Undergraduate Photography Degrees

Photography provides one of the most exciting and important visual forms of global communication. Our degree will make the most of your potential.

You'll have the freedom to explore your individuality and pursue your goals. All with the support of tutors with industry expertise. They'll share their experiences in editorial, advertising, public relations, fashion, documentary, and art.

Expert guest lectures, photographic briefs and work experience opportunities will give you the rest. That's great networking and possibilities for employment.

With access to professional camera equipment, studios and Apple computers, you'll be kitted out. Added to that, our Adobe and Apple certified technicians will be on hand to assist you. No wonder 95% of students scored us for satisfaction in the 2016 National Student Survey.

Courses

What our staff and students say

Being able to combine my love of both photography and fashion is very important to me as it allows me to express myself creatively.

Kelsey Johnson - BA(Hons) Photography

Photography at Staffordshire University is an intense and challenging course. It constantly pushes you to reach your full potential, whilst giving you the freedom to be creative in a supportive environment.

Charlie Gajda - BA(Hons) Photography

Your individuality will be at the very heart of our teaching. The freedom to pursue your goals will be supported by us, through our expertise and knowledge.

David Noble - BA(Hons) Photography Lecturer

Facilities

We've designed our subjects and courses to reflect the roles and careers our students want, so when you graduate you'll industry ready. You'll learn in authentic industry facilities with access to all the kit you'll need.

Equipment

Throughout your studies, you will have access to the very best cameras, both top end digital and film.


Studios

When you're not on location, you'll perfect your skills in studios equipped with industry-standard lighting rigs and tethered Mac computers.


Industry Standard

You'll also work on the most up-to-date Macs and monitors, as well as printers from A4 up to A1 print sizes.


Darkroom

Plus, because we still maintain black and white darkrooms, you'll even be able to work with film, and print chemically, if you choose.


Careers

You'll learn the practical and creative skills required for success in a professional market.

You may think that a photographic career means you will always be behind the camera. But the industry is much more varied than that. Imagine being the picture editor for the NME. A photographer's agent. A design consultant. A studio manager. A top digital retoucher. Well, you'll find our graduates in all these roles.

In fact, you'll find our graduate right across the fields of photography. Moscow Vogue, The River Cottage, Top Shop and Miss Selfridge are just a few destinations.

Employment Opportunities:

Throughout your studies, we'll help you to discover your own photographic ambitions. These could include:

  • Picture Researcher
  • News and Sport Photographer
  • Picture Editing
  • Public Relations Photographer
  • Retouching
  • Arts Administration
  • Gallery Educations Officer
  • Photo Historian
  • Documentary Photographer
  • Teaching
  • Editorial Photographer
  • Studio Manager

Guaranteed Work Experience

Who says students have never done a day's work? We provide the opportunity of work experience for all new students joining us.

With over 40 years experience of teaching photography, we've forged strong industry links. We work hard to gain placements so that you gain considerable knowledge of how the industry works.

You'll have the opportunity to assist the biggest names in photography, like Rankin. You'll be supported for top awards and competitions. Previous wins include the Jerwood and Ideas Tap. And our visiting lecturer programme gives you access to contemporary practitioners. Weekly insights can range from Magnum Photos to an assignment for National Geographic! You'll also hear from acclaimed photographers.

You'll also benefit from exhibition trips to London, Manchester and Birmingham as well as the opportunity for working trips to Cardiff and visits to New York and Paris.

Work Experience Opportunities

Students on our Photography and Photojournalism degrees have worked with:

  • The Guardian
  • NME
  • Staffordshire University
  • Prince's Regeneration Trust
  • Daily Express