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Photography Practice Foundation Degree (Level 5) — Full-time

Course outline

Becoming a professional photographer is about so much more than just taking great pictures. This course will encourage your creative side and develop your professional skills.

As an aspiring professional photographer, by choosing this course you’ll gain a wider understanding of your medium and we’ll prepare you for the demands of a rapidly changing and exciting industry.

We’ll focus on helping you develop a creative approach to image-making, excellent technical skills and practices plus the skills and knowledge to pursue commercial practice after you graduate.

The course currently has its own commercial arm in the form of a student-run agency. As part of the team you’ll get the chance to work in real industry situations under the guidance of experienced professionals. Our staff have strong links with industry and a wide range of professional photographers take part in the established guest lecture programme.

The course has been designed in consultation with industry partners and Nottingham Trent University, our validating university.

Modules may include:

  • Studio and location photography
  • Business planning
  • Contextual studies

Live assignments, visits to exhibitions and industry-sponsored workshops will contribute to a thorough exploration of photography.

The course culminates with a final project that will allow you to concentrate on your preferred specialist area and present your work in a public exhibition

You can view the full Course Specification here.

You can view the fantastic creative works of our students on our Creative Showcase website below.

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How to apply for this course

Entry onto this course is via UCAS.

  • Institution code: N30
  • UCAS code: W640

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Location Date Fees / reductions
111 Canal Street

Start: Monday 25th September 2023

Tuition fee: £8,250

The tuition fee is per year.

Various bursaries are available for some Higher Education courses.

Course code: C000350 / Q002102


Foundation Degree in Photography Practice (FdA)


2 years

Level Level 5
Entry requirements

You’ll need a minimum of 64 UCAS points from:

  • At least two A Levels at A2
  • BTEC Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Access to HE Diploma

Other combinations of qualifications and experience will also be considered, as will Level 3 qualifications not currently listed on the UCAS tariff. For creative courses you would usually need a qualification in a relevant subject area.

We would expect students to be working at (or to demonstrate competency at) Level 2 or above in English/literacy and maths/numeracy.

You’ll be invited to attend an interview with a portfolio or examples of your work.

Mature applicants with relevant professional experience and/or qualifications are welcome to apply.

Teaching & assessment

Assessment is continuous throughout the course. Work is organised into practical and written projects. These are then graded and you will get written and verbal feedback. The course culminates in a final exhibition. There are no exams.


You could progress onto our BA (Hons) Art and Design Top-up Degree or BA (Hons) Digital Media Design Top-up Degree.

Alternatively, you could progress to the second or third year of the BA (Hons) Photography at Nottingham Trent University, our validating institution.

This qualification will also open up a wide range of careers within the photographic and media industries such as advertising and commercial, sports, PR and events, weddings.

Additional information

This course validated by Nottingham Trent University.

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