• CollegeLCC
  • Start dateSeptember 2017
  • Course length3 years
  • UCAS codeW640

BA (Hons) Photography

Applications closed 2017/18

Applications for 2017/18 entry to this course have now closed. You may also be interested in BA (Hons) Photojournalism and Documentary PhotographyFor a full list of courses with places available visit the UAL Clearing page. 

BA (Hons) Photography at LCC is an innovative programme that encourages you to develop a distinctive approach to photography.

About this course

Spanning fine art, documentary and commercial practice and grounded in a critical understanding of the medium, you will develop and research your own ideas in relation to project briefs and learn the skills needed to work professionally.

Graduates go on to enjoy successful careers in the arts and media. Prominent alumni include Tom Hunter, Bettina von Zwehl and photographer Rankin ­­– the acclaimed co-founder of Dazed and Confused magazine.

Reasons to apply

  • A conceptually driven multi-genre photography programme combining practice, theory and professionalism.
  • Through this approach, we produce creative conceptual photographers who are specialists within their field of interest. On leaving the course these skills become transferable into many photographic and related career pathways.
  • This training has proved to be an excellent grounding for both future academic careers and when entering the public arena, including a more commercial approach such as fashion, advertising, editorial photography, art direction and picture editing.
  • Access to excellent analogue and digital facilities with specialist technicians on hand to help.
  • Our enviable relationships with industry provide opportunities for collaborations for both staff and students outside of the course structure.

Student films and profiles

LCC Student Voices // Julian Mährlein – BA (Hons) Photography

Juno Calypso, LCC BA (Hons) Photography alumna wins British Journal of Photography International Award 2016
Image © Juno Calypso

British Journal of Photography International Award

Juno Calypso, BA (Hons) Photography alumna wins BJP International Award - LCC Blog

Photography by LCC student Renee Osubu inspires disadvantaged kids of Philadelphia.

LCC Student Awarded to conduct a David Peace Project

BA (Hons) Photography student inspires disadvantaged kids of Philadelphia - LCC Blog.

LCC Alumna Emma Hartvig discusses her work with Aesthetica Magazine.
Image © Emma Hartvig

Alumna Emma Hartvig discusses her work with Aesthetica Magazine.

Photography work by graduate Tim Batten

Watch: LCC Degree Shows 2016 // Media School Show

A spread from the 90 Degrees 2016 show catalogue for BA (Hons) Photography

90 Degrees //

Student Rebecca Scheinberg talks us through her work in LCC Summer Shows 2014

Photograph: Manicured hand in a pool reaching for some pills.
Image © Rebecca Scheinberg and Chloe Newman, Untitled

Work by alumna Rebecca Scheinberg featured by It's Nice That

Course Catalogue

BA (Hons) Photography 'Kind Of' 2017 Degree show book.

Content

The course is delivered by a team of practising photographers, artists, curators and writers, supplemented by visiting tutors and speakers from the photography, arts and media industries. Graduates have been successful as photographers or artists, particularly in cross-over areas of fine art, documentary, fashion, editorial and advertising photography.

The course enables you to develop independent photographic practice. It encourages an approach to photography which encompasses fine art, documentary and commercial practice. 

Our contextual studies programme is also a key element of the course. Developed especially for photography students, it introduces you to a wide range of cutting-edge and historical photographic practices.

Your development as a professional photographer will also be supported through lectures, seminars, project briefings and technical workshops designed to enhance your skills, in addition to regular talks from visiting speakers.

You will have an opportunity to visit London-based production facilities such as photographic studios, magazine and newspaper publishing houses and processing facilities. London's art centres, galleries and museums provide wonderful stimuli for project work.

You will also be working with the excellent technical facilities at LCC – including black and white and colour darkrooms, specialist studios and digital suite, which is all available to students during term times.

Course units

In common with all courses at University of the Arts London, this course is credit rated. The course is 3 years, levels 4-6. Each year requires you to achieve 120 credit points. To be awarded the BA (Hons) Photography qualification, you need to accumulate a total of 360 credits.

