BA (Hons) Fashion Photography – Bath Spa University

Fashion Photography

BA (Hons)

Undergraduate degree - single honours

Key facts

Award
BA (Hons) Fashion Photography
School/s
Bath School of Art
Campus or location
Newton Park, Sion Hill and Locksbrook
Course length
Three years full time, or four years full time with professional placement year.
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: FP11; or FP12; or FP13
Campus Code: A,BSU

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed under 'Typical offers' in the main column below. For combined courses, please check both subjects. If your qualification is not listed, please email admissions@bathspa.ac.uk with your specific details.

Explore, challenge and define the role of the photographic image in fashion.

  • This Industry-focused course equips you with the experience and skills to establish a successful career in the creative industries.
  • Access to excellent photography facilities at our Locksbrook campus.
  • Engage with industry professionals, many of whom teach on the course.

Due to Covid-19, we have made some changes to teaching and learning for the 2020-21 academic year: we have blended high-quality virtual engagement with in-person teaching on campus when possible. Blended learning will continue to some extent in the 2021-22 academic year and we will continue to keep the situation under review in light of ongoing Government guidance. If you’re planning on joining us in September 2021 we will communicate with you about specific details of how your course is taught nearer the time.


Fashion Photography at Bath Spa University gives you the space to explore, actively enquire, challenge and define the role of the photographic image in fashion. Alongside the development of your technical skills and understanding of visual language, you'll explore the critical and ethical challenges facing Fashion Photography in a contemporary and global context.

You'll have the opportunity to take part in numerous industry-focused projects to build your skills and experience of working professionally. Our emphasis on professional development exercises equip you with project management experience, knowledge of marketing and promotion, and advanced skills required in pitching for employment and commission.


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What you'll learn

Overview

The BA (Hons) Fashion Photography course is designed to develop professional fashion photographers in preparation for successful careers in the creative industries.

There are three main components to the course, all of which run in parallel: Identity, Industry, and Context.

Identity 

The initial stages of the course encompass a broad knowledge and understanding of photography, fashion, design, collaboration and context, essential for any aspiring Fashion Photographer. We'll focus on your personal growth as a practitioner and help you identify your professional aspirations for employment/self-employment.

We place an emphasis on developing and advancing your practical skills and technical knowledge through an increasingly self-initiated, experimental and innovative programme of independent study.

Industry 

The course is designed to ensure that you, as a graduate, can apply your knowledge and skills with innovation and integrity in a professional context. Through placement and industry-facing projects, you'll obtain a comprehensive understanding of the changing demands facing the Fashion and Photography industries.

Throughout all levels of your study you'll engage with industry partners, advance your skills in marketing and networking, become increasingly proficient in presentation, promotion and project management.

Context 

We place focus on how the development of your increasingly sophisticated photographic portfolio is both critically and contextually understood. You'll engage with an in-depth theoretical study of still and moving imagery and the complex roles they both play within historical and contemporary society.

An emphasis is placed on the sustainable and ethical responsibilities you have as a globally conscious practitioner.

Course structure

Year one

The course starts with an Introduction to Photography skills development. You'll gain an understanding of the principles of interpreting images, and the role a camera can play in establishing identity. You'll explore digital image production alongside analogue practices in our excellent Photography workshops and will be exposed to the variables at play when photographing on location and shooting within the studio.

Embedded within the development of technical skills is a grounding of photographic and fashion movements in a global context. This critical context for your study is established through an Introduction to Visual and Material Culture, Ideology, conceptual, historical, ethical and technical aspects of photographic and fashion practices. You'll explore the impact a fashion image can have in various digital or print forms by analysing the interpretation of images within different contexts.

Year two

You'll take part in independently-led research projects with a greater focus on industry collaboration. The course will require you to participate in lectures and seminars that are designed to establish the theoretical grounds in which your developing practice is located.

Alongside developing technical and image production skills to industry standard, you will begin to galvanise an understanding of the role your own practice plays within the world and within the fashion fraternity more specifically.

Year three

Your final year of study requires you to bring together the advancement of your technical and cognitive skills, alongside your gained experience of industry practices into a comprehensive portfolio of photographic work. This independent and innovative body of work will evidence self-initiated problem solving, an in-depth knowledge and understanding of your contemporary and critical awareness and will require you to regularly reassess your practice within cultural and social contexts verbally, practically and in written form.

Your study will end with a major professional project in the form of an exhibition.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is continual throughout the course, and depending on the module could take the form of a portfolio of photographic work, an exhibition, an online journal, essay or presentation.

How will I be taught?

The course delivery is varied and involves regular tutorials, technical workshops, lectures and seminars, as well as group critique. Alongside the development of your studio practice you will engage in critical and contextual forums, presentations and online learning.

Course modules

This course offers or includes the following modules. The modules you take will depend on your pathway or course combination (if applicable) as well as any optional or open modules chosen. Please check the programme document (below the main image on this page) for more information.

