BA (Hons) Contemporary Photography-Altrincham

Course Overview

Do you want to be the kind of creative photographer who stands out from the crowd? If yes, then this is the course for you. We produce versatile, resourceful, confident graduates who are creative, imaginative and self-motivated. Whilst training with us you’ll gain the skills and knowledge necessary for a successful career within this exciting industry. You’ll work on projects that are both wide-ranging and challenging. You’ll also work in a studio environment that is supportive and encourages collaboration and professional practice. Join us if you would like to learn, change, grow and discover.

Course Requirements

All applications will be considered individually however offers will usually be based on:

64 UCAS points (those with 48 UCAS points will be considered for an interview)
BTEC Level 3 qualification (2 years) in relevant subject
Other related Level 3 qualifications
Normally 4 GCSEs at grade C or above (or numeric score of 4/5 under newly reformed GCSE grading), including maths or English
An Access to Higher Education Diploma in relevant area

Related work experience will be considered in place of formal qualifications

Course Assessment

Whilst there are no formal examinations - We usde a wide range of assessment methods throughout the course. You will also be encouraged to assess and evaluate your own progress and the work of others as part of your studies. The course values the ability to reflect on learning and to use assessment as a tool to improve and get better. You will receive regular verbal and written feedback throughout the year culminating in key assessment points when summative* feedback in provided.

*Summative assessment is where you recieve a mark for your work.

Course Finance

Please contact the College for further information.Access to digital equipment including laptops and printing facilities is provided. Whilst the course has a stock of cameras including medium format, students are expected to have already invested in a camera of their own but this is not essential to start the course. You might be expected to visit events as part of your studies that would sometimes require extra cost. There is an annual residential to an International destination which whilst not compulsory is strongly recommended. Previous destinations have included Berlin, Krakow, Budapest, Barcelona and New York.

Course Includes

Current units on this programme are:
Level 4: Directions in Photography; Making Photography 1; Thinking Photography 1; Explorations in Photography
Level 5: Collaborative Photography; Making Photography 2; Thinking Photography 2; Inspired Photography
Level 6: Self-Directed Project; Critical Research; Professional Identity


Upon successful completion of the course you will receive BA (Hons) Contemporary Photography

Course Potential Careers

You can progress into a variety of careers in photography, arts and creative industries. Graduates have found employment in teaching, editorial & amp; PR photography, magazine work, arts-based commissions, self-employment, forensic and medical photography and commercial photography both in the UK and abroad. You can also take up a place on Masters programmes or other postgraduate study, including teaching in primary, secondary or post compulsory education.

Course Dates

September 2021 -July 2024/2027

Course Times

To Be Confirmed

Email Contact

Examining Body

Awarded by Sheffield Hallam University.

Hours Per Week

14 hours a week

Phone Contact

0300 300 0090

Programme Structure

This stimulating and challenging contemporary photography degree encourages you to develop technical photographic skills, as well as engage intellectually with the issues and debates relating to industry practices. With an emphasis on thorough theoretical knowledge and contemporary practice, you will explore and communicate your own approach to photography through independent, self-directed projects.

The teaching team continues to develop a strong network of contacts and collaborators within the photographic industry enriches the course curriculum and legitimises its ethos. This network includes practising artists and photographers, representatives from professional photographic associations, staff from feeder colleges and ex-students who have gone on to establish successful careers for themselves within photography and its related industries.


32-34 weeks per Academic year