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BA Honours

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BA Honours



    Year of entry: Sept 2019 
  • Course Type:  Full time (3 years)
    Foundation (4 years)
  • Tariff Points: 112
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Course Overview

Do you want to turn your passion for photography into your career?
Photography is designed to develop your technical and creative abilities through professional practice. You’ll develop skills in four key areas: professional photographic practice, collaborative project work, aesthetics and digital imaging.

Why study with us

Hands-on learning. You’ll learn through professional practice, developing a wide range of creative and technical skills.

Gain extensive professional experience. You’ll work with professional photographers and complete professional work placements as part of your degree.

Free equipment loans. You’ll use the latest photography equipment from our Media Centre.

Establish yourself as a photographer. We’ll give you guidance and support for the exhibition, publishing and promotion of your own work.

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Leeds Trinity University is 2nd in Yorkshire for overall student satisfaction, behind only the University of Leeds.

(Mainstream universities in National Student Survey 2018)


Our Media and Film courses are ranked in the top 20% of all UK universities.

(Guardian University Guide 2019)


of our graduates are in employment or further study six months after graduation.

(Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education ​2017)


Leeds Trinity University has an overall student satisfaction score of 87%

(National Student Survey 2018)

Course Information

About this course >

You’ll explore photographic technique, and studio practice, learning how to process and edit images. You’ll look at photography on location and how to professionally curate and exhibit photography, as well as how to promote and publish it. We’ll also guide you through key legal, ethical and cultural aspects of photography, applying these to taking, editing, exhibiting or selling photographic images.

Throughout the degree, you’ll establish your skills in commercial and professional contexts by working with professional photographers. You’ll complete professional work placements in your first and second year and you’ll work with other Photography students, who will commission and edit work from you.

In your final year, you’ll have the opportunity to extend your professional understanding in our year-long Professional Learning through Work module, which involves working with an employer on a live photography project. You’ll have the option to study abroad during your degree, spending time at one of our international partner universities that offers Photography degrees.

By the time you graduate, you’ll have had the chance to develop a professional portfolio that includes a range of creative, commercial and documentary photography, as well as the entrepreneurial and collaborative skills that will be attractive to a wide range of modern employers.

Further Study

Modules >

The Photography programme enables you to develop discipline-specific skills in four key areas: professional photographic practice; collaborative project work; aesthetics, and digital imaging. The core techniques and skills are covered in the first year and the following years provide opportunities for professional and commercial projects that bring these skills together to create a portfolio of your achievements.

Year 1

In the first year you will work with industry standard equipment to learn how to set up and manage a photographic studio; how to process and edit images, and how to understand the basic ethical and legal issues relevant to photography. Other modules will engage you with Photography students in other years, as they commission and edit work from you. The classes are based around photographic practice and also to support your understanding of the modern professional context for photography (team work; collaboration, and project management).

Year 2

In the second year the skills you acquired in the first year are set in a stronger commercial and professional context. You will learn how to arrange and manage shoots on location and you will now be the students commissioning work from the first year students, managing and organising their projects and editing and approving the images they provide. You will also learn how to use digital imaging software to produce images from a range of sources (from professional cameras to phone snaps) in a range of commercial formats (poster, jpeg file, marketing flyer, &c). You will study the history of photography with an eye to technical and stylistic innovation, and you

Year 3

In the final year the focus is on building a strong portfolio to demonstrate your abilities to potential employers. You will source and pitch for commercial briefs that you will then distribute to second year students. You will learn about professional curatorial practice and the nature of photographic exhibitions and you will put this awareness into practice, helping organise, manage, and market an end-of-year photography show. Option modules will allow you to explore a range of practical topics, such as entrepreneurial business practices, innovations in contemporary photography, and the modern creative media industries.

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • MFC4000 - Programme Level Assessment
  • MFC4012 - Professional Development and Placement
  • MFC4022 - Analysing Media and Culture
  • MFC4142 - The Aesthetics and Poetics of the Image
  • MFC4152 - Introduction to Digital Imaging
  • MFC4162 - The Photographic Studio
  • MFC4172 - Collaborative Project 1

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • MFC5012 - Professional Development and Placement 2
  • MFC5022 - Media, Power and Culture
  • MFC5032 - Researching, Media, Film and Culture
  • MFC5152 - Digital Imaging
  • MFC5162 - Photography and History
  • MFC5172 - Collaborative Project 2
  • MFC5182 - Photography on Location

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • BMM6302 - Entrepreneurship and Creativity
  • MFC6002 - Contemporary Photography
  • MFC6004 - Extended Project
  • MFC6012 - Collaborative Project 3
  • MFC6024 - Exhibiting / Curating
  • MFC6242 - Negotiated Media Project
  • MFC6322 - Professional Learning Through Work

Learning and Teaching >

Year 1 – 15.7% of scheduled learning and teaching; 212 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 918 hours of independent teaching; 224 hours on placement

Year 2 – 13.1% of scheduled learning and teaching; 180 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 950 hours of independent teaching; 240 hours on placement

Year 3 – 8.3% of scheduled learning and teaching; 100 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 1,100 hours of independent teaching


The modules on this course are delivered in a variety of ways: some through a combination of lectures and small group seminars; some through workshops; some through practical hands-on production sessions; and some, particularly at Level 6, through initial lectures and then individual research or production supervision sessions.

