Wolverhampton School of Art

BA (Hons) Photography

BA (Hons) Photography allows you to engage with the key ideas and concepts within contemporary photographic practice. Additionally you will explore photography as a medium of communication in a number of professional settings and assignments. You will learn how to use a contemporary photographic studio, location and landscape photography, as well as a variety of digital and traditional colour and black & white printing skills and have access to computer-based design programmes and digital manipulation software.

All modules offer an insight into both the technical and creative considerations within contemporary photographic practice and include topics such as; documentary photography; portrait; fashion and music photography, creative digital studio; location and landscape practices. We have had visiting lectures from professionals, artists, editors and commercial practitioners who have shown at the V&A, Tate and been published widely. Successful graduates have gone on to work for Vice Magazine (Pic Ed New York), the Lighthouse Gallery, and Arts Council.

This course is accredited to the Association of Photographers: www.the-aop.org

We are also associated with Alamy, a photo stock agency, whereby our students receive 100% of the money made through selling their images via their website. ‌

Why choose this course? 

  • Engage with the ideas and concepts within contemporary photographic practice.
  • Explore photography as a medium of communication in a number of professional settings.
  • Practical work introduces you to cameras of all formats both in the studio and on location.
  • Gain access to industry standard design programmes and digital manipulation software.
  • Learn a variety of colour and black and white darkroom skills.
  • There are regular visits to exhibitions, as well as field trips and lectures from visiting professional photographers.
  • Course Membership of the Association of Photographers

Recent student success:

  • Graduate nominated for an Emmy award: Henry Langston graduated from Photography in 2009 and is now working as a host/producer on the video team for Vice News in London.
  • Ashley Pearson has been shortlisted in a global competition to make it to the final ten of the Studio Still-Life Photography competition hosted by Swedish Photography manufacturing company Hasselblad.
  • Six graduates have been announced as part of the selections for next year’s highly competitive New Art West Midlands (NAWM) Exhibitions. The exhibitions will showcase a wide variety of winning arts ranges including sculpture, photography, video and painting works.


Our graduates have gone on to become successful national and international professional photographers working in such fields as advertising; photo-journalism; fashion and editorial; documentary; studio still life, portraiture and fine art. A number continue to postgraduate level or undertake PGCE's. The course supports professional practices and employment opportunities through live project briefs and assignments; off site exhibitions and publications both online and offline; by having a state of the art studio facility; as well as a professional placement module.

  • Brodie Weatherill graduated in September 2015 and has already landed herself an exciting new job working for a London-based photographic agency. Her job involves travelling around the UK photographing people for WatchPro and Professional Jeweller Magazines, liaising with clients about the brief, making them feel comfortable in front of the camera and coming up with new ideas for upcoming studio shoots! Read more.
  • Two students gained valuable work experience at the 2015 Birmingham Jazz & Blues Festival. The festival director said: “The work that they produced is excellent, they have some stunning shots. It is a great pleasure to work with the students of photography from the University, and we’d be pleased to offer shooting opportunities for the future events." You can see the work of one of our students at this event here: Bradley Pearce photographs the 2015 Birmingham Jazz & Blues Festival


View our facilities for photography

Image gallery of student work:

How to apply

Read more detailed information about the course and apply here.

For further information or to have a discussion about the course, please contact our course leader: Dr. Jane Webb