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BA (Hons) Commercial Photography

This degree is awarded by Teesside University

This highly vocational programme aims to prepare graduates and produce creative photographers with a good level of practical, professional and cultural knowledge who are capable of establishing themselves in the professional arena.
Working in our new, state-of-the-art studios and teaching rooms, students will gain a solid understanding of photographic practice and theory and will be taught by experienced, enthusiastic staff.
We offer specialist state of the art photographic equipment that includes a dedicated digital photographic studio fitted with the latest Bowens studio track lighting equipment. Creative edit suite with Apple Macintosh Computers and current software.

The programme also benefits from an affiliate membership of the British Institute of Professional Photographers (BIPP), with the possibility of students becoming licentiate members.

No Awarding body

Duration of Course:

3 Years

Entry requirements:

You will need a minimum of 200 UCAS points or hold a relevant Access Certificate / Diploma with appropriate units. In line with the widening participation brief, however, the Institute will also encourage applications from students who lack formal qualifications.

All applicants irrespective of entry qualification(s) will be formally interviewed. All interviewees will be required to present a portfolio of practical work.

All such non-traditional applicants will be interviewed, set an appropriate piece of work and a judgement made taking into account their academic potential and relevant experience. 

International Students also require an IELTS score of 5.5 in all areas or a B2 equivalent English Language qualification

What you will learn:

Level 4
Photography Skills
Visual Representation
Introduction to Digital Imaging
Daguerreotype to Digital - Critical and Cultural Studies in Photography
Photojournalism and Documentary Photography
Advanced Digital Imaging

Level 5
Advertising Photography (Studio)
Advertising Photography (Location)
Representation - Critical and Cultural Studies in Photography
Industrial Photography
Commercial Fine Art Photography
Research Skills for Photography

Level 6
Final Written Study Preparation
Final Major Project Research
Professional Practice
Final Major Project
Final Written Study

How is the course assessed:

Whilst on this programme students will be assessed using a variety of methods: traditional essays/reports, presentations, reflective based assignments, research logs together with methods appropriate to the nature of the programme such as practical based assessments (page layouts for web or print), portfolios of images (e.g. digitally enhanced), creative work books and a final project. All assessment methods are designed to incorporate key skills which are transferable to the workplace.

Employment information:

Upon successful completion of their degree, graduates will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to pursue a new career, or advance an existing one in commercial photography. Careers in commercial photography exist across a wide variety of industries such as those related to television, newspapers, advertising, photographic studios and publishers. Careers in commercial photography are very competitive. As a result degree level qualifications should give the student an advantage when applying for such positions. Employers look favourably upon graduates with a strong portfolio of work and the academic ethos to fulfil their commercial needs.


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Equal Opportunities

The Grimsby Instutute Group guarantees that it will deal fairly and effectively with all students, staff and visitors and offer equality of opportunity on the basis of age, creed, gender, impairment, learning difficulty, marital status, national origin, race, religion or sexuality.

Students have the right to expect that this will apply to them without prejudice or discrimination and that they also have the obligation to deal fairly and effectively with other students and staff regardless of age, creed, gender, impairment, learning difficulty, marital status, national origin, race, religion or sexuality.

The Grimsby Institute Group will endeavour to comply with the Equality Act 2010 and additional duties, which requires public bodies to make every effort to support persons with disability.

Course was last updated on 6/11/2013