BA (Hons) Photography

Clearing places 2016

This course has Clearing places available for international applicants. To find out how to make a direct application, call us on +44 (0)20 7514 1852. For a full list of 2016/17 course places at Camberwell College of Arts and other UAL Colleges, visit the Clearing 2016 page.

BA Photography at Camberwell College of Arts adopts an open and experimental approach to fine art photographic practice, stressing the development of personal enquiry negotiated through frequent dialogue and regular opportunities to exhibit work. The course questions and proposes new forms for practice within and beyond lens based practice.


Course Leader

Duncan Wooldridge

Course Location

Camberwell College of Arts, Peckham Road

Study LevelUndergraduate
Study ModeFull time
Course Length3 years
Home/EU Fee

£9,000 per year (2016/17).

Fees are subject to an inflationary increase as students progress through their course. 

Use UAL’s fees and funding calculator as a guide to how much your studies may cost in your first year.



International Fee

£17,230 per year (2016/17). 

Fees are subject to an inflationary increase as students progress through their course. 

Use UAL’s fees and funding calculator as a guide to how much your studies may cost in your first year.

Start DateSeptember 2016
Autumn Term DatesMonday 26 September - Friday 9 December 2016
Spring Term DatesMonday 9 January - Friday 17 March 2017 
Summer Term DatesTuesday 18 April - Friday 23 June 2017
Application Route

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)

Application DeadlineOpen for international applicants only for 2016/17 entry. Applications for 2017/18 entry will open in Autumn 2016.
UCAS CodeW643
University CodeU65

Content and Structure

Content: what students can expect

  • To consider the broadest applications of image and material within a photographically oriented culture, thinking through documentation, advertising, personal memento, public image, object of expression and then ask how these uses affect our perception of photographic culture
  • To be introduced to colour as well as black and white darkroom processes, studio lighting, advanced alternative printing, postproduction, colour management and much more
  • To test and explore the creative possibilities and limits of photography, and be encouraged to develop approaches that feed new and innovative ways of working
  • To investigate methods through which their work reaches its audience; from physical installations, exhibitions and publications, to new media and the web
  • To be taught by prominent artists, critics, curators and publishers, as well as developing new ideas and approaches whilst developing professional contacts
  • To test how their artworks are installed, received and understood by participating in an external exhibition with students from across our BA Fine Art programme
  • Fine Art lecture series open to all Camberwell undergraduate students studying Drawing, Painting, Photography and Sculpture


By retaining single subject degrees in Fine Art at undergraduate level, Camberwell offers students the chance to study in-depth painting, sculpture, photography and drawing, while still enabling students to access cross-course teaching and facilities, as well as work with their peers in other Fine Art areas. 

All undergraduate Fine Art students at Camberwell attend cross-course crits and tutorials throughout their course, even though they are primarily based in their own subject areas.

Year One

  • Unit 1: Introduction to study in Higher Education - Fine Art
  • Unit 2: Defining the subject - What is Photography
  • Unit 3: Critical context and reflective practice
  • Unit 4: Exploring subject possibilities - Time and space

Year Two

  • Unit 5: Options - Extended contexts
  • Unit 6: Presentation and exhibition
  • Unit 7: Defining a context for your work
  • Unit 8: Social engagement and collaborative practice

Year 3 

  • Unit 9 - part 1: Context - Dissertation, work placement or live project
  • Unit 9 - part 2: Personal and professional development - Portfolio, includes contextual statement, evaluative report and digital portfolio
  • Unit 10: Individual programme of study

Work experience and opportunities

BA Photography students have the opportunity to exhibit their work at external venues in London, with previous spaces having included Shoreditch Town Hall and Southwark's The Biscuit Factory.

During their second year, students also have the chance to take part in an exchange programme with leading international art schools in New York, Tokyo, Milan, Madrid and Brussels amongst others.


Duncan Wooldridge - Course Leader

Duncan Wooldridge is a photographer, curator and art critic who uses different methods of mechanical reproduction to explore the ideas of possession, authorship and interruption.

