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BA (Hons) Photography

College
LCC
Start date
September 2020
Course length
3 years
UCAS code
W640

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

This course is subject to revalidation, which is a process that makes sure students get a high quality academic experience. During revalidation there may be some changes to course content. Please contact us if you have any questions about this course.

Why choose this course at London College of Communication

  • London College of Communication is a vibrant and supportive community. The course is 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.
  • Accredited Creative Suite qualifications as part of the course, further expanding your career opportunities.
  • The course provides an excellent grounding for photographic fine art practice or within the industry in a more commercial approach such as fashion, advertising, editorial photography, art direction and picture editing or future academic careers.
  • Graduates go on to enjoy successful careers in the arts, design or creative industries. and have won prominent prizes such as Jerwood Photography Award winner Silvia Rosi, and Chiara Avagiliano and Giovanna Petrocchi, selected for The Photographers’ Gallery New Talent 19.
  • Prominent alumni include Tom Hunter, Bettina von Zwehl, Juno Calypso, Francesca Allen, Dan Tobin Smith and photographer Rankin – the acclaimed co-founder of Dazed and Confused magazine.
  • Access to excellent analogue and digital facilities with specialist technicians who help to support students working in all areas.
  • Our strong relationships with industry provide opportunities and collaborations for students outside of the course structure. Previous external professional projects include OffPrint at Photo London, Tate Galleries, Nokia and Zenphone.

Open Days

Student work

Black and white photograph of Silvia Rosi, holding a phone.
Self Portrait as my Mother, The Phone Call by Silvia Rosi, 2016.

Graduate wins Third Jerwood/Photoworks Award

BA (Hons) Photography graduate Silvia Rosi is the joint recipient of the Third Jerwood/Photoworks Awards. Selected from over 450 submissions, Silvia's work explores the concept of the family album and the idea of re-staging archival images through self-portrayal.

Photograph of graduate Francesca Allen giving a talk.

Graduate speaks at It's Nice That's Nicer Tuesdays

BA (Hons) Photography graduate Francesca Allen talks to an audience at It's Nice That's Nicer Tuesdays about her career to date – from her graduation project Girls, Girls, Girls – which went on to be exhibited at The Photographers’ Gallery a year later – through to her first book, Aya.

Student Voices: Pepo Fernandez

Fernandez's work features a non-binary sex worker and aims to challenge power structures.

Student Voices: Annie Hibberd

Annie tells us about her final year piece looking at sustainability and landscape.

Student Voices: Martin Eito

Martin talks to us about his project that looks at rave culture and landscape.

Student Voices: Fernanda Liberti

Fernanda talks us through the experience of exhibiting work in the final year degree show at LCC.

Student Voices: William Britten

William talks us through 'Queer Dialetics', made for the final year show.

Student Voices: Tim Swan

Tim talks us through their work in London College of Communication's Degree Shows 2017.

Course stories

Facilities

Media Photography

Photography students benefit from access to resources held in the Media Photography areas.

Red light indicating recording is taking place.
Image © Vladimir Molico

Lens-based and Audio-visual

Find out about the workspaces and studios that support Lens-based and Audio-visual practice.

The Digital Space, London College of Communication.
Image © Ana Escobar

The Digital Space

The Digital Space is an open-plan, creative hub with computers set up with specialist software.

Course overview

BA (Hons) Photography is a multi-genre course which celebrates all areas of photography through an expansive curriculum which includes creative and technical skills, contextual studies (photographic history, philosophy, and relationship to art history) and professional development.

The course is delivered by a team of professional photographers, artists, curators, and writers, supplemented by visiting tutors and speakers from the photography, arts and media industries. You will be taught through theme-based units linking professional, theoretical and practical elements of the course.

What can you expect?

The practice units enable you to develop independent photographic practice and encourage an approach to photography which encompasses fine art, documentary, and commercial practice.

