Photography (extended degree)

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  • Roehampton is ranked in the top 20 universities in the country for Photography (Guardian University Guide 2019)
  • 93% of students satisfied with the teaching on the course (National Student Survey 2017)
  • 100% of graduates are in work or further study after 6 months (Destination of Leavers of Higher Education survey 2016).
  • Teaching staff on the Photography degree actively research or have recent commercial photography experience.
  • High specification equipment and studio facilities, including an industry-standard medium format digital camera.
  • Study in our brand-new, state-of-the-art media facilities – find out more.


You'll develop advanced technical skills and gain a wide-ranging understanding of contemporary photographic culture by engaging with provocative theories. Plus, you’ll benefit from being on the doorstep of London's vibrant creative scene, with some of the world’s leading magazines, agencies, studios and galleries within easy reach.

Our Photography BA will develop your visual and intellectual engagement with photography as well as your technical skills.

The extended degree programmes include a foundation year, which will provide you with a sound introduction to key elements needed for studying Photography at degree level. Our extended degree programme will provide you with a thorough and supportive academic preparation for study. The foundation year is carefully designed to build confidence in your abilities, develop essential academic and study skills, and provide you with the subject specific knowledge essential for success.

You'll develop a range of key photographic skills including the use of 35mm film cameras, film processing, DSLR cameras, medium and large format cameras as well as studio and location lighting. You'll become familiar with the use of relevant software packages including Photoshop and Capture One, as well as digital darkroom skills such as scanning and printing. On campus you'll have access to two industry standard studios, a darkroom and two Mac suites that will facilitate your work.

You'll gain an in depth understanding of contemporary and historical photographic practices and their diverse uses in various cultural fields such as journalism, fine art, fashion, editorial, advertising, and web design. You'll also explore the relationship between photography and cognate disciplines such as cultural studies, anthropology and philosophy.

The course will familiarise you with the work of key theorists and practitioners involved in the ongoing development of the field such as Roland Barthes, and Broomberg and Chanarin, and you'll acquire a range of practical skills, such as project management, presentation skills, and problem identification and solving.

During the course you'll develop your own portfolio of work and for the past seven years, final year students have exhibited their work at Free Range in Brick Lane, which provides an ideal platform for exposure as well as opportunities to meet vital industry contacts.

We currently offer opportunities to explore career options, which will enable you to understand different career choices, evaluate your own strengths and weaknesses and learn how to present an excellent application. There are also opportunities to undertake a work placement.

During the foundation year, you will take modules in English and Maths which will develop your core academic and study skills. The syllabus includes a year-long module relevant to your chosen degree subject, such as Communication and Representation Essentials. This will provide you with a subject specific knowledge in Photography which is essential for success in your degree.

In your first year, you will undertake practical projects exploring both analogue and digital photography. Projects can involve producing prints, photobooks and working with image and text. A series of workshops will introduce you to key technical skills including software, camera and lighting skills. Plus, some modules will cover theoretical materials on visual culture with the aim of developing your analytical and written skills.

In the second year, you will have the opportunity to focus your practical and conceptual skills in a number of different areas, including working with portrait, landscape and documentary photography. We currently offer a module on Commodity Culture, which could see you developing your own advertising campaign, book, magazine, fashion spread, website or exhibition. Other modules currently include Photography and the Home and Identity and Difference.

The emphasis in your third year is on your independent project and research. You'll get the opportunity to develop and produce your own body of high-quality work to an industry-level standard. In other modules, you will be able to continue with improve your portfolio or your critical understanding of photography. You will also have the option of undertaking an extended piece of written research, supported by our team of expert staff.

Photography work from our alumni

Here are some of the modules we currently offer:

Foundation Year

Communication for Academic Purposes 1
Communication for Academic Purposes 2
Operational Mathematics
Media Practice 1
Media Practice 2

Year 1

Compulsory module
The Photobook
Reading Photography
Remix Photography
Photographic Practice 1
Introduction to Digital Media

Optional module
Truth and Fiction

Year 2

Compulsory module
Photographic Practice 2

Optional modules
Photojournalism and Documentary Practices
Visual Storytelling
Space and Place
Career Preparation

Year 3

Compulsory Modules
Project Proposal
Independent Project
Contemporary Photographic Practices
Professional Portfolio

Optional Modules
Work Placement
Extended Essay


Compulsory and Required modules
Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.

Optional modules
Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.

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

This course offers all students the option to apply for a one-year paid work placement between years 2 & 3 of the course. A placement year is the perfect opportunity to gain valuable work experience and skills within an industry or sector of choice.

In your first two years of study you will learn about industry needs and skills required to be successful in applying for a placement through a series of workshops and curriculum based sessions. You will be encouraged to develop your Personal Development Plan and CV and will be provided with access to the University's support services including Placements, Careers and Academic Guidance.

Please note, the Placements team will offer support and guidance in searching for and applying to placements, however a placement cannot be guaranteed.

We have opened a brand new media centre for 2020

Life at Roehampton

At Roehampton, we can offer all new students the opportunity to live in accommodation on our beautiful parkland campus, including affordable and high-end options.

We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.

We provide plenty of opportunities for you to get involved, through volunteering, playing sport or music, or joining one of our many active student societies.

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