Year 1

Units summary:

  • Introduction to Photography (20 credits)
  • Practice 1: Image and Reality (20 credits)
  • Contextual Studies 1: Practices, Histories and Ideas (40 credits)
  • Practice 2: A Personal Manifesto (20 credits)
  • Practice 3: Site the Image (20 credits)

In Year 1 you develop and research your own photographic ideas in relation to project briefs and experiment with the technical skills you need to realise a range of solutions. You will learn about historical and contemporary photographic and related practices, and the key theoretical and historical frameworks used to situate them. Informed discussion about photography and its cultural context is central to the course, which is delivered by way of lectures, seminars, and workshops.

You will learn about historical and contemporary photographic and related practices and the key theoretical and historical frameworks used to situate them. Informed discussion about photography and its cultural context is central to the course, which is delivered by way of lectures, seminars, and workshops.

Year 2

Units summary:

  • Practice 4: Photographic Visualising Ideologies (20 credits)
  • Contextual Studies 2: Contemporary Issues (40 credits)
  • Collaborative Project (20 credits)
  • Practice 5: The Digital Image in Contemporary Experience (20 credits)

Year 2 builds on the foundation established in Year 1, introducing themes of practice, contextual studies and professional development. Students work through considerations of medium, usage and institutional setting to focus on two the key themes of contemporary photography: society and culture. Towards the end of the year the emphasis in contextual studies is shifted towards preparation for your selection of a dissertation topic and approach and the initiation of research.

Towards the end of the year, the emphasis in contextual studies is shifted towards preparation for your selection of a dissertation topic and approach and the initiation of research.

Year 3

Units summary:

  • Practice 6: Exit Dossier (20 credits)
  • Practice 7: Major Project (60 credits)
  • Contextual Studies 3: Dissertation (40 credits)

Year 3, the final stage, consolidates and develops your growing ability to direct and plan your own work by producing two substantial self selected pieces of work – your Major Photographic Practice Project and Dissertation. 

The dissertation is a researched extended essay on a topic of your choice which is relevant to photography. The topic is generally chosen to compliment the Major Project and provides you with the opportunity to develop a larger set of questions and ideas using skills, knowledge and understanding acquired over the contextual studies units of the course. Through the dissertation you develop the ability to produce a thoroughly researched and appropriately presented piece of extended written work. Both your Major Project and your dissertation are developed in consultation with staff and according to a negotiated programme.

Through the dissertation, you develop the ability to produce a thoroughly researched and appropriately presented piece of extended written work. Both your Major Project and your dissertation are developed in consultation with staff and according to a negotiated programme.

This final phase provides a variety of forums for debate and critical evaluation of work in progress. As an integral part of the supervision process of the Major Project, skills needs are identified and technical workshops offered in response to individual and group needs.

Course structure

The information outlined is an indicative structure of the course. Whilst we will aim to deliver the course as described on this page, there may be situations where it is desirable or necessary for the University to make changes in course provision, for example, because of regulatory requirements or operational efficiencies, before or after enrolment. If this occurs, we will communicate all major changes to all applicants and students who have either applied or enrolled on the course.

Please note that due to staff research agreements or availability, not all of the optional modules listed may be available every year.

In addition, the provision of course options which depend upon the availability of specialist teaching, or on a placement at another institution, cannot be guaranteed. Please check this element of the course with the course team before making a decision to apply.

Webpage updates

We will update this webpage from time to time with new information as it becomes available. In the meantime, if you have any questions, use our online course enquiry form.

Staff

Course Leader

Beverley Carruthers

First Year Leader

Matthew Hawkins

Contextual Studies Coordinator

Paul Tebbs

Second Year Leader

Sophy Rickett

Senior Lecturer

Dr Esther Tiechmann

Third Year Tutor

Professor Tom Hunter

Introduction to Study in Higher Education (ISHE) Coordinator 

Harry Hardie

Visiting tutors 

Peter LiversidgeJonny BriggsLiz OrtonNigel Shafran, Liane Lang

How to apply

This section includes information on how to apply, course entry requirements, selection criteria, information about interviews and portfolio advice.

Home / EU applicants

2017/18 entry
Please note, applications for 2017/18 entry for this course are now closed.

