Fashion Photography BA(Hons)
Learn to challenge conventional conceptions of fashion image making on this Fashion Photography course. You'll investigate the complex relationships between fashion, storytelling, ethics, diversity, social position and body image.
Taking this new-found understanding into practice, you’ll be encouraged to engage with both traditional and experimental methods of fashion image making including film photography, moving image, VR, 3D modelling and photogrammetry.
- Harness critical theory, creativity and technology to graduate as a skilled, confident and original fashion photographer
- Attend guest lectures by world-leading practitioners, which have included Amy Gwatkin (Filmmaker/Photographer), Ben Weller (Photographer, British Vogue), Danny Reed (Fashion Director, The Face), Ewen Spencer (Photographer, Arena Homme+), Kyanisha Morgan (Fashion Stylist, Dazed Magazine), Matthew Holroyd (Editor, Baron Magazine) and Mathew Whitehouse (Editor, The Face magazine).
- Pitch your projects to industry experts and work on live briefs set by renowned industry contributors. Students have previously worked with Baron, Element, Wella, River Island and SHOWstudio
- Explore studio and location fashion photography practices, with access to specialist photographic facilities as well as cutting-edge equipment from across the University
- Learn from an industry connected course team, who are internationally published with titles that include Acne Studios, Beauty Papers, i-D, Re-Edition, The Face and Vogue Hommes.
- Push the limits of your photography practice by collaborating with students across the University on project briefs
Lead images: Gemma Worrall, Nicholas Drabble, Alexa Rayner, Cowlishaw Ruby
On this Fashion Photography degree, you'll have the opportunity to gain a BA(Hons) degree over three years or the option to study Fashion Photography BA(Hons) with Integrated Foundation Year and/or a professional placement.
Want to make visually arresting fashion images that set you apart in this competitive industry? Throughout this course, you’ll harness critical theory, creativity and technology to become a skilled, confident and original image maker.
Working across film, photography and immersive technologies, you'll explore studio and location practices, high-end retouching, specialist editing techniques and fashion film. From catwalks to street style, we'll cover all areas of fashion. You'll learn about advertising campaigns, produce fashion imagery for clients, and create web-based work, fashion fanzines and designer lookbooks.
Working with key themes surrounding fashion image making, you’ll gain the skills and contextual knowledge needed to start making strong, competent productions. You'll develop the foundations for research methodologies, collaborative practices and professional etiquette, working towards an ethical practice. You’ll also begin to build your fashion networks and community through specific modules with fashion stylists.
Subcultures & Styles
In this module, you'll unpack the professional approaches, processes and modes of fashion image production. You'll develop your understanding of photographic representation through the application and understanding of visual language, while exploring fashion style through the theme of subcultures.
In Belonging, you’ll engage with themes of inclusivity and diversity within the context of global histories and subcultures. You'll be encouraged to explore and build an unbiased and progressive understanding of the ethical language of fashion, harnessing your emerging research and image making skills.
The Body & Ethics
This module gives you the opportunity to explore and experiment with a variety of critically challenging photographic approaches to the visual representation of the human form. You'll investigate the codes and conventions of dressing and situating the body within a fashion context, provoking debates about gender, beauty, sexuality, ethnicity, morality, social position, body image and self-representation; ultimately exploring your own role and responsibilities as a fashion photographer.
In this module, you'll investigate how the order of photographs in fashion spreads is constructed by contemporary fashion publishing, both in print and online. You'll consider how stories are told in fashion photography within different published contexts. Alongside this, you will also explore the typographical relationship of image and text, and the process of editing and sequencing images. You'll be asked to curate a sequenced editorial output of your choice, such as an editorial in a magazine, photo-book, zine, newspaper or digital media.
In the second year, you’ll be supported to confidently produce complex and extended photographic projects that are backed by critical theory and intellectual enquiry. Through visual practice modules, you’ll engage in alternative forms of image making that test and blur the traditional limits of fashion photography and filmmaking. You'll also start developing the professional skills you’ll need to build a successful career in the creative industries – including collaboration and exploring the relevant distribution channels for your practice.
The hunger for fashion films amongst other digital media outputs is unprecedented in our contemporary world. Fashion films are used on a regular basis as communication tools for the branding and promotion of fashion goods, reflecting trends and moods of the current times. This module introduces you to a broad range of technical and professional methods for the creation of your own fashion film. We'll provide you with an understanding of how fashion can be promoted through moving image, enhancing your research and conceptual skills, planning and shooting, as well as editing.
The Commercial Image
In the Commercial Image module, you’ll refine your individual photographic practice and your understanding of industry. Through primary research of creatives working in the fashion sector, you’ll evaluate your chosen area of professional practice, develop your networks and advance your technical photographic skills.
This module delves deeper into the historical, social, cultural and global contexts of contemporary fashion image making. By exploring theoretical perspectives, you’ll develop the ability to discuss your own and others’ creative practice in an academic framework.