For each practice unit, you’ll write your own brief and work within a small group to support and develop creatively through experimentation, research, and technical skills to realise your project.

The contextual studies programme is a key element of the course. Designed especially for photography students, it will introduce you to a wide range of cutting-edge and historical photographic practices, giving you an expanded understanding of photographic cultures as provocations for your own practice.

You will have an opportunity to visit London-based production photographic studios, magazine and newspaper publishing houses and processing facilities. In addition, visits to art centres, galleries and museums in London will provide stimuli for project work.

You will also work with the excellent technical staff and facilities at London College of Communication – including black and white and colour darkrooms, specialist studios and digital suites, available to photography students during term time.

This course is suitable for you if you are fascinated by photography, taking photographs and questioning their purpose, working creatively with photography, curious about photography from a wide perspective, find yourself reading about photography or are interested in photographic theory.

Course units

In common with all courses at University of the Arts, 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)
  • Image and Reality (20 credits)
  • A Photographic Manifesto (40 credits)
  • Histories in Context (20 credits)
  • Ideas in Context (20 credits)

During the first year, through a series of specially designed theory/practice workshops, you will learn about historical and contemporary photography practices, and the key theoretical frameworks used to situate them. You’ll be introduced to specialist photographic skills and creative methodologies in a supportive environment, to develop your curiosity and creativity.

As part of this programme, you will attend an Adobe accredited Photoshop course.  

You’ll be supported through tutorials to develop and research your own photographic ideas in relation to project briefs and experiment with the technical skills to develop your personal position as a photographer.

In the Introduction to Photography unit, you’ll be introduced to the exciting world of photography and its professional possibilities through lectures, seminars, exercises, and interviews.

Each week there will be a lecture from a visiting professional photographer where you will learn about the many career opportunities open to those with a photographic education and meet fellow photography students from BA to MA levels of study.

Year 2

Units summary:

  • Visualising Ideologies (20 credits)
  • The Symposium (40 credits)
  • Elective Unit (20 credits)
  • Image, Society, Resistance (20 credits)
  • Cultural Machines: Meaning, Identity, Value (20 Credits)

As you move into Year 2 you will expand on these skills and start to develop your voice within your practice. Year 2 builds on the foundations established in Year 1, introducing themes of practice, contextual studies, and professional development.

Students work through considerations of the medium, usage, and institutional setting, to focus on two the key themes of contemporary photography: society and culture.

It is in Year 2 through the Elective unit that you’ll have the opportunity to work collaboratively on a live brief. These briefs mirror the professional world whilst remaining in the safe environment of London College of Communication.

You will be fully supported by the staff team during this process. Depending on which Elective you choose, you will either be working on creating advertising material for a charity of your choice, or designing photographic based workshops for specific groups based in London.

The skill-set gained in these sessions are invaluable when looking for career opportunities.

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:

  • Exit Dossier (20 credits)
  • Major Project (60 credits)
  • Dissertation (40 credits)

Year 3, the final stage, consolidates and develops your ability to direct and plan your own work by producing three substantial self-selected pieces of work – your Major Photographic Practice Project, Exit Dossier 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 complement your Major Project and gives 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.

The Exit Dossier is your preparation for life after London College of Communication and includes an interview with a professional in your field of interest.

All three units are designed to enable you to sustain your practice and find exciting career opportunities.

All units are developed in consultation with a personal tutor and the support of the technical team and wider opportunities within University of the Arts London and according to a negotiated programme.

