Photography Degree

Photography is something that is employed in many different sectors, ranging from the sciences, business, to medicine, as well as its traditional use in the arts. You will be given the opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills within photography, as well as broadening your portfolio and exploring what it would be like to work as a professional photographer.

Highlighted courses and degrees in Photography


An undergraduate degree in photography will usually give you a foundation knowledge of photography, and will teach you how to use the equipment available to you. You will become familiar with the technology and techniques in digital and analogue photography, as well as developing your ideas and theories within contemporary photography.

Your degree will be delivered in a mixture of modes. These will include lectures and seminars, as well as practical work. You may be given the opportunity to do a work placement in the second or third year.


Depending on where you choose to study, you may be able to specialise towards the end of your degree. This specialisation may help you to decide in which sector you wish to work when you have graduated. Common specialisations include:

  • Commercial Photography
  • Photographic Practice
  • Event Photography
  • Photojournalism

If your degree requires you to write a dissertation or participate in a major project in your final year, this will be a good opportunity to further explore an area you are interested in.

Accreditation and Certification

The accreditation of your degree will depend on where you choose to study, as well as your specific course. Different countries have different accreditation systems. You can typically expect to be awarded a Bachelor of the Arts (BA) on completion of your degree.

Timeframe and Further Studies

An undergraduate degree in photography will typically take three to four years. Foundation degrees, diplomas and certificates can last up to two years when studied full-time.

When you have successfully completed your undergraduate degree, you can either seek employment in your chosen area, or further your studies. Continuation of your studies could come in the form of a postgraduate degree, such as a masters or PhD, or a graduate diploma or certificate.

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Entry Requirements for Degrees in Photography

The entry requirements for an economics degree will depend on your institution, and your specific course. Some universities may require you to sit an entrance exam, and others may rely on previous exam results. Some universities may prefer you to have studied certain subjects, and others may consider previous relevant work experience.

You should check each institution to see what entry requirements they have for their photography programmes.

If you do not meet the entry requirements you may want to consider a pathway course.

Typical entry requirements:

  • UK6.5 IELTS
  • US2.5 GPA

Fund Your Studies

Tuition fees for international students are not fixed. This means that they can vary greatly from institution to institution. You should make sure that you are aware of how much your course will cost you.

You may be eligible for a scholarship or funding. This could be awarded by your institution, or by a separate funding body. For more information, visit our scholarships and funding section.

Typical course fees (per year):

  • UK£20,000
  • US$30,000

Career Options

A photography degree will provide you with a wide range of transferable and technical skills, meaning that you will be able to find work in many different areas of photography. You could gain employment in a company, or start your own company and work as a freelance photographer. As well as being a photographer, there will be career opportunities in other creative sectors, such as a digital image editor, creative strategist, food stylist or studio manager.

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