In our postmodern condition of photography, with its ceaseless flow of images, the internet is serving as a laboratory for image-making experimentation. It's within this context that the notion of image making has become an artistic form rather than promoting the traditional act of 'taking an image'. In this module, you'll be encouraged to challenge photographic conventions and explore other forms of expression, which could include photogrammetry, 3D scanning or montage.
Working as part of a team, you'll work on 'Challenge Briefs' that reflect the sort of assignments you could expect to be working on in industry. Developing your 'soft skills', like communication, problem-solving, critical thinking and leadership, you'll sharpen your ability to work well as part of a group to produce outstanding work.
You can choose to take an optional professional placement after your second year on a three-year programme, or after your third year if you’re studying for a degree with an Integrated Foundation Year.
You’ll be responsible for finding your own placement, with support from the Employability team.
Choosing this option will enhance your industry experience and skills while studying.
How you’ll study during your professional placement
You’ll spend time working in a professional context, as part of a business or organisation. This can be in one role, or up to three, and must be for a minimum of 24 weeks.
You’ll develop in-demand workplace skills, deepen your insight into industry and grow your network of contacts, all of which could help you get ahead in your career after graduation.
Throughout this year, you’ll develop a portfolio of work that includes critical self-reflection on what has been learned from the experience. You’ll be required to evidence your experiences, the skills you’ve learned and your professional growth.
Your final year is all about preparing for your transition from student to industry professional. Working towards the submission of a dissertation (or equivalent) and Final Major Project, you’ll further develop your unique vision as you work with selected global clients on professional briefs, building relationships with casting directors, location scouts, stylists, and creative directors.
The Client Brief
In this module, you'll have the opportunity to work with a selected client on a proposed professional brief. From generating initial ideas through to delivering image production, you'll learn how to work in an industry-facing manner; presenting your ideas efficiently and effectively will be key. You'll be asked to respond to the client's brief with your own authentic take on fashion photography, while ensuring that their intended message is clearly and compellingly translated into innovative and forward-thinking photographs.
As you come to the end of your studies, you’ll complete a dissertation (or equivalent) that explores agreed individual interests relating to your practice. You'll reflect on your research strengths and personal practice, and engage in considered and detailed discussion of the chosen topic.
Final Major Project
The Final Major Project unit is an independently led project in which you’ll draw on your extended knowledge of contemporary image making, critical theory and technical skills to support the production of a final body of work at a professional level.
Professional Futures, Industry Ambitions
This module supports your journey towards becoming a future-fashion visionary. You’ll explore your professional options, build your skills, develop your industry networks and learn how tell your story.
Why study an Integrated Foundation Year route?
If you’re taking on a new subject that you haven’t studied in depth before, have been out of education for a while or have a non-standard educational background then an Integrated Foundation Year degree may be the right choice for you. It is a four-year degree with an Integrated Foundation Year to start, which allows you to explore the primary elements of your subject before progressing on to the remaining three years of the BA(Hons) degree.
What you'll learn
If you choose this pathway, you'll study five core modules in your Foundation year. These are all designed to help you explore the foundational elements of your subject. You'll gain relevant technical skills, learn to experiment and take risks, develop an understanding of professional practice, have opportunities to work across disciplines and collaborate with other students on live project briefs.
You'll begin your foundation year by working collaboratively with others to explore themes of the future. You'll take risks, experiment through play and be supported to break through barriers.
You'll take subject-specific workshops and develop essential technical and practical skills in your area of study. You'll also enhance your analytical and organisational abilities.
You'll work with your peer group to think beyond discipline by addressing a societal or global issue. You'll then showcase your work to your peers and deliver and accompanying evaluation of your process.
You'll enhance your creative and practical skills in your subject specialism by responding to typical industry briefs, underpinned by focused research and experiments. You'll also gain industry insights through guest lectures and workshops.
You'll develop your unique identity in your specialism through the production of a self-initiated body of work. Your final project will be the bridge to your next year, fully supported by evaluative reviews and critical analysis of the work you have created.
After the Foundation year, you progress into Year One of the full three-year degree, equipped with a deeper knowledge of your subject, a clear understanding of your strengths, and develop a practical and technical skillset and the confidence to excel in your chosen subject.
If you apply for and enrol onto a degree with an Integrated Foundation Year, you’ll have the option to switch onto a five-year version including a placement year. That means you’ll complete the first three years of your course before completing a placement in industry in your fourth year and returning to Falmouth for the fifth year of your programme.
The modules above are those being studied by our students, or proposed new ones. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Course Leader.
How you'll learn & be assessed
You'll take on live client editorial and advertising briefs with accompanying lectures and workshops. This respected fashion photography course is centred around regular tutorials, lectures, seminars and technical workshops in the studio and on location. There'll be opportunities to attend fashion weeks and take study trips to world-renowned fashion centres.
You'll also have a high level of contact time with your staff and tutors, who'll encourage you to gain a diverse and global understanding of the industry through international placements.
