As a student on one of our Photography courses, we’ll encourage you to learn, think, see, create and play. We aim to ignite your passion for photography and provide you with inspiration and experience in this rich and varied discipline. We have a strong ethos of conducting hands-on work in studio environments, and we provide great opportunities for collaboration – being a specialist creative arts institution. You’ll get to experiment, take risks and use your individuality and flair to become an expert in creating original visual work.
Our dedicated staff have extensive experience as practitioners and researchers within the field, and will work to nurture your technical and core photographic abilities – from traditional to innovative, still to moving, analogue to high-end digital – both as an individual and within a networked community. As part of your degree, you’ll produce fresh and innovative work, striving to critically engage with audiences, ask questions and comment on the surrounding world. We’ll also equip you with useful skills in research and communication skills, critical reflection, ethical judgement, cultural knowledge, teamwork, and project management.
Once you’ve completed your degree with us, you’ll have accrued industry knowledge and experience engaging with external partners, and be confident with collaborative projects and exhibiting. Some of our graduates have pursued careers in fashion, editorial, fine art and documentary photography as well as advertising, picture editing and technical support. As an experiential learner, you’ll ultimately be driven by concept and intuition – setting you up for an exciting future in photography.
Photography courses are available at the following locations:
You can download the Photography Subject Guide to find out more about the courses we offer.
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Our Photography students benefit from a structured yet creative academic journey, accruing a wealth of cultural knowledge, a sense of critical curiosity and a strong contextual understanding. These sought-after skills open up a variety of career options. Recent graduates have worked in a variety of fields, including:
With our connections to the National Portrait Gallery, the Association of Photographers, the National Media Museum and Getty Images among many others, and news publications such as 125 Magazine and The Guardian, UCA graduates have progressed onto rewarding careers as picture editors, fashion and documentary photographers, lecturers, art directors, and fine art curators.
Our Photography degree also benefits from the input of visiting lecturers and a network of advisers and consultants, all of whom work within the industry and have achieved national and international acclaim. Some of our notable industry connections include:
Find out where our Photography courses have taken some of our students
"Within hours of joining UCA, I became part of a team designing, styling and photographing our own fashion shoot. Despite having no fashion background or any inclination towards it after our shoot was finished and images mastered, the experience had expanded my perception. This shows that at UCA you can adapt your creativity and individuality to any genre. "
"I started the course with little confidence and direction and am quite amazed at my transformation. The staff were very knowledgeable and fully supportive of my practice, building up my confidence through encouragement and helping me to progress further through constant input and constructive criticism. "