Working directly onto postcards found in museum gift shops, Wooldridge's practice highlights the flawed nature of recreating conceptual and minimalist artworks onto documents. By slightly modifiying these commercialised reproductions of original artworks, Wooldridge further complicates the way art history is revised, interpreted and exchanged by entwining his own mythology into the process. 

Read Duncan Wooldridge's full biography


Fine Art Contextual Studies Staff

Recent Visitors have included:


Our BA Photography graduates have exhibited their work in major UK competitions and exhibitions, including The Photographer’s Gallery’s Fresh Faced and Wild Eyed exhibition of most promising graduates, Saatchi New Sensations, Sony Professional Photography Awards and The Sovereign Asian Art Prize.

Others have gone on to work for major galleries and publishers, whilst many former students progress to postgraduate study.


  • Pedro Alfacinha - Photography publishing, Steidl and Mack Books
  • Jon Maguire - Freelance documentary filmmaker
  • Robert Zhao Renhui - Artist
  • Katherine Reynolds - Curator

Entry Requirements

We select students based on the quality of their applications, looking primarily at their portfolio of work and personal statements.

Applicants will have, or are expected to achieve, either:

  • A Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
  • 1 GCE A Level
  • 3 GCSEs grade C or above


  • BTEC Extended Diploma or NVQ Level 3
  • 3 GCSEs grade C or above


  • University of the Arts London level 3 Pre-University Diploma and Extended Diploma in Art and Design
  • 4 GCSEs grade C or above


  • International Baccalaureate Diploma pass achieved at 28 points or above 
  • An equivalent level of performance in other internationally recognised national school leaving or university entrance qualifications


  • Other evidence of prior learning and experience via Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning - AP(E)L and / or alternative qualifications assessed as offering the same level as the above requirements 

In exceptional circumstances, applicants may be considered if they present a portfolio of equivalent standard to a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design and have:

  • 2 GCE A Levels
  • 3 GCSEs grade C or above

Where conditional offers are made to GCE A Level applicants these will normally be at grade C or above.

English Language Requirements

All classes are conducted in English. If English isn't a students' first language they must provide evidence at enrolment of the following:

At interview and portfolio review

We look for:

  • An ability to explore, articulate and develop ideas
  • An ability to research information and visual material to support your ideas
  • Your portfolio to demonstrate a range of appropriate skills and technical abilities 
  • An ability to communicate your ideas visually, verbally and in writing
  • An ability to self-direct and evaluate your own work

Portfolio advice

  • The portfolio will mainly be made up of photographic work, but may include work made in other media
  • The portfolio should show an ability to develop and explore ideas
  • It is a good idea to include work books which help us to see your working process and may indicate your developing research interests and influences

Home / EU applicants

All applicants for this course will be invited for interview.

Interviews will take place between the following dates:

  • 15 - 19 February 2016
  • 22 - 26 February 2016
  • 14 - 18 March 2016

International applicants

Interviews and portfolio reviews - applicants can be interviewed in a number of different ways: 

  • By phone
  • In their country, if your application was made though one of our official representatives 
  • At our international office based at Chelsea College of Arts



Use UAL’s scholarship search to find out what funding may be available to you.


Home / EU applicants

You must apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), where you’ll need the following information:

  • University code - U65
  • UCAS course code - W643

International applicants

There are three ways international students can apply to an undergraduate course at Camberwell College of Arts:

To apply through the College, you’ll need to download and complete our international undergraduate application form and send this, along with your portfolio and any supporting documents, to the address below.

Download International Undergraduate application form [PDF, 185 KB]

International Office
Chelsea College of Arts 
16 John Islip Street

Deferred entry

This course will give consideration to deferred entry application from both Home / EU and International applicants.

Study Abroad applicants

Through the Study Abroad programme international students can apply to join an undergraduate course for a period of up to three terms. 

For information on how to apply visit the Study Abroad section

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