On this course students undertake two 20-credit Personal Development and Placement modules, which feature six-week work placements in the summer term. These are supported by periods of preparation and upskilling before the placements and reflection and future personal development goal setting after them. We believe the placement experience to be vital for students wanting to work in and/or properly understand the media.

At Level 6 all students undertake both a 40-credit Media Research module and a 40-credit Media Production module. These provide extended opportunities to display the knowledge and skills developed on the course in terms of both thinking, researching and writing about the media and also producing a high-quality piece of media production work. The ability of our students to be successful in both areas is what we believe to be both distinctive about and fundamental to the educational impact of the course.


At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping students achieve their academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum and professional work placements included in all our undergraduate programmes.

The key themes of our strategy are student confidence, professionalism and social responsibility. To help students achieve their potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and directed activities. This approach ensures that students fully engage in shaping their own learning, developing their critical thinking and reflective skills so that they can identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape their own development. Our full Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy can be accessed here.  

All students are encouraged to develop professional skills and links with employers throughout their degree and offered the opportunity to get involved with production projects which can be campus-based or involve liaising with external clients. This allows students to build up their skills, CV and portfolio in preparation for competing in the jobs marketplace. Students also have the opportunity throughout the course to engage in extra-curricular activities and volunteering.

We make extensive use of Moodle, Leeds Trinity's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), to support class sessions, and of e-resources to enable 24/7 access to learning materials both on and off campus.


Breakdown of course assessment:

Year 1 - 100% coursework

Year 2 – 91.7% coursework; 8.3% practical exams

Year 3 – 98.3% coursework; 1.7% practical exams

A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for the programme, to enable students to demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that they have developed. There is some scope for students to be involved in negotiating and evaluating some assessments.

Assessments tailored to this course include group oral presentations, production portfolios, research proposals, research literature reviews, reports, essays, portfolios of analyses, etc.

In addition to each of your module assessments you will take a programme level assessment in each of the first and second year of your programme. This is designed to assess your understanding of everything you have been taught and to help you to understand how different elements of your degree fit together to make a coherent programme.

You will be given weekly directed activities to complete in each module. These will contribute marks towards the final module assessment and reward engagement with the content of the module. They will also help you to check your understanding of what has been taught. Some of these activities may include further reading or preparation tasks for seminars.

Some of the tasks will be completed online and may include quizzes which provide you with instant feedback on your understanding of the module content. In some modules lecturers may place some of the taught content on videos which you may be required to watch prior to attending a class. This will free up time for you to work on meaningful projects in class.

On this programme there are some assessments which are marked on a pass/fail basis rather than graded. Please note that these assessments are excluded from the calculations made to produce the figures published in the Key Information Set (KIS) for this programme/subject.

Entry Requirements >

Typically, our entry offer for this degree course is 112 UCAS tariff points.

Other requirements: For the old GCSE system we require grade C or above and for the new GCSE grading system we will accept grade 4 or higher in English Language.​

We welcome students with a wide range of qualifications such as A Levels, BTECs and accredited Access courses. We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

​If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another higher education institution, you may be able to enter the course at Level 5 or 6. For more information, read our student guide to the Recognition of Prior Certified Learning.

We accept a variety of international equivalent qualifications and Leeds Trinity interviews international candidates. Typically, this is a call at a mutually convenient time. 

If you are unsure about the acceptance of a particular qualification you can check with our Admissions Team on 0113 283 7123 or email​​.

Student Finance >

UK & EU Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2019/20. Part-time tuition fees would be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying. Depending on government policy, tuition fees may rise with inflation in future yearsFind out more here.

Living costs will also need to be taken in to consideration. Find out more about accommodation and costs here.

Leeds Trinity offers a range of bursaries and scholarships to help support students while you study. Get more information about bursaries and scholarships here.

International Students:

Tuition fees cost £11,250 per year for this course starting in 2017-18. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student Visa. Tuition fees for 2018-19 will be set in summer 2017Find out more

Additional Costs

​​We advise students to budget for the following in addition to annual tuition fees:

  • Recommended and required reading lists will be provided at the start of your course. All the books and e-books are available from our Library to borrow but you may choose to purchase your own. We recommend £390* as an average annual budget for learning resources if you decide this is for you. *This figure is based on the Department of Work and Pensions course costs allowance 2015.

  • Field trips may occur during this course and either fully or partly subsidised by the University.  

  • You'll need to include placement/s travel and associated costs too, however the University will contribute a standard amount towards your total expenditure. 

  • The University provides students with a £6 printing credit each academic year which can be topped up either on campus or online.

UCAS Personal Statement

Writing your personal statement for UCAS applications is your opportunity to demonstrate what makes you the perfect fit for a university. With over 60,000 students applying for university places each year, you need to stand out from the crowd - and your personal statement is key. Our Admissions team has put together its top tips on how to craft the perfect personal statement.

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Placement Opportunities

​We are one of only a few UK universities to build professional work placements into every degree. You'll complete two professional work placements, which will give you the chance to graduate with up to three months' professional work experience without having to take a sandwich year out.

You'll complete a five-week placement in your first year and a six-week placement in your second year. We'll work with you to find a placement that matches your career aspirations, using our extensive links with organisations in the commercial photographic sector.

Graduate Opportunities

​You'll be well-prepared for a career in professional photography, photojournalism, PR and event management, as well as a range of other professional careers.

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