Photography (Top Up) - BA (Hons)

Photography (Top Up) - BA (Hons)

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This course is validated by The Open University.


By this stage of your career you should have a focus of what area of photography you want to pursue. Whatever this passion is, the course will steer you towards to your own career trajectory. Current staff have a wide range of photographic experience, from documentary and portraiture, fine art and fashion, to more commercially orientated work. Staff will assist you with ideas and allow you to build a final major project.

The course comprises of five modules with photographic concepts are at the heart of the course. The outcomes for these include exhibitions and portfolio reviews. It is assumed that you have understood the basics of camera functions during your Foundation Degree or HND and this course will push your critical understanding of what a photographic project is and knowledge of other practitioners. The teaching on the course is front loaded which means that the core of the teaching takes placing the first semester with supportive tutorials guiding you through the second semester; this allows you to become an autonomous learner which is supported by tutorials, critiques and visiting lecturers.

We feel that students should exhibit their work as much as possible, with students taking part in at least two exhibitions during their year of study. The BA Students work together to produce a mini-students photographic festival in May. The course offers a number of visiting speakers throughout the year, these have included Ian Beesley, Murat Özkasim, Juno Calypso, Danny North, Simon Roberts and John Angerson.

Staff who deliver on the course is a mixture of academic and practicing photographers. All staff are currently working on and exhibiting projects.

The course runs several trips each academic year, these have included: London, Paris, Budapest, Berlin and New York City. The focus of these trips is to see engaging works at a range of galleries as well as to see and photograph different cultures. We also visit Art and Photography festivals including the Liverpool Look Festival and Derby Format Festival.

Photograph taken by Curtis Young, BA Top-Up student.



Duration 1 Year
Study mode Full Time
Start date 16/09/2019
Campus Quarry Hill Campus
Course code 72278-10
Fee £7,250 (per academic year)

What you learn

The modules you will study are designed to give you an advanced experience in photographic skill, focusing on processes, ideas and concepts. This is underpinned by academic, historical and contextual modules, with a focus on work related learning.

Modules may include:

  • Exploratory Photographic Practice
  • Personal Photographic Project
  • Research Project
  • Making a Professional Network
  • Professional Practice

Benefits / Skills you will develop

The course is designed to build upon your previous knowledge and skills in photography developing your ideas through your contextual understanding of a photography and how to build a photographic project. This is underpinned by the Dissertation and the work related learning modules.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed in a variety of modes. This will vary depending on the style of module, you will be expected to undertake written work in the form of blogs, workbooks and essays. Presentations and portfolio reviews, along with practical submissions.

Where is the course delivered (facilities / classrooms)

The course will be delivered at the Quarry Hill Campus.



Programme Specifications

For the latest version of the programme specifications for this course please see the following link:


Entry requirements

A typical offer is likely to be 55% average at Foundation Degree or a Merit profile in a relevant HND, together with 5 GCSEs at grade C or above including English (Maths isn't required).

In the absence of formal learning qualifications applications are welcomed from persons who can demonstrate relevant work experience, including work in a voluntary capacity.

The course structure actively supports claims for Accreditation of Prior Certified Learning (APCL) and Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

International qualifications will be assessed against these criteria.

Speakers of other languages need to have an IELTS score of at least 6.0 or a recognised level 2 English qualification.

We welcome applications from mature candidates who may not have met the academic criteria, but can demonstrate a wealth of experience in their chosen field.

Candidates in this category and otherwise are likely to be interviewed to assess their suitability for the course and asked to provide a portfolio of evidence to support their application.

All students must be able to demonstrate either by qualifications or testing that they have the required literacy skills to complete the course.

All students are to present a portfolio and supporting academic text. This is undertaken during an interview or correspondence for distance applicants.

The course can be offered as part-time, if required.

Additional Costs

There are additional costs associated with the practical elements of this programme, which may include:

  • Photographic film & paper
  • Printing costs
  • Framing and display of work
  • Optional trips and visits

These costs will be led by the nature of the work that you produce, however you will be expected to meet the costs of production of photographic projects.

How to apply

If you would like to apply for any of the Leeds City College full-time Higher Education programmes for 2019 entry, (unless otherwise stated) please do so via UCAS at

The UCAS code for this course is W641 and the Leeds City College institution code is L21.

What's next

Students who have undertaken the Foundation and BA Hons Photography have gone on to postgraduate courses including MAs in Museum Studies, MAs in Art/Photography and PGCEs, as well as students working in the industry on a varying range of projects.

Campus Locations

Park Lane Campus

Park Lane
West Yorkshire
0113 3861997
Nearest train station
Leeds Central Station, 0.7 MilesWebsite

University Centre

Park Lane
West Yorkshire
0113 216 2406
Nearest train station
Leeds Central Station, 0.6 MilesWebsite

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