Learning and teaching methods

  • Group briefings
  • Individual and group tutorials
  • Lectures
  • Workshops
  • Crits
  • Seminars

 

Assessment methods

  • Blog
  • Essays
  • Dissertation
  • Case studies
  • Interviews
  • Exhibitions
  • Presentations
  • Book launch
  • Symposiums
  • Student-led crits

Staff

Beverley  Carruthers

Beverley Carruthers

Course Leader, BA (Hons) Photography

Matthew  Hawkins

Matthew Hawkins

Senior Lecturer, BA (Hons) Photography

Lee  Mackinnon

Lee Mackinnon

Joint Acting Course Leader, MA Photography

Sophy  Rickett

Sophy Rickett

Senior Lecturer, BA (Hons) Photography and MA Photography

Paul  Tebbs

Paul Tebbs

Joint Acting Course Leader, MA Photography

Harry  Hardie

Harry Hardie

Lecturer, BA (Hons) Photography

How to apply

Opportunities for all

We are committed to making university education an achievable option for a wider range of people and to supporting all of our students in achieving their potential both during and after their courses.

We welcome applications from people with disabilities. If you have a disability (e.g. mobility difficulties, sensory impairments, medical or mental health conditions or Asperger’s syndrome) we strongly encourage you to contact us on disability@arts.ac.uk or +44 (0)20 7514 6156 so that we can plan the right support for you. All enquiries are treated confidentially. To find out more, visit our Disability & Dyslexia webpages.

Entry requirements

Home/EU/International

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 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, or other art or design courses, as well as mature students who may have previously worked in the industry.

The standard entry requirements for this course are as follows:

80 UCAS tariff points, which can be made up of one or a combination of the following accepted full level 3 qualifications:

  • A Levels at grade C or above (preferred subjects include: English; History; Media; Business; Art and Design, or other subjects within Social Sciences).
  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3 or 4).
  • Merit, Merit, Pass at BTEC Extended Diploma (preferred subjects: Art and Design, IT & Computing, Media).
  • Merit at UAL Extended Diploma.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma (preferred subject: Digital and Creative Media, Film and Production).
  • OR equivalent EU/International qualifications, such as International Baccalaureate Diploma at 24 points minimum 

And 5 GCSE passes at grade 4 or above (grade A*-C).

APEL - Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning

Applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered in exceptional cases. The course team will consider each application that demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by:

  • Related academic or work experience;
  • The quality of the personal statement;
  • A strong academic or other professional reference;
  • A combination of these factors.

Each application will be considered on its own merit but we cannot guarantee an offer in each case.

English Language Requirements (International/EU)

IELTS level 6.0 or above, with at least 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking. Please check our main English language requirements page for more information.

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.

Selection criteria

The portfolio, along with the details on your UCAS application (including the academic reference and your personal statement) will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Demonstration of an appreciation of photography as a specialised discipline.
  • Technical skills and experimentation with visual creativity, demonstrated in your own photographic work.
  • Evidence of research and development of ideas through practice to achieve specific outcomes.
  • Quality of ideas and thought processes in the production of your work.

Making your application

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. 

You can demonstrate this through your previous work experience or study, personal experience and your ambitions for personal development as a student at LCC. 

You should ensure it is written clearly, 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 explain what motivates you to learn, explore and experiment.

You must apply for this course though Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), where you'll need the following information:

  • University code: U65
  • Course code: W640

London College of Communication courses are listed under University of the Arts London.

Application deadline

We recommend you apply by 15th January for equal consideration.  However this course will consider applications after that date, subject to places being available.

Making a deferred application (for entry in 2021/22)

Home/EU applicants are permitted to make a deferred application.

Entry to Year 2 or Year 3

If you have successfully completed 120 credits (year 1) or 240 credits (years 1 and 2) in the equivalent units/modules on a degree course at another institution and wish to continue your studies at London College of Communication, you can apply to transfer to year 2 or year 3 respectively.

The Admissions Tutor will consider applicants for entry to year 2 and 3 on a case by case basis, subject to places being available on the course. You must apply through UCAS and indicate POE 2 for entry to year 2 or POE 3 for entry to year 3 on your application.

Click here for important information about our UAL External Student Transfer Policy.

Referral to alternative UAL courses

The University operates a cross-referral system, where applicants can be considered for and offered a place on an alternative course, if the admissions tutor feels they are more suited to that course. If you wish to opt out of the cross-referral process you can do so at the application form stage.

