Wolverhampton School of Art

Photography with Foundation Year

BA (Hons) Part-time 8 years, Full-time 4 years

The Foundation year prepares students for university level study.

The Foundation year prepares students for university level study.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code W641
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  • Start Date(s) 19 September 2022
  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Study Mode Part-time, Full-time
  • Course Length Part-time (8 years), Full-time (4 years)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus
  • School Wolverhampton School of Art
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Why choose this course?

The Foundation year prepares students for university level study. Successful completion of our Foundation course permits access to any of our Art or Digital Media BA (Hons) or BDes (Hons) degree courses, which include Fashion, Fine Art, Furniture Design, Glass and Ceramics, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Paint and Print Making, Photography, Product Design, Sculpture and Environmental Art — The Foundation year begins with modules aimed at providing transferable study skills and then, in the second semester, gives students the opportunity to study more specialist modules, with a focus on various aspects of Arts and Digital Media.

Photography is a dynamic, multi-disciplinary practice with many histories, identities and dimensions. At the Wolverhampton School of Art (est. 1851), we explore these diverse legacies through contemporary practice and critical theory. The BA Photography philosophy is that images should be about something rather than of something and examines making images through practical assignments and a number of key photographic themes such as: identity and portraiture; place and location and narrative and performance. These assignments and themes are developed through six modules: Level 4 Recollections and Situations; Level 5 Interventions and Encounters and Level 6 Live and Show. The modules allow you to explore the relationships for example between photography and the self-portrait; studio image and fashion; our personal image in emotional photography in health and memory as well as interpretative recordings of landscapes, documentary and portraiture.

What happens on the course?

BA (Hons) Photography is assessed on 100% coursework.

The course structure offers the freedom and support to explore, challenge and interrogate established photographic genres, that will allow you to engage and promote your ideas and concepts through a number of key assignments, analogue and digital materials and resources whilst examining both creative thinking and making and concept and technique that form the basis of a critically engaged practice. Simultaneously these conceptual ideas, contextual knowledge and understanding are a core experience of live industry briefs and external projects that you will engage with and create as part of your portfolio.

Studio and workshop culture is core to our courses and you will be encouraged to become part of the art and design community through time spent working in the studios, workshops and labs available to students across the week. Our contacts with galleries, curators, publishers and editors offer the opportunity for you to work on live projects. As a result, individual student development is enriched through valuable professional experience and the production of specialist portfolios, both necessary in the competitive and demanding professional world.

All courses in the School of Art are now available with a professional placement (sandwich year) option. A professional placement provides an opportunity for professional development in the work place and as such, greatly enhances the student’s prospects of finding rewarding and relevant employment at the end of their studies.

Level 4 – Recollections and Situations

You will be introduced to the key themes and materials of the BA Photography Programme through a number of practical assignments. You will be encouraged to begin thinking independently about the selection and choice of theme, ideas and materials employed in your assignments whilst receiving instruction in the photography workshops and equipment. Assignments will allow you to produce portfolios of images about identities and place.

Level 5 – Interventions and Encounters

You will begin to self negotiate projects and materials as you begin to define your practice as a photographer and image-maker. You will begin thinking independently about the selection and choice of theme, ideas and materials employed in your assignments whilst receiving instruction in the photography workshops and equipment. You will create work that is outward facing, has and audience and is published. Assignments will allow you to produce portfolios of images about self -identity and space.

Level 6 – Show and Live

You will self manage projects and materials as you define your practice as a photographer and image-maker. Your independent selection and choice of theme, ideas and materials employed in your assignments will drive your practice. You will create work for and audience and its publication. Assignments will allow you to produce portfolios of images about your professional needs in contemporary formats: exhibition, promotion and publication.

Why not check out what our students got up to for their final projects at our annual Degree Show 2018

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

The School of Art houses a range of purpose built studio spaces and workshops with an extensive range of professional equipment not available in schools and colleges. Students at the School of Art are taught by practicing artists and designers working in academic and technical roles. These specialist practitioners teach both fundamental skills, support experimental and speculative practice and ensure practice is underpinned by knowledge and awareness of contemporary contexts.

