• Application Deadline
  • 36 months


With its outstanding reputation for nurturing new talent, our BA Photography will help you become a highly creative, technically experienced professional. You’ll develop imaginative approaches to image making which will set you apart within the creative, media and arts industries.

The School of Arts has a long-standing reputation for excellence in the field of photography. Our state of the art facilities are the envy of many experienced professional photographers. We offer a free equipment loan centre for students, full of the latest high-spec cameras so don’t worry about not owning the latest model – we do!

University of Derby was one of the first UK institutions to launch a photography degree and boast over half a century of heritage in photographic education. You’ll draw on that proud tradition while working at the cutting edge of technology. You’ll learn from experienced professionals and tutors of the highest calibre, using extensive industry-standard studio, darkroom and digital facilities. Live briefs set by external clients, gallery visits, overseas study trips, exhibitions, festivals and competitions will bring an exciting dimension to your studies.  

The BA (Hons) Photography course values and encourages imaginative and inventive approaches to photography and supports all types of work, including black and white, colour and digital. You'll learn through a combination of lectures, technical workshops, seminars, group critiques and individual tutorials. You'll also go on regular gallery visits and be able to hear high profile guest lectures regularly.

The BA Photography (Hons) degree finishes with a professional final exhibition at our degree show, where you'll have the opportunity to make vital industry contacts at the Private View evening. You could also continue your studies by taking our MA Film and Photography course. Please note, minimum entry criteria includes everything in an application, including a strong personal statement, a good reference and where asked for, a portfolio.


By the time you graduate, you’ll be a visually literate, independent, confident, articulate and adaptable photographer. Because the course also places emphasis on analytical, writing, oral communication, teamwork and problem-solving skills, you’ll be well equipped for diverse roles across the photo-imaging sector.  

Derby's graduates have gone on to become artists, academics, teachers, curators, critics, commercial photographers, picture editors, and news and sports photographers.  

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Digital Photography Practices
  • Analogue Photography Practices
  • Histories of Photography
  • Photography and Reality
  • Photography and the Constructed Image
  • Theories of Photography
  • Finding your Place
  • Discourse and Technologies 
  • Raising your Voice
  • Applied Professional Practice
  • Contemporary Issues in Professional Practice 
  • Vision
  • Research and Development 
  • Realisation
  • Practice as Research 

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

Academic Requirements

General Requirements

  • UCAS points - 112 (up to 16 from AS-levels).
  • GCSE - GCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
  • Portofolio 
  • Interview 
  • London Tests of English: we accept level 4 for undergraduate courses
  • International GCE O Level English Language: Grade C
  • International GCSE English or English as a Second Language: Grade C.
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          Tuition Fee

          • International

            12500 GBP/year
            Tuition Fee
            Based on the original amount of 12500 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
          • EU/EEA

            9250 GBP/year
            Tuition Fee
            Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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          • We have a range of scholarships and discounts available to students from outside the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA).
          • We award scholarships based on your application to study; there is no separate form to complete. All applications from eligible students will be considered for a scholarship by our international admissions team. We will notify you of your scholarship when we make you an offer, and apply your discount to your remaining fees.
          • You must be applying for a full-time degree and applications for postgraduate research, online studies, foundation and pre-sessional language programmes are not eligible for a discount or scholarship.

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