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Photography Practice BA (Hons)
Course Outline

The new BA (Hons) degree in Photographic Practice is designed to enable you to build the skills to work effectively as a professional as a freelancer or in the creative industries.

You'll develop a detailed understanding of the technical aspects of photography work including units on studio practice, sports photography, photo journalism and product photography. You will develop your understanding of the use of software such as Photoshop throughout. You will also learn how to manage a business effectively – through units that look at managing finances and working with customers.

Crucially, you will be given the skills and understanding to use digital marketing in creating your own online presence and also explore how this is used by a wide range of employers and organisations. As a result you will be able to use your photographic talents in this rapidly-developing area.

The programme will be delivered at our ultra-modern City Hub campus in Nottingham City Centre, providing access to professional industry-standard equipment, studio spaces and software such as Adobe Creative Suite. You'll also have numerous opportunities to engage and collaborate with other students aiming to get into the creative industries and work in response to live industry briefs.

What you will cover:

Year 1 (Level 4) is designed to provide clear foundations on which to build skills in both practical photography and the concepts behind it.

You will undertake practical units in camera, editing and studio technology whilst studying ideas and concepts in analysing visual imagery, interpreting narratives and understanding audiences.

Indicative Year 1 modules:

  • Visual imagery

  • Finding an audience in photography

  • Camera skills

  • Technical production skills

Year 2 (Level 5) gives the chance to continue to build and develop skills in specialist areas of photography and exhibiting your work.

Indicative Year 2 modules:

  • Exhibiting photography

  • Journalism and event photography

  • Studio and product photography

  • Contextual studies

Year 3 (Level 6) gets you ready to launch your photography career with units designed to give you the ability to exhibit, pitch for work, build a portfolio and build your own brand.

Indicative Year 3 modules:

  • Dissertation

  • Advanced photography skills

  • Enterprise and exhibition

You will be based at our City Hub campus for this course, we have open days throughout the year for students to come and view our facilities here as well as learn more about the courses themselves.

Open day information is available on the Nottingham College Website.

If you want to apply for this course please click on the button to the right!

Course code: C042174/ Q042175

Institution code: N30


Your Course Leader:



Course Leader OU Photography Practice

Every course has a member of staff who will be your main point of contact as they are designated in roles of course leaders. However, each department is very much a team and therefore all staff across the media & photography department will be available to help and support you through your studies. To find out more about our staff across our media & photography department then please

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