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BA (Hons) Photography

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Delivered at Wiltshire College’s Salisbury campus, this course is based on over 50 years’ experience in educating photographers and filmmakers and maintains a tradition of being highly practical while offering a well-considered blend of assignments and academic study.

It balances technical mastery, personal experimentation and creative development, giving you the best possible basis for a successful career. You’ll undertake a wide range of projects, including professionally guided assignments, research into the industry, as well as the production of a professional-style portfolio.

The Salisbury campus has outstanding studio space standards, equipment and facilities that enable you to gain experience of working with industry-standard equipment. You’ll work in fully equipped studios, including traditional darkrooms, and will use professional-standard cameras and lighting equipment. You’ll also have the opportunity to use the latest digital imaging software, alongside more traditional techniques for post-production work, thus increasing the opportunities for creative solutions to contemporary communication challenges.

You will also be encouraged to continue our longstanding success in entering national and international competitions such as those organised by the Royal Photographic Society, the Association of Photographers and the British Institute of Professional Photography, to which the course is affiliated.

BU graduates who studied in this subject area were typically earning £27,600 after five years; this is 38% higher than all graduates who studied this subject. Open Days for this course are held at Wiltshire College Salisbury campus. Visit their website to book onto an Open Day. 

All statistics shown throughout this page are taken from Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO 2017), Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2018, September 2019


Wiltshire College, Salisbury


3 years with a 2-week placement or 4 years with a 30-week placement


The British Institute of Professional Photography and the Association of Photographers

Entry requirements:

For 2018 entry: 96 -104 tariff points from 2 A-levels or equivalent qualifications. BTEC Extended Diploma: MMM. For more information check out our 2018 entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each component or equivalent. For more information check out our International entry requirements.

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Course details

On this course you will usually be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students.

You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry. 

Download the programme specification (pdf 704kb)


We recognise that placements are extremely valuable and can give you a head start when it comes to your future career. That’s why we offer every new student the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of their course.

We will provide a great deal of support to help you find the most appropriate work placement for the subject you’re studying and the career you’re interested in, which means you could be based anywhere in the UK, or even overseas.

Find out about BU students’ experiences on placementsAll you need to know about placements

Your application

This course will suit applicants who:

  • Demonstrate both intellectual and creative abilities
  • Show experience of Photography
  • Have an appreciation of the academic underpinnings of photography
  • Possess a strong awareness of the visual communications industry
  • Demonstrate good technical and communication skills.

How to apply

Entry requirements


There is always demand for talented photographers and this degree will prepare you for work in this varied and exciting industry. Once you graduate, you can apply for roles with established studios, with large organisations that require staff photographers, with photo libraries or agencies, or can forge your own career as a freelancer.

Costs and fees

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per annum. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. You can find full information about funding your studies and paying your fees in our undergraduate fees and funding section. That’s also where you’ll find information about the scholarships and bursaries on offer – including unlimited Academic Excellence Scholarships for UK, EU and International students.

Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise, and we’re committed to ensuring there are no hidden extra costs while you’re at university – that’s why we’re clear about what you can expect us to cover, and what your cost of living will be.

You’ll also find you could benefit from a range of discounts as a student; see our Belong+ pages for more information.

Our staff

Our staff are actively engaged in research and professional practice in the photgraphy sector which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Find out more about some of the staff who will be teaching on this course.

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