Erasmus

For further information on Erasmus and UAL exchange schemes, please visit the Erasmus and Non-Erasmus Exchanges section on the UAL website.

International applicants can apply through either of the following routes:

If you are applying through UCAS you will need the following information:

  • University code: U65
  • Course code: W640

London College of Communication courses are listed under University of the Arts London.

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

For full details on the application process, visit the Undergraduate Application page, and for further advice for international applicants, please visit the UAL International Application page.

Application deadline

We recommend you apply by 15th January for equal consideration. However this course will consider applications after that date, subject to places being available.

Immigration history check

International applicants, whether applying online via UCAS or through a UAL representative or by direct application, you will need to complete an immigration history check to establish whether you are eligible to study at UAL. If you do not complete the check, we will not be able to proceed with your application.

Making a deferred application (for entry in 2021/22)

International applicants are not permitted to make a deferred application.

Entry to Year 2 or Year 3

If you have successfully completed 120 credits (year 1) or 240 credits (years 1 and 2) in the equivalent units/modules on a degree course at another institution and wish to continue your studies at London College of Communication, you can apply to transfer to year 2 or year 3 respectively.

The Admissions Tutor will consider applicants for entry to year 2 and 3 on a case by case basis, subject to places being available on the course. You must apply through UCAS and indicate POE 2 for entry to year 2 or POE 3 for entry to year 3 on your application.

Click here for important information about our UAL External Student Transfer Policy.

Referral to alternative UAL courses

The University operates a cross-referral system, where applicants can be considered for and offered a place on an alternative course, if the admissions tutor feels they are more suited to that course. If you wish to opt out of the cross-referral process you can do so at the application form stage.

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.


After you apply

Communicating with you

After you have successfully submitted your application, you will receive an email confirming we have successfully received your application and providing you with your login details for the UAL Portal.  We will request any additional information from you, including inviting you to upload documents through the portal. You should check your UAL Portal regularly for any important updates and requests.

If you have achieved or expect to achieve the standard entry requirements we will invite you to submit a full digital portfolio.

We make our offers based on the strength of the whole application, and therefore don’t routinely invite applicants to interview. To find out more, view our Undergraduate Application Process page.

International applicants may be invited to interview in person at LCC, or via Skype if overseas or unable to attend. Details of this interview will be sent via the UAL Portal.

Portfolio advice

Your portfolio of work is the most important part of your application, and you must clearly evidence development work as well as work from completed projects.

Please provide a maximum of 20 images of your own original photographic work to support your application.

Important Note: You are strongly advised not to delay the upload by trying to create new work; your main aim should be to demonstrate the creativity within your current portfolio.

What happens next?

We will advise you of your application outcome through UCAS Track. If you are an International applicant and have applied directly or through an agent, we will notify you through the UAL Portal.

We invite all offer holders to come to London College of Communication to attend one of our Offer Holder events. Offer holders will have the chance to meet the team, find out more about the course, and see our diverse and vibrant student community in action.

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

Deferring your place

If you are offered a place for 2020/21 but wish to defer to 2021/22, information on how to do this and who to contact can be found in your offer letter.

International applicants will have to pay a pre-payment in order to defer. In all cases, deferred places will be held for one year.

Fees & Funding

Home / EU Fee

£9,250 (2020/21).

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

£22,920 (2020/21).

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.

Scholarship search

Careers and alumni

A huge variety of options are open to students after graduating from BA (Hons) Photography. The creative, research and professional skills gained on the course enable a broad range of careers possibilities, including:

  • Photographer (advertising, fashion, editorial, blogging, documentary and art photography)
  • Art buyers
  • Picture editors
  • Publishers
  • Curators
  • Archivists
  • Academics
  • Art directors
  • Entrepreneurs

Alumni achievements include:

Each year there are some graduates who go on to study MA Photography at LCC or other related MA courses.

Alumni include internationally renowned artists and photographers including:

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