Fashion Photography BA(Hons)
On this course you'll develop your voice as a fashion photographer to help springboard you into industry. You’ll learn to become a networked fashion photographer, working collaboratively with students from across the Fashion & Textiles Institute.
|Course Duration||3 years|
At Falmouth, you’ll explore the unconventional by learning how to create captivating photography, moving image and alternative photographic processes, with access to eight studios, dark rooms, post-production studios and an incredibly well-equipped rental house.
- Pitch your projects to industry experts and work on live briefs set by a top selection of international clients.
- Attend guest lectures and have access to world leading practitioners such as Shona Marshall, Matthew Holroyd (Baron Magazine), Joseph Delaney (Nowness) and Derrick Ridgers.
- Have the opportunity to work with leading names in fashion like Vogue, Elle, Ted Baker, Paul Smith and Harper’s Bazaar.
What our students do
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What our graduates do
Our graduates have got their foot in the door at companies like Adidas, Vivienne Westwood, Big Sky Studios, River Island, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, Ted Baker, DC, Toni & Guy, Paul Smith, i-D, TANK, Christopher Kane and 1883 Magazine.
What you'll learn
You’ll combine creativity with technology, developing your skills, confidence and imagination. Working across film, photography and animation, 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 photographs for clients and our gallery, and create web-based work, fashion fanzines and designer look-books.
You’ll get a feel for industry life by working as a fashion photographer in a team, and exploring the industry’s analytical, creative and technical aspects both in the studio and on location. Learning the history and theories behind the industry, you’ll explore the fashion styles of historical subcultures, develop high-end retouching techniques, and learn how iconic fashion image makers use handmade publications to narrate powerful stories.
There’ll also be opportunities to create a zine with industry professionals like Clive Crook, founding art director of ELLE magazine UK, and interview other big names like Rankin, Tim Walker, Nick Knight, David Bailey and Mary Katrantzou. You’ll also have the chance to listen to legendary industry speakers, go on study trips during London Fashion Week, and collaborate with a range of creative disciplines within the Fashion & Textiles Institute.
Subcultures and Styles
Handbook to Industry
The Body and Ethics
By studying experimental fashion, film, animation and photo manipulation, you’ll explore the impact of new media on the fashion communication industry. You’ll also have the chance to build your critical understanding of contemporary theory and research methodologies. And by discussing and experimenting, you’ll explore light, colour, tone, composition and form, as well as histories and theories, as you create a professional portfolio.
Real-world experience comes from live project collaborations with industry brands and clients, a live brief exploring fashion filmmaking, photography or animation, and an optional study trip to an international fashion centre. You’ll also have the chance to build your professional network and take on an overseas placement.
Advancing Professional Skill-Sets
Advancing Theories for Practice
You’ll have the chance to collaborate with internationally renowned names like Baron Magazine, Nowness and Labrum. You’ll work with clients on professional briefs, and build networks and relationships to help you launch your career.
We’ll encourage you to look into publishing your work as you define and complete a final major project, and help you develop a professional identity by exploring critical reflection and self-awareness.
Finally, you’ll get the chance to attend a series of masterclasses run by leading practitioners like Shonagh Marshall, Derek Ridgers, Hannah Moon, Steffi Klenz and Melinda Gibson.
The Client Brief
Research into Practice
Final Major Project
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
You’ll take on live client editorial and advertising briefs with accompanying lectures and workshops. The 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.
How you'll spend your time
Timetabled teaching and learning activity
Guided independent study
How you'll be assessed
- Continuous assessment of visual, verbal and written assignments.
- Portfolio submissions, support work and online presence.
- Final-year portfolio.
The 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 member shown here.
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- 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.
How to apply
104 - 120 UCAS points, primarily from Level 3 qualifications like A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma.
We’ll also consider you based on your individual merit and potential. So get in touch if:
- You’re predicted points below our requirements
- You’re thinking about transferring from another institution
- You have other qualifications or professional experience
GCSE English Language Grade 4 (C), or equivalent.
We also accept qualifications equivalent to the IELTS Academic 6.0 overall score, with at least 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.
If you need a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you’ll need to take an approved Secure English Language Test (SELT).
Apply via UCAS
- University code F33
- Course code W641
UK/EU applications: 15 January
Late applications will be considered if there are places available.
International fee payers can apply after the deadline. But we recommend applying as early as possible, to make time for visa and travel arrangements.
Once you’ve applied, you’ll receive a Falmouth Applicant Portal login, where you’ll find more details about these requirements.
What we're looking for
We want someone who:
- Shows creative flair and technical ability.
- Thinks conceptually.
- Has photographic communication skills.
- Can experiment.
- Has fashion knowledge.
Fees, costs & funding
Tuition fees 2019-20
£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
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