Why study this course?
Our Photography (including foundation year) BA (Hons) is a four-year degree that includes an intensive foundation year (Year 0), which will give you the chance to explore a range of creative approaches and build a substantial portfolio of work before you progress to your subsequent years of studying photography.
This is a great route into a photography degree, particularly if you don’t hold the necessary requirements to begin a three-year undergraduate photography degree. Visit londonmetarts.photography for a look at our students’ work, exhibitions, publications and more.
Our Photography (including foundation year) BA degree is one of a number of art and photography courses in our School of Art, Architecture and Design with an excellent reputation. Photography courses at London Met received a satisfation rating of 91% for academic support in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2021. We’re also ranked in the top 30 universities in the UK for art according to the Guardian university league tables 2022.
More about this course
During your foundation year you’ll have the opportunity to explore a number of different artistic directions and gain a broad spectrum of creative skills before going on to specialise more specifically in photography at the end of your first year of study.
You’ll begin your foundation year by undertaking a range of short and intensive studio workshops that will allow you to develop key photography skills and techniques, which will stand you in good stead for the rest of your degree. You’ll also develop a strong work ethic, which is essential when studying an art-related degree.
You will follow these intensive workshops with longer projects that will allow you to delve deeper into your own creative style and approach, strengthening your independence as an artist and photographer.
You will also look at creative practice from a contemporary, conceptual, cultural and historical context through lectures and seminars.
Feedback is essential to your development as a creative practitioner, so throughout the course there will be plenty of opportunities for your peers and tutors to critique your work. This will not only allow you to improve your artistic practice, but will also help you prepare for the exhibition at the end of the year, when your work will be on show to the general public.
After completing your foundation year, you will study the same modules and content as students enrolled on our Photography BA (Hons).
However, if you decide during your foundation year that you’d prefer to specialise in another art-related subject, there will be flexibility to do this.
You will be assessed via project work, essays and an individual portfolio.
Where this course can take you
Our Photography (including foundation year) BA degree opens up a wide range of careers on graduation. While many of our graduates go on to become freelance or in-house photographers, there are also opportunities in graphic design, illustration, digital marketing, video-editing and education.
This degree is also an excellent foundation for postgraduate study.
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.