The course is taught by internationally exhibiting specialists in portraiture, performance, landscape, phototherapy, personal identities, archives - stories and narratives and the everyday. You will work alongside staff and other professionals to become self-motivated and critically-aware of the developing careers within contemporary photographic practice. Live projects and off-site shows provide additional professional experiences and networking opportunities whilst considering the audience, appropriate publication and future employment.

During the your degree, you will work in our exceptional darkrooms (black and white, colour), digital scanning and editing suites, a digital printmaking facility, and spacious, purpose-built studios that are all supported by subject-specific technical specialists. We provide all photographic equipment –from cameras to darkrooms and lighting kit - in order to facilitate the successful production of your work throughout the course.

The BA (Hons) Photography in particular is distinctive in its approach because you will:

  • Contribute to a creative student culture
  • Share and collaborate your ideas and practice within an Art School
  • Work with staff who are published, exhibited and knowledgeable
  • Undertake contemporary and live assignments
  • Publish work
  • Have open access to professional darkrooms and digital facilities - check them out here
  • Create personal and professional portfolios using our industry standard studios and equipment

The member of academic staff who leads this course is Dr. Euripides Altinzoglou

BA (Hons) Photography (TBV) | University of Wolverhampton

The Photography course provides you with all the necessary skills that enable you to thrive in the exciting and fast-moving creative industries. Typical employment for our alumni includes work as magazine editors, exhibiting photographers, artists and curators, freelance studio and fashion photographers, editorial and documentary photographers including sport and those who work in the broader industries of publishing, museums and galleries, community artists, curators and educators. These diverse career paths are introduced to you through a number of ‘live’/professional projects giving invaluable professional experiences and real assignments during study. A number of our students opt for further study either at Masters level or study for a PGCE and these individuals are seeking to develop their skills in practices such as arts and health, art curatorial practices and other Masters degrees by research.

All of our students have the opportunity to engage with an additional ‘Employability Award’ associated with their degree, and a high percentage of our students achieve the gold standard.

All courses in the School of Art are now available with a professional placement option (Sandwich Year). A professional placement provides an opportunity for professional development in the work place and as such, greatly enhances the students’ prospects of finding rewarding and relevant employment at the end of their studies. The school assists students in securing work placements, undertaking live briefs, engaging directly with employers and developing key employability skills. The School is committed to raising student awareness of the opportunities that exist post-graduation.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2021-22
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2022-23
Home Part-time £3100 per year# 2021-22
Home Part-time £3120 per year# 2022-23
International Full-time £12950 per year 2021-22
International Full-time £13450 per year 2022-23
International Part-time £6475 per year# 2021-22
International Part-time £6725 per year# 2022-23

Additional Course Costs

Additional materials: £50 to 200 per semester - Prices vary according your subject of practice.

Additional Field Trips: £50 to 400 - Prices will vary according to location.

Additional Events: £300 - Degree Show/New Designers. Costs will vary according to the medium and mode of your practice but considerations will be around materials, installation and presentation.

Further information on these additional costs will be provided prior to the start of your studies

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

Typical entry requirement: 48 UCAS points

  • A Levels - grades DD
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma or OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma - grades PPP
  • BTEC L3 Diploma - grades MP
  • Pass Access to HE Diploma (Full Award)
  • UAL L3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design - grade P

Use the UCAS Tariff calculator to check your qualifications and points

  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here

Other Requirements

Those meeting the entry requirements may be shortlisted for a Portfolio Review. Further details can be found at https://www.wlv.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply/4---after-youve-applied/subject-specific-applications/. Applicants will also be required to provide satisfactory reference.

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.

Tuition Fees Loan (Home Fee Status):

Most students will be able to apply for a loans to pay for these subject to eligibility. To find out more information please refer to the government Student Finance website.

Changes for EU students:

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as having Overseas Fee status. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.


If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: See How to pay.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund.

for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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