Year one (Level 4) modules

  • Introduction to Fashion Photography
  • Fashion Identities
  • Photographic Practice 3: Image and Context
  • Fashion Spaces
  • Professional Contexts 1
  • Introduction to Visual Material and Culture: Art and Photography

Year two (Level 5) modules

  • The Fashion Film
  • Photographic Practice 6: Narrative Fiction
  • Fashion Stories
  • Professional Contexts 2
  • Photography: Contemporary Issues and Practice

Year three (Level 6) modules

  • Professional Portfolio 1
  • Individual Practice: Portfolio 2
  • Fashion Statement: Portfolio 3
  • Professional Contexts 3
  • Visual Material and Culture: Final Study

Opportunities

Study abroad

You’ll have the opportunity to study in a wide range of locations around the world. Our students have completed exchange programmes in a variety of countries including Spain, Sweden and the USA.

Fieldwork

From year one to three, you’ll have opportunities to participate in local and international fieldwork opportunities across the BA (Hons) Fashion Photography modules. Please note that you’ll have to pay for international study visits. Recent international destinations have included New York and Iceland.

Work placements, industry links and internships

You'll have the opportunity to take part in numerous industry-led projects and collaborations. The course works closely with a variety of businesses and organisations with regular opportunity for you to work on live project briefs, participate in work experience, and collaborate with a wide range of industry practitioners. Bath School of Art has affiliation with numerous associations such as the Royal Photographic Society and Fox Talbot Museum, Tate, The Freelands Foundation, Hauser and Wirth and The Fashion Museum in Bath.

Careers

The breadth of the course will equip graduates with the skills to pursue portfolio careers. You will gain experience to thrive in a shifting and fluid context – whether working for employers or as freelancers.

Competitions and awards

There are numerous awards and scholarships available to Bath School of Art students. For example:

  • You can apply for The Porthleven Prize: an opportunity for Bath Spa University students to take part in a fully-funded ten day residency based in a Cornish Studio, with travel, accommodation and other expenses included.
  • We run a residency scheme for recent graduates with studio accommodation in Bath or Bristol.
  • We offer progression awards for high-achieveing students.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

Our Art and Design courses are based at our LocksbrookSion Hill and Newton Park campuses.

Resources

Our Locksbrook campus offers exceptional industry-level facilities. These include PC and Mac computer suites, extensive analogue photographic dark and developing rooms, lighting studios, a digital image manipulation workshop and extensive printing facility.

You’ll benefit from access to:

Locksbrook campus

Locksbrook Campus is truly a unique and inspirational space, providing a state-of-the-art learning environment for you to flourish. Located next to the River Avon in Bath city centre, the open-plan building has technical workshops surrounded by open, flexible studio spaces, as well as large, open social areas.

Fees

Please note: Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland are no longer eligible for the UK (Home) fee status. Please refer to the international student rate.

UK students full time

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9,250
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2022
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

2023/24 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2023
Year 2 Published Jan 2024
Year 3 Published Jan 2025

International students full time

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £15,530
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2022
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

2023/24 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2023
Year 2 Published Jan 2024
Year 3 Published Jan 2025

All students full time - with professional placement year

During the placement year, the fee is reduced to 20% of the full time fee. Otherwise, fees are the same as for full time study. This applies to UK, EU and International students.

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

We’re looking for highly motivated individuals who have a deep sense of curiosity and willingness to learn. You should be organised, self-motivated and disciplined.

Typical offers

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:

  • A Level - grades BCC-CCC preferred including a Grade C in Photography or related subject.
  • BTEC - Extended Diploma grades from Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM) to Merit, Merit, Merit (MMM) in a related subject, or evidence of experience in Art or Photography.
  • International Baccalaureate - a minimum of 27 points are required in addition to a HL Photography/Art subject at grade 6.
  • Access to HE courses - typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher) together with evidence of experience in Photography.

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants

IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

Course enquiries

For further information about the programme or entry requirements, please email us at admissions@bathspa.ac.uk.

How do I apply?

Interested in applying? Please send any queries to admissions@bathspa.ac.uk.

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply pages.

Interview and portfolio guidance

As an applicant you will be invited by email to interview and will be required to bring a high quality portfolio in support of your application. Portfolios should demonstrate your passion and motivation. We recommend that you present an edited selection of your most successful photographic work at interview. Print presentation is recommended and should be accompanied by evidence of your research and working methods, for example, process journals and research folders.

International students are required to submit a digital portfolio of recent work to accompany your online application. Digital portfolios will be reviewed by our academic team and in most cases we will ask you to attend an interview over the telephone or via the internet within a few weeks of submitting your application. Digital portfolios should demonstrate your passion and motivation. We recommend that you present an edited selection of your most successful photographic work at interview. Evidence of your research and working methods, for example, images taken from your journals/sketchbook and research folders are recommended in your digital submission.

Locksbrook Campus image credits: Chris Wakefield, Crescent Photography

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