Photography BA student work by Serena Burgis
Photography student work by Mary Coates
Photography student work by Lizzie Blackie
Photography student work by Alex Wilson

Photography BA(Hons)

Define a new era of contemporary photography.

Key details
Penryn Campus
Course duration
3 years / 4 years
Full-time / Professional Placement
UCAS code

Course overview

We’re nurturing the next generation of photography pioneers. With access to industry-standard facilities, practicing lecturers, industry masterclasses and cross-discipline collaborations, you’ll develop the technical prowess, critical understanding and professional insights to build an exceptional portfolio of original work.

You will:

  • Explore and develop your ideas through workshop-based teaching, with sessions in our Learning Hub, around the campus and beyond 
  • Have access to professional-standard photography facilities, including studios and darkrooms, and a range of digital and analogue cameras 
  • Experiment with and question the role photography plays in our society and culture 
  • Develop valuable skills in creative problem solving, critical thinking, negotiation and collaboration, alongside project management 
  • Engage in creative collaborations and work experience with industry professionals and organisations, building your professionalism and expertise in creative enterprise 
  • Shape your practice by working with tutors who are practising artists, photographers, curators, writers and thinkers 
  • Exhibit your work throughout the Photography degree, gaining feedback along the way and testing new ways to engage audiences 

Lead images by Lizzie Blackie, Mary Coates, Serena Burgis and Alex Wilson.

Course details

BA(Hons) Photography course video

On this Photography degree, you'll have the opportunity to gain a BA(Hons) degree over three years or the option to study Photography BA(Hons) with Integrated Foundation Year and/or a professional placement. 

Across the duration of the course, you’ll build a self-directed practice that defines your unique way of representing the world. You’ll gain a wide range of technical skills utilising specialist equipment and processes from analogue to digital, studio to location, camera to print. Underpinning your practice will be a grounding in the history, theory, professional contexts and working practices of photography. 

Year one will give you a firm foundation in photographic processes and techniques as well as the critical and cultural contexts of the discipline. From day one, you’ll be encouraged to take ownership of your learning journey and engage with opportunities to embed yourself in our supportive creative community.   



Through an investigation into both practical and theoretical aspects of Photography, you’ll gain a foundational understanding of ways of learning and developing new knowledge


In this module, you’ll learn to confidently use specialist photographic facilities and equipment. From digital to analogue, studio to darkroom, you’ll explore some of the key photographic processes and techniques.  


Through practical projects that encourage you to take agency over your learning journey, you’ll develop a conscious awareness of the intersection of photography with education, wellbeing, sustainability and social responsibility. 


This module is all about consolidating your competency in the use of specialist photographic facilities and equipment. You’ll further progress your technical and craft skills in a range of different approaches while exploring professional working practices and industry contexts.  


In this module, you’ll be introduced to a broad range of practical and theoretical approaches to photography, as well as developing critical thinking skills through investigation, analysis and reflection.  


How can we use our creative practice to benefit our environment, community, stakeholders and society? In this module, you’ll be encouraged to take a critical view on the relationship between images and the larger contexts they operate within and are influenced by. 

You’ll engage with a wide range of genres and possible applications of your work, exploring the critical and professional constraints of audience engagement and perception. You’ll also develop a deeper critical understanding of how photography operates in the world. 



Develop a practical understanding of contemporary professional practice with a commitment to creatively respond to set briefs within the context of commissioned work. 


Through close and careful observation of the material world around us and our relationship to it, you’ll produce creative expressions of ideas and emotions utilising approaches that are contextually appropriate. 


You’ll further develop your critical understanding of how photography is situated and intersects with some of the most urgent global issues in our culture and society. 


Collaborate on a creative output with external partners. To develop professional practice and an awareness of a variety of roles within the photographic and creative industries. Explore ethical, sustainable and inclusive working practices within the creative industries.  


In this module, you’ll be encouraged to be curious, tolerate uncertainty, test ideas and play with possibilities. You’ll experiment with a range of techniques and processes and investigate how they relate to conceptual frameworks. 


You’ll develop your independent creative practice and build an awareness of the intended audience and situational contexts of your 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. 

