BA (Hons) in Contemporary Photography

Level 1 Diploma

Course Location


Stockport College


Stockport College

Further Details


University Level


Art & Design

Course Start Date

Monday 2nd September 2024

Course Duration

, 3 Years

Course Time

09:00 - 17:00

Course Fee

£ 8200.00

Course Code


Course Overview

On this degree-relevant course, you’ll examine several facets of what it means to be a professional photographer in the twenty-first century.

Course Requirements

All applications will be considered individually however offers will usually be based on:

64 UCAS points (those with 48 UCAS points will be considered for an interview)
BTEC Level 3 qualification (2 years) in relevant subject
Other related Level 3 qualifications
Normally 4 GCSEs at grade C or above (or numeric score of 4/5 under newly reformed GCSE grading), including maths or English
An Access to Higher Education Diploma in relevant area

Related work experience will be considered in place of formal qualifications

What you will Learn


Whilst there are no formal examinations – We usde a wide range of assessment methods throughout the course. You will also be encouraged to assess and evaluate your own progress and the work of others as part of your studies. The course values the ability to reflect on learning and to use assessment as a tool to improve and get better. You will receive regular verbal and written feedback throughout the year culminating in key assessment points when summative* feedback in provided.

*Summative assessment is where you recieve a mark for your work.


You can progress into a variety of careers in photography, arts and creative industries. Graduates have found employment in teaching, editorial & amp; PR photography, magazine work, arts-based commissions, self-employment, forensic and medical photography and commercial photography both in the UK and abroad. You can also take up a place on Masters programmes or other postgraduate study, including teaching in primary, secondary or post compulsory education.

Career Options

Mandatory Units

Contact Details

Extra Costs Involved

Access to digital equipment including laptops and printing facilities is provided. Whilst the course has a stock of cameras including medium format, students are expected to have already invested in a camera of their own but this is not essential to start the course. You might be expected to visit events as part of your studies that would sometimes require extra cost. There is an annual residential to an International destination which whilst not compulsory is strongly recommended. Previous destinations have included Berlin, Krakow, Budapest, Barcelona and New York.

Exam Validation Body

Awarded by Sheffield Hallam University.

Hours Per Week

12 hours per week

How Long To Complete

The course runs for three years, full-time.

Programme Structure

The degree programme has been designed so that year 1 will establish the foundations in a broad range of photography practice. In year 2, concepts and techniques are further developed and refined. In Year 3, you gradually build more autonomy, establishing your own professional and creative identity as a proficient and multi-skilled ‘Industry-ready’ photographer.

Contact Details

For further information please email


Although every care has been taken to ensure that the information contained within this document is accurate, there may be changes to this programme and provision. We will endeavour to keep prospective and current students updated where appropriate and when the information becomes available.
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