Why study at Roehampton

  • Roehampton is ranked number one out of London universities for film, production and photography (Guardian University Guide 2016). 
  • Teaching staff actively research or have recent commercial photography experience.
  • High specification equipment and studio facilities, including an industry-standard medium format digital camera.
  • Roehampton is ranked best modern university in London (Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015).
  • We are the most research-intensive modern university in the UK (Research Excellence Framework 2015).

You will benefit from London‘s vibrant creative scene with some of the world’s leading magazines, agencies, studios and galleries based in the capital.

This course will develop your visual and intellectual engagement with photography. You will develop advanced technical skills and gain a wide-ranging understanding of contemporary photographic culture by engaging with provocative theories.

You will have access to an industry standard studio, darkroom and two Mac suites that will facilitate your work.

More details

Year-by-year summary

First year

Students will engage with a number of specific practical projects exploring different ways of working with photography using both analogue and digital photography. Projects will involve producing prints, photobooks and working with image and text. Throughout the year a series of workshops will introduce key technical skills including software, camera and lighting skills. In addition, some modules will introduce to a range of theoretical materials on visual culture with the aim of developing students’ analytical and written skills through essay-based assessments.

Second year

In the second year students will have the opportunity to focus their practical and conceptual skills in a number of different areas including working with portrait, landscape and documentary photography. Students will continue to develop their technical and written skills, becoming more proficient and accomplished in both areas. They will also have the opportunity to enroll on a Career Preparation module.

Third year

Although the emphasis in year three is on independent research, students will also benefit from structured lecture programmes and tutorial support. Most students will produce a large-scale practical project developed over the course of both semesters. Students will be able to continue with dedicated employability modules including the Portfolio module in which students produce a professional portfolio in their chosen area. In addition, students will produce an extended piece of written research in the Dissertation module.

Teaching methods

  • Workshops
  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Group presentations
  • Tutorials
  • Gallery and museum visits
  • Field trips

Assessment methods

Practical work is assessed in a group "crit" situation where staff feedback on students’ work; students are also encouraged to participate in the provision of feedback to their peers. Assessment of theoretical work typically involves the marking of essays and the subsequent provision of written and oral feedback. Students have many opportunities for feedback on all their assessments, both practical and written, prior to submission at the end of the module.

Typical timetable

Modules often involve a split between theory and practice. During the first and second years, students receive a substantial amount of tutor-led input, although students are strongly encouraged to develop an independent approach to learning. During the third year the emphasis is on self-directed independent learning with continuous tutorial support.

Examples of assignments

Typical assignments in the first year include practice-based projects focused on a particular genre with some modules including the submission of a 1,500-word essay engaging with an aspect of visual culture.

Recommended reading

Bate, David (2009) Photography: The Key Concepts, Oxford: Berg

Bull, Stephen (2010) Photography, London: Routledge.

Sawdon Smith, R, Langford, M & Fox, A (2010) Langford's Basic Photography: The Guide for Serious Photographers, Focal Press: London

Photography work from our alumni

What our students say

Henrik Egeland, BA Photography student
“Our beautiful campus really inspires my work, plus being so close to one of the capitals of the modern photography industry provides plenty of opportunities for me to start my photography career”.

Henrik Egeland, BA Photography
International student from Norway

Example modules

  • Photography and Commodity Culture
  • Project Proposal
  • Independent Project

Career options

Our students have gone on to work in freelance photography, arts administration and creative roles in advertising, public relations and marketing.

UCAS code




BA Single Honours
BA/BSc Combined Honours

Combined honours

Entry tariff

280 points

Specific entry requirements »

General entry requirements »


Media, Culture and Language »


3 (full-time), 5–7 (part-time) years

Tuition fees

£9,000 (2016; UK/EU) »

£12,500 (2016; International) »

Cash scholarships and bursaries available »

Programme outline

View the full details »

View Key Information Set »


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Further information

Contact our Recruitment team
undergraduate@roehampton.ac.uk »
+44 (0)20 8392 3232

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