Photography (including foundation year) - BA (Hons)

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.

Course details

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.
  • Mode of study: 2 -3 days campus
  • Intake: September , January
  • Course length: 3-4 years
  • Course fee: £9,250 per year
  • Location: London

London Metropolitan University

Course overview

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.


Entry requirements

at least one A level (or a minimum of 32 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Subsidiary/National/BTEC Extended Diploma)

English Language GCSE at grade C/4 or above or will need to take the University English test

What the students say

I am much better at communicating and feel more ready to launch into a professional environment. Great access to tutors who are as helpful as possible and give good feedback.


The modules listed below are for the academic year 2022/23 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

  • Critical & Contextual Studies: Foundation (core, 30 credits)
  • Formats (core, 30 credits)
  • Project (core, 30 credits)
  • Techniques (core, 30 credits)
  • Critical & Contextual Studies 1 (Art) (core, 30 credits)
  • Project Work 1 (core, 30 credits)
  • Techniques: Photography (core, 30 credits)
  • Visual Intelligence (core, 30 credits)
  • Critical & Contextual Studies 2 (Art) (core, 30 credits)
  • Methods and Enquiry 1 (core, 30 credits)
  • Professional Practice 1: Photography (core, 30 credits)
  • Project Work 2 (core, 30 credits)
  • Critical & Contextual Studies 3: Dissertation (Art) (core, 30 credits)
  • Major Project (core, 30 credits)
  • Methods and Enquiry 2 (core, 30 credits)
  • Professional Practice 2: Photography (core, 30 credits)