Why should you study
Photography Practice?

This degree is a progressive photography course which is suited to students who want to become cutting-edge photographers and who have something to say.
The photography degree, with its pathways in Fine Art Photography and Commercial Photography offers a progressive and comprehensive approach to the study of photography. We have a distinct reputation for producing a high calibre of student work through the combination of practice, theory and professionalism.

BA (Hons) Photography

UCAS Code W640

UCAS Tariff 240

Duration Three years (Or over 4 years as part of our Extended Study Route)

Whether you are interested in advertising, documentary story-telling, editorial or fashion photography the course provides you with transferable skills for many related career pathways.

What makes us different is a fascinating and visually challenging region, to work in, rich in a documentary tradition. This is supplemented by annual study visits to a major European city.

Access to first-rate facilities (digital and film based) help you respond and learn about the challenges of the culture and practice of photography and is supported by a dedicated team of specialist staff.

Visiting lecturers provide a connection to the professional worlds of fine art, documentary, advertising, publishing and curating. These have included:

  • Dan Holdsworth
  • Tessa Bunney
  • Ian Macdonald
  • Martin Parr
  • Simon Roberts
  • Chris Harrison
  • Sirkka Liisa Konttinen

We offer a range of exciting workshop opportunities from leading names in industry including:

  • Association of Photographers
  • British Institute of Professional Photographers
  • Phase One Certified Professional
  • Royal Society of Photography

What will you study on Photographic Practice?

In your first year (Level Four) you will explore:

  • Large format cameras on location
  • Professional digital workflow and printing
  • Shooting film and darkroom practice
  • Studio lighting techniques
  • Visual culture

In your second year (Level Five) you will develop:

  • Advanced techniques and processes
  • Creative thought processes in the production of images
  • Independent working
  • Your own photographic practice

In your third year (Level Six) you will produce:

  • A final project within your chosen specialism
  • Dissertation
  • Exhibition
  • Portfolios for employment
  • Work for competitions and live industry briefs


  • Boo George – Fashion photographer at Vogue / Italian Vogue
  • Georgia Donkin – Sotheby’s Institute of Art Research / Curation
  • Richy Leeson – Head of Photography at Ted Baker
  • Chris Allen – Post Graduate Studies Arts University Bournemouth


Access to first-rate facilities (digital and film based) help you learn about the culture and practice of photography.

  • A wide range of cameras (Canon / Fuji / Hasselblad / Phase One / Toyo)
  • Fully equipped professional standard studio
  • Dedicated tethered shooting
  • Mac-based workflow
  • Adobe Creative Cloud suites
  • Provision for moving image software and hardware
  • Fully equipped + supplied colour and black and white darkrooms
  • Full technical support

The staff are mostly made up of practicing artists who inspire students by sharing their current projects, exhibitions and influences. There are also frequent visiting lecturers, which is really interesting and gives an insight into what it’s like to work within the industry.

Rachel Deakin
Third year (Level 6) student


QAA commended the way CCAD enhances student learning

Only 15% of the institutions reviewed received a commendation in 14/15


Joint number one

for art and design graduate employability in the country


96% of 2014 graduates

were in work or full-time study six months after graduation

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