Our Programme

You will hear from industry experts during weekly guest lectures, and have an opportunity to work in a live environment while on placement and on ‘live briefs’ and commissions. Our industry links will not only enrich your learning experience but will provide you with that all invaluable ‘insider’ information and possible employment opportunities.

We will develop your knowledge of contemporary photographic practice, from digital media to traditional photographic processes, such as; the darkroom and Cyanotypes.You'll explore the still and moving image, gallery exhibition work, curation, and working as part of a team. You will be part of a fully integrated and balanced programme of practical and theoretical knowledge that builds both confidence and abilities for life beyond University, leading to a career in this dynamic industry.


Key aspects of our programme are:

  • Embedded in our program are regular visiting speakers, trips abroad and nationally, visits, exhibitions, professional placements          and competitions.
  • Free materials and printing to cover the requirements for each specialist module are provided.
  • Small teaching groups. 
  • Friendly photographic community.
  • Tutors deliver through both practice, demonstration and theoretical lectures which are underpinned by research.
  • Dedicated technical support from our expert technical team.
  • We offer an open door policy for extra advice and support.
  • Industry standard state of the art kit and facilities.
  • Late evening access to the technical facilities twice a week.

Materials and printing to cover the requirements of each module are provided free of charge in the first and second years. In the third year you will be allocated a fixed amount of credit to cover some of your final major project exhibition costs.


  • First Year

The first year covers technical abilities in digital imaging, moving image for photography and the chemical darkroom. Through continuous interaction with related industrial context and theoretical thinking, you will begin to expand your learning through related activities presenting evidence though dead lined assignment briefs, lives briefs reflecting industry practices.

  • Second Year

The second year presents advanced technical learning in studio, including directorial, still life, complex lighting, set building and health and safety. Location photography prepares students for recording topographical and traditional landscape, architecture, using larger formats as well as digital leading to self-driven, research-aware projects. The narrative documentary module introduced key global issues that students will research and present through published output working to tight deadlines. Enterprise and employability as well as critical thinking are interwoven into the learning, preparing students for careers in photography and related subject areas.

  • Third Year

The third year reinforces skills and abilities developed previously and focuses on individual student practice, synthesised through research and professional relevance are planned, prepared, photographed, presented and reflected upon by students through careful agreement with tutors, which focus on postgraduate opportunities. Students will finish their undergraduate programme with an industry-considered portfolio and an exhibition of work with a possibility of external awards also comments and support from industry advisors.

Our industry Advisory Board consist of Michael Kenna, Thomas Dukes, Katrina Houghton, Jason Simpson. The IaB meeting in December 2017 identified the spread of subject learning, employer and live aspects of the programme to be key strengths of the provision.


To view the full course information, entry requirements, how to apply and fees & funding please visit The University of Bolton website here.

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