This forward-looking and progressive Photography BA course will help you to develop an
understanding of the diverse range of photographic practices and opportunities open to
you. It is centred around each individual constructing a unique and personal creative
identity and understanding how to make the most of this within diverse professional
As well as developing your individual creative practice and portfolio, you’ll build up a wide array of professional and transferable skills needed for a career as a professional photographer or associated professions, ranging from being a curator, picture editor or art director to a photographer’s agent, producer or retoucher. The degree covers 35mm, medium format both digital and analogue photography as well as large format analogue practices, and is taught at one of the UK’s very few art schools equipped with both colour and black-and-white darkroom facilities.
The course not only enables you to build excellent industry standard photographic skills
and theoretical knowledge to support and extend your creative vision, but also helps you
apply these to moving image work as well as more adventurous and experimental outcomes on the margins of traditional practice.
You’ll be supported by our team of experienced tutors, all of whom are active practitioners carrying out commissions and or regularly showcasing their work nationally and internationally.
You could have the opportunity to take part in both national and international study visits, where you’ll learn to apply knowledge to live briefs and other work-related scenarios. Alongside regular, publicly accessible university exhibitions of on-going work, you’ll be encouraged to exhibit your own work with London based and national art groups, London Met has strong links with several art groups including Alternative Arts, Photomonth Festival, Four Corners Film and Photography, London Independent Photographers and the Uncertain States group.
You’ll also have access, and the chance to contribute, to the East End Photography
Archive at The Cass.
There are no exams on this course. Instead, you’ll be assessed through practical and written coursework at the end of each year and throughout the course you’ll be given valuable verbal and written feedback as your work progresses.
What our students say
„This is an enjoyable and rewarding course which provides an exciting engagement with current photography practice. It allowed me to develop my own approach to the discipline, equipping me with a range of subject-specific and transferable skills. It also provided me with the experience and confidence to go on to my MA.”
Elizabeth Vicary, former student
After the course
The Photography BA course opens up a number of job roles in the photography and creative industries, enabling you to pursue a career in magazines and newspapers, editorial and freelance photography, archive work, photo libraries, education and local or national arts organisations.
Previous students have gone on to find work at a diverse range of companies and have taken up roles such as photographer, curator, photo journalist, web designer and videographer. Others have used the transferable skills they developed through this course to fulfil roles in local government, teaching and entrepreneurship.
Successful artists who have attended The Cass include Tracy Emin, Paddy Jolley, Sam Taylor-Wood, Suky Best, Leticia Valverdes and many others.
This degree is also excellent preparation for postgraduate study.