• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: Three Years
  • Start Date: September 2019

Course Overview

This course is offered as a four year programme, including an initial Foundation Year. The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate degree.

Passionate about photography and want to take your creative skills to the next level? Exploring it at degree level can open up many doors – from commercial opportunities, to showcasing your work in art exhibitions.

We’ll help you develop your skills to a professional standard, and give you the theoretical grounding, and practical opportunities, to add depth and flair to your work.

Cover all the bases

The course covers all aspects of contemporary photography practice, including editorial, fashion, product, portrait, documentary and arts-based photography. Gaining insight into this expansive field, you’ll have the chance to test out different areas within the image-based industries, to get a sense of what direction you want to take things in.

Hone your skills, build your knowledge

During your degree, you’ll develop the technical skills essential for enhancing your practice, including analogue and digital photography methods, lighting skills and darkroom techniques.

Alongside this, you’ll develop a critical and theoretical understanding of photography, allowing you to gain further insights into the subject, and to enrich your practical application.

We’ll help you develop as a creative, thoughtful practitioner, refining your vision and applying the right tools to find innovative approaches to making your work.

Hands-on teaching

Working closely with our experienced staff, and network of partner organisations, you’ll work on live or mock photography projects, to get you ready for your career.

You’ll have the space to work on your own creative projects, too, including setting up your own exhibition and designing your own photo-books.

Who is it for?

This degree is for anyone interested in pursuing an interest or a career in photography.

More placements, more choices

Bucks is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.

We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.

Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student. To increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.

Course Details


This course takes a strong ‘active learning’ approach, so you’ll have lots of opportunity to build and develop your skills working on your own photography projects.

We’ll help you explore the deeper meaning and concepts behind photography work, so you can find new ways to express yourself, and take your practice to a more interesting level.

You’ll also undertake research to develop a contextual underpinning of the subject, learning new ways of thinking and working, and pushing traditional boundaries.

A focus on employability

As well as having the space to explore different types of photography, to see where your interests lie, we’ll make sure you understand the business side of working as a professional photographer.

You’ll learn how to set yourself up as a freelancer, and deal with everything from your own marketing, to tax and finance. You’ll learn about the professional bodies that exist to protect photographers’ work and rights, such as the Association of Photographers.

We’ll also look at how to work on different platforms, from galleries to websites, and how to evolve your practice to cater for different audiences.

Leading facilities

You’ll have access to industry-standard facilities, to build your confidence in using professional equipment and studios.

Expert links

Adding to the vast expertise of our teaching staff, we’ll bring in guest lecturers to give you further insights through our dynamic visiting lecture programme. You’ll hear from leading practitioners including artists, curators and professionals working across the industry.

A hive of collaboration

You will be part of a large and exciting creative community, collaborating with students from other courses, too, working on projects with others studying subjects such as fashion, design or performing arts.

Exhibit your work

In your third year, you’ll exhibit your photography work as part of our popular Art and Design Summer Show. There’s also the opportunity to show your work at other exhibitions across London including the Free Range show for graduates. It’s a chance to showcase your talents outside the University, and potentially catch the attention of future employers or creative bodies.

What are the course entry requirements?

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year programme including a Foundation Year.

If you wish to enquire further, please send your query along with any academic evidence or references to admissions@bucks.ac.uk

Course Modules

Module Map

This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course.

Each module is worth a specified number of credits (typically either 15 or 30 credits for undergraduate courses). Compulsory (or ‘core’) modules cover key subject knowledge, while ‘option’ modules enable you to develop your own interests. For a full-time course you must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of option modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at each level. You can find more information about how your course is structured via the Academic Advice pages.

Our teaching is informed by research and employer requirements, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the subject area. In addition, where we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an option module, this may not be offered. If an option module does not run, we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

The modules available on this course are as follows:

Foundation Year Modules

  • Photography, Design and Visual Communication
  • Preparing for Success: Knowledge & Creativity
  • Preparing for Success: Self Development & Responsibility
  • Enquiry Based Learning

Year 1 Modules

  • Visual Narratives: Stock and Page
  • Convergence: Moving Image in Photography
  • Issues in Representation: Key Concepts in Photography
  • Photography and Emerging Digital Applications
  • Visual Narratives: Screen and Wall
  • Issues in Representation: Visual Analysis

Year 2 Modules

  • Photography for Design, Advertising and Promotion: Editorial
  • Arts Practices and Methods
  • Photography and Critical Theory: Concepts, Contexts, Perspectives and Debates
  • Professional Studies for Photography
  • Photography for Design, Advertising and Promotion: Campaign and Publicity
  • Photography and Critical Theory: Genres and Visual Culture

Year 3 Modules

  • Final Major Project
  • Contextual Report
  • Professional Practice


How much does it cost

Full Time Home and EU, September 2019: £9,250 per year

Full Time International, September 2019: £12,000 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:
0330 123 2023

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks


What are my career prospects

You’ll be in a strong position to go into work as a professional photographer, whether you choose to pursue commercial or creative avenues. You could take your skills into editorial or advertising photography, or move into more creatively-focused work, with galleries or cultural organisations.

You could continue your studies at postgraduate level and study an MA in Photography, Fine Art, Curation Studies or Arts Management.

The Big Deal

At Bucks, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why our Students’ Union have developed our exclusive ‘Big Deal’ package. We’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities – all to enrich the university experience.

We offer FREE events and entertainment, additional skills workshops, sports, recreational activities, societies and paid student rep schemes. All at one of the top 10 Students’ Unions in the UK.  It’s a big deal!

Want to find out more? Visit our Students’ Union page or watch our video.