As a student on one of our photography courses, you’ll get to experiment, take risks and use your individuality and flair to become an expert in creating original visual work.
We have a strong ethos of conducting hands-on projects in studio environments with cutting-edge and traditional technology, giving you a platform to truly explore and push the boundaries of the discipline.
Some of the resources available for you to work with include generous studios, lighting, multi-platform digital suites (including Flextight scanners and high-end printers), and an impressive range of photographic equipment covering the analogue and digital spectrum of contemporary photography.
You’ll find unique opportunities for collaboration with students on other creative courses, teaming up with students from film, games, acting, journalism and fashion to produce exciting and diverse work which will enable you to create a comprehensive photography portfolio.
Staff and technicians on our courses include professionals who have exhibited across the world, such as internationally respected photographers Karen Knorr, Anna Fox, Jean Wainwright, Ori Gersht, Steffi Klenz, Natasha Caruana, Emmanuel Waeckerle and Sunil Gupta.
Our graduates have pursued careers in fashion, editorial, fine art and documentary photography as well as advertising, picture editing and gallery management. As an experiential learner, you’ll ultimately be driven by concept and intuition – setting you up for an exciting, successful future.
Photography courses are available at the following locations:
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 what some of our students and graduates think about their time at UCA
"Having the opportunity to be so ambitious and free with our photography has to be the best and most enjoyable aspect of the course, because it provides you with the opportunity to truly create a body of work which you are genuinely interested about and motivated to develop. "
"I remember the staff at the interview, how helpful they were even though they didn't have to advise me – I even received a reading list, it was brilliant! I was just smitten by the people here, and that's why I chose here and I have loved the experience. "