Fashion Photography

BA (Hons) - UCA Rochester - 2019, 2020

Our BA (Hons) Fashion Photography course at UCA Rochester gives you the opportunity to produce original, highly creative work which explores the established and expanded conventions within the field of contemporary fashion photography.

Engaging with the boundaries of artifice and exaggeration as well as rawness and realness, you’ll emerge from this course with a grounding in photographic, professional and critical skills.

We offer a dynamic and challenging curriculum through which you’ll encounter photography as a specific medium with its own particular histories.

You’ll also learn about fashion’s representation as a site of transience and contestation as well as a site of luxury, aspiration and elegance.

You’ll be able to work with other students in our School of Fashion on exciting, unique briefs. Led by our team of internationally renowned, research-active academics and professionals, you’ll produce fresh, creative and provocative work for both course and independent projects.

With outward-facing commissions, strong industry and alumni connections, and a shared visiting lecturer programme with the BA (Hons) Photography course, you’ll gain a strong, competitive knowledge of both technical and conceptual theories essential to the working environment in fashion photography. You'll establish a sustainable photographic practice in the creative industries, graduating with experience and practical business knowledge alongside advanced technological skills.

You’ll be given access to the extensive network of connections on offer from tutors, alumni, visiting lecturers and postgraduate photography students, all to accommodate a strong foundation in the photographic industry.

Studying on our BA (Hons) Fashion Photography course will give you access to photographic studios, film processing suites, colour and black and white darkrooms, professional digital processing suites and up-to-date camera equipment in order to bring your ideas to life.

Some of our industry contacts include the AOP (Association of Photographers), Graduate Fashion Week, 125 Magazine, The Guardian, Men’s File Magazine, The Print Space, Genesis Imaging, Free Range, The Photographers’ Gallery, Creative Advice Network and many others.

Our graduates have landed roles in a dazzling range of fields, including fashion, editorial, advertising, fine art, production and post-production, digital imaging, video editing, art buying and direction, picture editing and research, image management and marketing.

Length of study:

Three years full-time


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2019, 2020

Entry requirements:

112 UCAS tariff points

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Course details

  • Year 1

    In the first year, you'll be introduced to the University and the technical workshops and facilities available to you. 

    The course will introduce you to some core photographic skills and genres (including landscapes, portraiture, street photography and montage) whilst also engaging in fashion industry specifics such as editorials, fashion film and storytelling skills.

    You'll examine the relation of photography to environment, with a particular emphasis on space. Internal and external, urban and rural environments are an important feature of our cultural, social and political experience. And the critical consideration of the complexities of environment represents an important aspect of contemporary practice. This unit provides you with the opportunity to explore these ideas through the genres of documentary, architecture, landscape and street photography.

    Styling Identity
    You'll extend your knowledge of creative fashion styling, identity and image creation practice from a theoretical and practical perspective. This unit aims to use and explore various approaches to research, and empower you in the complex process of analysing a more diverse range of sources and interpreting your findings in a wider range of outcomes.

    Image Making
    After a basic introduction to a range of different methodologies, exploring the notions of the singular image, tableau, series and/or montage, you'll decide on the mode of production of your work. Your project can be realised in the studio, with the option to undertake set-builds; or on location, as appropriate to your concept. This will be a visual project with outputs such as a book, exhibition, installation, moving image, magazine, zine or online publication.

    Individual Project
    This concludes the first year. It encourages you to reflect upon your progress so far, consolidate your successes and begin to make work that's not defined by a set brief but driven by personal research and exploration.

  • Year 2

    The second year focus is on finding your own specialist way of working and you’ll be encouraged and supported to start working more independently. During this year you may also have the opportunity to complete an industry work placement or even study abroad. 

    Fashion Film
    Moving image plays an increasingly central role in fashion and photography. In this unit you'll examine how the use of moving image affects both the promotion and consumption of fashion, through critical thinking and creative practice. This unit challenges you both creatively and intellectually; it enables you to build concepts for fashion films, learn the technical and professional skills necessary to realise those concepts and successfully promote fashion through moving image.

    Exposure: The Festival
    This unit runs alongside, and directly interacts with the Fashion Film unit. The project that you produce for either of these units will be exhibited as part of the Medway Photo Festival. The unit develops your understanding of producing, developing and presenting work for an external audience.

    This unit aims to examine the use of narrative within photographic practice and associated creative disciplines. Stories emerge from media in a number of different ways, including models of mood creation, scene setting and resolution, but also through fragmentation, association and juxtaposition.

    Photographic Futures
    This unit serves to consolidate your learning throughout the second year of this degree course. It's designed to synthesise your understanding of your own work with audiences, expectations, publication and dissemination of photographic work.

    Study Abroad (optional)
    This optional unit is designed to broaden your educational experience and deepen your understanding of cultural diversity. It will enable you to study within a different cultural context and gain fresh perspectives.

  • Year 3

    The third year will see you achieve a greater level of independence with self-managed research, study and practice, resulting in a final major project and a written dissertation. 

