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Photography (with Foundation Year option), BA (Hons)

Bournemouth University (BU), the United Kingdom

Bournemouth University (BU)

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The award How you will study Study duration Course start Domestic course fees International course fees
BA (Hons)Full-time3 - 5 yearsSeptemberGBP 9250 per yearGBP 17800 per year

About Photography (with Foundation Year option), BA (Hons) - at Bournemouth University (BU)

Explore different styles and forms of photography while developing a portfolio that showcases your individual skills. You'll graduate as an enterprising and entrepreneurial photographer capable of working in and shaping the future of the media industries.

Why study BA (Hons) Photography at BU?

  • Explore photography as a craft and a business, through a combination of practical and theoretical approaches 
  • Access industry standard digital cameras, lighting, studio space and image manipulation software throughout your degree 
  • Work alongside internationally recognised lecturers and practitioners 
  • Emphasis on real-world collaboration with others
  • Choose optional specialist units in a particular area of interest in more detail to match your career ambitions 
  • Make invaluable industry connections during a work placement in industry.

Industry-standard facilities

The practical studio elements of the course are delivered in the Poole Gateway Building, which opened in spring 2020. This houses various studio spaces, editing workstations and the kit store. We have a range of digital cameras and professional lighting to support your studies and enhance your portfolio.

Getting hands-on experience with the same equipment used in industry settings prepares you for both your time on placement and your future career.

Foundation year (for September 2025 entry): We have a foundation year option for students who do not meet the entry requirements for the degree course. This additional year of study will give you a grounding in the media & communication skills required for this course, building your confidence, knowledge and skills for further study. After successful completion of the foundation year, you will progress to the full degree. 

Notes about fees for this course

For September 2024 entry:

  • £9,250 per year (UK, ROI & CI)
  • £17,800 per year (Int'l)
  • Placement year: £1,850

For fees and funding information please visit

Entry requirements

For September 2024 and September 2025 entry: The entry requirements for this course are 104 - 120 UCAS tariff points including a minimum of 2 A levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: 112 tariff points (Grade DMM).

Required subjects: All subjects considered

Please see below some examples of the international qualifications for entry onto Year 1:

  • China: Chinese Senior High School Graduation Certificate (Huikao) average 80%, or Gaokao 61-71%. Grade depends on the course 
  • France: Baccalaureate with 11.5–12.5 overall or 10.5-11.5 (international option) 
  • Hong Kong: HKDSE Diploma (4,4,3 to 4,4,4 from three subjects). Grade depends on the course 
  • India: All India Senior School Certificate Examination (Standard XII) 60-70% 
  • Spain: Titulo de Bachillerato with 6 - 7. Grade depends on the course 
  • Turkey: Devlet Lise Diplomasi/Lise Bitirme Diplomasi 3.5/5.0 or 70% 

For September 2024 and September 2025 entry: If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in writing, speaking, listening and reading or equivalent.

For more information check out our International entry requirements.

Foundation Year entry requirements for September 2025 entry: 48 - 72 UCAS tariff points.

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