Why study this course?
Our Fashion Photography (including foundation year) BA (Hons) is designed to help you build a portfolio of work and gain the necessary skills to begin an undergraduate degree.
It’s the ideal choice if you’d like to study photography but don’t meet the necessary requirements for the three-year degree or would like to polish your skills before embarking on more rigorous study. On graduation you’ll be awarded the same title as students on the three-year degree.
We’re ranked in the top 30 universities in the UK for art according to the Guardian university league tables 2022.
More about this course
Our Fashion Photography (including foundation year) BA (Hons) employs an imaginative approach to teaching to help you explore your potential within different creative practices and guides you towards establishing your own creative direction. You’ll end the year with a portfolio of high-quality work, which will evidence all of your newly acquired skills and your growth as a creative practitioner.
Our foundation year (Year 0) will incorporate all the art, design, photography and architecture disciplines at our School of Art, Architecture and Design, so it will be shared with students studying other disciplines at the School. The shared curriculum will incorporate a range of short-term and long-term projects, during which you’ll gain a range of practical skills such as observational drawing, creative drawing, conceptual modeling, practical making, performance, colour, collage, curating and exhibiting. These techniques and creative practices will be framed in historical, contemporary and cultural discourse, allowing you to engage intellectually and help you develop into an informed and socially-engaged practitioner.
During the subsequent three-years of your studies, you’ll begin to focus on the discipline of fashion photography and you’ll be joined by students who are in Year 1 of the standard degree. For further details about the content you’ll study following the foundation year, visit our Fashion Photography BA (Hons) page.
If, at the end of your foundation year, you decide that you’d like to change your specialism to a different discipline in the School, there will be flexibility to allow you to do this.
You’ll be assessed through practical and written coursework assignments throughout your course. There will be no examination and you’ll receive verbal and written feedback on your work and progress.
Where this course can take you
This degree will open doors for you to enter a photography career within a number of roles, including:
- art director
- fashion and editorial photographer
- freelance photographer
- in-house photographer
- picture editor
- post-production specialist
What is a degree with a foundation year at the School of Art, Architecture and Design?
This is a four-year degree course with a built-in foundation year (Year 0). A foundation year in our School of Art, Architecture and Design is the starting point for many of our art, architecture and design students and acts as an introduction to the wide range of creative practices explored within the University. You may join us with a clear idea of the subject you intend to study or you may use it as an opportunity to explore a number of different directions or experiment with your creativity. A foundation year degree is also a great choice if you don’t meet the necessary entry requirements for the standard undergraduate degree. You’ll graduate with a full undergraduate degree with the same title and award as those who studied the three-year course.