Why should you study
Commercial Photography?

Commercial photography is needed in the 21st Century more than at any time in the history of the medium. Everyone has a camera but not everyone is capable of making quality imaging on time, to budget and of a quality and concept that fits the demands of the current industry. We provide superb facilities and practicing industry-experienced staff that allows a high quality learning experience.
At CCAD you will acquire the technical and transferable creative skills needed to be a successful practitioner in the commercial photography industry, fulfilling briefs to professional standards. But don’t take our word for it, check out the national awards our students win and their employment successes!
Commercial Photography is based on the integration of creative practice/creativity and practical skills and is intended to prepare graduates for employment in the creative imaging industry. This course has been designed in consultation with professional practitioners, trade bodies, on-line content producers and industry partners. All students become members of the AOP, the BIPP and have the opportunity to become a Phase One Certified Professional.

BA (Hons) Commercial Photography*

UCAS Code W642

UCAS Tariff 96

Duration Three years

This course is affiliated to the Association of Photographers and the British Institute of Professional Photographers.

Our course is about innovation. Its main aim is to encourage creative and critical thinking through practice and enable a high level of employability skills to become embedded .We recognise the need to be distinctive, to be professional, to keep up with change and innovation if our graduates are to be successful in the worlds of work and professional practice.

Live projects with industry are embedded throughout the three years of study, we have worked with companies including:

  • Hartlepool Borough Council
  • Newcastle Theatre Royal
  • Beamish Museum
  • The Rijksmuseum – Amsterdam
  • Tim Flach
  • Stockton Museum services
  • Digitalab
  • The Print Space
  • Michael Hoppen Gallery
  • Lisa Pritchard

Visiting lecturers include:

  • Richy Leeson – Head of Photography at Ted Baker
  • Tim Wallace – Car Photographer
  • Martin Parr
  • Brian Cannon – Album cover photographer, The Verve and Oasis
  • Dan Holdsworth – Visiting Fellow
  • Alison Branagan – Business for Artists and Designers
  • Alison Bancroft – Fashion and Culture Analyst
  • John Bulmer – Editorial Photographer, The Sunday Times
  • The AOP
  • The BIPP
  • Alamy

* subject to validation

What will you study on Commercial Photography?

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

  • Digital Cameras
  • Digital Outputs
  • Online content
  • Digital Photography and an Introduction into Commercial digital video
  • Portrait Photography and Social Photography (Weddings)

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

  • Studio & Advertising photography skills
  • Fashion photography skills
  • Food and Product photography skills

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

  • Minor Project
  • A Dissertation
  • Professional Practice (to include employability skills,self- promotion, online content marketing & web sites)
  • Final Major Project


  • Richy Leeson – Head of Photography at Ted Baker
  • Jayne Dennis – Award-winning Photographer
  • Luke Anderson – Fashion Photographer
  • Jen Hart – Award winning Wedding Photographer


You will work within a purpose-built environment with industry approved digital equipment, software, techniques and facilities. A varied and intensive introduction allows you the opportunity to become technically competent and creatively aware with a broad range of relevant skills. As you progress you’ll be encouraged to develop your work; your understanding and acquisition of transferable skills and develop your portfolio in your chosen specialist direction. Regular visits locally, nationally and abroad supplement your studies. Previous study visits include London, Amsterdam, Paris and Berlin.

I am already working as a sports photographer, covering premiership football

Jamie Tyerman
First year (Level 4) 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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