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Photography BA (Hons) (top-up from HND) (full-time)

Our Photography degree takes a practical approach to exploring the photograph within a range of contemporary practices and contexts. This will extend to a critical understanding of the subject and allows the scope for you to develop your creativity and professionalism. 

Your learning will be informed by historical and current references as well as cultural and social contexts so that you can understand the impact that photography can have and the change it can inspire, as well as developing your professional practice. We will also support you to engage in live projects, competitions and exhibitions so that you are prepared for the professional field of photography when you graduate.

Students will benefit from the opportunity to engage with the University of Northampton’s annual Subject Futures Week, an exciting event and an excellent opportunity for students to explore the potential of their course and understand where it can lead them beyond graduation.

Entry requirements

To begin this course you will need a Photography BTEC HND.

Course content

Confirmed units:

  • Practice Exhibition (80 credits)
  • Career Development in Photographic Practices (40 credits)

Assessment methods

100% module assignments.

Further study and career options

Course progression: You would be well positioned for postgraduate study.

Career progression: Our Photography degree is excellent preparation for a range of careers in fields such as the commercial and public sectors, marketing, public relations and specialised fields. You could develop your practice as an independent artist and pursue collaborations, commissions, publication and exhibition opportunities.

Additional information

The course benefits from links with the Cyprus College of Art and Erasmus exchange opportunities to Spain.

Pay by instalments

The College offers an instalment plan for Further Education and Higher Education courses to students where the total amount payable at the point of enrolment is £200 or more. Within the scheme there is an ability to pay up to 7 instalments, depending on the length of the courses and the final payment must be paid at least a month before the end of the course.

Additional costs

  • Resource fee of £150 to cover material costs.
How to apply

To enrol on this course you must apply through the University & Colleges Admission Service (UCAS) using the institution code BEDF B23 and the course code PHT1. Visit or call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

You also need to register with the University of Northampton:

  • Visit, type Photography into the keywords and it will bring up the programme. Once clicked, it will bring up a list of session codes, CBAAPHOTOTU - 3F9BF is the code you need.
  • It is recommended that you use Google Chrome, Safari or Mozilla Firefox as opposed to Internet Explorer
  • In additional to capturing your personal information, the university requires you to upload a personal statement document and upload scans of your qualification certificates
  • You will also need to indicate how you will be paying the tuition fees: HE loan, self-fee payer, sponsor/employer to pay fees etc. If your employer should be invoiced, you will also need to upload a letter of authorisation from your employer on headed paper confirming this.

Course Information & How to Apply

You will need to apply online via the University of Northampton's website at: – it is recommended that you use Google Chrome, Safari or Mozilla Firefox as opposed to Internet Explorer.

LengthStart DateFeesLocationCourse Code
1 year 21/09/2020 Course fees for 2020 intakes to be confirmed Cauldwell Street L1647

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Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.