Explore your art, create a unique body of work and become an integral part of our community of photographers. From day one you’ll have the chance to join MAYN, our in-house photography agency.
|Course Duration||3 years|
Work at a professional level, in a supportive and collaborative environment and explore the history and theory of photography, while being encouraged to experiment and innovate in your own work. You'll learn actively through workshop based teaching, with sessions in our open plan Learning Hub, around the campus and beyond.
- Have access to our state-of-the-art facilities, including studios and dark rooms, with access to a range of digital and analogue cameras.
- Exhibit your work and enter competitions with support from our staff.
- Do at least two-weeks of work experience in your second year, with options for local, national and international placements.
- Have a number of opportunities for professional development in your third year including publishing magazines, curating events and organising exhibitions.
- Be able to join MAYN, our in-house creative photography agency.
What our students do
Photography Student Wins National Award
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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.
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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.
From module information to course aims and assessment criteria, discover the full course details
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
The above percentages relate to 2019/2020 data.
- 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.
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Mandy Lee Jandrell is an internationally exhibiting artist working with installation,...
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...
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I have worked as a professional photographer and photography educator for many...
Dinu Li is an interdisciplinary artist working with the moving image, photography, installation...
- 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
Apply via UCAS
Ready to join us? If you're applying through UCAS Apply and Track, you'll need to reference the university and course codes below.
- University code: F33
- Course code: W640
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.
As a guide our typical offer at undergraduate level is 104 – 120 UCAS Tariff points, primarily from Level 3 qualifications such as but not limited to A-levels, a BTEC 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 Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you’ll need to take an approved Secure English Language Test (SELT). You can read our English Language Requirements for more information.
UK/EU applications: 15 January 2020 (for equal consideration)
Late applications will be considered if there are places available.
International fee payers can apply throughout the year. But we recommend applying as early as possible, to make time for visa and travel arrangements.
Interview information & application advice
How to Apply
Get application information including personal statement advice, interview tips and what to include in your portfolio.
What is a portfolio and how do you make one? Read our guide.
Personal Statement Guide
How do you write a personal statement and what should you include? Read our advice.
Interview Information: Photography BA(Hons)
Find out what to expect from your Photography interview.
After You Apply
Find out what happens after you apply to Falmouth and what you'll need to do.
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 2020-21
£9,250 - full-time UK/EU
£16,000 - full-time 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.
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.
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