2018/19 entry
Applications for 2018/19 entry will open in Autumn 2017

 

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

  • University code: U65
  • Course code: W640
  • There is no campus code for LCC

Go to 'Apply' from the UCAS home page, where you will be able to register and create a password that gives you unique access as you complete your application form. London College of Communication (LCC) courses are listed under University of the Arts London.

Deferred entry

For Home/EU applicants, the Course Leader will determine whether deferred places are available for the course. If you wish to defer your place, it is advisable to indicate this on your application form and/or discuss this with the admissions team and Course Leader before/after applying at the earliest opportunity. In all cases, deferred places will only be held for one year.

This section includes information on how to apply, course entry requirements, selection criteria, information about interviews and portfolio advice.

International applicants

2017/18 entry
Please note, applications for 2017/18 entry for this course are now closed.

2018/19 entry
Applications for 2018/19 entry will open in Autumn 2017.

 

International applicants can apply through one of three routes only:

Further information on applying via UCAS is provided on the University Applying through UCAS page.

For applicants who want to apply directly to UAL, the direct application form may be found here:

For full details on the application process, visit the Undergraduate application page.

Study Abroad applicants

International undergraduate students can apply to join BA (Hons) Photography for a period of up to three terms as a Study Abroad student.

Visit the Study Abroad page for details of how to apply.

Deferred entry

International applicants are normally permitted to defer entry to any programme of study for one year only, after which they will be asked to re-apply.

Entry requirements

Recruitment and admissions

The course team welcomes applicants from a broad range of backgrounds, from all over the world. The course attracts students who apply direct from A Level (or equivalent) or from a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, or other art and design courses, as well as mature students who may have previously worked in industry.

Entry requirements (Home/International/EU)

The standard minimum entry requirements for this course are:

80 new UCAS tariff points (200 old UCAS tariff points) gained at GCE Advanced (A) Level or equivalent. (A Level subjects studied may include: English; History; Media; Business; Art and Design, or other subjects within Social Sciences).

Or

One subject at A Level achieved at grade C or above PLUS Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3/4).

Alternatively you will be considered if you have achieved a minimum of 80 new UCAS tariff points (200 old UCAS tariff points) from one of the following qualifications:

  • BTEC Extended Diploma 
  • UAL Extended Diploma in Art and Design
  • Access to HE Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Equivalent EU or Non-EU qualifications

Additionally you will have achieved passes at grade C or above in at least five GCSE subjects including English.

If English is not your first language you will also need an up to date English qualification – see below.

Alternative entry routes

We welcome applicants with relevant professional and vocational qualifications, or from mature students who do not have formal qualifications but may have relevant experience in industry.

Students applying on the basis of their previous experience should apply as normal via UCAS and will then be guided by the admissions team on next steps, through either of the Accreditation of Experiential Learning (AEL) or the Accreditation of Certificated Learning (ACL) processes.

Language requirements (International/EU)

All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language you will be asked to provide evidence of your English language ability when you enrol.

  • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) is required with a minimum of 5.5 in each of the four skills.
  • You can check you have achieved the correct IELTS level in English on the Language Requirements page.
  • International applicants, please visit our International Applications page for further details regarding Admissions.

Student selection criteria - what do we look for?

All applications will be considered by the course team. They will review the following key elements when making a decision on your suitability to join the course:

  • Most importantly they will review your personal statement and your portfolio
  • They will consider your qualifications (or projected results)
  • They will also review your academic or personal references

Offers will be made based upon the following selection criteria, which should be demonstrated in your application:

  • A strong interest in Photography and a level of experience in the area demonstrated through your portfolio of work
  • An understanding of the need for a critical and analytical approach to the area of study
  • An approach suited to the demands of the course and the projected career futures

Personal statement advice

This is an important part of your application and should demonstrate to the team that you are interested in photography and that you have thought carefully about why you want to study on this course.

This can be demonstrated through work experience, studying and personal experience and their ambitions for personal development as a student at LCC.

Your personal statement should state your interests in photography, demonstrate your knowledge of photography to date and your ability to work independently.