In the final year, you’ll focus on your future aspirations and ambitions and how you can work towards achieving them. At the end of the year, you’ll have a complete body of work that represents your unique perspective as a creative practitioner along with the professional tools to launch yourself into the creative industries.  



You’ll carry out an in-depth critical investigation into a topic that’s related to your creative practice. 


Translating your research into practice, you’ll refine and experiment with appropriate techniques and processes as you test creative concepts in response to a chosen area of study. 


You’ll produce a sophisticated body of work that represents who you are as a creative practitioner, demonstrates your critical engagement with the medium and reflects appropriate industry expectations and contexts.  


You’ll develop and apply the practical skills needed to realise your ambitions, including creating a professional identity as an emerging creative industry pioneer. 

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 study in your Foundation year

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.

Photography student work by Niamh Shergold
Photography student work by Niamh Shergold

Photo credit: 'One Touch' by Niamh Shergold

How you’ll learn & be assessed

On this Photography course, you'll build valuable technical, critical and professional skills through practical workshops, seminars, lectures, tutorials, critiques, field trips and masterclasses with industry professionals. 

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.

100% of your assessment will be coursework, with no formal examinations.

Assessment methods

  • Foundation year assessments are 100% coursework based
  • Portfolios 
  • Projects 
  • Exhibitions 
  • Journals 
  • Presentations 
  • Essays 
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  • Fully equipped professional-standard studios with industry standard flash and continuous light, infinity coves and a full range of backdrops 
  • State-of-the-art digital post-production suites with complete Adobe Creative Cloud Package and Capture One 
  • Fully equipped black and white darkrooms for printing from any format to almost any size 
  • Machine film processing for B&W, Colour C41 and E6 and hand processing facilities 
  • Colour darkrooms for RA4 printing from any format up to 5x4 
  • Alternative and sustainable photographic processes 
  • Photography rental store housing a vast range of analogue and digital camera equipment for stills and moving image plus lighting, specialist equipment and location shooting kits  
  • Professional standard print lab for producing high quality prints on industry standard equipment and on various media up to B0

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Our Photography graduates have worked as:

  • Internationally exhibiting artists 
  • In-house photographers for global brands 
  • Freelance fashion photographers for campaigns including Calvin Klein, Gucci and Stella McCartney 
  • Award-winning filmmakers 
  • Producers and creatives for social media 

How to apply

Ready to join us? You can apply for September 2024 through UCAS. You'll need to reference the course and University code (F33).

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Course route UCAS code
Photography BA(Hons) three year degree W640
Photography BA(Hons) with Integrated Foundation Year FY21
Photography BA(Hons) with professional placement PY38

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. 

Check how many points your qualifications are worth

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 2024

UK applications: 31 January 2024 (for equal consideration)

Applications after the 31 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

Tuition fees

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

As a medium, photography is constantly developing so the following figures are intended as a rough guide of anticipated expenditure on the course.

  • You will need to have your own laptop, PC or MAC or tablet, on which you can access online learning materials and can process high resolution digital images. This should be capable of running Photoshop as a minimum.
  • Access to a reliable broadband connection
  • Ideally, a basic digital camera and a standard lens (either DSLR or a Mirrorless System) capable of shooting in RAW and Moving Image and it should have a fully manual mode (approx. £200 - £900). The Institute of Photography supports Canon, Sony and Nikon so these may be the best choices for compatibility with our lenses and accessories. Remember that you will be able to borrow all the equipment in the IoP stores for free
  • You may prefer to work with analogue film. 35mm SLR cameras by Canon or Nikon will be most compatible with our loan equipment
  • User manuals for your cameras
  • SD card(s), minimum 16Gb
  • USB card reader for the above
  • USB hard drive, minimum 250Gb recommended. Approx. overall cost £50 – £100
  • £50-£100 - Optional items such as lens hoods, UV/Skylight filters, shutter release controls, sturdy tripod
  • £100-£400 - Per year on consumables (film, printing, portfolio materials, A4 binders, notepads and other consumables)
  • £200 - Study trips integral to course

Optional study trips 

  • £400-£1,500 - various study trips, including international, offered throughout the year

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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