BA (Hons) Photography Top Up

UCAS Code: G80 W6G4 Credit Level: 6 Credit Value: 120 Course Start Date: September Course Duration: One year full time
BA (Hons) Photography Top Up Awarding body

Your Programme

About the BA (Hons) Photography Top Up programme

This programme is intended to provide students progressing from a relevant FdA programme with the opportunity of gaining a full BA (Hons) in Photography. This Level 6 ‘top-up’ is designed to provide you with the space to select, design and extend an independent photography-based project alongside a written dissertation, as well as exploring the professional contexts in which photography is produced and assembling an exhibition of your work – the latter a vital skill for photographers in many genres.

A core aspect within the study of photography entails an engagement with the variant relationships that exist between areas of photographic practice and their artistic, industrial and social/cultural contexts. You will be encouraged to explore these issues whilst practising independence in terms of the planning, managing and organisation of both a long-term photographic project and an academic research project. Through these areas of practice, you will be required to articulate an appreciation and comprehension of key issues within contemporary photography, encouraging students to extend their photographic practice whilst also demonstrating the ability to situate their methodologies within an awareness of those practiced by other photographers – both contemporary and historical.

The programme is intended to provide you with the skills you need in order to progress on to postgraduate study in photography or related subjects, or to allow you entry into graduate level employment.

Entry Requirements

You will be required to have successfully completed 240 credits from the first two years of study on a Foundation Degree or DipHE in photography or related discipline, with a minimum average of 50% at level 5.

What you will learn

Level 6 (Honours Stage)

  • Creative and Professional Development (20 credits)
  • Major Project (40 credits)
  • Dissertation (40 credits)
  • Exhibition (20 credits)



Learning & Teaching Methods

This course is primarily designed for face-to-face learning, with attendance during lessons for the specified hours within the validation document. However, there may be periods of study where the government advises TEC Partnership that it is not safe to open campuses, or there is limited access due to social distancing measures. If the campus is closed, TEC Partnership will deliver your sessions online and offer you the necessary support and resources remotely. If there is limited access due to social distancing measures a blended model will be adopted, with some lessons taking place in small groups and others using online sessions and support.

Delivery will be predominantly via seminars and workshops intended to provide you with a space in which to practice your photography skills and comprehension of issues, with lectures designed to introduce new concepts. Some modules will require you to complete learning tasks in your own time, outside of scheduled classes. In the second year of study, you will be expected to display an increasing sense of ownership over your own work, culminating in a project which is entirely of your own devising and utterly self-directed.

Programme Benefits

At degree level, photography has been delivered within the Institute since 2003. The Institute therefore has both a committed and experienced course team and the resources needed to deliver the course successfully. The BA (Hons) in Photography Top-Up provides students with experience of working in a variety of genres of photography, both commercial and non-commercial, whilst building confidence with equipment and key concepts. The programme is designed to appeal equally to students interested in pursuing a career in commercial photography and those who are interested in photography as a means of cultural and personal expression, or who would like to practice documentary or fine art photography. Upon completion of the major project, you will have self-published your work and will therefore have something with which to market your skills as a photographer when you graduate from the programme. You will also have experience of staging and preparing an exhibition of photographic work.

What next?

Graduates from the programme may wish to progress on to postgraduate study – for example, an MA in Photography or a related discipline. Graduates may also consider working towards a teaching qualification (a Postgraduate Certificate in Education).

Alternatively, graduates may seek employment within the field of photography, either in a self-employed context or working for a larger company/organisation. Previous graduates of our degrees in photography have gone on to work in fields as diverse as photojournalism, fashion photography, advertising and industrial photography, portraiture and social/event photography.

On the other hand, graduates may seek to extend their practice in a fine art context, submitting their photographic work for exhibition in gallery-based settings or publication in books or magazines.