or equivalent, for entry to our undergraduate courses.
If English is not your first language, we accept a range of recognised language qualifications that are equivalent to the IELTS Academic minimum score of 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you must take an approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) to fulfil government visa requirements. Please read more about language requirements on our Apply page
Our Applicant Services team are here to help you with advice and guidance throughout your application journey. We invite you to contact them with any questions you may have.
+44 (0)1326 213730
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How the course is taught

This full-time, practice-focused course is supported by a combination of tutorials, lectures, seminars, studio and on location technical workshops and study trips to world-renowned fashion centres. Throughout, you will benefit from a high level of contact time with staff.

How you'll spend your time 

YearTime spent in timetabled teaching and learning activityTime spent in guided independent studyTime spent on placements
135%65% 0% 
230%70% 0% 
325%75% 0% 

How you'll be assessed 

Year   Assessment by written exams                                                        Assessment by practical exams                           Assessment by coursework     
10%0% 100% 
20%0% 100%
30%0% 100%

Course outline

The course blends original creativity with frontline technology, while study is underpinned by history and theory. We help you to develop the skills, confidence and imagination required to make your mark in this exciting but highly competitive sector. We'll also enable you to develop a strong professional identity and an individual portfolio that showcases your distinctive style as an image-maker.

You'll work across a range of media including film, photography and animation, while experimenting with your own unique way of capturing the ever-evolving world of fashion. You'll explore the use of advanced high-end retouching and specialist editing techniques, and be encouraged to seek international placements to gain a diverse and global understanding of the industry.

What you'll do

Year One

During year one you'll explore the analytical, creative and technical potential of fashion photography, both in the studio and on location. A series of editorial and advertising briefs with accompany lectures and workshops to encourage you to understand the expressive and dynamic nature of fashion image-making. You'll be encouraged to explore your personal identity as a practitioner through investigating how personal practice relates to a broader arena of art and design.

  • Optional study trips during London Fashion Week
  • Opportunity to interview industry professionals. Previous interviews include Rankin, Tim Walker, Nick Knight, David Bailey and Mary Katrantzou
  • Opportunity to create a Zine with Clive Crook, founding art director of ELLE magazine, UK
  • Explore practice in studio and on location
  • Post-production: high-end retouching and compositing
  • The business of working as a fashion photographer
  • Histories and theories

Year Two

The creative possibilities in fashion image-making are infinite. This year seeks to explore the impact of new media through experimental fashion film, animation and the manipulation of photographic imagery using non-destructive retouching. A platform for discussion and experimentation encourages students to realise a diverse portfolio of work that demonstrates a sensitive and considered use of light, colour, tone, composition and form. You'll also negotiate a personal body of work to locate individual interests, develop specialist practices and explore a 'signature style' of image-making.

  • Optional study trip to an international fashion centre
  • Live project collaboration with industry brands and clients
  • Live brief explores fashion filmmaking, photography or animation
  • Digital imaging: Advanced high-end retouching and compositing
  • Histories and theories
  • Erasmus placement opportunities
  • Continued contact with industry professionals

Year Three

In year three you'll define and complete a final major project and be encouraged to exhibit your work. You'll explore critical reflection, self-awareness and should develop your own professional identity. You'll gain an increased awareness of the need for a resourceful and professional approach towards building a career as a professional image-maker, and devise a personal strategy for continuing your practice and advancing your skills.

  • Professional development as a fashion photographer
  • Final major project
  • Major exhibition
  • Extended research project


Our photography facilities and Fashion Studios include:

  • Eight large, fully equipped professional studios - frequently in demand from external professionals outside of term time
  • Fully colour-managed digital suites with specialist print processing facilities
  • Specialist software training with Adobe Creative Suite
  • Photography store containing an extensive range of industry-standard equipment available for loan from 9am-9pm, 7 days a week during term time

Take a virtual tour of our facilities


Our dedicated course team are specialists from the industry, joining us as fashion photographers, post-production and retouching specialists, art directors, stylists, visual merchandisers, designers and image stock specialists. Their clients and publications include ELLE magazine, Giorgio Armani and Vivienne Westwood, while their photography and BAFTA nominated/award-winning films have enjoyed international exhibition.


  • Continuous assessment of visual, verbal and written assignments
  • Portfolio submissions, support work and online presence
  • Final year portfolio


  • Fashion Photographer or Filmmaker
  • Picture Editor or researcher
  • Agent
  • Creative Art Director or Manager
  • Retouching Artist or Multimedia Specialist
  • Roles in related fields of fashion, film and advertising

Student placements have included:

  • ELLE
  • Harper's Bazaar
  • i-D
  • Ted Baker
  • Paul Smith
  • DC
  • TANK
  • Wonderland
  • Big Sky Studios
  • Christopher Kane
  • Hunger Magazine
  • 1883 Magazine
  • Toni & Guy


Student mentor scheme

Falmouth's student mentor scheme matches new starters with a second year student, to help you settle in and find your feet.

Our mentors can be reached on the Fashion Photography BA(Hons) Facebook group

They'll help with topics like living in Cornwall, what to expect at Falmouth, and the course itself.

Also worth a look are additional groups that offer assistance for LGBTQ studentsdisabled studentsmature studentsinternational students, and Cornish locals

You'll need to join the groups before you can post. If you don't have access to Facebook, please email your name and proposed course to