At Falmouth, we use a 'digitally enhanced learning & teaching' approach. Your experience will always be predominantly in-person, including seminars, tutorials and studio teaching, with some, more targeted elements, being online either live (synchronous) or pre-recorded (asynchronous). You can read more here.
How you'll be assessed
100% of your assessment will be coursework.
- Foundation year assessments are 100% coursework based
- Continuous assessment of visual, verbal and written assignments
- Portfolio submissions, support work and online presence
- Final-year portfolio
- 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.
This course could be for you if...
- You've got a creative flair
- You've got an interest in the technical aspects of photography
- You're into fashion and like experimenting
- You're passionate about communicating through photography
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The fashion photography team is made up of award-winning educators and leading creatives in their fields, like photographers Jonathan Simms (Vogue Homme, Glamour, GQ), Donald Christie (I.D, Dazed, The Face) and Fashion Director Philip Scurrah (Wallpaper, Russh, Selfridges).
Some members of staff only teach on specific modules, and your course might not feature every staff member who teaches on the course.
Our graduates have gone to work with some of the industry’s biggest brands in roles including associate producer for Prada fashion film campaign, retoucher at ASOS and River Island, still-life photographer at Vivienne Westwood Studio, freelance casting director for Marc Jacobs, picture and video editor at Love magazine and a commissioned photographer for Elle.
Other future roles could include:
- Fashion photographer
- Film director / videographer / editor
- E-commerce photographer
- Portrait photographer
- Shoot / film producer
- Photo editor
- Model agency booker
- Casting director
- Location scout
- Studio manager
- PR/marketing executive
- Digital content creator
- Creative director
How to apply
|Course route||UCAS code|
|Fashion Photography BA(Hons) three year degree||W641|
|Fashion Photography BA(Hons) with Integrated Foundation Year||FY19|
|Fashion Photography BA(Hons) with professional placement||PY23|
Application advice & interview informationGo to Toolkit
We consider all applications on their own individual merit and potential. We invite all applicants to an interview day or audition to give them the opportunity to demonstrate this along with what inspires and motivates them in their field. Applicants will also be able to show their portfolio or give a performance depending on the course. We welcome applications from all subject backgrounds, whether you’ve specialised in STEM, the arts or humanities.
|Course route||Entry requirements|
|BA/BSc(Hons) three year degree||104 – 120 UCAS Tariff points|
|BA/BSc(Hons) four year degree with professional placement||104 – 120 UCAS Tariff points|
|BA/BSc(Hons) four year degree with Integrated Foundation Year||80 – 120 UCAS Tariff points|
Check the title of your course to see if it's a BA or BSc award. UCAS Tariff points will primarily be from Level 3 qualifications such as but not limited to A-levels, T Levels, a BTEC/UAL Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma.
For applicants whose first language is English we require you to have or be working towards GCSE English Language Grade 4 (C), or equivalent.
If English is not your first language you will need to meet the same standard which is equivalent to the IELTS Academic 6.0 overall score, with at least 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. We accept a range of in country equivalencies and approved tests.
If you need a student visa to study in the UK, you may need to take a recognised language test. You can read our English Language Requirements for more information.
For starting your studies in 2023
UK applications: 25 January 2023 (for equal consideration)
Applications after the 25 January will be considered on a first-come, first-served as long as there are places available. Apply for this course now.
International fee payers
International fee payers can apply throughout the year. But we recommend applying as early as possible, to make time for visa and travel arrangements.
Fees, costs & funding
|Annual tuition fee||Student|
|£9,250 per year||Full-time UK|
|£17,460 per year||Full-time EU/international|
|£1,850 per professional placement year||Full-Time UK and EU/international|
|Annual tuition fee||Student|
|£9,250 per year||Full-time UK|
|£17,950 per year||Full-time EU/international|
|£1,850 per professional placement year||Full-Time UK and EU/international|
|£1,385 per study abroad year||Full-Time UK and EU/international|
Tuition fees are set annually and are subject to review each year. The University may therefore raise tuition fees in the second or subsequent years of a course, in line with inflation and/or the maximum permitted by law or Government policy. Students will be notified of any changes as soon as possible.
The figures above don't include accommodation and living costs
Typical course costs
- £300-£600 - Recurring annual costs
- £300 - Suggested reading
- £200-£300 - One-off costs for the course duration (compulsory trips, final portfolios or shows, etc)
- £1,000 - Optional study visits and placements for the course duration
If you need to bring equipment or materials with you, these will be outlined in your Welcome Letter.
Additional typical course costs for Integrated Foundation Year pathway
- £250 for materials
- A laptop/desktop computer
- Adobe Creative Suite
To engage in the digital learning activity, although you will be able to access IT suites on campus, you will benefit from a laptop to access the platforms and tools we use. Depending on your subject, you may need a specific type of computer. If you're unsure about what you might need, please contact our course advisors.
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