Farnborough College of Technology
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About this course

Complete your photography studies with our one-year top-up degree. This programme will enable you to ‘top-up’ your existing skills and qualifications into a full honours degree, if you have previously studied a HND or foundation degree in photography. This top-up degree starts each September and is awarded by the University of Surrey.

Course highlights 

  • Taught over two full days per week, the course gives you more flexibility in balancing work or family commitments
  • Recent gallery trips have included Paris Photo (Paris), Foam (Amsterdam), Bauhaus (Berlin) and Fotomuseum (Antwerp). 
  • It could lead to careers in photography areas as diverse as advertising, editorial, fashion, fine art, PR and documentary filmmaking
  • Guest speakers have included documentary photographer Mark Neville, fine art photographer Claire Strand and editorial photographer Daniel Stier
  • During your photography degree, you will be working with small to large format cameras, studio lighting, digital post-production suites, Adobe software, traditional darkroom facilities and much more

Why study this course with us?

If you are interested in creating and collaborating on exciting projects, while honing in on your technical ability and own unique style, then our photography top-up could be for you.  

At Farnborough, we provide an applied course of study that produces graduates with high level skills, so you are able to work with confidence at graduate level. Our top-up degree is industry-led and applies underpinning concepts, the principles of creativity and allows you to pursue and develop your academic, technical and creative abilities.

On completion of this top-up photography degree you will feel confident to showcase your specialism and style, ready for your to transition into industry as a professional photographer or in an associated profession.


Who is this programme for?

This top-up degree sees the development of key skills and applications developed through your previous studies, with an aim to specialise and hone professional practices. The course will culminate in a self-initiated final project and the production of your portfolio.


Fee Per Year £8000

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If you have any questions about this course then please contact us by phone on 01252 40 55 55 or message us.

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Studies include

How will I be taught?

You will be taught through class-led technical and theoretical study. Over the duration of each module you will produce a visual response to a set brief that is backed up with written research and evaluation. As the course progresses greater emphasis is placed on you to build an independent visual language whilst at the same time placing a vocational context to work produced.

Being taught over two full days per week, the course also gives you more flexibility in balancing work or family commitments.

What modules are covered?

  • Research Methods
  • Final Major Project
  • Creative and Professional Futures
  • Contemporary Photography
  • Dissertation

How will I be assessed?

A wide range of assessment methods are used in this programme, which have been chosen to suit the subject material being taught. The assessment methods include a portfolio of practical work, production report, assessed coursework/assignments, formal assessment, formal examination, practical demonstrations, project reports and presentations.

Programme Structure

The structure of our programmes follows educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the Programme Specification documents found under our Quality Assurance page, including further details such as the learning outcomes.

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What Next?

There are a wide number of careers where your new photography degree will be relevant. Some of the examples below may require extra training and experience first. Please speak to our careers advisers to discover which career routes are best for you.

Jobs directly related to your photography degree include:

  • Advertising Photographer
  • Art Buyer
  • Documentary Photographer
  • Editorial Photographer
  • Fashion Photographer
  • Fine Artist
  • Image Retoucher 
  • Magazine features editor
  • Lighting Assistant
  • Photojournalism
  • Photographic Assistant
  • Picture Editor
  • Press photographer
  • Television camera operator

Jobs where your photography degree would be useful include:

  • Advertising art director
  • Digital marketer
  • Film director
  • Film/video editor
  • Media planner
  • Multimedia specialist
  • Stylist
  • VFX artist
  • Visual merchandiser
  • Web content manager
  • Web designer

Transferable Skills

  • Effective critical, analytical and practical problem solving
  • Risk taking and making use of failure
  • Evaluating and reflecting on own work
  • Organising, planning and time management of projects and briefs
  • Confidence working independently and in collaboration with peers
  • Ability to present work in front of an audience
  • Literacy and communication through technical descriptions, reports, essays and a dissertation
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Entry Requirements

What is the entry process?

You can apply for this higher education course in the following ways:

  • Via the UCAS website. Visit www.ucas.com and browse the courses available under 'University Centre Farnborough'. 
  • Directly to University Centre Farnborough via the button on this webpage. Applications take around 15 minutes and are free of charge. You can apply to us direct at any time in the year (including after the UCAS deadline). Applications of this type are seperate to the UCAS system, which means you could also apply for more than the five universities that UCAS allows.

UCAS Code - B93G

Institution Code - F66

What previous qualifications and experience will I need?


  • Foundation Degree or equivalent, HE Level 5 in a relevant subject. Pass 50% average where classified

If English is not your first language, evidence of your ability will need to be supplied with your applications. IELTS 6.5 is required.

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