Commercial Photography Course BA

BA Commercial Photography

1. Overview

This one year course is designed to improve your photographic skills in a professional and student-driven environment.

You will have the opportunity to test your skills within a choice of supported topic themes which are linked to live projects and industry liaison. The final major project allows for concentration on a specific theme, enabling you to develop a professional portfolio ready for promotion and exhibition.

The practical studio curriculum is supported by theoretical work to underpin your understanding of the context of photography in today’s culture and creative economy. Business studies activities will support your practical understanding of the industry and enable you to develop the business acumen needed to start your own creative business.

2. What you will study

Commercial Studio Projects will allow you to expand upon practical and technical abilities in studio- and location-based projects linked to live clients, industry and commerce. Through self-directed work you will concentrate on your core strengths to build a professional portfolio of work.

Critical and Contextual Studies in Photography will support your understanding of photography through historical, cultural and economic dimensions, exploring the work of key practitioners.

Business Start-up in the Creative Industries and Management Studies will allow you to develop sound business awareness to support your business development.

Students have the opportunity to take elective modules that will allow articulation to BA (Hons) Communication Design to specialise on the photography pathway.

This course is designed to articulate from HND Photography programmes and Gray’s School of Art has an articulation agreement with North East Scotland College. This course is taught at Gray’s School of Art, North East Scotland College, and Aberdeen Business School and marks a new and innovative approach to course design and the integration of business and creative practice.

External Engagement / Live Projects 

Live projects are a major part of the course due to the nature of commercial photography and students work with various local and national companies. These have included National Trust for Scotland, Topshop, F8 Magazine, RGU SPORT and a number of local enterprises and charities.

Guests @ Gray's 

Guests @ Grays invite national and international artists and designers to the School to speak about their work. They have had a phenomenal list of speakers that have visited the school in the last few years.

The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our Course Disclaimer for more information.

3. Entry requirements

A relevant Photographic HND from one of our partner FE Colleges is required. Suitable applicants will be invited to attend an interview and present a portfolio of work.

Interview/Portfolio Review

Suitable applicants will be invited in with their portfolio for an informal review/discussion with academic staff. This allows students to meet staff, see the teaching environment and allows the School to explore your ambitions through informal discussion. You may also be invited to attend an interview.

* All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

English language requirementsfor those whose first language is not English.

4. Student Funding

If you are a Scottish resident or EU national you are not liable to pay fees and should apply to SAAS for funding.

Students from other parts of the UK should visit the appropriate website:

5. Course Fees

For Academic Year 2017/2018

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £12,000 per academic year

For Academic Year 2016/2017

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £11,500 per academic year

For Academic Year 2015/2016

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £12,000 per academic year

For Academic Year 2014/2015

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £11,500 per academic year

For Academic Year 2013/2014

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £10,000 per academic year

For Academic Year 2012/2013

Scottish/EU Students

Full-time

  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

Full-time

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £9,367 per academic year

For Academic Year 2011/2012

UK/EU Students

  • £1820 per academic year

International Students

  • £9300 per academic year

Disclaimer

All course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change. Published fees apply to the course's mode of delivery. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

For further information see Student Finance pages

 

6. How to apply

You must apply online at UCAS - www.ucas.com/apply. 

Once you register and create your username and password, you are guided through the process of applying. After submission, log in to your UCAS Track account and you can see the progress of your application, and view and respond to your offers.

7. Prospects

You will gain the skills and confidence that are needed to become a successful self-employed freelance photographer. The fields that are covered will allow you to explore the following: advertising, corporate, food, fashion and sport (studio-based and location-based). 

After completing the course students have predominantly gone on to start up new photographic businesses and gain employment with local photography companies. They have also secured employment within Higher Education institutions. 

Students have re-located to work in London with major fashion photographers whilst others have travelled to secure internships in New York and London after graduation.

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BA

UCAS Code

W641

Start date

September

Course length

1 Year

Mode of Attendance

Full-time

Academic school
Gray's School of Art Aberdeen Business School
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