    You’ll have the opportunity to fully demonstrate your style and your understanding of fashion and creativity through your final major project, accompanied by your thesis.

    Major Project
    Requires you to make a significant body of work. You'll draw upon the skills and knowledge you've acquired on the course. You're encouraged to employ an experimental and creative approach to the generation of ideas and the making of work, supported by an advanced creative methodology. Essentially, your independently led project requires sustained critical development, strong conceptual ideas, risk taking, aesthetic judgement, and sophisticated communication with a detailed understanding of context.

    The Exposure unit has several outcomes and is intended to help you progress your photographic practice within an external context along with your communication and professional skills. The unit is run throughout Year 3 and has two distinct elements. The first element is to produce a photographic body of work along with associated contextual input with a professional client. Secondly, you will produce a professional dossier that will include your career plan, personal branding, evidence to accompany your input into the Year 3 exhibitions and a photographic portfolio.

    Independent Research
    You'll undertake a substantial period of sustained, individually negotiated research on a subject that is likely to be related to the contextual and/ or theoretical concerns of your chosen area of study (which may include specific disciplinary concern and/or wider cultural practice).

  • Study abroad

    This course offers the opportunity to study abroad for part of your second year. To find out more about studying abroad as part of your course please see the Study Abroad section:

  • Fees

    Find out all about the fees for studying with us, as well as the grants, loans and other financial support you may be entitled to:

What our students say


There are two large photographic studios with digital work stations; film processing and photographic printing facilities including colour and black and white darkrooms and a dedicated digital area with specialist software for photo editing and high quality photographic printers.

Course connections

On this course, you'll be exposed to a world of opportunities

  • Industry links

    Through industry-facing project briefs, strong links with practitioners at multiple levels, portfolio reviews, visiting lectures, studio visits and a notable series of course publications and annual exhibitions, students are afforded many opportunities to gain valuable contacts and experience within the world of photography. Our industry contacts include:

    • theprintspace
    • Metro Imaging
    • Carl Lyttle (3D specialist)
    • DDB (advertising agency)
    • Burnham Niker (leading photographers’ agency)
    • Getty Images
    • Royal Engineers Museum & Archive
    • 125 Magazine
    • Medway Council
    • Association of Photographers.  

    Past and present guest lecturers have included: 

    • Victor Burgin
    • Simon Norfolk
    • Tom Hunter
    • Edmund Clarke
    • Dan Holdsworth
    • Dinu Li
    • Rut Blees Luxemburg
    • Sophie Rickett
    • Stephen Gill
    • Eva Stenram
    • John Stezaker
    • Simon Roberts
    • Chrystel Lebas
    • Anne Hardy
    • Esther Teichmann
    • Tim Flach
    • Melissa Moore.
  • Careers

    Our graduates have landed roles in a dazzling range of fields, including:

    • Fashion
    • Editorial
    • Advertising
    • Fine Art
    • Freelance photography
    • Post-production
    • Digital imaging
    • Video editing
    • Production
    • Art buying and direction
    • Picture editing
    • Research
    • Image management
    • Marketing.
  • Further study

    You may also like to consider further study at postgraduate level.


How to apply - 2019 entry

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We are still accepting applications for 2019 entry via UCAS - get your application in now.
If applying directly to us, you can apply throughout the year but we recommend you apply as early as possible so you have time to arrange accommodation and visas.

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Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

Along with your portfolio, the standard entry requirements* for this course are:

One of the following:

  • 112 new UCAS tariff points, see accepted qualifications
  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3 or 4)
  • Distinction, Merit, Merit at BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Merit at UAL Extended Diploma
  • 112 new UCAS tariff points from an accredited Access to Higher Education Diploma in appropriate subject
  • 27-30 total points in the International Baccalaureate Diploma with at least 15 IB points at Higher level, see more information about IB entry requirements.

And four GCSE passes at grade A*-C and/or grade 4-9 including English (or Functional Skills English/Key Skills Communication Level 2).

Other relevant and equivalent Level 3 UK and international qualifications are considered on an individual basis, and we encourage students from diverse educational backgrounds to apply.

*We occasionally make offers which are lower than the standard entry criteria, to students who have faced difficulties that have affected their performance and who were expected to achieve higher results. We consider the strength of our applicants’ portfolios, as well as their grades - in these cases, a strong portfolio is especially important.

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Your portfolio

For this course we will require you to attend an Applicant Day and bring your portfolio for assessment. You’ll need to present a visual portfolio, one or two selected sketchbooks and/ or supporting material, and two samples of written work (ideally essays) – we’d prefer to look at visual work in a printed format, and are happy to see this complemented with digital work. We don’t expect polished portfolios, but we are looking to see that you’ve put some thought and effort into the making of your images and into the organisation and presentation of your portfolio. Further information on how to compile a portfolio and the specific requirements for examples of work to be included will be provided on the Applicant Portal after you apply.

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