You should take great care when writing your personal statement to ensure that it is well written, clear and free of any spelling mistakes. It is your chance to impress the team by demonstrating your appreciation of what the course can offer you and how you feel it will help you in the future.

State what you personally would bring to the course, and that you are motivated and have a willingness to learn, explore and experiment.

Portfolio advice

Your portfolio is the most important part of your application. You must clearly evidence the following, through development work as well as completed projects:

Mini portfolio

All applicants will be contacted by the admissions team and asked to submit a mini portfolio via PebblePad.

Your mini portfolio should consist of no more than 10 images from two or three of your photography projects.

Full portfolio

If successful at mini portfolio stage you will be given an interview date, and you should then prepare your full portfolio to bring with you.

Your full portfolio should contain or include the following:

  • Examples of your photography and writing work across a selection of projects, and should include development as well as completed work.
  • We advise you bring approximately 20 printed images from a selection of projects. (Please do not bring digital portfolios to the interview.)
  • Try not to include any singular shots in this selection (put these in a separate book if you really want show them, along with technical experiments).

In addition, we are very interested in your research books and would also like you to bring along a sample of written work. We would like to see your ideas and how you have developed and researched projects, so you can use your research books to demonstrate this.

You might want to rearrange your portfolio, for example think of a theme throughout rather than small samples of different projects. The presentation is not fixed; it may all be in one folio or in a selection or whichever way you decide is best.

Interview advice

If invited for interview, it is advised that you prepare in advance. Practice talking through your portfolio before the 15 minute interview. You will be asked to talk through your portfolio so organise it so that you can discuss your ideas easily.

Also, before the interview, immerse yourself in photography. Go to exhibitions (if not possible look on websites), read relevant books, magazines, reviews of exhibitions and take time to look at images. Make notes about your reactions to the things you see or read in preparation for your interview. If any of these have influenced a piece of your own work then all the better.

Students are admitted to the course having fulfilled the necessary entry requirements and on the basis of their potential to benefit from the programme.

Admission procedures

The selection procedures for the course adhere to the Equal Opportunities Policy of the University of the Arts London. Applications are normally made through UCAS and are assessed on the basis of qualifications, their personal statement, and portfolio of work.

All applicants will be contacted by the admissions team and asked to submit a mini portfolio of work via PebblePad within two weeks. Depending on the quality of mini portfolio and application, applicants may then be invited to full portfolio review and interview at the College.

In exceptional cases, those living outside London and unable to attend LCC can be interviewed by phone or via Skype, and should also prepare a digital version of their full portfolio.

Applicants are not guaranteed a full portfolio review or interview, and may be offered a place, or informed of an unsuccessful outcome, after the mini portfolio stage.

Next steps

Successful applicants will be guided through the rest of our admissions stages and towards enrolment on the course.

Fees and funding

Home / EU fee

£9,250 (2017/18).

Tuition fees for undergraduate degree courses have been set at £9,250 per year for full-time study. This applies from the 2017/18 academic year, subject to changes in the law. Tuition fees may increase in future years for new and continuing students, in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Please visit our Undergraduate tuition fees page for more information.

International fee

£17,920 (2017/18).

Additional costs

In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. Please read the information on our additional costs page.

Accommodation

Find out about the accommodation options available and how much they will cost.

Scholarships and awards

There are a number of scholarships and awards available to students on this course. Use our search tool to find out more information.

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Career paths

A huge variety of options are open to students leaving the course. From working as a photographer, assisting photographers, curating, researching, picture editing, agency work, publishing, and each year there are some who go onto study MA Photography at LCC or other related courses.

UAL Jobs and Careers

UAL has a number of services and networks that hold regular workshops and careers fairs developed to help you establish and promote your career in the arts, design, or media. These include:

Careers and Employability are the University's dedicated careers and professional practice service. We help UAL students and graduates embark on their professional futures in the creative industries, find jobs, set up a business, and sell their work. We run events throughout the year on all aspects of the career journey.

Creative Opportunities jobs board helps graduates and students find job and internship opportunities and connect with organisations and companies in the creative sector. We post jobs and paid internships, part-time work, freelance contracts and full-time opportunities.