BA (Hons) Photography (Top-Up)

Transition from student to working professional as you solidify your photographic understanding using industry insight to steer your career trajectory towards your own devised specialism. Our Photography BA (Hons) Top-up Degree will allow you to sharpen your skills and zoom forward towards a career as a photographer in a range of contexts.


About the course

Our top-up programme encompasses academic study to contextualise your practical work. You will focus on your specialist area to conduct a personal photographic project that reflects and represents you as a photographer. You will also build a professional network and explore professional and photographic practice with a view to move directly into the industry.

Throughout the course you will be encouraged to develop your own professional practice and undertake new experiences, discovering new cultural and employment opportunities. Our students have previously visited cities such as London, Paris, Budapest, Berlin and New York. Additionally, draw inspiration from local artists in the Cultural Quarter of Leeds.

Your final practical photographic project will be exhibited externally, introducing you to the local art scene. You will also meet guest speakers from a variety of photographic genres such as Pippa Oldfield, Tessa Bunney, Danny North and Juno Calypso.

This course is validated by The Open University

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£7,950 (per academic year) - For home students commencing study in 2023

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Quarry Hill Campus

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Start Date

September 2023

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1 year

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Course Code

UCAS Course Code: W641 Institution code: L21

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Set in the HE Creative Arts block at Quarry Hill Campus, is a working Art Gallery. BLANK_ is a project space with an accompanying publication that showcases new contemporary creative practice in Leeds. There are plenty of opportunities for students to be involved, including assisting artists and technicians with installation, open events and invigilation. 

Find out more about BLANK_ here https://www.blank.org.uk/

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We are proud to work in partnership with

First FridaysLeft Bank Leeds164Curator SpaceThe Gallery at one six fourScreen Yorkshire  Film buddy

We are part of Screen Yorkshire’s Connected Campus initiative which works to forge closer links between TV and Film professionals, production companies, broadcasters and students. Through this initiative you will have access to a range of boot camps, masterclasses and special events, including visits to live sets and studios, industry workshops, visiting speakers and the opportunity to gain feedback on your work from industry professionals. The scheme is encouraged and supported by the broadcasters based in the region, including Channel 4, the BBC and ITV.

We are also members of Film Buddy UK who offer bespoke employability services to encourage, inspire and assist students directly into work experience placements and employment within the Film, Television & Creative Media Industries. UCL Creative Arts students have free registration with the company throughout their studies and have access to live Q and As with some of the world's leading specialists, mentoring support, access to work experience opportunities and FB-1, an online catalogue of interviews and podcasts with specialists from the screen industries.

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Creative Arts In Focus 2021

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Preview of student work in Transform Online Gallery Exhibition

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