Farnborough College of Technology
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About this course

Are you looking to establish your photography skills, career and style? If so, this programme could kick-start your journey into the exciting and fast-paced world of photography. You will have access to our photography studio, digital post production facilities and will learn from experienced practicing lecturers. This course 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?

Photography is an ideal subject if you are interested in working on creative, expansive and challenging projects while developing your technical skills and creative style. You will have opportunities to exhibit your work, as well as time to produce an individual portfolio, to secure your place in the creative industries.  

At Farnborough, we provide instruction, demonstration, guidance and personal tuition in the practical application of photography. The programme incorporates commercially driven aspects of the photographic industry with an artistic and analytical approach. Included are technical seminars, workshops and demonstrations in practical application and theory. The core modules enable you to pursue specific pathways to suit your individual needs and aspirations.


Who is this programme for?

This course is perfect if you have an interest in photography and other creative areas, and would like to pursue further study to enhance your current qualifications or kick-start a new career path. You might currently be studying a Level 3, A Level, or Access to Higher Education course; be returning to education after a break, or wish to transfer from another higher education institution. It may also be possible for you to join this course in its second or third year following relevant qualifications and/or experience in the workplace.

What will I study?

The course consists of three years of study. The first year focuses on technical theory and practice as well as critical theory. The second year takes a more self-directed focus, allowing you to develop a specific style and approach. The third year sees the development of key skills and applications developed in previous two years with an aim to specialise and hone professional practices, culminating with a final exhibition and the production of your portfolio.


Fee Per Year £8000

Please note that while we make reasonable adjustments to remove any barriers to education, additional fees may be payable where this is not possible. For example, to provide additional support due to a disability. Please contact us if you believe you have any additional needs so that we can discuss your options before enrolling on a course.

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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. During 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 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?

Year 1

  • Photographic Languages
  • Photographic Application
  • Photography: Key Debates
  • Academic Skills
  • Image Dissemination
  • Narrative Form and Function
  • Conceptual Image
  • Digital Image Techniques

Year 2

  • The Digital Platform
  • Strategies and Investigation
  • Fashion Interactions
  • Self-Devised Professional Brief
  • Cultural Impact
  • Industrial Placement
  • Advertising

Year 3

  • 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 range of assessment methods used in this programme includes 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
  • Confident 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 - 7Q4B

Institution Code - F66

What previous qualifications and experience will I need?


  • 72 UCAS points from relevant subject(s)
  • An Access to Higher Education Diploma, with suitable grades
  • As a mature students who has relevant evidence of work experience and/or relevant recent study following a successful interview

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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