Develop the photographic knowledge, conceptual understanding and practical skills you’ll need to enter the creative industries. Whether you're interested in a commercial, arts-based, fashion or editorial role, you'll benefit from the professional experience and connections of our active, practising staff.
|Course Duration||3 years|
Photography at Falmouth has a stellar international reputation. During this practice-based course you'll take part in tutorials, seminars, lectures, workshops and group activities, where you’ll develop a range of industry-standard skills and explore theoretical, cultural and professional issues. You'll also have the chance to go on national and international placements, have portfolio reviews from visiting professionals and take on paid commissions from our in-house photo agency.
What our students do
Double-Whammy: Two Students Shortlisted for Photographer of the Year
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Season of International Contemporary Art in Cornwall
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Student's Journey Across Africa to Capture Plastic Pollution
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Student Shortlisted in Saatchi Gallery Competition
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What our graduates do
Our graduates have gone on to roles like photographer at Cadbury, Big Sky Studios and the Tate Gallery, curator for Midlands Art Centre and sub-editor of Monocle magazine. Others have exhibited at Photographers’ Gallery London and LA Noble Gallery.
Falmouth Photographers Commissioned for National Celebration of Female MPs
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Super Fly at Superdry
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Global Acclaim for Final Year Project
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What you'll learn
You’ll learn a range of technologies and techniques, examine photographic debates and collaborate on an exhibition project.
Photographic Practice 1: Introductory Skills
Ways of Seeing, Taking & Making 1
Photographic Practice 2: Group Exhibition Project
Photographic Practice 3: Inquiry, Theory & Practice
Photographic Practice 4: Technologies & Techniques
We’ll push you to work more independently as you develop your own style. And with live briefs and work placements, you’ll improve your professional and technical abilities.
Photography Practice 5: Digital Portfolio
Ways of Seeing, Taking & Making 2
Technologies, Techniques & Professional Practice 1
Photography Practice 6 Portfolio Development
Research Project Preparation
Technologies, Techniques & Professional Practice 2
With improved confidence and a well-rounded skill set, you’ll be ready to complete your final portfolios and dissertation.
Audience and Context
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 project work and go on trips to local and national galleries, studios and companies. Your regular learning will come from technical inductions, tutorials, seminars, lectures, workshops and group activities.
You’ll have the opportunity to take on national and international placements, exhibit your work, gain paid work with our in-house photo agency, have portfolio reviews from visiting professionals, and go on an optional study trip to New York.
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.
- Live briefs throughout the course.
- Final-year portfolio.
You’ll learn from a team of practicing professionals, offering experience in fine art photography, documentary, advertising, publishing, writing and curating. As well as our network of visiting professionals offering extra teaching, portfolio review and placement opportunities.
Some members of staff only teach on specific modules, and your course might not feature every member shown here.
I studied at Bournemouth & Pool College of Art, International Centre of Photography New York...
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Karen Brett is an artist & filmmaker who graduated with a BA in Documentary Photography from...
Adrian is a senior lecturer on the BA(Hons) Marine & Natural History Photography and heads...
I studied photography and then documentary film making in the late 70's and after working as a...
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- Large professional studios.
- Black & white and colour darkrooms and process areas.
- Fully colour-managed digital suites.
- Film and paper processing facilities.
- Digital training area with Adobe Creative Suite.
- Professional printing and mounting services.
- Photography store containing a wide range of equipment for loan.
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
Enter these codes at UCAS Apply and Track
- University code F33
- Course code W640
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 creativity, visual awareness and communication skills.
- Explores ideas through photography and other media.
- Has a technical awareness.
- Shows evidence of research and writing skills.
- Engages with photography and is aware of practitioners.
- Is interested in contemporary trends or histories of photography.
- Knows about photographic genres and the professional photographic world, through reading or attending exhibitions.
Fees, costs & funding
Tuition fees 2019-20
£9,250 - full-time UK/EU
£15,000 - full-time international
Typical course costs
- £500 - Recurring annual costs
- £350-£500 - One off costs for the course duration (compulsory trips, final portfolios or shows, etc)
- £500-£1500 - 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